Almond Pu-erh Protein Shake

I’m always surprised by the kitchen sophistication of my 14-year-old niece. When we hang out, she often brings a long list of homemade cooking projects she wants to accomplish. Our latest hang-out session included crepes, walnut bread, cardamom buns, granola, seed crackers, and four-bean chili. All of which we tackled over two days. This simple…

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…

PB&J Pu-erh Tea Tart

My resolutions this year have nothing to do with eating healthy. They do, of course, have to do with food. My main foodie resolution this year is to become a better baker. Sure, I’ll work on some “healthy” baking recipes as part of my quest. But let’s be real, the best baking recipes are indulgent…

Potato Pu-erh Curried Soup

Pu-erh is quickly becoming one of my favorite cooking teas. Most Pu-erh has a strong, rich flavor that can stand up to a lot of other ingredients. That’s why it works perfectly to flavor the broth base of this curried soup. Pu-erh falls into its own category of tea. It’s a Chinese tea that’s processed…

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…

Tea Foodie’s top 5 recipes for 2012

2012 commemorates the year I started my tea foodie blog. I’ve tried to post something once a week to journal my cooking with tea explorations and tea foodie finds. It’s fun to look back and see how much content I’ve built up in less than a year. It’s also fun to finally have my cooking…

Pu-erh Kimchi (Say What?)

Say what? Many people have no idea what I’m talking about when I say “Pu-erh” or “kimchi”. So it’s really confusing when I put them together in one dish. As most tea connoisseurs know, Pu-erh (pronounced “poo-air”) is its own category of tea in which the tea leaves are allowed to age and undergo a…