Are Tea Drinkers Happier Than Coffee Drinkers?

So what gives? Are tea drinkers really happier than coffee drinkers? Well, it's probably a bad idea to make such bold and sweeping statements that take in millions (billions?) of people around the world. But that didn't stop the British press from reporting not so long ago on a study comparing the two groups. There's …

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5 Signs That You’re “Going Southern” at Tea Time

Maybe you’ve been having tea in the afternoon in the British style or you’ve even gone Indian. Or maybe you stick with that teabag dunked in a mug of hot water. Then you notice a change coming. The signs are there — you just have to be able to recognize them. Believe it or not, …

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How to Choose the Right Tea for Your Recipe

With an infinite number of possibilities for tea out there, it can be a bit daunting trying to decide which one to use in your recipes. Often times several teas will work in the same dish; each will simply bring a slightly different flavor profile. Think of tea as broth or base that will promote …

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Putting the “British” into a British Product

The U.S. is thought of as a melting pot of cultures, but they are not alone in this worldwide, at least not in recent years. Great Britain influenced so much of the world and was in turn influenced by it, and so qualifies as a melting pot. Tea, foods, spices, and much more from the …

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Tea and Digestion

Digestion is probably one of these things most of us take for granted. Like breathing and a heartbeat and the like, it's a function that doesn't attract much of our attention until something goes wrong. Which for many people is apparently quite often, if you consider the constant barrage of advertising one sees for antacids …

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Save the Tricks and Pile on the Tea Treats!

The kiddies are getting their costumes ready (or more likely mommy and daddy are getting them ready). And the adults (in-between the costume making) are piling up the treats. In this house, we’re skipping the costume part (no kids here) and going straight for the treat part. Yay! Trick-or-treating usually involves a lot of candy. …

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Tea and the Appeal of British Royalty

Here is something to mull over whilst taking time out from your whatever to enjoy a soothing cuppa your favorite tea. What is it about heirs to thrones and royal marriages and subsequent royal births that continue to have appeal in our world? I have a theory. But first, it’s good to see what others …

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“Home-Grown Tea” by George Frederick Mitchell

It's been noted a number of times in these pages that the United States has never actually been a hotbed of tea production. But there was apparently enough interest in the topic that in 1907, the USDA released Farmers' Bulletin 301 - Home-Grown Tea, by George Frederick Mitchell. It's a brief but interesting work that …

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It’s Not Too Early to Order Those Holiday Gift Baskets!

Yes, folks, the artificial Christmas trees are already on display for sale at various stores, right alongside the Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. Sure, merchants are spurred by a sluggish economy and the need to move merchandise, but that’s not the only reason this greenery is popping up amongst fake pumpkins, huge inflatable ghouls and witches, …

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Recipe for Darjeeling Beef with Barley Soup

As days grow shorter and the cooler nights set in, the warmth of a hot cup of soup feeds the body and soul. Soup is probably the simplest way to integrate tea into food. Tea adds another dimension to the broth. The broth of a soup is its heart, so let’s give it a little extra heart. …

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