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…

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…

Chai Infused Coquito

If you’ve never tried coquito—a Puerto Rican version of eggnog made with coconut milk—you don’t know what you’ve been missing. I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Puerto Rico visiting my brother and sister and their families. One of my favorite things about going down there this time of year is that everyone is pulling out…

Tea Sugar Snickerdoodles

Ever since I started working in Savory Spice Shop’s test kitchen, my recipe repertoire has expanded ten-fold. Not all of the recipes we test are fabulous and we only publish the really good ones. But there are definitely a handful that are just plain great. These are the ones that I know I’ll keep making…

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…

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…

Cheater Sweetheart Scones

I started a new part-time job this month. A dream job, really. I was invited to join the creative team in the test kitchen of my favorite spice purveyor, Savory Spice Shop.  I still can’t believe I get to wake up in the morning and go grocery shopping (one of my favorite pastimes) for a…

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate Mix

My thoughtful and generous friend, Allison, is always sending me tea-infused foodie finds from New York City. Over the holidays, Allison sent me a delicious Earl Grey hot chocolate mix from Whimsy & Spice Brooklyn Confectioners.  My first thought when I tried it was, “This is amazing.” My second thought was, “I could totally make…

Sweet Lavender Guacamole

There are a million reasons why I love Savory Spice Shop. But the number one reason for my unfailing adoration is access to the brilliant minds of their in-house spice experts (a.k.a. employees) every time you walk in the store. The spice geniuses at Savory always give me creative ideas for spicing up what might…