About Tea Foodie

Thanks for checking out my journal of cooking with tea recipes! I’m Suzanne Klein. Self-proclaimed foodie and tea geek. I love food and I love tea, so I’ve combined those passions here in this cooking with tea blog.

Tea Foodie Suzanne Klein
I spent five delicious years in the Savory Spice test kitchen

I spent almost 20 years as a marketing executive before I was brave enough to jump ship and use my communications skills to turn my passions of tea and food into a full time job. Currently, I’m a freelance writer, recipe developer, content creator, and tea consultant.

On the tea front, I started an organic tea blending company in 2009 called Zanitea. I made hand blended loose leaf teas and sold them on Etsy and at local craft markets, restaurants, and cafes around Denver, Colorado. I’m no longer blending and selling teas; instead I focus on creating tea education content. I use my years of tea knowledge to consult with companies about tea, write about tea, and teach tea 101 and cooking with tea classes. I’m also studying for a professional tea certification with the Specialty Tea Institute of the Tea Association of the USA. (Skip over to my Connect page if you’d like to reach out and work with me on a tea project!)

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A tea & cheese pairing is one of my favorite classes to teach

On the food front, I was lucky to fall into a dream job managing the test kitchen for a national spice retail chain, Savory Spice. I spent five years in Savory’s Denver-based home office and warehouse. I developed and tested hundreds of spice-forward recipes, produced a cookbook, created a recipe-of-the-month program, and managed all of the cooking and food styling for the company’s photography and video projects. My favorite part? Creating crazy-spiced and sometimes wacky birthday treats every month for the warehouse staff. Often these treats were infused with tea!

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My first cookbook project with Savory Spice

I love exploring the role tea plays with food and needed a place to chronicle my journey. This blog tracks my observations and experiences with food and tea. (You can bet there will be plenty of spices tossed in!) Of course I’ll share all of the cooking with tea recipes I’ve tested. I may also share reviews of interesting tea-based food products I find, tea discoveries during my travels, summaries of tea dinners I host, or reviews of cookbooks with tea themes. It’s all fair game!

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I always shoot tea cocktails as close to happy hour as possible

I create the content and take all of the photos for this blog. The recipes come from a variety of places, like food-based web sites, cookbooks and friends. In many cases, after rounds of recipe testing, I have adapted the original recipe that inspired me to fit my tea foodie style. All recipes that I share in this blog will be credited with the source that inspired me to write about the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy cooking and sipping!

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Laurie says:

    Hi, Suzanne. I enjoy your blog so much that I have nominated you for an Illuminating Blogger Award in my most recent post.

  2. Zanitea says:

    Thanks so much for the nomination, Laurie!

  3. Suzanne, you are an amazing chef. I look forward every time I get invited over and hope there are many more dinners together to come!

    1. Zanitea says:

      Thanks, Carrie. Ditto to you!

  4. essbur says:

    Hi Suzanne

    Very happy to stumble across your blog, we’re moving to Denver from Chile soon, so it’s a bit exciting to find out that you are based there too. Happy that I’ll be able to try your teas in Denver too!

    Best wishes.

    1. Zanitea says:

      Glad you found my blog! Good luck with your move to Denver. There’s a growing food scene here, and lots of places to get tea!

  5. What a wonderful blog!!!!!! Superb. I love branching out with tea!!

    1. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Yours is beautiful as well.

  6. Wow!!! LOVE your blog!!! It would be something I would also love to write about. I am an absolute tea fanatic and your blog idea is genius! I am also a marketeer by day and a blogger by night (=not much sleep ;-)
    So happy I found your blog! big hug, Sylvia

    1. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog Sylvia! I’m now following yours, it’s gorgeous. Love your photos and your healthy approach. It’s hard to blog at night, right?

  7. Wow, thank you so much!! Sooo happy you liked my blog! ;-) Yes, it’s hard sometimes to keep up, especially during busy times at the office….But aren’t we just so passionate about it and that keeps us going? The picture taking part is I think the most difficult, but I bought some lights recently, so that should help ;-) big hug to you! ;-)

  8. Hi Susanne, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award because I simply love your blog and am inspired by what you do! If you would like to accept it, the link is below – participation is completely voluntary of course ;-)
    http://superfoodista.com/2013/11/23/award-weekend-wordpress-family-and-versatile-blogger-award-and-quinoa-spinach-pancakes/

    1. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

      Thank you Superfoodista! I gladly accept the nomination, and I love your blog as well!

  9. Jen says:

    What a neat blog! I can’t say I’ve found many recipes that use tea but it’s something I’ve always wondered about. I can’t wait to see what recipe you come up with next!

    1. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Jen!

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