Toasting the First Day of Fall with Tea

For some folks, Labor Day is officially the end of Summer, which among the folks in the Hamptons also means it’s the last day to wear white until Memorial Day, but officially Summer continues until around the end of the 3rd week of September. I always like to observe this official version of the change …

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Leaf Peeping of a Different Kind

It’s that time of year when the leaves on those deciduous trees start to lose their chlorophyll and go from green to various hues of yellow, orange, red, and brown. Lots of maps appear across the Internet to guide you to the best spots for a bit of “leaf peeping.” A wonderful pastime. But here …

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How to Have a Quiet Autumn Tea Moment

Maybe it’s the longer hours of darkness. Maybe it’s the cooler temperatures, especially at night. Or maybe it’s all the beauty of nature around us with the leaves changing colors against skies that are sometimes crisply blue and sometimes full of clouds thick and full like great wads of gray cotton. Whatever the reason, this …

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Autumn Tea Time and the Mother-in-Law

Autumn tea times are the best for me. They can be spoiled, though, with a mother-in-law watching over your shoulder to make sure things are done just so. In fact, such behavior can make you quite jittery and downright irritable. Not good for any tea time, but especially bad for those autumn tea times! One …

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Hurry Up, Fall, I Need Those Special Teas!

Fall is just around the corner, only about a couple of weeks away, and it’s a time when my tastebuds crave certain teas, including a few with added flavorings (something I usually avoid). But such anticipation can make time seem to crawl by slowly. And that makes me cry out, “Hurry up, Fall, I need …

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Tea Moment — Watching the Fall Leaves Fall

Stop whatever you’re doing and take a tea moment. It’s once again time to watch the Fall leaves fall! And no it’s not akin to watching paint dry, but pretty close. Why do leaves fall? Pretty simple: they shut down. As the days grow shorter and the angle of the Sun’s rays gets lower on …

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Squash Muffins and Tea

Unable to work squash into a recent article on using seasonal produce in herbal infusions, I decided to make squash muffins to pair with tea. The recipe (makes 12 muffins): ½ pound butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cubed) 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon …

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Adding the Colors of Fall to Your Tea Time

As the green on the trees turns to the hues of Fall, it’s time to add those colors to your tea time. The best approach is to bring out the fall colored teawares, from teapots to cups and mugs to creamer and sugar sets to tea-for-one sets. Fall colors come not only from the changing …

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5 Ginger Teas and Infusions for Autumn

As the October days roll on, crisp air and chilly winds have become the norm. While September might have provided you with a bit of a weather challenge, October is firmly Autumn. It is around this time of year that I find myself tending towards teas with more warming flavours and ginger is top among …

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