More New Year’s Tea Resolutions

Another year has rolled by and with it many events have occurred. Some goals got accomplished and others did not. How did your year go? And what resolutions do you have lined up for this New Year that is upon us? Mine are all about tea, naturally! Let’s skip past the obvious such as “trying …

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Resolving to Drink Better Tea

The new year is almost upon us and, as always, the first of January is the signal for those who engage in such practices to roll out a bright shiny new list of New Year's resolutions. January 6 is, of course, the day by which 96.4% of those resolutions have fallen by the wayside, but …

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The Two Main Cinnamon Types (All the Rest Come from One of These)

Just as there are various kinds and sources of vanilla, pepper, and other flavorings and spices, so there are different cinnamons — actually, two main ones: Ceylon (True) Cinnamon vs. Cassia Cinnamon. Both come in two basic forms: sticks (also called “quills”) or powdered. The sticks of both are dried in the sun and thus …

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A Very English Tea Affair

by Guest Blogger Sarah Rosalind Roberts [Editor's note: Sarah's second contribution to our blog — we hope to see more.] A teapot full of freshly brewed Earl Grey tea, an array of cucumber sandwiches and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam make for the perfect way to enjoy the day and see you …

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How Many Words Are There for “Tea”?

As Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, “How do I love thee, let me count the ways.” And thus it is with tea. It is known by many words and loved in many ways. I went scouring around the Internet and found various lists, forums, discussion boards, etc., with words from all corners of the globe. A …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 14

As you may be aware, the United Nations has declared 2013 the Year of the Novelty Tea Infuser. Well, that's not true, actually. The UN surely has better things to do and the good people who bring us novelty tea infusers actually seem to be quite active every year. I wish I'd had the good …

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The Day-After-Christmas Tea Time

It’s the day after Christmas and time to relax after all that stress, anxiety, planning, expectations, guesses, disappointments, and fulfillments. The season can be thrilling with all the colors and lights and music, but it can also be a time when we just feel overloaded to the point that the day after is a release, …

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Recipe for French Dip with Tea Au Jus

Christmas Dinner has passed as you now stare into your fridge at the remnants of the delectable prime rib roast you ate. Visions of the wonderful night dance through your mind as you decide what to make with such a wonderful meal. What could be easier than a warm French dip sandwich and tea au …

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Twas the Night Before… (a tea poem for Christmas)

One of the most famous poems around is “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, but there are other versions that are lesser known, like this one I just made up: ’Twas the night before Christmas, when in our small house We put on the kettle — just me and my spouse; The tea leaves were put …

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“Tea Culture: The Experiment in South Carolina” by Charles Upham Shepard

It's probably safe to say by now that tea production in South Carolina has progressed beyond being an experiment or that the experiment has succeeded or what have you. Of all of the many states that currently produce tea - most on a very modest scale - South Carolina is the most significant. It's home …

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