Thoughts on Making Tea

It seems that for every variety of tea out there, there is a different way to prepare it. The basic concept is simple: heat water, steep leaves in water, separate the leaves from the water, drink. And yet, there are myriad ways to do it. Take the basic teapot, for example, in which the leaves …

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Freshen Your Breath with Tea

By William I. Lengeman III Even if you’ve never been afflicted with halitosis (bad breath), you've probably had the misfortune of encountering someone who suffers from it. There’s no way to be sure how many people are plagued by this malodorous affliction, but the host of breath-freshening products on the market provide a good indicator …

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Little Japanese Teapot

By A.C. Cargill One of my tea equipage treasures is a little Japanese cast-iron teapot. It conveys an air of “tea-ness” that’s hard to describe. Decorative and practical, this cast-iron gem's worth every penny paid and is reserved for brewing green tea. Much is said of the health benefits of green tea. I can’t confirm …

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Honey – Processing, Quality and Grading

Yesterday we learned how honey bees make honey, and we also talked about a few of its uses, but to get the most out of your honey-experience, it's often helpful to know a little about honey processing, quality and grading. Honey can be processed in a wide variety of ways. The following has been collected …

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Cherry-Berry Bread Mix

Due to a struggling economy and a limited budget, my family’s gift giving will be somewhat limited this year. We’ve discussed options with our immediate and extended family members such as buying gifts under a certain cost, holding a Pollyanna or purchasing no gifts at all. Still, I feel obligated to give certain friends, family …

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Cinnamon Honey Buns Recipe

Christmas is always one of my favorite times to bake and share my sweet treats with friends and family. I love the variety of baked goods available and am constantly trying new recipes. This year, for Christmas breakfast I’ll be making our family’s traditional foods, but will also be trying a new recipe for Cinnamon …

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Tea and Honey

Tea can be sweetened with a number of different substances such as sugar, sugar substitutes and, my personal favorite, honey! Though honey seems to be available in vast quantities (often packaged in cute bottles), we may not all know where honey comes from or how it is made. The type of honey that humans consume …

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A Tea Book for Real Tea Drinkers

In a sea of books about tea, a reader can find it hard to select one that gives facts yet is also visually pleasing. The book Tea (subtitled Aromas and Flavors Around the World) by Lydia Gautier does both so well that this avid tea drinker (me) can find true tea happiness. Starting with a …

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