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EARL GREY BUTTER COOKIES

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EARL GREY BUTTER COOKIES

Today's post is a fun one! I'm going to show you how to make earl grey butter cookies. You won't believe the vibrant flavor of these little cuties. They seriously taste like you're drinking a cup of earl grey tea . . . but in cookie form . . . does it get any better than that?? In my family, butter cookies were actually called spritz cookies and were always made in a spritz cookie press. Unfortunately, since I'm still a young (poor) married person, I have yet to acquire such a cookie device of my own. So if you're...

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TEA-INFUSED BUTTER

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TEA-INFUSED BUTTER

I'm so excited to share my latest fascination - cooking with tea! There are a number of ways that you can do this, but today I'm going to show you how to make tea-infused butter. The tea butter can be used in a recipe in place of normal butter. It adds incredible flavor. More on that to come! (This is a technique that I learned from Robert Wemischner and Diana Rosen's book Cooking with Tea. Their photographer, Susan Bourgoin, captured some of the most beautiful product images that I've seen in a long time! I highly recommend that you pick...

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BREWING TIPS

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BREWING TIPS

One might think that brewing tea is a mindless task. After all, it's just throwing a tea bag in some hot water, right? Well that is the gist of it, yes, but brewing the perfect cup of tea takes a bit more effort. A few simple tips can take your tea time to the next level. Tip #1: Never use "double boiled" water. Previously boiled water has lost oxygen through steam/vaporization. This makes your tea taste flat. Make sure you use fresh water every time. Tip #2: Not just any water will do. Tap water may have a chemical taste....

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WHY ORGANIC?

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WHY ORGANIC?

Most people think of tea as a healthy alternative to soda and sugary fruit cocktail juices. What they don't know is that a lot of tea on the market has been shown to contain high levels of toxic substances such as fluoride and pesticides. Non-organic farms may spray the tea with pesticides. Since most manufacturers don't wash the tea before it is distributed into bags, those pesticides will end up directly in your cup. Another big issue comes from the tea bags themselves. Tea bags are most commonly made from food grade nylon or polyethylene terephthalate (a form of polyester)....

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TYPES OF TEA

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TYPES OF TEA

Have you ever wondered what oolong tea is? Or pu'erh? There are several different types of tea and it can get a bit confusing. All tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. The buds and leaves are meticulously transformed into one of five types of tea: • Black• Green• Pu-erh• Oolong• White You’ll notice that herbal tea did not make that list. That is because it is technically not tea (but we’ll discuss that more in a bit). Black tea is the most common tea in North America. It is produced when withered tea leaves are rolled and allowed...

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