a journal of tea-inspired foods and recipes
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Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] is a journal of tea-inspired foods and cooking with tea recipes.
Hi, I’m Suzanne Klein. Self-proclaimed foodie and tea geek. I spent almost 20 years as a marketing executive before I realized I could use my marketing skills to make my passions–tea and food–into a full time job. Currently, I’m a freelance writer, recipe developer, and tea consultant.
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 the Denver, Colorado, area. While I no longer sell my tea blends, I instead use my years of tea knowledge to consult with companies about tea, write about tea, and create tea education classes. I’m also studying for a professional tea certification with the Specialty Tea Institute of the Tea Association of the USA.
On the food front, I was lucky to fall into a dream job managing the test kitchen for a Denver-based spice retailer, Savory Spice. Over five years, I developed and tested hundreds of recipes, produced a cookbook, created a recipe-of-the-month program, and managed all the cooking and food styling for photography and video projects. I still love taking cooking classes and I read lots of food books, but most of my experience is from pure exploration combined with an adventurous spirit in the kitchen. My mom and siblings are all great cooks, so there is a lot of inspiration in the family.
In short, I love food and I love tea, so I’m combining these passions here. I spend many hours of my free time in the kitchen cooking and, more specifically, exploring the role tea plays with food. I’ve taught several cooking with tea classes. The further down this food and tea path I get, the more I realize I need a place to chronicle my journey.
This blog will track my observations and experiences with food and tea, which may include reviews of cool tea-based food products I find at markets, restaurant dishes that incorporate tea as an ingredient, reviews of cookbooks with tea themes, and of course sharing the cooking with tea recipes I’ve tested.
I create the content and take 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.