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Bigelow Tea’s Three Things to Love About Jessica Chastain

Bigelow Tea Jessica Chastain

Grab a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea and get ready to learn more about the Oscar-nominated actress, Jessica Chastain. While she keeps her personal life to herself (understandably), she has been spotted sipping tea and dishing about her rise to fame and an upcoming project.

Here’s the scoop:

Jessica Chastain is a Green Tea drinker.

When the actress sat down in New York City for an interview with The Telegraph, she had a cup of Green Tea in hand as she answered questions about her life, fame, and upcoming projects.

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The actress worked hard to get to where she is today.

Before Chastain’s rise to fame, she had more than a decade of acting experience under her belt. She did theater work in San Francisco and starred in a number of independent films. Then two of her films made it to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in The Help. Since then, her career and personal life have been cause for constant comment.

Interstellar is her next big film.

Jessica’s latest role in Interstellar might be her biggest role to date. Pour a mug of American Breakfast Tea before you see it! Why? First, because the movie is over 3 hours long and with 50% more caffeine, it could help you stay alert and second, theanine, a naturally occurring compound unique to tea combines with caffeine to give you a sustained energy boost along with a feeling of relaxation and focus that only tea can provide. Moviegoer and tea fan @Sheona tweeted about going to “the filling station for tea” before seeing Interstellar. Good idea!

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Gluten-Free Baking Inspiration From Bigelow Tea

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It’s Gluten-Free Baking Week and Bigelow Tea has whipped up some delectable recipes for GF treats to eat any time of day! Each is a palate pleaser that uses Bigelow Tea in the recipe, but no gluten (both in our teas and the recipes)… so go ahead and get your bake on! Pair it with your favorite Bigelow Tea!

Spice-y Chai Apples with Crispy Oats

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Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 3-4 medium Apples sliced in thin wedges, approx. 3 ½ cups -try granny smith, gala or john gold
  • 1 cup tea concentrate
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP corn starch
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup instant cooking Oats
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter-cold (may use salted with good results)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

When preparing this recipe please be sure to check all labels on all products you use to insure that all items are gluten free.
*Use Gluten Free certified Oats to be totally Gluten Free when making this recipe

Instructions

Heat oven to 400 F. Place tea bags in boiling water; steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags. Add the black pepper, cardamom, and vanilla to tea concentrate. Set aside while you slice apples. Place apples in a bowl large enough to hold all the filling ingredients, pour tea concentrate over apples and toss well. Let the apples sit with the tea concentrate for a minimum of 5 minutes and up to 10 minutes. Once your apples have soaked, add brown sugar and corn starch to the bowl-stir well. Pour filling into prepared pan and place the pan uncovered in the oven for approx. 20 minutes. Stir the apples after 10 minutes. Continue cooking another 10 minutes -until apples are tender and the tea sauce is bubbling before you add the topping. While apples cook make your topping; gather the brown sugar, oats & spices together in a small bowl. Chop the cold butter fine, add to the topping ingredients. Toss well; it will be lumpy with large crumbs. Set aside. When apples are ready, spread the topping over the apples. Return to the oven for another 10-12 minutes or until the topping is well browned and crunchy looking. Cool slightly before serving. Serve plain or with a dollop of Greek yogurt, whipped cream, heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.  

Gluten Free* Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

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Ingredients

  • Muffins:
  • ⅔ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon Xanthan Gum**
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

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

*Use Gluten Free certified Oats to be totally Gluten Free when making this recipe

**Definition of Xanthan Gum – Produced from the fermentation of corn sugar, xanthan gum is used as a thickener, EMULSIFIER and STABILIZER in foods such as dairy products and salad dressings.

BIgelow Tea Ginger Snappish

 

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 1-cup glass measure. Add water to equal 1 cup. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside. In large mixing bowl add brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add tea concentrate and ginger. Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together gluten-free flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan Gum, and salt. Add to tea mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in currants. Fill muffin tins about ⅔ full. Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar. Bake until very light brown (14 to 18 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool.

*What is Gluten Free and Gluten-Free Recipes? All vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, rice, potatoes, and corn are gluten free in their natural state. Also milk and most hard cheeses and creams are naturally gluten free. Recipes using any of these items would be naturally gluten free. The recipes designated Gluten free do not include the following ingredients: wheat, rye, barley, or oats; or ingredients that might contain these, but Bigelow Tea does not assume liability for information reported on our recipes. However, anyone who needs or wants to follow a gluten free (GF) diet should check ingredients and products to ensure they are GF. (For example, sesame seeds are naturally GF, but it’s always wise to check with the manufacturer to make sure that gluten was not introduced to the product during processing.) Bigelow Tea makes no guarantees that the recipes are appropriate for your diet. Individuals should consult with their physician or other medical professional.

Hurry, The Bigelow Tea Novus Gift Sweepstakes Ends TODAY!

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It’s the final day of the Bigelow Tea Give the Gift of Tea Sweepstakes! Be sure to enter by midnight EST via Facebook for your chance to win this Novus Gift Box with 36 Novus teas in three popular flavors … 12 winners in all!

Often served in the finest restaurants, Novus teas are truly special. Exquisite full-leaf teas are enveloped in cleverly designed tea sachets that allow you to enjoy loose tea without the fuss. Simply steep the pyramid-shaped tea sachet as usual for maximum flavor and aroma in your cup! This gift comes in a lovely keepsake box and includes one box each of the following teas:  Novus Dragon Well Green Tea , Novus Sapphire Earl Grey Tea  and Novus Wild Encounter Herbal Tea.

To enter, head to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. Share the sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter to get more entries. On a mobile device? Use this link to enter instead: http://woobox.com/joz695

And don’t forget to check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if you’re one of the 12 lucky winners!

 

Bigelow Tea’s Tips For An Eco-Friendly Holiday Party

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Hosting a “green” holiday party can be a fun and relaxed experience if you prepare, organize, and delegate ahead of time. Bigelow Tea has a number of eco-friendly holiday hosting tips and delicious seasonal teas you’ll want to explore before heading to the store.

Use cloth napkins instead of paper.

Cloth is both elegant and good for the environment. Tea towels come in handy for those inevitable spills and guests will appreciate the eco-friendly gesture.

Create a sustainable décor.

Making up-cycled holiday decorations is a fashionable and fun activity to share with friends and kids before—or even during!— the party. Last year, Bigelow Tea’s Christmas tree was decorated with 100% up-cycled ornaments made by employees. Check out more on our sustainability board on Pinterest!

bigelow tea ornamentServe food and drink in “real” dishes and cups, not paper or plastic.

‘Tis the season for hot beverages, and Instagrammers like @collettebates are enjoying #mulledwine with friends. Use teacups and mugs, not Styrofoam. It doesn’t matter if they match—eclectic
mugs are a fun addition to a party. And, if you’re looking for a good recipe, Bigelow tea has a delicious one for Orange & Spice Hot Mulled Wine that pairs well with these holiday cookies made with Eggnogg’n.

 

Surf the web for more eco-friendly holiday party ideas.

Bigelow Tea posted a few of our favorites ideas and tips for green decorating last year, including a no-chemicals suggestion for a holiday-scented house! Explore the internet for more options and share your favorite ideas with us on Facebook!

Happy hosting!

 

Bigelow Tea Applauds Actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s Precise Love Of Tea!

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You might say that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has a pedigree for drinking tea. Born and raised in London to actor parents, he is the grandson of a submarine commander and the great-grandson of a distinguished British diplomat. Bigelow Tea, which also boasts three generations of tea-drinking family members, can imagine teatime at the Cumberbatch’s with a whole house full of notable tea drinkers!

Benedict’s diverse film and TV career is also impressive and includes playing Kahn in Star Trek Into Darkness and the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.Currently he’s starring in 2014’s The Imitation Game (which recently landed him on the cover of TIME magazine!) and as a modern day Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s SherlockBenedict’s even famous for some amazing celebrity impressions!

Along with all his talent, Benedict also loves his tea. No surprise. And like his demanding roles, he upholds precise expectations for his cuppa, saying “Never ever, ever push a tea bag with a spoon. You’re out the front door if you do that!” Tough talk … and 3rdgeneration President and CEO of Bigelow Tea Cindi Bigelow agrees—do not squeeze that tea bag!  Another item Cindi has in common with Benedict? Family!

In a Twitter interview, Benedict was quoted as saying his Dad made the best tea (he and Cindi Bigelow share that same sentiment) while Benedict’s fiancée, theatre director Sophie Hunter, dished about how seriously the actor takes his tea. If she has any questions about brewing and serving tips for married life with Benedict, she can look at Bigelow Tea’s important tea tips! Even Bigelow Tea fans are a wealth of information, like @LifeCrustCutOff who tweeted her own tea brewing tips. It’s all good, even for an old school tea-lover like Benedict Cumberbatch!

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Bigelow Tea & National Diabetes Month 

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Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes; it affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. Bigelow Tea is taking the time to find out more about this disease, especially since National Diabetes Month was just recognized in November. So brew up a mug of Bigelow’s Chamomile Mango and read on!

Diabetes results from the human body not producing enough insulin to break down glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar that gets turned into fuel for the body. But without enough insulin, glucose levels build up, and this can be harmful. Diabetics can manage their health in many ways. They monitor their glucose levels, remain physically active, eat well and stay hydrated.

For tea drinkers, there’s some potentially good news: It has been reported that “Green tea is good for people with diabetes because it helps the metabolic system function better.” A 2013 research review published in Diabetes and Metabolism Journal highlighted a Japanese study that found people who drank six or more cups of green tea a day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week.

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Bigelow Tea has many delicious varieties—and tons of Green Tea options like Green Tea with Lemon and Earl Grey Green! All Bigelow Teas are sugar-free and can be served without sweeteners. Or, if you prefer a touch of sweetness, add in a substitute like Instagrammer @caitystrong does in her #dailycup of Earl Grey.

This month, let’s learn more about diabetes—and make a doctor’s appointment, if necessary.

Top Image from Instagram via @hnchun1

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea-containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.

Bigelow Tea is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow Tea provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea Offers Holiday Gifts for Tea Lovers, Beauties and Foodies 

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Whether it’s a present for family, your child’s teacher, a colleague or a best friend, finding the perfect holiday gift can be stressful! After all, you want them to love it right? Well, Bigelow Tea believes you can’t go wrong with—well—tea! With more than 120 varieties to choose from, there’s something for everyone on your list. Consider the pretty Holiday Wicker Cup and Saucer (pictured above). The oversized teacup basket contains 13 tea varieties, 104 individually-wrapped tea bags in all!  And the basket can be refilled later with potpourri, a plant or even more tea!

If you want to think outside the (tea) box … here are two more delightful holiday gift offerings—both inspired by tea of course—for the beauties and the foodies on your list.

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Bigelow Tea’s American Classic Holiday Gift Set features some of the most beautiful lotions and hand creams from the Charleston Tea Plantation, infused with the natural American Classic tea.  Wrapped in organza with an elegant cord, this set includes an 8 oz. American Classic Body Silk, 6 oz. Glycerine Hand Therapy, 8 oz. Shower Gel, a 1.35 oz. purse-size Glycerine Hand Therapy with Mango, and a Lip Balm.  A spa-like experience to be enjoyed all year long.

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This Scotties Cookie Tin filled with pure butter shortbread cookies is “begging” to be paired with a warm cup of Bigelow Tea like the amazing one-of-a-kind Earl Grey Green Tea. The nibbles in this 7.8 oz. Walkers tin featuring black and white Scottie dogs are baked in the secluded village of Aberlour, Speyside in the Scottish Highlands. The cookie is a traditional recipe handed down through generations—a family business much like Bigelow Tea, built on quality ingredientsgreat taste, and a whole lotta love.  And who doesn’t love cookies and tea? @zachyer tweeted this demand recently: “Someone make me some tea and cookies and bring it to my couch.” LOL. If only everyone could be so fortunate!

Happy holidays all!

 

Bigelow Tea Catches The Amazing Emma Stone Sipping Tea!

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It’s so fun when Bigelow Tea catches an A-list celeb like Emma Stone in the act of one of the world’s favorite pastimes: tea drinking.

In late September, several weeks before her film, Birdman, released nationwide, Emma was snapped drinking tea with a girlfriend in the new downtown Tribeca Italian eatery, Gran Morsi.

It seems she was off to yoga, so in the world of Bigelow Tea, that can only mean one thing: a blend that’s detoxifying, warming and muscle-relaxing like a classic Green Tea or perhaps Novus Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea. Either will do the trick!

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What’s your personal favorite tea to sip before yoga or a workout? @katie_maso tweeted that she drinks “green tea in the sunshine, then yoga.” Sounds like a perfect morning plan!

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Prepares For Cold & Flu Season

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Like chicken noodle soup, a hot mug of Bigelow Tea just makes you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. The warmth, the aroma and the enticing flavor of tea can really soothe you from the inside out! So, as cold & flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Peppermint Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating “Constant Comment”® Green. Alternatively, do you want that traditional black tea boost from a cup of Earl Grey? And zesty Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics is delicious and good for your digestion. Really, you can’t go wrong with whatever variety you choose!

Of course, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. But Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA, recommends consuming plenty of fluids especially hot tea. “Hot tea soothes the throat and warms the body on chilly winter days, and it can promote relaxation.” And some research findings report that drinking black tea might improve the body’s defenses and quicken the response to bacteria and viruses. One study indicated that drinking tea activated immune cells and boosted the immune system!

So, drink up! Here’s to a healthy cold & flu season!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition.

Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.

Bigelow Tea Loves Baking On National Cookie Day

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Joy to the world… Bigelow Tea is celebrating National Cookie Day tomorrow!  With the holiday preparations in full swing, now is the perfect time to bake a batch of your favorite cookies to share with friends, the entire dorm, family, or coworkers. Don’t forget to brew a refreshing mug of Bigelow Tea’s new Peppermint Bark tea to pair with these sweet treats. Here are a few favorite holiday recipes for Cookie Day. Happy baking!

Lemon Lift Glazed Butter Cookies

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Ingredients

  • ⅔ cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Bigelow Lemon Lift® Tea Bag

Instructions

Beat together the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Stir in flour and salt, blending until dough is formed. Divide dough in half; shape into disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350° F. Roll dough on lightly floured surface to ¼”” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters, re-rolling scraps for additional cookies. Place cookie shapes on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 12-15 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Drizzle with Lemon Lift® Glaze.

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*Lemon Lift® Glaze: Pour 2 tablespoons boiling water over 1 Bigelow Lemon Lift® tea bag in a small bowl. Let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bag, squeezing out liquid. Gradually stir in 1 to 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar until mixture is a glaze consistency, adding a few drops yellow food coloring, if desired.

Vanilla Drop Cookies

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60mL) whipping cream
  • Bigelow® French Vanilla Tea Bags
  • ½ cup (125mL) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250mL) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cup (375mL) flour, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) baking powder

Instructions

Heat cream in microwave for 1 minute or until it comes to a low boil. Remove from microwave and add tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Squeeze bags of excess cream and set aside. Cream butter with vanilla and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and beat until incorporated. Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Add flour mixture and cream alternately. Mix well between additions. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Grease cookie sheet. Drop cookies, using a teaspoon, onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet.

Pumpkin Spice Meringue Cookies with Pecans

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup hot water
  • Bigelow® Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags*
  • Egg whites from 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • Parchment paper

*Variations:

Mint Medley Meringues: Substitute Mint Medley Herbal Tea for the Pumpkin Spice, and substitute crushed peppermint candies (or candy canes) for the pecans.  

Ginger Spice Meringues: Substitute Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea for the Pumpkin Spice, and finely chopped crystallized ginger for the pecans.

Instructions

In a measuring cup, steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes. Thoroughly squeeze tea bags into cup before discarding. Allow tea to cool. Preheat oven to 275º and place rack on middle setting. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat egg whites on medium-high speed with an electric mixer, until soft peaks form (about 2 minutes). Add the cream of tartar, then the sugar, a little at a time, and raise the speed of the mixer to high. Add 1 teaspoon of the prepared tea and continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes). The mixture should be very voluminous and look like fluffy whipped cream. Don’t over-beat…the mixture should look glossy, not dry. Using a 2 oz. ice cream scoop (or 2 spoons), place rounded mounds of meringue (about 2 tablespoons per cookie) onto prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake for 45 minutes, until firm to the touch. Turn off oven and allow the cookies to slowly cool as the oven cools (at least another hour). They will be crisp on the outside, with a slightly soft center. When they are finished, they will release from the parchment very easily. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container on the counter-top. Note: Superfine sugar is sometimes sold as “castor” or “caster” sugar and is available in the baking section in most supermarkets. You can make your own superfine sugar by processing regular granulated sugar in a food processor for approximately 30 seconds. Note: High humidity can sometimes affect the results of this recipe. Dry days are best to make meringues.