Mince Pies

Nearly everyone loves pie, so when you hear about having pie during the holidays, it turns some heads. While beloved pies like apple and pumpkin are served during the holidays, mince pies are the true holiday crowd pleaser. Mince pies have been around since the 1600s and believe it or not, they were originally filled …

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Christmas Dinner

When you have a holiday dinner, what is traditional at your table? For my family, it’s pretty similar to the food at Thanksgiving, except we have a ham and sometimes a turkey (with some delicious stuffing) since I have a sister who refuses to eat ham (thank the teacher in high school who scared her …

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A Good Year for Tea

If you are from a certain part of the country, usually rural, you will recognize the old saying: “It was a good year for peaches...or plums...or tomatoes, etc.” Many a gardener, farmer, or homemaker spending hours in a hot kitchen filling canning jars has marked a year by the exceptional bounty and fine taste of …

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“Culinary Tea” by Cynthia Gold and Lise Stern

For some tea drinkers – present company included - a cup of tea is just fine and nothing more is needed. We drink our tea, sometimes in copious and staggering amounts, but that is all. Other tea lovers might want to take things a step further and do such things as incorporating tea into their …

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Tea Cookbooks Revisited

Drink tea. Sure. Eat tea? Why not? As we pointed out in an article in these pages not so long ago, tea is not just for drinking. It can also be used as an ingredient in a wide assortment of recipes, including sweet and savory dishes. If you're looking for more information about this subject, …

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Tea, Food and More

It's no secret (or at least it shouldn't be) that tea goes great with just about any kind of food. As with wine, the trick is to figure out which teas and foods make the best match. In the world of wine, this function is typically carried out by an individual known as a sommelier. …

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Fruitcake Free-for-All

Lots of jokes are made about fruitcake, but it’s still one of the most popular food items for the winter holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and News Year’s). It’s also great with coffees, teas, and hot cocoa. Such versatility! And the variety of recipes seems so great that you can throw a fruitcake free-for-all, with every guest …

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Teatime Blasphemy

Tea and food pairings can be harmonious and peaceful or so jarring that they seem like teatime “blasphemy.” After all, teatime should be about a break in the day, a chance to have a time out and recollect your composure during a hectic day. Right? Tea drinkers usually recognize that certain foods pair with certain …

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