Coconut Chai-Chia Chip Cookies

I threw this recipe together on a whim during a recent Denver snow day—the cozy kind of snow day, where your company says you can work from home. My goal was to see if a whole wheat flour cookie could be almost as good as an all-purpose flour cookie. I’m also new to coconut sugar…

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…

Tea & Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Ground tea stirred into a cookie’s dry ingredients is one of the easiest ways to start cooking with tea. To easily grind tea for baking, toss the dry leaves into a sturdy teacup. Then use a pestle or heavy wooden spoon to crush the leaves while gently stirring in circular motion. Voila! Ground tea. While…

Holiday Cooking with Tea & Jam Class

I couldn’t be more thrilled to be teaching an upcoming cooking class with my good friend and favorite jam goddess Kathy Lee of Modern Gingham Preserves. Our favorite queen of tea Jessica Avery will host the class at her adorable House of Commons Tea Room in Denver. Hope those of you in Denver can join…

Ginger, Lemon & Honey “Teatail”

I have mixed feelings about September. I love the lingering days of summer (the temperature hovered in the 90s this weekend in Denver) yet I long for the chill of fall to set it (it was below 50 degrees one morning last week on my way to work). For now, I’m continuing to embrace those…

Cherry “Clafou-tea”

If there’s one thing I can count on being in my fridge all summer long, it’s a big bag of cherries. As soon as they become available at our local supermarket, we snatch them up weekly. Even better when the local Colorado cherries arrive at the farmers market a block from our house. As cherry…

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…

Horchata “Tea”

I’m skipping the traditional margarita this Cinco de Mayo holiday and opting for a sweet, homemade horchata with a strong and flavorful brewed tea as the liquid base. Also referred to as horchata “tea” in some Latin cultures, traditional horchata is not really a tea at all. It is a kind of infusion, however, which…

Cinnamon Tea Kissed Cookies

Let me introduce you to my new favorite method for infusing tea flavor into anything you’re baking. All you need is butter. Yes, butter. Simply melt the butter you’re using in your next baking project, toss in some flavored tea leaves, let it steep, strain it, and you’re left with a tea-infused butter that will…

Cooking with Tea Classes: Summer 2015

Class schedule updated 3/26/15: I’m thrilled to announce my second series of cooking with tea classes at The House of Commons Tea Room in Denver, CO this spring! I led a fall/winter series in 2014 featuring some of my favorite tea-infused seasonal recipes, including Fresh Herb and Green Tea Pesto, Potato Pu-erh Curried Soup and…

Citrus Spice Tea Poached Pears

My year last year was busy. So busy, in fact, I found myself cheating a bit and searching for the easiest recipes to incorporate into my cooking with tea routine. But I still wanted to be creative and I certainly didn’t want to sacrifice flavor. So I was thrilled to come across this tea poached…

Garam Masala Tea Pulled Pork

I’m into the slow cooker lately. What’s better than a one-pot meal that basically cooks itself? Plus, a Sunday slow cooker meal yields lots of leftovers for creative weeknight meals. This slow cooker dish was inspired by a few of my favorite things: Food Books: I just finished reading The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard…

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…

Sesame Oolong Crusted Chicken

You know you are loved when friends and family ship you thoughtful gifts of food. The most special of these are the fresh-from-the source foods that those who love you know you’ll appreciate. My grandma used to ship us her homemade strawberry freezer jam, my aunt would send us boxes full of pickled bologna (a…

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…