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French Madeleines and Bigelow Green Tea? Yes Please!

biogelow tea classic green tea mugThe light and refreshing taste of Bigelow Tea’s Classic Green Tea is, well, simply sippable! As one Bigelow Tea Facebook fan, Nicolette Simmonsposted, “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine.” Green tea comes from the Camellia sinesis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired to avoid oxidation. This results in an ultra smooth flavor that is lower in caffeine and more delicate than the typical black tea. Green tea also is high in polyphenols known as EGCG, making it a wonderful component to a healthy lifestyle.

While green tea goes well with everything from fish to veggies, it’s also particularly well matched to a light and sweet treat, such as a simple cookie like French Madeleines. The Tea Association of Canada has a particularly handy chart that advises on what types of teas pair well with various types of foods which is super handy!  Never heard of a tea and food pairing?  Then check out the chart but then try a few of your own matches to come up with new combinations.

While we’re on the topic, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the heavier the tea, the more hearty the food, such as Earl Gray with an Orange Beef and Broccoli dish, or Darjeeling served with a Roast Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Cider Apples. On the other side of the spectrum, one very light combination might be Lemon Ginger Tea paired with Orange and Spice Pureed Carrots. But back to this particular tea pairing – you have to try this scrumptious Madeleines cookie recipe (by Bigelow Tea fan Jen) in your own kitchen, accompanied by a cup of green. So “delish”!

FRENCH MADELEINES

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Spoon 3 tablespoons of butter into a small bowl or cup and set aside. Let the rest of the butter cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together one cup of the flour and the sugar, and set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk the two eggs with the vanilla, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest until the eggs are frothy.
  3. Add the eggs to the flour. Using a spatula, stir until just combined. Add the 4 ounces of melted butter and continue to stir. It may take a minute for the butter to blend into the mixture but do not over mix.
  4. Cover the bowl with a plate (or plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator to rest at least one hour and up to overnight.
  5. Add the remaining one tablespoon of flour to the 3 tablespoons reserved butter and stir to combine.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the interiors of the shells with the butter-flour mixture so that they are well coated.
  7. Preheat the oven and fill pans. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  8. Fill each well in the madeleine pan with 1 tablespoon of the batter.
  9. Bake the madeleines. Place both pans on a baking sheet for easy handling and place in the oven. Check after 8 minutes
  10. The madeleines should be browning around the edges and puffed up a little in the middle. Using your forefinger, press lightly on the center hump — when the madeleines are finished baking, it should spring back at your touch.
  11. Cool and dust with sugar. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Using a fork, gently loosen the madeleines from their molds and then tip the whole pan out onto a cooling wrack or tea towel. Once cool, dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve.

Tell us: what food pairings would you like to try?

Yup, It’s National Pie Day, Happy (Bigelow) Tea Drinking!

Happy National Pie Day! Pair it with our #FrenchVanilla black tea for the most appePIEzing treat! #TeaProudly

A Delicious Pair: Bigelow Earl Grey Tea And Goat Cheese

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At Bigelow Tea, we love good flavor. And pairing the right tea with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more enjoyable! So, what happens when exquisite and citrusy meets creamy and smooth? Well, pure joy for your taste buds, of course! Which is why it only makes sense to pair a cup of classic Bigelow Tea Earl Grey with Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Goat Cheese Garnish recipe. Strong meets mellow; tangy meets sweet. bigelow-tea-recipe

For our special Earl Grey, we use only the best oil from the citrusy bergamot, sourced from the same garden in Calabria, Italy, year after year. Then we carefully blend this flavorful and aromatic oil with a bold handpicked black tea—it’s a recipe like no other. And when paired with a recipe starring creamy and smooth goat cheese, that’s a recipe for success! After all, a cup of robust Earl Grey goes perfectly with dishes boasting citrus vinaigrettes, melt-in-your-mouth goat cheese, custard-based desserts and poultry. Bon Appétit!

Bigelow Tea On Ice—You’ll Want To Try These Winning Combinations!

 

Whether you enjoy iced tea by the glass or by the pitcher, it’s tough to top pouring your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor over ice. But do you know what’s better than one flavor? Two! That’s why iced tea combinations are so much fun. Here are a few of our favorite thirst-quenching iced tea pairing recipes:

These are the combinations we’d recommend, but we wanted to hear from you, too. That’s why we asked Bigelow Tea fans to vote for their favorite iced tea pairings, and wouldn’t you know… they responded by the thousands! The I Love Lemon and English Teatime combination won first place with 2434 votes, followed closely by Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz with 2264 votes. Other popular choices were Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai, and Pomegranate Pizzazz and Green Tea with Pomegranate. Don’t forget to check out the video above, too, where third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow makes a glass of Red Raspberry and Jasmine Green iced tea. Another great option comes from Bigelow enthusiast @CallMeTeff, who suggests combining Earl Grey and “Constant Comment®” over ice. Yum… we’re getting thirsty with just hearing all these flavor combos!

With so many more fantastic undiscovered combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty season of iced tea. Send in your favorites, and keep cool this summer—one glass at a time.

Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Meets Its Perfect Match: Spinach Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

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At Bigelow Tea, we love creating unique flavor combinations not only with our tea blends but with tea and food pairings! One of our favorite black tea blends is our Bigelow Earl Grey Tea. We use only real oil of bergamot, harvested from our long-term family-owned suppliers in Calabria Italy to make this fragrant blend with handpicked black tea. The combination is a recipe like no other and fans like Jeremey Litz absolutely love it!

Partnering a Bigelow Tea blend with just the right foods enhances and magnifies the flavors of both of tea and the cuisine. Earl Grey goes well with goat cheese, coffee liqueur for a dessert cocktail, and salads with citrus vinaigrettes like this Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette. A bed of spinach leaves covered in mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts, and whichever other fruits and vegetables desired is delicious drizzled with this Red Raspberry Vinaigrette. Wash it all down with a hot or iced cup of Earl Grey!

Use the below easy to follow Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette recipe to guide your salad creation!

Spinach Salad Spectacular Recipe with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups (1000mL) baby spinach leaves washed and dried (about 10 oz.)
  • 1 – 8oz. (250mL) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 – 8oz. (250mL) can artichoke hearts (not in oil), drained

Optional Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized red apples, cubed (such as Red Delicious or Gala)
  • 5 large ripe strawberries, cut up
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • Tomato, cut up
  • 4-5 pieces bacon, well cooked, drained and crumbled

Instructions

Combine baby spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use any or all of the optional ingredients. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Dress salad with any one of our delicious Bigelow® Tea Vinaigrette Dressing. Recipes for these dressing can be found here.

Start and Finish A Meal with Bigelow Green Tea

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Bigelow Tea has spent over 70 years developing and perfecting some of America’s favorite tea blends. These multidimensional flavors are delicious on their own, but can be further enhanced when paired with the right foods! You’ve heard of tea and scones, but have you ever considered pairing Bigelow Green Tea with steamed shellfish? It’s a big yes!

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Bigelow Green Tea is delicate, smooth, and mellow on the palate. Facebook fan Nickolette Simmons says “a day without green tea is a day without sunshine” and we couldn’t agree more! Its clean notes of green melon and grass pair well with lighter dishes such as Steamed Clams in Lemon-Garlic Broth (pictured below). This flavorful dish is prepared with Bigelow I Love Lemon, an invigorating blend of lemon and lemongrass, meaning double the Bigelow Tea in this perfect pair!

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Another go-to pairing for Green Tea is a good veggie dish. Bigelow’s Green Tea Ramen Soup uses Bigelow Green Tea to create a warm, comforting broth. Pair this with a hot cuppa Bigelow Green Tea and say hello to the ultimate cold and flu fighter!

If Green is your favorite cuppa Bigelow, try one of these pairing tips next cup you steep!

Bigelow Tea Goes “Oooh” For An Oolong Tea & Food Pairing

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Ready for your next Bigelow Tea-inspired pairing? How about Bigelow Tea Oolong tea paired with dinner?

Although there’s just one ingredient in this tea, it took the Bigelow family years to select the perfect Oolong from a special region in Asia. A tea with the consistent mellow notes that go well with almost any meal, Oolong tea comes from Camellia sinensis leaves that are exposed to air for only a few hours—only half the amount of time as black tea. Its smooth, distinctively satisfying taste makes it a tea to be enjoyed any time of day (@LKHamilton loves it in the morning), or particularly alongside meals consisting of grilled veggies with roasted or grilled chicken.

Try pairing it with these flavorful recipes for Grilled Lemon Portobello Mushrooms and Roasted Chicken with “Constant Comment®” Glaze—you won’t be disappointed!

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Ingredients

  • 6 large Portobello mushrooms
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250mL) extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

Clean mushrooms with a soft brush and remove stems. Set aside. Place 8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags into a measuring cup and pour boiling water over tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Mix together tea, coriander, pepper and salt and gradually whisk in olive oil. Place mushrooms in a zip lock bag and pour marinade over mushrooms. In refrigerator, let marinade for up to 24 hours. When ready to grill, place mushrooms on preheated grill and cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until tender, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Slice mushrooms and place on salad greens, or serve as an appetizer. They also go very well with steak.

Roasted Chicken with “Constant Comment®” Glaze

Ingredients

Glaze:

Chicken Roaster and Gravy:

  • 1 8 pound Roasting Chicken
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

When preparing this recipe please be sure to check all labels on all products you use to insure that all items are gluten free.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375º. Cook time: 2 ½ -3 hours or as per directions on Roasting Chicken Package Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare Chicken, remove giblets and neck rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake chicken in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with chicken. As a nice alternative, use a 10-15 pound Turkey in place of the Chicken Roaster. For the glaze increase the number of tea bags from 8-12.

Bigelow’s Perfect Tea And Recipe Pairings

bigelow tea lemon tea pairingsBigelow Tea loves exploring unique combinations of foods and Bigelow Tea blends. Pairing the right Bigelow Tea variety with a meal helps enhance the flavor experience and make your favorite cup of tea even more delectable!

Some suggestions? If Bigelow Earl Grey is your daily go-to blend, try pairing with red meat dishes that highlight the bright fragrant citrus notes of the tea. And as we blogged previously, tart herbal teas pair excellently with grilled proteins and berry desserts. There are many different pairing suggestions out there, but no rules! Melanie Kissel says on Facebook that grilled tofu and I Love Lemon make the perfect pair!

Still looking for more tea pairings? This chart of suggestions from the Tea Association of Canada might help guide you on your next flavor exploration. Follow your taste buds and creativity to the next delicious duo!

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Bigelow Tea Pairs Herbal Favorites With Delicious Recipes

bigelow tea red raspberry recipeIn over seven decades in business, Bigelow Tea has perfected countless tea blends. Wonderfully delicious on their own, Bigelow Teas are also great to pair with many different foods. We’ve compiled a list of suggested pairings that includes links to some of our favorite recipes!

So what to pair with herbal tea? Herbal blends typically fall into a floral, tart, or sweet flavor profile. Today we’ll focus on Bigelow Tea’s sweet herbal teas! They are infused with bold, ripe fruits coupled with rich spices and lightly-toasted floral undertones. Delicious on their own, the sweet notes truly shine when paired with spicy dishes, sweet breakfast foods, and baked goods!

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Try pairing the ripe, berry taste of Bigelow Red Raspberry herbal teawith Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast
(pictured above). If spicy meals are what you crave, pair Moroccan Lentil Stew with Cinnamon with Bigelow Tea’s warm and sweet Cinnamon Apple herbal tea or Bigelow Facebook fan Rena Nitkin Meltz’s favorite Fruit & Almond tea!

The next time you reach for your favorite sweet herbal Bigelow Tea, consider these pairing tips and suggestions! You may find a new go-to combination!

Tart Herbal Bigelow Teas & Their Perfect Pairs

bigelow tea I love lemonYou may have tried picking the right wine to go with your meal at some point … but have you considered pairing your favorite Bigelow Tea blends with recipesBigelow Tea has more than 120 flavors that, while delicious on their own, truly stand out when paired with the right dish! While there are no rules on which blend you should pair your favorite dish with, we do have suggestions!

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine free, making them ideal to enjoy at any time of day. Bigelow’s herbal teas fall into three categories: sweet, floral, and tart flavor profiles. Let’s chat about the tart teas today. Bigelow’s tart herbal teas have a subtle tart, clean finish. They are excellent to pair with grilled tofu or chicken, vegetable, and light, berry-forward desserts.

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Use Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate and Earl Grey teas to make a vegetarian Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu dish. The smoky, grilled flavor of the tofu will pair perfectly with Lemon Ginger tea.  Twitter fan @beausci2010 says Lemon Ginger is “good any time of day especially after meals.”

Maybe next time she’ll try pairing it with her meal!