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Just In Time For Dinner: Pair Bigelow Tea With Late Summer Recipes

Your kids may be stocking up on school supplies and it’s getting dark earlier, but it’s not fall yet! And while that sunshine is still shinin’ and your iced Bigelow Tea is overflowin’, don’t forget that late summer produce is at its peak awesomeness. A few favorites are tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, peppers, melons, zucchini, strawberries and blueberries. Mmm… so fresh and delicious! And, hey, guess what?! They – naturally – go well with tea, and they also make for some amazing dishes. Here are a few recipes where the spotlight is on fresh produce. Enjoy!

Chopped Veggie Salad

Ingredients
½-1 cup each:

  • Cucumber (scoop out seeds) diced
  • Tomatoes (scoop out seeds) diced
  • Green yellow and red peppers diced
  • Carrots diced
  • Zucchini diced
  • 3 tablespoons Scallions diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • ½ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest

Instructions

Cut up all veggies and place in a bowl. Mix. Add dill, parsley, lemon juice and lemon zest. Dress with any Bigelow Tea Vinaigrette.

Cucumber and Bell Pepper Noodle Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 Cucumber, English, cut into long noodles
  • 2 Red Bell peppers, long julienne
  • 2 Yellow Bell peppers, long julienne
  • 4 Scallion, long bias cut
  • 2 ounces Rice vinegar
  • 1 ounces Sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon White Pepper

Instructions

Cut cucumber on mandolin into long julienne.
Cut peppers into long julienne and scallion into long bias cut.
Toss with rice vinegar, sesame oil and salt and pepper.

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients

  • 8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
  • 1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
  • Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
  • Non-stick grill spray

Instructions

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes. First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes. Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes. In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt. Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust. Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate. Remove from grill and serve hot.

Peach No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

Instructions

Slightly ahead of time, place milk and tea bags in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until bubbles just start to form on sides, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Either refrigerate until cool or quick cool in the freezer. (Do not leave in freezer longer than 30 minutes.) Prepare cheesecake according to package directions using tea and milk mixture instead of milk. Garnish with sliced peaches, if desired.

Date Night? Go Classic With Bigelow Green Tea

Ready for your next Bigelow Tea-inspired pairing? How about Bigelow Green tea matched up with Lemon Ginger ShrimpJasmine Rice with Fruits, and Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake for your next dinner date? Whether you’re cooking for a first date – or the thousandth time dining together – this menu will *not* disappoint. I mean, after all, it’s made by YOU (and you’re one heck of a catch).

Speaking of catch… let’s talk the “why” behind pairing green tea with seafood. Bigelow’s traditional green tea is smooth and mellow on the palate, with clean notes of green melon and grass. This delicate, fresh-tasting brew allows the unique notes of seafood to shine. Incidentally, this makes it a perfect pair for other lighter fare, such as rice and chicken.

With such a versatile drink to pair, think about sharing a few small plates together. Also, take this as an opportunity to go local – check out a farmer’s market or see what produce is in season at the local grocery store. Think berries, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, garlic, corn, lemons, limes and melons. Here are a few favorite recipes to get you started. They’re all pretty simple, and can be enjoyed outside or on-the-go (picnic, anyone??). Have fun! And, while you’re at it, have that date of yours join you for some of the cooking! Making a meal together is loads of fun, and if there’s chemistry in the kitchen, you’re onto something good!

Lemon Ginger Shrimp

Ingredients

8 cups boiling water
½ – 1 lb fresh or frozen shrimp cleaned and deveined
4-5 Bigelow® Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Bags

Instructions

Put 8 cups water in a pot. Add 4-5 Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Bags. Bring water to a boil. Add shrimp to boiling water and cook approximately 3 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Drain. Shrimp can be used over pasta with garlic olive oil, steamed broccoli and sun dried tomatoes.

Bigelow Jasmine Rice with Fruits

Ingredients

3 cups brown rice
4 qt water
Bigelow Green Jasmine Tea bags
1 teaspoon salt
2 green onions, sliced thinly
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Rinse rice in several changes of cold water until water runs clear. Drain well in a sieve. Bring water and tea bags to a boil, set aside. Meanwhile melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, green onions, salt, pepper and fruits. Stir until onions start to soften and rice starts to get white around the edges 8-10 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing well, discard. Carefully pour Bigelow tea water over rice-it will bubble and steam up- stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, raise lid and cover rice with a cotton (non terrycloth) dishtowel, replace cover. Let stand, covered and undisturbed, 10 minutes. Open lid and remove dishtowel, fluff gently with a fork. Note: Basmati rice can be used instead of brown rice, for extra jasmine flavor.

Perfect Peach Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients

¾ cup boiling water
Bigelow Perfect Peach Herb Tea Bags
¾ cup butter or margarine; softened, divided
½ cup brown sugar
1 can (16-oz.) sliced peaches, well-drained
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon or orange peel (optional)

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Meanwhile, drain peaches in a colander; transfer to a plate and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. In small skillet, melt ¼ cup butter. Add brown sugar and cook over medium heat until brown sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into bottom of 9″” round cake pan. Arrange peaches on sugar mixture. Preheat oven to 350° F. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In large mixer bowl, beat remaining ½ cup butter with granulated sugar until combined. Add eggs and lemon peel, and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy about 2 minutes. Alternately beat in flour mixture and tea mixture, beating well after each addition. Spread batter evenly over peaches. Bake 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. Remove from oven and let stand on wire rack 10-15 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan and invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm.

Bigelow Tea Lemon Chicken Salad Recipe? YES PLEASE!

Seeking a new method to dishing out tasty chicken? Bigelow Tea is here to add some zest—and Green Tea to your poultry! Bigelow Tea’s recipe for Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad gets its goodness from Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon—which @Jacyce524 tweeted is “soooo good.” Combine it with some fresh ingredients, and you’ll have the centerpiece of your next lunch event. Chicken salad with a fresh, lemony twist. Delish!

Green Tea with Lemon Chicken Salad

Created by Daniel J Lestrud, CEC, CCE

Ingredients

For the chicken:

For the salad:

  • Salad ½ cup celery rib, diced
  • 1 cup white grapes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

Place chicken with carrot, celery, sweet onion and Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon in medium sized pot and cover with cold water.
Bring to a simmer and cook till chicken is firm and 165 internal. Let cool in poaching liquid.
Remove chicken form cool liquid and shred by hand into bowl.
Add diced celery, diced red onion, grapes, mayonnaise, sour cream, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill.
Serve as part of a salad or in a sandwich.

Bigelow Tea Shows Off Its Sense Of Humors, Thanks To Chocolate And Tea!

Before there was modern medicine, there was humorism. And then, chocolate and tea (and other New World goodies, like coffee) messed up everything. What exactly does that mean? Grab your mug of Bigelow Tea and let’s get learning.

The concept of humors – also known as humorism or humoralism – was a system of medicine detailing the makeup and workings of the human body. It was adopted by Ancient Greek and Roman physicians and philosophers, including Hippocrates and Galen. Basically, the belief was that the human body was made up of four humors, or fluids: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile. (A little gross, we know.) The key to this pseudo-medical system was finding equilibrium. Every person had a unique humoral composition and if the individual’s body fell out of balance, they’d get sick.

For centuries, this is how medicine worked: get sick, then eat this or drink that. For example, if someone had a fever, the belief was that they were too hot, so they needed to eat something cold. Anyhow, this worked well enough until new foods were introduced that didn’t fit into the pre-assigned categories. When chocolate, tea and others were brought to the Western world in the 1600s, madness ensued (or maybe, the tea hit the fan??) because they were considered to be dietary chameleons. In fact, in 1687, Nicolas de Blegny, physician and pharmacist to France’s Louis XIV, even wrote a book on the “correct” usage of tea and chocolate to cure illness. How about that?

Eventually, modern medicine became the way of the present (and future) – thanks to technology and inventions like the microscope. Long story short: tea and chocolate may have been disrupters at one point, but they powered through. And with Bigelow Tea, you get the best of both worlds – even in the same cup (or dish). Take Bigelow’s Chocolate Chai Tea – chocolate coupled with black tea and spice… ab fab (absolutely fabulous) or the ever so popular Benefits Chocolate and Almond Herbal tea (serious yum!!). Curious to take these tea and chocolate from mug to plate? Here are a few favorite recipes! Enjoy!

Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 10 bags Bigelow Earl Grey Tea*
  • 2 cups (12-ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (6-ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring evaporated milk to a simmer. Add 10 tea bags; steep 5 minutes. Remove bags from evaporated milk and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add remaining sauce ingredients to tea milk mixture. Stir until chocolate chips melt (2 to 3 minutes). If necessary, heat over low heat to help melt chocolate chips. To serve: place a scoop of ice cream in bowl. Top with Earl Grey chocolate sauce. Refrigerate remaining chocolate sauce. Re-heat refrigerated Earl Grey sauce over low heat until softened to desired consistency.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup (1-½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 9×13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting. Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags. Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots

Ingredients

  • ½ cup whole milk
  • Bigelow® Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao content) or semi-sweet chips
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

In a glass measuring cup, heat milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until very hot. Alternatively, this step can be done in a small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Place the tea bags in the hot milk and allow to steep for 2 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze out tea bags into milk before discarding. Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a blender and process until finely chopped. Pour the hot tea infused milk over the chocolate and blend until smooth, about one minute. Add egg and a pinch of salt and blend again to incorporate fully. Note: It is important that the milk is hot to ensure the chocolate melts completely and creates the right consistency. Divide mixture evenly between four tea cups (or individually sized ramekins) and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. During this time, the mixture will firm up to the consistency of pudding. Serve chilled, with any combination of the following garnishes: whipped cream, fresh raspberries, or fresh mint leaves.

3 Reasons Why Every Day in July Should Include Tea And Ice Cream

Ice cream is totally an acceptable meal during summer. And you know what goes great with ice cream? Bigelow Tea. Besides, a balanced diet during National Ice Cream Month is basically a glass of iced tea in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other, right?! If you’re not quite convinced, here are three reasons why you should include both in your July repertoire.

  1. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Who doesn’t love a dripping cone of the good stuff? Plus, it’s got quite the history. Did you know that ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C.? Legend has it that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar, and more than a thousand years later, Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now recognized as sherbet. In America, the first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” And then, during World War II, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. Those soldiers deserved it!
  2. Keep things local! Okay, so ice cream is delicious, but it’s also a great reason for repeatedly going to the local ice cream shop. In fact, family-owned businesses make up the majority of ice cream makers in the U.S., according to the International Dairy Foods Association. For generations, these “mom and pop” ice cream parlors have been meeting our nation’s craving for a favorite frozen dessert. Yum! And, as a family-owned business, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things “made in the USA” this month … and we’re excited to add local ice cream shops to the list!
  3. It’s hot out there! Chill out with some homemade ice cream. How about a scoop of Green Tea with Peach or Mint Tea Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! (Holy smokes, both sound incredible.) Don’t worry, recipes for both are right here! If you try your hand at either, be sure to tag #TeaProudly so we can drool… errr, swoon! Enjoy!

Green Tea with Peach Ice Cream

(pictured at top)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250mL) half-and-half
  • ¾ cup (180mL) sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla extract
  • 20 Bigelow® Green Tea with Peach Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) diced fresh or canned peaches, drained

Instructions

Combine heavy cream and half-and-half in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, being careful not to boil. Turn off the heat; add sugar and salt, stirring to dissolve. Add the vanilla and the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring and gently pressing the tea bags to infuse cream with the tea flavor. When cool, cover tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before freezing, pour the mixture through a sieve set over a large bowl. Press the tea bags to release flavor. Add the diced peaches and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Mint Tea Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  •  6 Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea bags
  •  3/4 cups sugar
  •  6 large egg yolks
  •  2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 cup half-and-half
  •  1 cup heavy cream
  •  1 1/3 cups of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

In a mixer, (I heart my KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer), beat the sugar into the eggs until thickened and pale yellow. Beat in flour and salt. Set aside.

Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in the tea bags, cover, and set aside to steep for 15 minutes.

Gently press down on the tea bags to make sure all of the mint flavor gets into the milk, and then remove the tea bags. (Side note: I actually ripped open one of the tea bags – and loved how the tea looked swirling around in the milk. If this happens to you, you can strain your milk through a fine mesh sieve, or just leave it be. It didn’t bother any of us and looked pretty cool!)

Add the half-and-half and return to a simmer over low heat. Slowly beat the hot milk and half-and-half into the egg yolks and sugar. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble. Remove from the heat and pour the hot tea custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl.

Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight. (I let mine sit overnight to enhance the tea flavor, but if you want to speed up the cooling process, set it into an ice bath. Just make sure your mixture is completely chilled before adding to the ice cream machine.)

Stir the chilled custard, and then freeze in 1 or 2 batches in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

When the ice cream is semi-frozen, slowly add 1 1/3 cups of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and let the ice cream machine mix it in.

When finished, the ice cream will be soft but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 2 hours.

*This recipe is adapted from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein.

How To Picnic Like A Pro—Iced Tea, Included!

Confession time! When it comes to picnics, how many of you have pinned pins on creating an Instagram-worthy spread, or pine after the perfectly curated pictures of al fresco summertime dining? Okay, okay, most of us. Now. How many of you fall short of actually planning a picnic of your own? If this is you, that’s okay! It’s a ton of work to pull off an incredible picnic, but guess what, Bigelow Tea has a few tips and tricks for you. Besides, it’s National Picnic Month, so there’s no better time than now to make it happen!

Set the scene

For starters, ya gotta get a picnic basket. Or a picnic backpack, or a wooden crate, or at the very least, a few bags to carry the food to your destination. Speaking of destination, it’s just as much fun to host a picnic in your backyard as it is the local park! Or, take advantage of a great view nearby (hey, beach lovers and mountain dwellers, here’s to you…). Then, add a picnic blanket. Tip: Keep a plastic tarp or shower liner on-hand to put underneath the blanket! 

On the menu

Nothing beats a picnic with yummy food. And you know what’s easy to make, pack and enjoy on a picnic? These awesome Bigelow recipes: Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh FruitVietnamese Tea Rolls (served chilled), Lemon Lift English Cucumber PicklesBigelow Constant Comment Cashew Chicken SaladPomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and NutsGreen Tea and Mango Pasta Salad, and Turkey, Watercress and Cranberry Sandwiches. For dessert, try one of these on-the-go treats: Chewy Chocolate Mint BrowniesLondon Fog Cupcakes or Vanilla Chai Scones. Obviously, you can’t have a picnic without iced tea. Here are a few faves: Fresh Brewed Bigelow Iced TeaStrawberry Mint Sweet Tea or Bigelow Blackberry Mint Iced Tea. Make the iced tea ahead of time and chill in the fridge in mason jars. Throw the mason jars (…leave the caps on) into your picnic basket and voilà! Tip: Try freezing some tea in an ice cube tray. Then use ice tea cubes in place of regular ice cubes to keep iced tea cool, fresh and flavorful!

Essential items to pack

Don’t forget the cutlery and napkins. Bring a few extra knives and serving spoons, too. And a good picnicker always brings a trash bag. Tip: Bring along some games (cards are easy to pack and play!) and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!

So there you have it – all the makings to create the perfect picnic. Go ahead, get outside and enjoy! While you’re at it, be sure to tag #TeaProudly with your picnic experience! (PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!)

Bold Stripes, Bright Stars, Iced Tea In Mason Jars (And All The Fab Recipes For July 4th!)

July 4th is right around the corner, and if you’re a red, white and blue lovin’ individual, you know that this is a weekend filled with flags, fireworks, BBQs and a whole lot of patriotism! And while you may be juggling all sorts of holiday events and festivities, there’s no reason why you can’t do it with a glass of Bigelow iced tea in hand! Actually, how about you just plan out your whole menu now? Because – no lie – you’re gonna be the talk of the town after you serve these ah-mazing dishes. Whether you’re having a fancy-schmancy cocktail party or a backyard cookout, these dishes will rock your world. From beverages that will keep you cool until the last firework goes off, to a sauce who is boss, these recipes are in it to win it. Enjoy! Don’t forget to tag your masterpieces with #TeaProudly on social media – go on, brag a little…

Constant Comment Soda Twist

Ingredients

Instructions

Place tea bags into a heat-stable container. Pour one quart boiling water over tea bags and allow to steep 7-10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Allow tea to cool, then chill. To serve, combine equal parts of iced tea with lemon-lime seltzer water in ice-filled glasses. Stir gently; garnish with lemon or lime, as desired.

Green Tea Baby Back Ribs and Jicama Green Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 26 pork backribs, 2 racks, 13 bones
  • 1 sweet onion, julienned
  • 4 celery ribs, julienned
  • 2 carrot, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 12  Bigelow Green Tea, remove string
  • 1 jicama, julienned
  • 2 green apple, julienned
  • 2 celery, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 scallion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, steeped with 1 bag Green Tea with Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Combine ribs with onion, celery, carrot, salt, pepper and eight tea bags. Bring to a simmer and cook till fork tender. While ribs are simmering, steep Bigelow Green tea with lemon with cold vinegar, about 1 hour. Cut all jicama, apple, celery and carrot into julienne. Slice scallion on a long bias. Toss all together. Combine vinegar and oil together. Toss vegetables and fruit with salt and vinaigrette mixture and chill. When ribs are ready let cool in poaching liquid. Remove ribs from poaching liquid and return liquid to heat and bring to a boil and reduce to two cups volume. Add two cups sugar and four tea bags and let steep five minutes and squeeze out tea bags. Dip ribs into glaze and heat in oven. Brush with additional glaze until ribs are hot and sugar has caramelized. Finish under broiler and drizzle glaze over ribs when on plate. Serve glazed ribs over jicama salad.

Earl Grey Braised Beef Brisket with Earl Grey Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

Beef brisket:

  • 4 pounds beef brisket, whole, not trimmed
  • 1 pound sweet onion, julienned
  • 1 pound carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 4 cups water, or enough to cover brisket
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Barbecue sauce:

  • 4 ounces vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 ounce peeled garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 16 ounces tomatoes, canned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags

Instructions

Combine onion, celery, carrot tea bags with water and bring to a simmer. Add brisket and let cook till fork tender, may be up to 8 hours. While brisket is cooking make barbecue sauce. In medium sauce pan heat oil and add onion and garlic and sweat. Add celery and sweat and then add tomatoes, sugar vinegar, salt and tea bags. Let simmer till all vegetables are very soft and remove tea bags. Puree till smooth and chill till ready to use. When brisket is tender remove from heat and allow to cool in braising liquid. When cool remove from liquid and heat on grill. When hot add barbecue sauce and finish heating in oven to prevent burning sauce. Slice about 1/4 inch and serve.

Orange & Spice Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags, squeezing them for excess tea. Add brown sugar until dissolved. Set aside. In a skillet, add tea, ketchup, mustard and onions. Mix well and simmer until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. This sauce can be used with steak, chicken and pork. It also can be used for baking beans.

Now, This Is How You Do Summer!

How excited are you that the first day of summer has finally arrived? Hey, even if you still have to go to work and all that, there’s something totally cool about June 21st. Everyone knows it’s the longest day of the year which gives the #TeaProudly community a totally awesome excuse to celebrate summer fun in ways that you never even imagined…yes Bigelow Tea is part of the scene!

For this year’s summer solstice, think out of the (tea!) box and make some really cool recipes that are great for any type of summer picnic or party, or just for chillin out!

For example, these Endless “Pop”sibilities popsicles are totally unique! They are the most amazing treat for getting refreshed and revived on a hot summer day- can’t you just see yourself lounging in a hammock in the backyard catching all the drips before they hit your shorts?

Endless “Pop”sibilities (Popsicles)

Ingredients

3 Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzazz Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow I Love Lemon Tea Bags
2 cups boiling water
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar

Instructions

Steep all 6 tea bags in water for 3 minutes. Remove bags. Stir in agave nectar syrup; let cool. Pour into 6 molds; freeze 6 hours or overnight. Run molds under hot water for a few seconds to loosen; unmold and enjoy.

Also mega delicious- Green Tea and Coconut Popsicles. So unbelievably simple to make, yet so tasty and such a good way to cool off. (Maybe a fun summer project to do with the kids?)

Green Tea and Coconut Popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup brewed green tea
1 cup coconut water
1 tbsp honey (raw and local is best)

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Pour popsicle mix into a clean, empty ice tray.  Place a layer of plastic wrap on top, and pull tight.  Insert a toothpick into the center of each tray, and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
When ready to enjoy, just remove the plastic wrap, and you have 12 individual popsicles!

Finally, this crazy good dessert is basically a great impression in a pan. Make Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler your go-to after dinner treat to bring to barbecues all summer long. It’s like eating up the taste of summer in every bite. Are you salivating yet? Yum!!

Triple Berry Skillet Tea Cobbler

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Dash of cinnamon
1 cup of flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup Bigelow “I Love Lemon” herbal tea (1/2 cup of boiling water and 1 tea bag)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Use a 6 1/2 inch skillet.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Place a tea bag in a cup with 1/2 cup of boiling hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
In a small bowl, mix berries, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and sugar vigorously for about a minute. Whisk in salt, sour cream and vanilla, until all well combined. Whisk in cooled tea.
Whisk in flour until all incorporated. Preheat seasoned skillet over medium heat and melt butter in it. Swish butter all over the skillet. Take off heat. Pour in most of the batter in the skillet and add berries over the top. Drizzle in remaining dough over the top. Place skillet in the oven and bake for 33-37 minutes.

So, which sweet treat are you going to try first this summer? Tell us what’s sounding totally delish to you and tag #TeaProudly

5 Reasons To Eat A Cupcake Right Now. (BTW: They Go Best With Tea!) 

Calling all cupcake-lovers! Looking for a few good reasons to eat a cupcake right now? Look no further:

  1. They go fabulously with a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea.
  2. They’re amazing.
  3. They’re delicious.
  4. They’re SO MUCH FUN.
  5. They’re versatile.

BONUS: They’re the perfect on-the-go snack. Just grab one and hit the road! (Napkins not required, but suggested… just in case the icing goes a bit rogue.)

Okay, okay, time out… There are more reasons than that—but, first, how about a history lesson? Did you know that cupcakes were mentioned as far back as 1796 when a recipe notation of “a light cake to bake in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons? However, the earliest documentation of the term “cupcake” appeared in a cookbook in 1828. Yum! Someone was definitely on to something, because today, cupcakes are trendy with a capital “T.” While a standard cupcake recipe uses the same basic ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs and flour—easy enough!), these days you can find unique cupcakeries and bakeries across the globe. There are countless flavors, designs and ingredients to choose from. And guess what?! You can make your own using Bigelow Tea! Here are several recipes to try. Tag #TeaProudly with your creations—you’ll likely make everyone drool.

London Fog Cupcakes 

What could be better than a vanilla bean cupcake with Earl Grey buttercream frosting!

Recipes and photo submitted by Just a Little Bite

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup & 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 earl grey tea bag
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Earl Grey tea

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg whites, vanilla, and the scraped insides of the vanilla bean.
In a larger bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
On low speed, add the butter and oil and mix until you have a crumb texture. On medium speed, add the milk mixture and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. Scoop the mixture in to a muffin tin and fill each cup 3/4 of the way.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
While the cupcakes are baking, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the Earl Grey tea bag and steep over low heat for five minutes.
Put the butter in the fridge for 20 minutes. When the butter has solidified, take it back out and mix it together on medium speed with the powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add the Earl Grey tea a little bit at a time until you have the consistency you like.
When the cupcakes are cool, frost them!

Constant Comment® Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Tea Concentrate:
  • 13 bags Bigelow Constant Comment Tea*
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, discard liquid
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly soft
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons tea concentrate
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add 1 ¼ cups water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray; alternatively use paper liners set aside. In large mixing bowl add sugar, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until thick and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add mandarin oranges, ½ cup tea concentrate, vanilla, and orange zest. Continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to tea mixture. Continue mixing, at low speed, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add carrots; mix well. Place batter in muffin cups filling about ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool. Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl place cream cheese and butter. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until light and creamy (1 minute). Add 2 tablespoons tea extract. Mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar; continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Frost top of each cupcake with frosting. Garnish with orange zest.

Vanilla Chai Tea-Infused Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup water
  • Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bags
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add butter and water to a large saucepan along with six tea bags.  Allow to melt. Once melted, strain butter/water mixture and remove tea bags.  Remove from the heat and add sugar until dissolved.  Add sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Pour into cupcake lined pan and cooked for 15 minutes or until done.  Top with homemade whipped cream topping* (see below*).

*These cupcakes pair perfectly with fresh whipped cream topping. Mix 1.5 cups of heavy whipping in a chilled bowl until it starts to slightly stiffen. Slowly add 2.5 tablespoons of granulated sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Continue mixing until soft peaks start to show. Frost cupcakes, top with sprinkles, berries, or cutesy flags or candles and ENJOY!

Green Tea Cupcakes with Sugar Topping

Ingredients

  • 2 Bags of Bigelow Green Tea
  • Cake Mix from a Box – White
  • Green Frosting
  • Green Sugar

Instructions

Preheat Oven To 350.
Heat water and brew tea ( use 2 bags) – measure 12 oz of the tea and place in a mixing bowl.
Optional – add a few drops of food coloring ( green).
Slowly add the cake box mix – slowly mix together ( you do not need to add anything else – meaning NO EGGS OR OIL).
Place batter in the cupcake liners.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Let the cupcakes cool and decorate. Enjoy.

Lavender Honey Earl Grey Cupcakes

(pictured at top)

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 4 Bigelow Earl Grey teabags
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp dried lavender
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lavender paste or extract (optional)
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • Honey and dried lavender to garnish (optional)

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

Warm 2/3 cup whole milk in the microwave, then let 4 Bigelow Earl Grey teabags steep in the milk for about 10 minutes. The milk will eventually resemble a caramel color. When the tea is done steeping, carefully squeeze the teabags to wring out milk. Before disposing of the teabags, snip off the Earl Grey tags if you wish to use them to decorate your finished cupcakes. Allow the milk to cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, dried lavender, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, and lavender paste using an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well incorporated. Finally, mix in the Earl Grey-infused milk.
Add flour mixture in small batches, beating on low speed until the batter is just combined.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, and spoon batter into each cup until three-fourths full. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely.
To make frosting, beat cream cheese, honey, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. In half-cup batches, slowly add the heavy cream, beating until each addition forms stiff peaks. This frosting recipe makes a pretty big batch. I don’t mind because it’s my favorite frosting recipe (so light, and not overly sweet) and I like to pile my cupcakes high with frosting. But if you have leftovers, know that it refrigerates well.
Pipe frosting onto cupcakes however you wish. I like to use a star tip to create a “nest” on top of the cupcake. Just before serving, I garnish with dried lavender and carefully pour a dollop of honey into the center of the nest. If you saved your Bigelow Earl Grey tags, tape them to toothpicks and use them to decorate a few of your cupcakes.

6 Bigelow Tea Dishes To Kick Off Your Memorial Day

Memorial Day holds quite a bit of important history, and serves as a significant national symbol of gratitude to all those who have fought and died as members of the armed services. At Bigelow Tea, there has been a long-standing history of supporting the troops, and each year, this day is one to remember and appreciate the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.

While Memorial Day may conjure images of picnics and long weekends, how much do you know about this patriotic holiday? In 1868May 30 was initially declared Decoration Day, “which was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” In 1971, Congress moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May.

On Memorial Day, Bigelow Tea feels extra proud to pay tribute to U.S. servicemen and women, including an official sponsorship of the USO. This is a continuation of the Tea for the Troops program, which third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow says is “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” Since the program started in 2009, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow tea have been sent to bases in Korea, Iraq, Germany and Afghanistan.

Whether you’re hosting a Memorial Day bash or spending the weekend with loved ones, Bigelow Tea has the refreshments covered. With one of these six tea-inspired recipes, you’ll surely wow everyone at the table. Tag #TeaProudly to share how you’re spending the day!

Earl Grey Braised Beef Brisket with Earl Grey Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

Beef brisket:

  • 4 pounds beef brisket, whole, not trimmed
  • 1 pound sweet onion, julienned
  • 1 pound carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags
  • 4 cups water, or enough to cover brisket
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Barbecue sauce:

  • 4 ounces vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 ounce peeled garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pound celery, chopped
  • 16 ounces tomatoes, canned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar, or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 8 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags

Instructions

Combine onion, celery, carrot tea bags with water and bring to a simmer. Add brisket and let cook till fork tender, may be up to 8 hours. While brisket is cooking make barbecue sauce. In medium sauce pan heat oil and add onion and garlic and sweat. Add celery and sweat and then add tomatoes, sugar vinegar, salt and tea bags. Let simmer till all vegetables are very soft and remove tea bags. Puree till smooth and chill till ready to use. When brisket is tender remove from heat and allow to cool in braising liquid. When cool remove from liquid and heat on grill. When hot add barbecue sauce and finish heating in oven to prevent burning sauce. Slice about 1/4 inch and serve.

Green Tea Baby Back Ribs and Jicama Green Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 26 pork backribs, 2 racks, 13 bones
  • 1 sweet onion, julienned
  • 4 celery ribs, julienned
  • 2 carrot, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 12  Bigelow Green Tea, remove string
  • 1 jicama, julienned
  • 2 green apple, julienned
  • 2 celery, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 4 scallion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, steeped with 1 bag Green Tea with Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Combine ribs with onion, celery, carrot, salt, pepper and eight tea bags. Bring to a simmer and cook till fork tender. While ribs are simmering, steep Bigelow Green tea with lemon with cold vinegar, about 1 hour. Cut all jicama, apple, celery and carrot into julienne. Slice scallion on a long bias. Toss all together. Combine vinegar and oil together. Toss vegetables and fruit with salt and vinaigrette mixture and chill. When ribs are ready let cool in poaching liquid. Remove ribs from poaching liquid and return liquid to heat and bring to a boil and reduce to two cups volume. Add two cups sugar and four tea bags and let steep five minutes and squeeze out tea bags. Dip ribs into glaze and heat in oven. Brush with additional glaze until ribs are hot and sugar has caramelized. Finish under broiler and drizzle glaze over ribs when on plate. Serve glazed ribs over jicama salad.

Orange & Spice Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (125mL) hot water
  • 10 Bigelow® Orange & Spice Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¼ cup (60mL) brown sugar
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¼ cup (60mL) ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) mustard

Instructions

Pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags, squeezing them for excess tea. Add brown sugar until dissolved. Set aside. In a skillet, add tea, ketchup, mustard and onions. Mix well and simmer until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. This sauce can be used with steak, chicken and pork. It also can be used for baking beans.

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients

  • 8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
  • 1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
  • Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
  • 3 Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
  • Non-stick grill spray

Instructions

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes. First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes. Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes. In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt. Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust. Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate. Remove from grill and serve hot.

 

Red, White and Blueberry Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Tea Raspberry Dressing

(Pictured at top)

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea {I brew more and then use some for the dressing and some for the marinade}
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brewed Bigelow English Teatime Tea
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups spinach and Arugula lettuce leaves {these are easy to find already mixed together in the pre-made salad containers}
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

For the dressing:

Add tea, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, and kosher salt to a food processor or blender. Give it one spin to start mixing ingredients. Add raspberries and blueberries and process on high until it’s completely mixed and the fruit is pureed all the way. Refrigerate overnight.

For the marinade and chicken:

Combine remainder of brewed tea {about a cup}, olive oil, and honey in a large dish with a secure lid. Shake and mix well. Uncover and add chicken. Cover and flip container to ensure that chicken is coated in marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

To assemble salad:

Toast walnuts in butter and allow to cool. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chicken until done. Allow to cool for ten minutes before thinly slicing into strips.

Lay out your salad and top with raspberries, blueberries, walnuts, blue cheese and chicken strips. Drizzle with salad dressing.

Grilled Vegetarian Mushroom Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60mL) butter
  • Bigelow I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water
  • 3 teaspoons (10mL) chili powder
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound (500g) fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) salt
  • 1 – 8 ounce (250g) pkg. Tempeh, crumbled
  • 2 cups (500mL) light Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • Canola oil
  • 12 – 6 inch (15cm) flour tortillas
  • Lemon wedges as a garnish 

Instructions

To prepare filling: Place tea bags into measuring cup and pour boiling water over bags. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove bags and reserve tea. Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add tea, chili powder and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, onion and salt. Saute until mushrooms are brown and tender. Add the crumbled tempeh and saute 2 minutes more or until heated through. Remove from heat, cool for 10minutes. To assemble quesadillas. Preheat grill to 350 F (180 C). Lightly brush 6 tortillas on one side with oil. Place the tortillas oil-side down on large non-stick rimless baking sheet (Use a cookie sheet with sides by turning it upside down). Divide the filling mixture equally among the 6 tortillas. Top each filled tortilla with cheese. Brush tops with oil. Gently slide the quesadillas onto the grill. Grill for about 3minutes on each side, until heated through and golden brown. Remove from grill and let stand for 2 minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole and lemon wedges if desired.