Gluten-Free Matcha Pop Tarts

Is there anything better than a homemade pop tart? Especially a gluten-free one that tastes like the real deal. Your G-F buds’ eyes will pop out of their heads when you serve these. The G-F naysayers won’t even be able to tell they are gluten-free. A healthy dose of bright green matcha tea powder in…

Japanese Green-tea-ni

Besides my comfy bed, the thing I miss most after selling our home and all our stuff (to travel the world for a year) is access to a fully stocked liquor cabinet. We always had spirits around for whipping up a weeknight Manhattan, Old Fashioned, or any variation of my favorite cocktail—a martini. One of…

Whole Wheat Matcha Almond Waffles

I recently borrowed a friend’s waffle maker, which was a huge mistake because now I want one! Needless to say, I’ve been on a waffle kick. One night we even tried masa harina corn waffles as the base for our taco-like dinner, instead of tortillas. But nothing beats a classic breakfast waffle. Except maybe this…

Tea Roasted Carrot & Farro Risotto

I love fall. The colors that change daily. The cool-in-the-morning, warm-in-the-afternoon weather. The end-of-season farmer’s market fare. And the excuse to start making those comforting, warming one-pot meals. I’m a huge fan of homemade risotto, especially after mastering a Deborah Madison recipe that I turned into a Parsley, Pea, and Green Tea Risotto. But we’ve…

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…

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…

Fesh Herb and Green Tea Pesto

Inspired by the beautiful late-summer produce at the farmers market last weekend and a gorgeous Japanese green tea sample I recently received from Tea Horse, a super simple and gorgeously green pesto seemed like the perfect weeknight project. Tea Horse is a tea company based in the U.K. whose business model is subscription driven—when you…

Parsley, Pea and Green Tea Risotto

This is an adapted version of one of my favorite dishes from what I call my recipe Bible—Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. This may have been one of the first serious cookbooks I ever owned. Given to me years ago by my great friend and foodie companion, Allison, it’s been my go-to cookbook for…

Moroccan Mint Tea-Glazed Nuts

I’ve tried roasting many a nut, and they’ve never turned out quite right until I discovered this recipe. The key to success here is to pan toast the nuts on the stove before you coat them with any glaze and before you roast them in the oven. I season the nuts with my Zanitea Moroccan…

Japanese Tea Rice

I love simple, broth-y noodle or rice bowls that can be flavored to your own liking by adding various toppings and condiments. This dish fits the bill. And it happens to be one of the first cooking with tea dishes I ever tried making. This version is a bit more spiced up than a traditional…

Green Tea Flu Shot Soup

The day after participating in a Twitter chat about tea and wellness last week, I fell ill.  Slightly ironic, I think. Sore throat, fever, stuffy head – you know, the works. Inspired by the wellness chat, I used what energy I had to whip up this quick chicken, noodle and vegetable soup, infused with lots…

Jasmine Tea-Poached Peaches (a la Julia)

Thank you, Julia Child, for teaching me to get serious about learning to cook, but not take myself too seriously in the kitchen; and to not be afraid of butter. “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child Inspired to celebrate what…

Cherry Sencha Chicken Salad

This dish is inspired by both the gorgeous Colorado cherries currently at the farmer’s market and the fresh tarragon I scored at my first food swap event. The food swap was fantastic. Mile High Swappers organizes monthly food swap events, where people come to talk food and swap their homemade goodies for others’ homemade goodies….

Green Tea Salt 3 Ways

This will likely be the easiest recipe I post. A simple green tea salt you can both make and use three ways . . . or more. I’ve been playing around with different salt and tea combinations, inspired originally by the flavored salts Jamie Oliver writes about in Jamie’s Kitchen. What have I learned? When…