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Cooking Up Springtime Treats And Meals With Bigelow Tea!

Spring is here and families gather … and whether you take part in an Easter breakfast, a Passover Seder or any springtime custom, food and drink are sure to be part of the festivities. Bigelow Tea takes great pleasure in fine food and family, especially dishes that are prepared with the flavors of our tea!

So as you and your loved ones celebrate the spring, here are a few recipes that your guests will appreciate: I Love Lemon Quick Bread for Easter morning; Peach Chai Iced Tea, made with Kosher tea for Passover; and Chamomile-braised Chicken for a beautiful spring dinner.

 

Enjoy!

I Love Lemon Quick Bread

Ingredients:

½ cup milk
Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herb Tea Bags
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
½ tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

Yield: Yields one 4″ x 9″ loaf.

Instructions:

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.

Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease 4″ x 9″ loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Alternate adding tea-infused milk and flour mixture; stir after each addition. Add lemon rind and stir until well blended.

Pour batter into saucepan. Sprinkle poppy seeds evenly on top. Bake 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack before removing from pan.

Peach Chai Iced Tea

Ingredients:

1½ cups cold water
Bigelow® Perfect Peach® Herbal Tea Bags
Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
7 cups of cold water

Instructions:

Place 1½ cups boiling water over tea bags in a 4-cup glass measuring cup. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, let the concentrated tea cool. Pour concentrate into a 3-quart pitcher. Add the cold water and stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses and serve.

Recipe created by Dorinda of Covington GA
3rd place winner 2007 Iced Tea Recipe Contest

Chamomile-braised Chicken

Ingredients:

Bigelow ® Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea Bags
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
8 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup baby carrots diced
1 medium onion diced
1 celery rib diced
¼ cup chives diced

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Using a small saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Turn off heat and allow tea bags to steep in broth for 5 min. Discard tea bags. Add agave nectar and stir to dissolve. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat a large, oven proof sauté pan on med-high. Add olive oil. Once oil is heated, add chicken thighs, skin side down. Once skin is golden brown (5 min), turn chicken over and allow to cook for an additional 5 min. Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate. Using the same pan, reduce heat to medium and add carrots, onion and celery. Sauté vegetables for 3 minutes. Add ½ cup of the Chamomile Tea broth to deglaze the pan and allow liquid to reduce by ½ (5 min). Place reserved chicken back in pan over the sautéed vegetables. Pour remainder of reserved broth over chicken. Place uncovered pan in oven. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve on warm plates. Garnish with chives.

Bigelow Tea Reminisces About Charlie Chaplin And His Storied Career

This image of Charlie Chaplin enjoying a quiet moment with a cup of tea certainly makes us smile! Since Charlie was born in England, it’s easy to imagine that teatime figured prominently into his private life. One of the most popular stars of the silent film era, Charlie’s career encompassed writing, acting, directing, social commentary and even composing music. Bigelow Tea wants to take a moment to look at his enduring legacy in music and film!

It has been 75 years since the debut of Modern Times, the classic film in which Charlie appeared for the final time as the “Little Tramp” – the lovable and hapless “everyman” with rumpled clothes and a little bowler hat who endeared himself to millions around the world. But the film’s music and message still resonate in our modern times, along with Charlie’s signature slapstick comedy. Incredibly, Charlie not only wrote, directed and starred in Modern Times, he composed all the music for the film, having others write the notes for him. No words are needed in that final scene, as the orchestral music plays and Charlie walks off into the sunset.

Interestingly, in 1954, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons wrote lyrics to match Charlie’s music in Modern Times“Smile” originally hitting the charts as sung by jazz great (and fellow tea lover) Nat King Cole. Other singers took memorable turns at the song, including Judy Garland and Michael Jackson. The poignancy and hopefulness of the song never fails to bring a lump to the throat…

Smile
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile with your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile…

Thank you Charlie for inspiring such a beautiful song … we propose a toast with tea!

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Bigelow Tea’s Tales of the Teetotaler

There has been much debate as to whether the correct spelling of a popular word is “teatotaler” or “teetotaler.” Here at Bigelow Tea we’re happy to set the record straight: it’s teetotaler,” but that being said, many of us still use the word “teatotaler” to refer to someone whose libation of choice is tea. Well that’s OK with us!

The proper definition of “teetotaler” is someone who abstains from drinking beverages that contain alcohol. The origin of the word dates back to the days of Prohibition in the United States and across the Atlantic. The prohibition movement (also known as the Teetotalism Movement) began in the early 19th century in response to the rising concern over alcohol use.

In England tea played an important role in the temperance movement’s battle against alcohol; tea meetings were held throughout the country in an effort to convert drinkers from alcohol to tea and to raise money for the cause.  According to the UK Tea Council, “teetotaler” became the moniker for someone who drank tea in lieu of alcoholic beverage. There are many famous teetotalers, including Prince Andrew, Vice President Joe Biden, Elton JohnJim Carrey, Sir Anthony Hopkins and the late Steve Jobs. The fascinating list is seemingly endless!

At Bigelow Tea, whether you say “tomato” or “tom-ahhto;” “teetotaler” or “teetotaler,” it’s simply a matter of preference. And, for us, it’s all about the tea. Whether it’s tea alone, or one of our popular “NaughTEAs,” (Bigelow Tea recipes that include alcohol), we unabashedly consider ourselves TEAtotalers!

Cheers!

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Bigelow Tea Wants To Know How You Balance Yourself?

Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a few moments alone to bring a sense of peace, well-being and balance to our busy lives. As we juggle work, family, errands, chores, volunteer commitments and more, it’s often hard to find a way to take a step back, breathe deeply, and remember to be thankful for our health and all the good things we have in our lives.

At Bigelow Tea we know the importance of finding that balance, and we’d love to hear how you do it!


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Bigelow Tea Welcomes You Into A New Season

Ah, Spring!  After a lingering winter, spring is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. The promise of warm weather, longer days and vibrant spring colors (plus watching our favorite players gear up with spring training) gives us a fresh outlook. At Bigelow Tea we look forward to the first day of spring to give us a fresh start on projects and goals … a welcome change of the seasons to help reassess and take action!

March 20th this year marks the first day of spring, also known as the vernal equinox. “Equinox” translates to “equal night,” meaning that the day and the night are about equal in length everywhere on Earth. The first days of spring may have been celebrated originally because people knew their food supply would soon be restored. The Egyptians honored the time and built the Great Sphinx so it points directly toward the rising sun on the day of the vernal equinox.  We can’t help but imagine an ancient celebration of warmer weather with some fresh brewed iced-tea!

Spring is also known as a time for cleaning and bounding excitedly into our gardens. There’s much to do as we open our windows, dust off our outdoor furniture and get out into the fresh air again. Bigelow Tea suggests that you celebrate this new season with a new flavor of tea – something you haven’t tried before! Perhaps an herbal tea made from buds like Chamomile Mint? That’s the way to start any day in any season, really. We hope that the spring weather, plus a good cup of tea, will help revive your body and soul!

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Bigelow Tea Goes All Out With Half & Half Iced Tea And Lemonade Blends!

Bigelow Tea proudly introduces our Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade … and we’re excited to announce that there’s nothing half-way about the flavor! Our new masterfully blended and naturally sweetened tea combos deliver double the taste and refreshment for a whole new way to enjoy fresh brewed iced tea with its natural flavor complement: lemonade. Plus, each serving has just 10 to 15 calories!  We know you’ll want to try them both:

As an added convenience, these half-and-half tea bags – the first of their kind on the market – come in family, quart-size tea bags, so a generous pitcher of a thirst-quenching beverage is easily brewed in minutes. Each variety features black tea balanced with natural lemon or pomegranate flavors, lemon peel and herbs.

“It is just the right combination of smooth black tea and lemonade, sweetened to perfection all for pennies a glass,” says Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow. “The product is so delicious, and all made at your convenience in your home.” And, because consumers are not buying multiple glass bottles or aluminum cans, Cindi likes that “it is a win from an environmental standpoint as well as economical.”

With so many bottled tea beverages on the market, we know you have plenty of choices. But we think our Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blends are altogether different because they offer great flavor, convenience and all the health benefits of freshly brewed tea. As we recently shared on our blog, one study suggests that when it comes to iced tea, brewed is the better choice over bottled if you want to preserve all the antioxidants in your tea. And we know you do!

So go all out with Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade!

To see the formal press release, please link here.

A Bit Of Luck On St. Patrick’s Day With A Greenie Mar-TEA-ni

Something is stirring here at Bigelow Tea, and it’s not a just cup of aromatic Earl Grey tea! With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, there seems to be a little luck-of-the-Irish swirling around our kitchens. Yes, we’ve seen evidence of little Leprechauns creating a special form of mischief here at Bigelow Tea! Well, they haven’t really been making mischief, but they did make the yummiest “Greenie Mar-TEA-ni,” using our Green Tea! So why not forgo the green beer this year and instead mix up a batch of Bigelow Tea to celebrate the day. Who knows? On this St. Patrick’s Day you might spot some gold at the end of a rainbow!

The Greenie Mar-TEA-ni

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Green Tea Bags (can use any flavored Bigelow Green Tea)
1¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Green Tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.  Add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
To chill, place tea concentrate in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Yield: Serves 4

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Wake Up With Bigelow Tea – With Or Without Caffeine

Caffeine – it helps make mornings tolerable for lots of people. We can certainly relate! But how much caffeine is too much? In recognition of National Caffeine Awareness MonthBigelow Tea is checking the latest buzz about caffeine and sharing some tips for you.

You might be confused by some oft-repeated myths about the effects of caffeine’s. For instance, while caffeine is sometimes referred to as a “drug” and thought to be addictive, many health experts say these claims are exaggerated. Caffeine does stimulate the central nervous system and can cause mild physical dependence, but according to WebMD “…caffeine doesn’t threaten your physical, social or economic health the way addictive drugs do.” So enjoy your morning tea guilt-free!

Researchers say that caffeine also offers potential health benefits with studies suggesting caffeine can help reduce the risk of some cancers and boosts cognitive functions. Other properties in tea include L-theanine and antioxidants, adding to its healthful profile. Still, it’s important to understand your overall caffeine intake, and recognize how it can add up. Physicians say 300 mg of caffeine per day is acceptable for most healthy adults. Keep in mind that Bigelow Tea’s black teas contain only 30-60 mg of caffeine – ¼ to ½ the amount in coffee. Our green teas contain 25-50 mg of caffeine.

Some people are more sensitive to caffeine and may choose to cut back. Fortunately Bigelow Tea offers lots of great decaffeinated teas too (with 1 to 8 mg of caffeine) and delicious herb teas, which are completely caffeine-free! You can even learn a DIY trick for cutting out the caffeine in your favorite tea: Cindi Bigelow shows you how in this video.

Now, during Caffeine Awareness Month, you can be more fully aware that no matter how much caffeine you prefer … a cup of Bigelow Tea fits the bill!

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Bigelow Tea Salad Dressings Make Veggies More Exciting!

Since March is National Nutrition Month and at Bigelow Tea we’re inspired to help “get your plate in shape” with healthier eating! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables – a strategy that instantly adds color, vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet.

We know … slicing and dicing produce sometimes can feel like a chore, but try reviving your recipe repertoire with this delicious salad – then enhance it with one of these three Bigelow Tea herb tea-infused dressings. Try ‘em all to find your fave!

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

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

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.

 

Lemon Ginger Herb Plus Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

Bigelow® Lemon Ginger  Herb Plus Tea Bags
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced shallot
2 teaspoons fresh mint chopped
Dash of salt

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Lemon Ginger Herb Plus tea bags into a measuring cup, pour boiling water over tea bags and let steep 15 minutes. Squeeze liquid out of tea bags and discard tea bags. Chill. Whisk together chilled tea, shallots, mint and honey. Then add the vinegar, lemon juice and salt. Whisk into mixture. Lastly, whisk the oil into the mixture. This dressing can be used for a garden salad, drizzled on fresh tomatoes with basil or cucumbers and fresh mint.

Blueberry Acai Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
Bigelow Herb Plus Wild Blueberry Acai Tea Bags
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 small clove garlic
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
A pinch of black pepper
*Optional – tarragon, fresh, chopped or dried

Yield: 1 1/3 cups of dressing

Instructions:

Pour the vinegar into a small microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 1 minute, or cook in a saucepan on medium heat, until bubbles are visible. Remove, add the teabags, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags to a small strainer and, using the back of a spoon, press as much liquid as possible back into the bowl. Stir in the honey and mustard, then pour the mixture into an electric blender or a food processor. Add garlic and salt. Slowly drizzle the oil while the machine is running until it is smooth and creamy. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

 

Red Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

Bigelow Red Raspberry Herb Tea Bags
1/2 cup of boiling water
2 tablespoons minced onions
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup olive oil or extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

Steep 6 tea bags in 1/2 cup of water for 10 minutes; after the tea bags have been removed, yield will be about 1/4 cup of Red Raspberry® Herb Tea. Saute minced onions and minced garlic in 1/2 of the oil until translucent in color. Add tea, vinegar, salt and sugar. Simmer for about 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Add the remaining oil, whisk vigorously until emulsified. Transfer into a bottle and shake it up before using.

For a more intense raspberry flavor, replace the rice vinegar with Raspberry vinegar.

 

Bigelow Tea Employee Embraces The Color Orange

I just love the people I work with-walked into our cafeteria this morning and what did I see? …a very loud orange color outfit enrobing this wonderful person who I work with!  I felt compelled to then place our fantastic Pumpkin Spice tea in front of him and snap a photo-hope it brings a smile to your face, it certainly did mine…..

Cindi Bigelow