What’s All the Fuss? Part II

By Stephanie Hanson To pick up where we left off, in 1773, the Americans had become “frenetic tea drinkers.” They were also extremely independently-minded after having been largely left to their own devices since the arrival of the first settlers nearly two centuries earlier. They considered themselves British citizens, but had enjoyed a very low …

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Flowering Teas: Drinkable Art

Want to try something special? How about a flowering tea? A flowering tea is made of tea buds and various flowers, hand sewn together and folded into a bulb. When infused in hot water, the bulb unfolds, creating a marvelous bouquet. Children love flowering teas (also called "blooming teas" and "performance teas") and adults are …

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What’s in a Name?

by Stephanie Hanson A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, according to Juliet. But would Rose Congou? I thought we would take a look at the origins of some of the names for our favorite beverage. The Chinese have two words for tea: t’e (pronounced tay), from Fukien Province, and cha, used …

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Hibiscus “Tea”

by Lisa Richardson [reposted from our sister blog] Hibiscus "tea" is a very popular beverage across the globe, with incarnations ranging from the Middle East all the way to the Caribbean. It is a sour, fruity infusion made from hibiscus flowers, which thus classifies it as an herbal "tea," since it usually doesn’t include any Camellia …

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What Is “Chai Tea”?

by Lisa Richarson [reposted from our sister blog] “Chai tea” is more correctly referred to as masala chai, as the word “chai” is another word for “tea.” With the resurgence of tea’s popularity in the United States, a new commercial and customer appreciation has been found for chai. Chai originates in India, where is it simply a …

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Elegant Tea Party Invitations

by Caryn Murray You don’t have to be crafty to make your own tea party invitations, and a homemade tea party invitation is always a nicer touch than a purchased invitation because it is more personal, and will most likely end up in a scrapbook. These simple tips will help you design and create your …

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Taking My Sugar to Tea: To Sweeten or Not to Sweeten

by William I. Lengeman III In the opinion of novelist Henry Fielding, "love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea." But for so many of Fielding’s countrymen, black tea with milk and sugar is a right and a requirement that's become one of the icons with which the British are closely associated. For many …

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Should Children Drink Tea?

By Caryn Murray The question is one that many parents and grandparents ask, or should ask. Sadly, there isn't much information available that will tell you what an appropriate age is for a child to drink tea. In most cases, parents can use their own responsible discretion before serving tea to a child. Some parents …

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Simple Tea Sandwich Recipes

If want to make a platter of tasty tea sandwiches without the difficult-to-find ingredients or hassle of more complicated recipes, try these simple tea sandwiches - they should satisfy all of your needs (as well as your taste buds!) “Taste Like Carrot Cake!” Tea Sandwiches 1 cup carrots (grated) ½ can cream cheese frosting 8 …

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