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Twilight Star Robert Pattinson Enjoys His Mug of Tea!

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If you think vampires only drink blood, you’re dead (or undead?) wrong! One of the hottest vampires around has been spotted cheerfully sipping tea.

Robert Pattinson, best known as Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies, was photographed recently with a nice, warm mug of tea on the set of his upcoming film, Bel Ami. The period piece is shooting in London, and co-stars Uma Thurman, another enthusiastic tea-drinker highlighted by Bigelow Tea.

Pattinson probably needed some hot tea—English Teatime perhaps— to keep him warm during London’s nippy March weather.

As a tea-drinker and Brit, Pattinson, a native of London, is in good company. Many other tea-drinking celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, have ties to the UK as well.

Look for Pattinson in his next Twilight film, Eclipse, which is set to open in June!

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Constant Comment® Story Contest Winner Enjoys A Special Visit to the Charleston Tea Plantation!

Constant Comment Story Winner Debora Dickinson (left) and dear friend, Helen (right)

As far back as I can remember, my mother bought Bigelow’s Constant Comment Tea…
We would sometimes sit out on our outside front porch in the summer when everything was rich and green and the morning doves were cooing, crickets were noisy and read a good book savoring our CC tea…”

~ Debora Dickinson

A mother and daughter…tea and tenderness…they were the inspiration for Debora Dickinson’s poignant Constant Comment® story, which won her a special trip for two to the exquisite home of American Classic Tea – the Charleston Tea Plantation, on historic Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Debora brought along her dear friend, Helen, and they enjoyed a three-night stay at the charming French Quarter Inn, in the heart of downtown Charleston. They sampled local restaurants and shops and soaked up the sites of historic Charleston. The icing on the cake was their personalized tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation, led by world-renowned tea taster and tea maker, Bill Hall.

The enchanting tea garden is so beautiful in the springtime, such an ideal venue for weddings, anniversaries or Mother’s Day. For Debora, the trip was a celebration of her mother and the memories of moments they shared over cups of Constant Comment®. Her lovely story resonated with all of us at Bigelow Tea because Constant Comment® was created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow and her legacy has been passed down now for generations.

As a family owned company we proudly commemorate our 65th anniversary in business, and most especially, Bigelow Tea’s founding mother. We remember all the times that we too, as a family, shared life and love over cups of Constant Comment®.  We’re proud to provide a product that satisfies all of our customer’s expectations, and plays such an important part in their lives.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo the Bigelow Tea Way!

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In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of everything Mexican. Many confuse Cinco de Mayo as celebrating the Mexican Independence day, but the day actually celebrates Mexico defeating French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Interestingly enough, Puebla is known for its chocolate…

The first people to drink chocolate were the Mayans and Aztecs who grew the plant and processed the seeds into a paste. They mixed the chocolate paste with chili peppers and other natural ingredients to make a tea-like drink reserved for royal and religious occasions.

Sounds like a great way to recognize Cinqo de Mayo too; luckily, this traditional chocolate-tea idea can be modified for modern day appeal, and Bigelow tea has many tea and chocolate combinations in mind! After you’ve enjoyed your Cinco de Mayo tacos (and maybe a Bigelow Tea Ultimate Pomegranate Margarita) consider one of our decadent tea and chocolate dessert ideas, like this easy-to-prepare Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots. Here’s the recipe, this tea-sation will add some extra spice to your fiesta.

Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots


Ingredients:

½ cup whole milk
2 tea bags, Bigelow® Darjeeling
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 s small saucepan over medium-high heat on the stovetop.

    Place the tea bags in the hot milk and allow steeping for 2 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze out teabags 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. And to give it that peppery-like Aztec flair, substitute the Darjeeling tea for the Orange & Spice Herb Tea!

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect holiday to celebrate not only with family and friends, but Bigelow Tea and chocolate. All perfect combinations!

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What Fuels You?

This year, Bigelow Tea turns 65.  And in the United States, 65 is synonymous with retirement.

Does that mean we’re retiring from tea?  Never!

Our family company has been making tea for three generations, and we get better every year.  In fact, in a recent interview with World Tea News, our own Cindi Bigelow explained why she’d never consider taking the company public:

Why would I? We are so committed to this business, so committed to the product, the consumer and the employee. As soon as you bring somebody else in, that focus changes. They’d propose things that we don’t feel are good for the family long-term. Their concern is profit; our main concern is our people and our product.

That’s because Cindi knows what fuels her: she’s committed to the quality of our product and the well-being of our employees.  She’d never sacrifice her values for the sake of a dollar — and that commitment has made Bigelow Tea profitable and sustainable for generations.

Last year, while visiting our Charleston Tea Plantation, Cindi stopped to chat with some of the entrepreneurs in Charleston’s tourist district.  She learned a bit about their businesses, but she also recognized a kinship they share with the Bigelow family: each of them is fueled by the desire to succeed, on their own terms, doing what they love.

(Of course, it helps that some of them keep themselves fueled with tea, too…)

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So, as we celebrate our own 65 years of success, we’d like to know: what fuels you to succeed?

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National Family Month Begins with A Day For Mom!


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Did you know that the time between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is designated as National Family Month? It’s true! From May 9th until June 20th, families across the country will be sharing some quality time and celebrating their “togetherness.”

Because National Family Month starts on Mother’s Day, here are a few ideas from Bigelow Tea for making Mom feel special this year!

Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast from Bigelow Tea

Since relaxation is usually a rarity for Mom, why not treat her to breakfast in bed? Whether scrambled eggs or something more elaborate like our Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast, a delicious pot of tea will be an absolute must. From Constant Comment to Cozy Chamomile to Green Tea, a warm cup of tea is a delicious and soothing addition to a Mother’s Day breakfast. To make this a truly special breakfast in bed, you might use fancy plates or utensils, place flowers on the tray and add a few “love notes” from the family. If there are young children in the house, homemade crafts are always a hit.

My Mother Loved Tea, by David C. Bigelow

And if you’re looking for gifts, Bigelow Tea also has great suggestions: consider My Mother Loved Tea, a book about Bigelow Tea’s favorite mother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow. It’s a mother’s story for the ages.  Or, you can make mom’s tea-drinking a bit more special by giving her our polka-dotted “Mom” mug and accompanying tea bag holder. Too cute!

Mom mug from Bigelow Tea

Polka Dot Tea Bag Holder from Bigelow Tea

However you choose to kick of National Family Month and celebrate Mother’s Day, make sure that Bigelow Tea is part of the plan. With some fragrant tea and a big family hug, you simply can’t go wrong!

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Bigelow Tea-Inspired Meal Worth “Commenting” On!

Ruth Campbell Bigelow

As we mark the 65th anniversary of Bigelow Tea, we look back to that wonderful time back in 1945 when Ruth Campbell Bigelow handed out samples of her special new tea blend, sharing her with family and friends. When one of them reported back that her new tea had caused nothing but ‘constant comments’, the Constant Comment® name was born. Created right in Ruth Bigelow’s kitchen!

Over the years we’ve learned that Constant Comment is as delightful in recipes as it is in a steaming teacup. So, to commemorate this auspicious anniversary, we would like to share some of the delectable recipes inspired by—and featuring—Bigelow Tea’s first creation. We’ll start you off with a tangy Constant Comment Glazed Chicken; then stick around for a Constant Comment Spice Cake that will provide the perfect ending to a delicious meal! Bon appetit…and watch us here for more recipes!

Constant Comment Glazed Chicken

Ingredients:

6 Bigelow® Constant Comment® Tea Bags

1 cup boiling water

1⁄2 cup apricot preserves

1⁄2 cup pineapple preserves

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 large onion, cut lengthwise and sliced

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

6 chicken legs, thighs or breast pieces, excess fat trimmed

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Yield: Serves 4-6

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Steep Constant Comment tea bags in boiling water. Squeeze liquid and discard tea bags. In a small bowl, combine the tea with the preserves, soy sauce and red pepper flakes and mix until blended. Set the glaze mixture aside.

Scatter onion in bottom of a heavy ovenproof baking dish.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken skin side down until lightly browned. Do this in batches, so chicken doesn’t steam. As pieces are browned, transfer them skin side up to baking dish, placing them close together in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Pour glaze mixture over chicken, cover dish and bake for 30 minutes.

Uncover, spoon glaze from the bottom of the pan over the chicken and bake 20 minutes longer, or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced deep between leg and thigh.

Remove chicken, drain liquid into a small saucepan, and reduce over high heat to a sauce consistency. Serve chicken with a spoonful of sauce.

And now we’ve got the perfect way to end the meal: a slice of Constant Comment Spice Cake! It’s super easy and delicious. Plus, your house will be filled with the wonderful scents of spice and Constant Comment. Enjoy!

Constant Comment Spice Cake

Ingredients:

1⁄2 cup milk

5 Bigelow “Constant Comment”® Tea Bags

1⁄2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

1 cup sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

1-2/3 cups flour

2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Confectioners sugar

Yield: Yields one 9″ round cake.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9″ round cake pan.

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.)

Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags squeezing out liquid. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth.

Add the eggs and whisk to blend. Add the cooled milk; continue to whisk until thoroughly combined.

Add flour and baking powder; mix until a smooth batter forms.

Pour batter into pan. Bake approximately 35 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when touched. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

Let cool completely before serving. Dust top with confectioners’ sugar.


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Good Works For Others Brings Out The Best In All Of Us!

Just finished spending the day with my executive team working on a home in Milford. The home is part of the Kennedy Center resident program for the disabled. These homes provide a permanent residence for individuals who are accepted into the Kennedy Center for the remainder of their life.

Bigelow Tea “adopted” one of the homes and part of the adoption program meant a day of service. And what a great day it turned out to be. We did everything: cleaned rugs, scrubbed floors, painted trim (in and outside), created an area for a picnic table, resealed the swing set, power washed the house and cleaned the gutters.

I have to be honest, we had such a ball and the camaraderie was truly outstanding! The woman that runs the program came to visit us on site and was amazed at how much fun we were having.

It feels so great to do good work for others and it really brings out the best in people. I have known for a long time that I have a very strong team, but after yesterday, I can see that they are a little more cohesive, a little more supportive and a little bit happier. It was a fantastic experience that turned out better than I could have ever hoped for!

Cindi Bigelow

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Our Connecticut Green Building Council Award

We just received the most amazing award from the Connecticut Green Building Council for all of our efforts to make Bigelow Tea a green company.

Over fifty people attended from various organizations that focus on sustainable energy. With these companies doing such outstanding things to make our world a little more environmentally friendly, they chose to give our company an award for the efforts we have put forth-that was humbling!

Prior to receiving the award, I must have had five speakers talk about the good work our company has been doing in this area in addition to noting our community work. It was amazing how much they were aware of….it really took me aback.

I am proud of all we do at Bigelow Tea and I was blown away by how many people have noticed. Thanks again Connecticut Green Building Council, the award is now proudly displayed in our welcome area!

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: How Do You Take Your Tea?

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We’re all creatures of habit. And, how we take our tea is a very personal thing – often determined by our family ritual, culture and daily schedules. We’re inquisitive folks here at Bigelow Tea, and we are dying to know more about your tea preferences and habits, even your tea quirks! Today it’s how you take your Bigelow Tea, so please take a few seconds to let us know your answers.  Thanks!

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Shop ‘Til You Drop! The Bigelow Tea Spring/Summer 2010 Catalog has Arrived!

Bigelow Tea Spring/Summer 2010 Catalog

Don’t you just love catalogs? It’s always so fun and easy to flip through the pages and plan ahead for those upcoming birthdays. And, remember, Mother’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday, May 9th)!  Well, Bigelow Tea has just launched the annual Spring/Summer Catalog and you won’t be disappointed. Your teacup will runneth over when you check out some of the flavorful teas, savory treats and delightful gifts – all gussied up in spring pastels and happy summer colors.  Here’s a little preview to whet your shopping appetite…

Mom.calm Mugs and Shoe Tea Bag Holders

It’s all about Mom! These stylish over-sized mugs are made of porcelain and have matching shoe tea bag holders. They come in aqua, pink and taupe. Buy one or buy ‘em all! They’re guaranteed to make her smile. Love those polka dots!

Collapsible French Bread Basket with Tea

Bonjour! Blue and yellow are typical of the Provence region in France. This brightly colored cotton collapsible basket is perfect to hold some slices of fresh baguette, crackers or teas.  They come complete with 32 Bigelow tea bags and two ceramic daisy tea bag holders. A lovely “just because” gift for your friends and family.

Mary Engelbreit Collectible Tin with Tea

Your daughter or niece will love this cheerful Mary Engelbreit collectible tin, which comes with 48 Bigelow tea bags. So cute!

Simply Beautiful Jet Black Porcelain Teapot

And for the urban gentleman, this sleek jet black teapot, made of finely glazed porcelain, will look great in that gourmet kitchen in your loft apartment. This piece of useable art will match those stainless steel appliances and metropolitan lifestyle!

And that’s just barely a sampling. So much to choose from…so little time…!

Shop Bigelow Tea and have a blast!

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