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British Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a classic British treat that are perfect for all ages. They are definitely not pancakes, more like a bar cookie made from oats bound with butter, golden syrup and brown sugar. They are a little like an oatmeal cookie and a lot like a granola bar.  The slow releasing energy from the oats…

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Are Your Hands Red and Raw from Constant Washing?

Here in West Virginia at the Larkin Tea Company, we’re not actually distilling hand sanitizer but because our hands are raw from washing them fifty thousand times a day, we’ve made our own hand lotion using green tea and coconut oil.  (It could also be used as a body lotion.) It is a very easy…

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Potato Chip Cookies

Happy Potato Chip Day! To celebrate we’re sharing a simple cookie recipe whose main ingredient is crushed potato chips. The design on the cookies was created by stamping them with the decorative base of a glass before cooking. When my eldest grandson, Andrew, was a child we’d bake these together. Called them “Mystery Cookies” because…

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Tea and The Coronavirus

People have been asking us about how safe it is to drink tea from China. Due to the proposed tariffs on tea from China, we ordered our supplies before the end of 2019. All the Chinese tea in our possession was harvested and delivered well before the virus broke out. It takes over two months…

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Traditional Irish Boxty

Boxty is a traditional Irish food that makes good use of that most famous Irish staple: the potato. It is essentially a potato pancake that can be eaten alone or as a side dish.  Boxty was a traditional “peasant food” since the ingredients were generally cheap and affordable in poor households. Irish peasants in the 18th…

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March Newsletter, 2020

Again, during the month of March, we are honoring the rich heritage of Ireland, the ancestral home of the Larkins. CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF THE EMERALD ISLE We met the artist, Helen Magee while attending the Showcase Ireland Trade Show in Dublin, Ireland this past January.  Her landscapes of the Irish countryside are so beautiful…

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Oktoberfest Recipes

Serves 6 Bavarian Cheese Spread Ingredients: ½ cup unsalted butter 4 oz. cream cheese 4 oz. Brie cheese, cut into small pieces 8 oz. Muenster cheese, cut into small pieces 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tsp. Hungarian hot paprika 1 tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika 1 tsp. chili powder ½ tsp. caraway seeds ½ white…

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