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Tea-smoked Salmon and Yukon Mashed Potatoes

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James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, Diane Morgan, creates this simple, yet elegant meal. Once you have tried tea-smoking salmon, whether in a stove-top smoker, a wok, or on the grill, you’ll wonder how a piece of fish with almost no embellishments can taste so good. Smoking the butter for the mashed potatoes at the same time is smart thinking and…

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Napoleona Moroccan Mint Tea Martini

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Tea infused cocktails make fabulous drinks.  We travel to Marrakesh, Morocco, and the famed Le Caspien Hotel to meet up with Chef Joel Kazouini for this refreshingly simple yet flavorful Moroccan Mint Tea Martini.   Perfect drink for summer –enjoy!     Mint Tea Simple Syrup 1 cup boiling water 2T Napoleona Moroccan Mint tea 1 cup  sugar Add tea…

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Ceylon Tea

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA Ceylon Tea  Colombo Sri Lanka.  When I first visited in 2011, I fell in love with this tiny teardrop-shaped island off the southeastern coast of India.  And I knew I would always  go back. This time, we arrived to the early morning life, as the sun was rising over this  exotic island.  This is Ceylon, an ancient…

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Jasmine Green Tea Cupcakes with Honeybush Vanilla Frosting

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CHEFs & TEA As part of our new Spotlight series “Chefs & Tea”, we are excited to start the series with Rebecca Miller Ffrench, event planner, journalist and author of Sweet Home.   Rebecca’s work has appeared in numerous national magazines including Condé Nast’s Cookie, Real Simple Family, Martha Stewart Weddings, Better Homes & Gardens, in addition to her appearances and…

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Pairing Teas and Chocolates

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The pairing of gourmet chocolates and specialty teas can create a wonderful taste experience. While ultimately taste is subjective, following are some suggestions that can enhance the experience. To begin with, chocolate comes from the cacao bean. The pods grow on cacao trees and are now cultivated around the world. The four varieties of cacao are Criollo, Forastero (which provides…

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Useful Tea Terms

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White Tea – The least processed of teas. After careful plucking the leaves are withered and laid out to dry. White tea is delicate and fluffy and requires more room to steep. The infusion is a pale champagne or light straw color. Yellow Tea – A rare type of tea that falls between white and green teas. Yellow tea unfortunately…

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Guayusa

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NAPO REGION, ECUADOR Amazonian Guayusa Hi everybody, this is Ian, Riley, and Christina from Napoleona Tea Company. We’d like to introduce you to guayusa, an herbal from an Amazonian holly tree that has been consumed by the indigenous Kichwa tribes for centuries. Read on for more details about our trip to the Amazon to learn about guayusa and Runa Organization’s efforts…

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