A Vanilla Tea I Liked

I recently reacquainted myself with flavoured teas and I was ever so tea-lighted to have come across another flavoured tea (specifically, a vanilla tea) that I like. A flavoured tea in the true sense of the term is a tea that has had a fruit, herb or spice added to it. How to tell that you have …

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Cooking with Tea: Just Peachy!

I was in the farmer’s market the other day and overheard someone say that they weren’t going to buy peaches because they’d had so many that they were sick of them. Huh? Sick of them? How can anyone not want to eat as many beautiful peaches as possible during their short growing season? Are there …

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Tea and Math

Tea and math are not usually two items that go together in the same sentence. In fact, knowing how averse to math some folks are, I almost titled this article something like “tea by the numbers” or “counting on tea.” However, that would have driven away those averse to incredibly bad punnery. Sigh! Believe it …

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Tea Water: To Microwave or Not?

To microwave or not to microwave water for tea? That is the question. You don't have to look hard to find people who have strong opinions about this issue. But if you're trying to find cold hard facts, you're going to have to look a lot harder. There doesn’t seem to be any consensus on …

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Traditions Pottery Brings Tradition to Your Tea Time

Just as tea has its traditions and variety, so does the pottery many of us use for preparing and enjoying that tea. We’re quite thankful for these potters who keep the old-time methods and looks alive. One such team is Janet and Mike Calhoun of Traditions Pottery in the North Carolina mountains just south of …

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Herbal Infusions Are Teas, Too!

Herbal infusions are teas, too. Now, I’m probably going to upset a lot of tea lovers for making this bold statement and in fact, if you’d have said “herbal infusions are teas” to me a couple of months ago, I’d have found it difficult to agree with you. Why this sudden change of heart you …

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Pairing Tea and Food — Forelle Pear Tart and Dong Ding Oolong Tea

Time for another recipe (the 4th in a baker’s dozen). This is another that goes great with tea. Be adventurous and give her recipe a try with a pot of the tea named and assess the pairing for yourself. The recipe: Forelle Pear Tart The cook prepared this dish originally as a nice snack for …

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A Poem (or 2 or 3) in Praise of Tea

Over the years a number of poets have found themselves so enamored of the charms of tea they have been driven to pen tributes to it. For a recent example of this sort of thing, take a look at this review of Elizabeth Darcy Jones' Distinguished Leaves: Poems for Tea Lovers, which was published in …

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Organizing a Tea Room Crawl

Can you think of anything more fun than getting a group of tea lovers together to share a good cuppa? How about many good cuppas at several different locations? Yes, we’re talking about a tea room crawl! In the late 1800s, the term pub crawl was coined to described a bunch of “gentlemen” who’d start …

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British Foods: Crisps

British specialty foods are really catching on here in the U.S., including a real favorite called “Crisps.” Language alert: Although English is considered quite a universal language and is indeed spoken and/or read by a large portion of the world’s population, still the variations in usage and terminology can be as much an impediment to …

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