chocolate saltine toffee

Recently one of our customers stopped by to purchase his favorite teas and told us that when attending our Holiday Open House he has tried our Chocolate Saltine Toffee pieces – a delicious treat that has now become a favorite with his family. I had forgotten all about this recipe but at his urging am…

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It’s ramp time of year again here in the Appalachians. Ramps appear first in their southern range in late March. The season finally ends in the far north in early-to-mid May. The folk medicine reputation which holds both Ramps and Wild Leeks to be powerful healers turns out to be well deserved. They are high…

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Happy Purim. Hope you enjoy your Hamantaschen!

happy purim

February 25th is the start of the Jewish Holiday of Purim.  To be quite truthful, I had never heard of it until starting to do research for our last newsletter which was about celebrations in the month of February.  It amazes me that such a big holiday for a large part of our country’s population…

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a snowy path

FESTIVE FEBRUARY A MONTH FULL OF CELEBRATIONS February can so often be a dull and dreary month and even more so with many people still in lockdown.  Can you believe it has almost been almost a year since we have lived like this?  How naive we all were to think the pandemic would be over…

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pomegranate black tea

Staying home this New Year’s Eve?  Add to the fun by trying these tea-based cocktails. Don’t be intimidated. Making cocktails at home is very simple. No matter what you fancy, we have a cocktail recipe for every taste. Just shake, stir, or pour away. ZESTY GIN & TEA – Yield: 1 CocktailIngredients:-1 ½ fluid oz.…

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Chocolate and Orange Scones

chocolate and orange scones

These delicious scones are so tasty that it is not really necessary to serve jam but if you really have to, suggest using an orange marmalade to enhance the orange flavoring. We merely spread them, while still warm, with butter. A spoon of clotted cream tastes good too. Suggested teas to accompany the scones: Irish…

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February Newsletter, 2020

in the bleak midwinter oil painting

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rossetti It’s February and it’s cold. In the Larkin household that means it soup weather.  A warm bowl of…

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Soups made with Tea

a bowl of soup

A warm bowl of soup always tastes nourishing, especially on a cold winter day. Add tea to the broth, and the soup is even more beneficial. What are the advantages of cooking with tea? Well, tea is packed with antioxidants (that get rid of potentially harmful, oxidizing substances in your body) and polyphenols (which work to fight…

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What speaks more of the Holiday season than cranberries?

The Larkin Tea Company team

Judith Krall-Russo, fellow Certified Tea Specialist and Food Historian, who calls the American Cranberry “The Queen of the Bog” writes: “The large American cranberry is one of a few fruits that are native to only North America. Native Americans prized this tart berry using them not only for food, but also as a medicine and…

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