Cacao Coconut Overnight Oats

I was introduced to cacao tea several years back at the World Tea Expo, an annual trade show where tea companies unveil their latest offerings and tea geeks like me get drunk on tea. At the time, the chocolate company debuting cacao as tea explained that the locals on their South American cacao farm would…

Mulled Mandarin Marmalade

(An older post updated December 2018) Mandarins are little bursts of sunshine that appear during the chilly winter months and keep on shining through spring, just before the fruits of summer start to appear. I make this easier-than-ever marmalade recipe every year, often for holiday gifts. The recipients of the homemade goodness always ask for…

Rooibos Candied Clementines

Orange-chocolate is my second favorite dessert flavor, next to lemon. I have memories of my dad treating me to Swiss Orange Chip ice cream at Swenson’s as a kid. Anytime I see a Terry’s chocolate orange at the market, I scoop one (or two) up. Set a bag of chocolate dipped candied orange peel in…

Turning Sugar Cookies into Tea Cookies

I used to hate anything heart shaped. Despised! You’d think since I was born on Valentine’s Day this would be innately impossible. But I got an annual overdose of birthdays bursting at the seams with anything and everything heart shaped. Sometime during my third decade, however, I turned from a heart hater into a heart…

Loose Leaf Iced Tea

Believe it or not, the recipe I get asked how to make the most is iced tea. If you have a package of loose leaf iced tea (my preferred vice over commercial tea bags) you can easily brew yourself the perfect glass to sip or pitcher to share. Here’s how. Loose Leaf Iced Tea By…

Mussels in Fennel Tea Broth

I use fennel seeds in several of my handmade herbal tea blends. One of my favorite blends has fennel seeds, cinnamon chips, orange peel, cardamom pods and licorice root for a dose of sweetness. Another one I love to sip combines fennel seeds, ginger root, and cinnamon with refreshing peppermint leaves. But I rarely—make that…

Tea Foodie’s Frozen Faves

It’s been a hot summer here in Denver, CO! To beat the heat, I find myself going back to some of my favorite tea foodie dishes in the iced or frozen category. Thought I’d share some of my top picks for recipes to cool down with tea. Enjoy. Happy cooking and sipping! Tea Foodie’s Frozen…

Chamomile Breakfast Quinoa

I was recently asked to describe my approach to cooking and eating. I described it as, “healthy with a dash of decadence.” While this recipe post leans way to the healthy side, I have no problem whipping up a creamy, decadent dessert or a fatty, buttery slow-roasted cut of meat. All in moderation, right? I…

DIY Tea Foodie gift ideas

I’ve been busy working the holiday market circuit this season, sampling and selling my hand blended teas. One of my favorite markets is coming up this weekend, the Denver Handmade Homemade Holiday Market. I love the community spirit and creativity at this market, which features a lot of local, artisan vendors making everything from food…

Forever Nuts About Banana Muffins

Like last week’s baked oatmeal, this is another great grab-n-go breakfast snack. This time with DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts herbal tea blend stirred right into the muffin batter. This is a delicious blend is made entirely of dried apples, dried beetroot vegetables, almond pieces and cinnamon bark. You could literally just eat a bite of this…

Java Tea Baked Oatmeal

As much as I love food, I’ve never been a breakfast person. My ideal breakfast is more like brunch, really—something around 10 a.m. that involves poached eggs, hearty greens, crispy hash browns, some part of a pig and a hunk of well-buttered toast. Eating something early on a weekday morning between showering and leaving for…

Lavender-Lemon Buttermilk Scones

I was searching for the perfect scone to be the tasting vessel for a tea-infused lemon marmalade that my new friend and fabulous jam maker, Kathy, made using one of my Zanitea organic tea blends. Luckily, I came across this gem of a recipe. Kathy is founder of Modern Gingham Preserves, a local company using…

Strawberry-Rooibos Buttermilk Ice Cream

What are you making with farmers market strawberries this summer? I’m making ice cream! Of course, I’m infusing my ice cream with rooibos for a tea foodie twist. In this case, I’m using a powdered rooibos. It’s ground fine like matcha green tea powder and can be used a lot like matcha for lattes, baking,…

Earl Grey & Hibiscus Lemonade

Why didn’t I think of this sooner? This perfect summer sip could not be any easier. Simply cold steep your favorite Earl Grey tea (mine is Earl of Grey from The Tea Spot) with hibiscus flowers (Savory Spice Shop has hearty hibiscus) in your favorite prepared lemonade (mine is Simply Lemonade). Then enjoy the gorgeous…

Tea-Infused Chocolate Bark: Rooibos-Ginger and Lavender-Blueberry

I’m somewhat addicted to chocolate. Actually, I think I’m mostly addicted to shopping for chocolate. Every time I go to the grocery store, I end up perusing the fancy chocolate bar aisle for the newest, most interesting flavor combination I haven’t yet tried. I keep my chocolate bar collection in a small, sealed storage container…