“Turning Up the Pumpkin Heat”

Dunkin’ starts their pumpkin spice season earlier and earlier every year. The fall menu will be available at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide by Aug. 18, the chain revealed on Wednesday. It features the new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and returning Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, pumpkin-flavored coffee, donuts, muffins and Munchkins donut holes. Not to be…

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POETRY CONTEST 2021 WINNERS

tea poetry contest

Our first Tea Poetry Contest was very well received with 23 entries from all over the USA. The poems were judged by Lisa Boalt-Richardson and Dr. Kim Marie White Lewis. Boalt-Richardson is the director of the World Tea Academy and is a certified tea specialist. She is the author of three published books on tea…

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POETRY CONTEST 2021

tea poetry contest

POETRY CONTEST CELEBRATES TEA & NATIONAL POETRY MONTH MARTINSBURG, West Virginia — Tea and poetry have long been celebrated for the experiences they can evoke — warming the body from the inside out. To honor the way a perfectly steeped cup of tea can taste or how a poem can make the heart race with…

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WEST VIRGINIA HOT TODDY

west Virginia hot toddy

Ingredients: Prep Time: 5 minutes  Total Time: 10 minutes Yields: 1 1 cup water 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 1 tbsp. oolong tea (We used Ti Kuan Yin) 1½ oz. moonshine whiskey Juice of half lemon Lemon slice and star anise for garnish In a small pan, combine water, cinnamon, anise and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add oolong…

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ARMAGH POTATO APPLE GRIDDLE CAKE

My good friend, Sinéad Moss, has shared her grandma’s Armagh Potato Apple Griddle Cake recipe.  Served with cream, it makes a delicious treat for high tea and of course, don’t forget to make a pot of Irish Breakfast Blend tea to go with it.  Armagh Potato Apple Griddle Cake 1 lb. cooked potatoes, mashed.  Must…

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BELGIAN SNACKING CAKE

This unusual cake which is moist with a surprisingly light texture is an ideal way to finish up any left-over mincemeat.  Needs to be cold before slicing and the taste and texture is actually better the next day. Ingredients: 4 oz. unsalted butter (softened) 3 oz. soft brown sugar 2 eggs (beaten) 5 oz. self-rising…

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ECCLES CAKES

The Eccles cake is named after the town of Eccles, which is in the historic county of Lancashire and now classified as a town in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester. They are part of a Lancashire food tradition, with similar cakes being found in other parts of the County of Lancashire. Eccles cakes were traditionally…

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Pumpkin-Ginger Oat Scones

INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling ½ cup granulated white sugar 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, chopped into chunks ¾ cup finely chopped crystalized ginger* ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie…

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Green Tomato Pie

When the frost arrives and brings the tomato-growing season to an end, try baking this very different pie made of green tomatoes. I discovered this recipe, which had been cut out of a magazine from probably the 1970’s, stuck in an old cookbook someone had given me.  Had it for years but never got around…

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What Gives Earl Grey its Unique Flavor?

Earl Grey is probably the most recognized tea blend in the world. It is flavored by Bergamot oil to deliver a calming and aromatic citrus character. The oil comes from bergamot orange (Citrus Bergamia) which is a citrus fruit grown chiefly in Italy. The tree yields a yellow-green pear-shaped fruit, the peel of which is valued by…

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