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Category Archives: Tea Preparation

Yixing – The Secret Ingredient in the Best Chinese Teapots

A huge benefit to attending college in the South is the breakfast. Southerners know how to cook up a a rib-sticking meal that will energize you throughout the day. Either that or the breakfast will be so good that you eat way too much and are put into a “food…

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How to Make Your Own Chai for Thanksgiving

photo: www.flickr.com/photos/kk/14437166/ Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite times of year. One of the things I enjoy the most is experimenting with new recipes. While Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday, I like to try creating one new dish every year and it doesn’t have to be something exotic either….

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Sencha – The Tea the Japanese Want to Keep to Themselves

photo: www.flickr.com/photos/jorgezapico/4174708128/ As Halloween approaches, I can’t help but think about how much fun it was to go trick-or-treating. When I was in my prime Halloween years, my favorite costume was a Ninja and my weapon of choice was a pillowcase. The pillowcase was great because it held a huge…

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Are You a Fannitarian?

www.flickr.com/photos/veganwarrior/87811978/ There is a new controversy going on in the Vegan world and treehugger.com has created a new name for people, Cheatatarians. A Cheatatarian is a vegetarian who sometimes eats some type of meat when no one is watching. The theory behind it is that the majority of people become…

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How to Store Your Tea

You have seen it. We all have seen it. It sits there in its little orange box, always getting in the way. But for some reason everyone has to have it. The thing I am referring to is the little box of baking soda in your refrigerator.

Have you ever wondered why it is there?

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Why You Need To Steep Your Tea Multiple Times

One of my favorite movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The weird thing is that it wasn’t one of my favorite movies the first time I saw it. I definitely liked it, but it took about 10 more Christmas’ of non-stop network TV play for me to really love it. Now, here is a hint that a lot of serious tea drinkers know.

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Why Oversteeping Tea Turns It Bitter

photo: www.flickr.com/photos/36940699@N03/4348245604/ Whoever coined the term “Browning Garlic” almost got me in a bunch of trouble. It was my first day in culinary school and my first project was to make a dish with 4 other people. My job was to cook the mushrooms. The first thing that I was…

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Does Your Tea Taste too Watery?

I can remember the first time I tried to make Matzo Ball soup. I had just come back from New York and had a great bowl of it at Katz’s Deli and was eager to make my own version. After 2 bags of groceries and 2 hours later, the final…

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Why Black Tea Needs to be Steeped with Boiling Water

www.flickr.com/photos/bwc/4570396941/ Back in college I wan’t the most “sophisticated” person. I lived in a dorm that had a TV, two beds, my roommate’s giant hamster poster (that is a story within itself) and a microwave. I also ate very basic foods and, by that, I mean I ate whatever was…

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The 5 Different Stages of Boiling Water and How the Chinese Use Them for Tea

My wife just asked me if I had any good recipes from my Chinese Grandmother. I had to think about it for a minute and then came to the realization that my Grandmother, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins never use recipes. For me it is strange to not use recipes, so I asked my mother about it and apparently recipes are more of a “Western thing.”

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