Blooming Spring

Although it's a rather damp day, filled with puddles and raindrops, the birds are singing to welcome in spring. Not being acquainted with a calendar, they have no idea that it's still a few days away. All they know is that the days have grown warmer and snow has turned to rain after so many …

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Luck of the Irish

This Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, that green-tinted day upon which all Americans have a bit of Irish blood in them no matter which continent their ancestors hailed from. Green beer will be poured out in copious quantities between now and then, but I propose a more civilized way to celebrate the occasion. A shamrock …

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Most Unlikely

A large portion of our kitchen is occupied by my tea and its paraphernalia. And tea does not always remain in the teacup, but sometimes makes it onto our plate. Even though I cook with tea, I am often surprised at the other unexpected places that I find my favorite beverage. Sometimes, its in other …

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Book Review — “Cha-No-Yu: The Japanese Tea Ceremony” by A.L. Sadler

While I may be the tea expert in my small circle of family and friends, I am repeatedly humbled by those out there whose knowledge vastly surpasses my own. I know what I like, and a little bit about the industry, but feel that there is always so much more that I still need to …

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Healing Teas

Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for your particular needs. You hear a lot about all of the health benefits of tea these days. Everyone is claiming that oolong can make you lose weight, green tea will prevent cancer, and black tea will save you from the perils of …

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Book Review — “The Tea Rose” by Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly's novel The Tea Rose features the spirited Irish lass Fiona Finnegan. Employed by a tea factory and saving to start her own tea shop, Fiona's dreams of a happily ever after with Joe Bristow seem assured. Then tragedy strikes, costing Fiona both her father and her future with Joe. Over many years, Fiona …

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The Tea Bag Debate

I recently attended a tea bag tasting, as you may have realized from my article about how to do so. I found it interesting that I was the only tea blogger to attend. The other bloggers were more general foodies. Now, I did not have access to the invitation list. But I had a theory …

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Green Tea to Go

The ideal tea situation for me means sitting at my table outside, listening to birds chirp as I pour small cups from my cast iron tea pot, the leaves having plenty of room for their gentle unfurling and floating. But of course, the reality quite often falls short of the ideal, and I’ve got to …

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Matcha Cocoa Recipe

I don't know about you, but here we have been having record cold temperatures. And in our house, that's inside and out. We've been trying to save energy and money by turning down the thermostat and putting on more layers, but I'm still cold. So, I've been adding hot cocoa to the drink repertoire along …

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