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Glorious Ginger: Embrace Healing Energy with Bigelow Tea

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Some words of wisdom from Bigelow Tea:  When life throws us a curveball and the future seems uncertain, we always gravitate towards whatever brings us comfort, stability, and that ever-elusive gift that we call Time. Whether we need time to reflect, heal or simply just breathe, the meditative ritual of tea drinking is the tonic which puts everything into perspective.

For centuries, people have enjoyed the practice of tea – for social interaction and to heal mind and body.  Ancient cultures engaged in the preparation of herbal tea concoctions from a seemingly endless variety of herbs, nurtured for their exotic flavors and medicinal value. Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) not only makes a very flavorful base for a tea but also contains a wide range of healing properties.

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Ginger SnappishTM Herbal Tea with Lemon

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Bigelow AriZona Organic Green Tea – Lemon Ginger

Ginger root, the underground stem of the ginger plant, is just as effective dried as it is in its raw form. The plain, brown color of the spice belies its fiery and savory nature.  A widely popular medicinal herb in the eastern cultures of China, Japan and India, ginger is also grown in West Africa and the Caribbean. There is a bounty of evidence of its healing properties, which can remedy maladies of the stomach, asthma, inflammation, motion and morning sickness, blood pressure and circulatory problems. Ginger has also been very effective with eliminating nausea from chemotherapy treatment.

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Ginger


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Green Tea Ginger Tea Cakes

So, do take time out to breathe, nibble, and sip some of Bigelow Tea’s comfort food and herbal teas, all channeling the healing energy of green tea and glorious ginger!

(Note: Always consult a physician before the medical use of ginger or any herb, for that matter).

Cook with Bigelow Tea this Thanksgiving

In addition to drinking tea, enjoy cooking with tea this Thanksgiving. These recipes are certain to please even your most discriminating guests:

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze

Ingredients:
Glaze:

12 Bigelow® Constant Comment® Tea Bags
1 cup (250mL) boiling water
2/3 cup (160mL) brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter
½ cup (125mL) cranberry juice

Turkey and Gravy:

1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
1 lemon, cut into four pieces
1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 20 min. – Cook Time: 10-12 min. per pound -unstuffed

Instructions:

Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags 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 turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin all over with glaze, keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes.
Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. 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 turkey.

As a nice alternative, use an oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey, reducing tea bags to 8.

Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole

Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:
6 medium sweet potatoes
4 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish or Bigelow® Constant Comment
½ cup (125mL) whipping cream or half & half
½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
2 tablespoons (30mL) unsalted butter
1 egg beaten
*Optional – 1 cup (250mL) miniature marshmallows

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 1 hour

Instructions:

Boil sweet potatoes with skins on until tender, 15-18 minutes. Peel and mash.

While potatoes are cooking, heat cream, add tea bags and remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes.

To the mashed potatoes, add salt, butter, egg, tea infused cream. Beat until smooth.

Place in 2 quart buttered baking dish, (sprinkle with marshmallows if desired) and bake in oven at 375º for 15-20 minutes or until heated through (and marshmallows are browned*).

Serve hot.

* If made ahead, bring to room temperature, heat for 25 minutes, Top with marshmallows, if desired, and bake another 10 minutes or until marshmallows are browned.

French-style Green Beans and Carrots with Pomegranate-Balsamic Glaze

French-style Green Beans and Carrots with Pomegranate-Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients:
1 cup hot water
4 Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate tea bags
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound fresh French-style green beans
½ pound carrots cut into 1 inch matchsticks
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: Serves 6

Instructions:

Combine hot water and 4 Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate tea bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes.

Place tea in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook until liquid is reduced by half (about ten minutes).

Add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir to combine.

Add cornstarch and whisk vigorously, until glaze is thickened and smooth. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine butter and olive oil. Heat until butter is melted, but not smoking, and then add carrots and green beans.

Saute vegetables until just tender, approximately 5 minutes (allow a few extra minutes of extra cooking time if using traditional green beans).

Add pomegranate-balsamic glaze, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve immediately.

Note: Glaze may be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

For a soothing cup of tea to go with dessert after the above delectable Thanksgiving meal, go here. To see other fun recipes using tea, check this out. And last, but not least, don’t forget your hostess with a gift of thanks.

Bountiful Harvest Tea Basket

Bountiful Harvest Tea Basket

Try this delicious recipe combining fall flavors, pumpkin and ginger, with yummy cheesecake…

Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons (60mL) butter, melted
1 1/4 cup (310mL) gingersnaps, crushed
1 tablespoon (15mL) brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
10 Bigelow Ginger Snappish tea bags
10 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags
1 1/2 cup (375mL) heavy cream
24 ounces (750g) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups (375mL) sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (375mL) pumpkin pie filling
1/4 cup (60mL) pecan halves

Yield: Serves: 10 – Prep Time: 35 minutes – Cooking Time: 70 minutes

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325*F (160*C).
To make the crust, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix the gingersnaps, brown sugar and cinnamon together.

Add the melted butter and mix together with a spoon.

Spray a 10″ (25cm) springform pan with cooking spray.

Press the crumb mixture into the bottom.

Filling:

Add heavy cream into saucepan, heat over medium heat, be careful not to boil.

Add Bigelow Ginger Snappish and Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags and steep cream for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess cream. Set aside to cool.

Beat cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add sugar, beating well.

Add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and pale. Add the cooled cream and beat well.

Stir in the pumpkin, combine well and pour the cheese mixture into prepared springform pan.

Place pan into a larger pan and fill with hot water halfway up.

Bake for 60-70 minutes. Do not over bake, the middle should have a little jiggle.

Refrigerate at least 3 hours to chill thoroughly.

Remove cheesecake from the pan, decorate the edge of the cheesecake with pecan halves, cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream if desired.

For more great recipes and entertaining ideas, go to: http://www.bigelowtea.com/entertaining/recipes/

Super Recipe Ideas Incorporating Superfoods and Flavors: Try them at your Family Reunion this summer!

I Love Lemon™ Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon

Ingredients:

8 Bigelow® I Love Lemon™ Herbal tea bags
4 cups water

1 lb fresh asparagus (approx. 30 stalks), peeled, an

d tough ends trimmed away
4 oz. light cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
8 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon

Yield: Serves 10

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes.

Remove tea bags, return saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and 1½ teaspoons of salt to the pan.

Parboil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water (to stop the cooking).
Drain and pay dry. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, fresh herbs and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine.

Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture (about ½ teaspoon) on each slice of smoked salmon.

Roll up one stalk of asparagus in each piece of smoked salmon, leaving the tips of the asparagus exposed (making it easier to pick up).

Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.

Blueberry Harvest Vinagirette

Ingredients:
1/2 cup white wine vinegar (125mL)
6 Bigelow Blueberry Harvest Herb Tea tea bags
1 tablespoon honey (15mL)
2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard (30mL)
1 small clove garlic
1 cup vegetable oil (250mL)
1 teaspoon salt (5mL)
A pinch of black pepper
*Optional – tarragon, fresh, chopped or dried

Yield: 1 1/3 cups of dressing

Instructions:

Blueberry Harvest Vinaigrette 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.

Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:
6 medium sweet potatoes
4 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish or Bigelow® Constant Comment
½ cup (125mL) whipping cream or half & half
½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
2 tablespoons (30mL) unsalted butter
1 egg beaten
*Optional – 1 cup (250mL) miniature marshmallows

Yield: Serves 8 – Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 1 hour

Instructions:

Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole Boil sweet potatoes with skins on until tender, 15-18 minutes. Peel and mash.

While potatoes are cooking, heat cream, add tea bags and remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes.

To the mashed potatoes, add salt, butter, egg, tea infused cream. Beat until smooth.

Place in 2 quart buttered baking dish, (sprinkle with marshmallows if desired) and bake in oven at 375º for 15-20 minutes or until heated through (and marshmallows are browned*).

Serve hot.

* If made ahead, bring to room temperature, heat for 25 minutes, Top with marshmallows, if desired, and bake another 10 minutes or until marshmallows are browned.

For more great recipes, go to http://www.bigelowtea.com/entertaining/recipes/

Tea Recipe for Lunch

chickensoup.jpgChicken Noodle Soup with Ginger

Ingredients:
2 cups hot water
3 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish™ tea bags
1 cooked, skinless, boneless chicken breast ( approx. ½ pound)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (½ cup)
½ cup dried fine egg noodles
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions:
When you’re feeling under the weather, what’s better than a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup? When stomach-soothing Bigelow® Ginger Snappish™ Tea is added to the mix, this soup becomes the perfect antidote for cold and flu season.

Combine 2 cups of hot water and 3 Bigelow® Ginger Snappish™ tea bags and allow to steep for approximately 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred the cooked chicken breast. Use one fork to anchor the chicken breast to the cutting board, while using the other fork to “scrape” the chicken into shreds. This is easily achieved if you shred along the grain of the chicken breast. Alternately, you may simply cut the breast into bite-sized pieces.

In a medium saucepan or soup pot, combine the chicken broth and the tea over high heat. Add the garlic, carrots, shredded chicken and noodles. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Simmer for approximately 7 to 10 minutes, or until carrots are tender and noodles are cooked.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped parsley and adjust seasonings as necessary.

Ladle into bowls and serve hot.

Note: To make this soup ahead of time, proceed as directed but omit the noodles and the fresh parsley. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, pour into a medium saucepan, add noodles, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until noodles are cooked and soup is heated through. Adjust seasonings, add fresh parsley and serve.

Yield: Serves 4-6

Joss Stone Sips Super-Spiced Tea

In our most recent celebrity tea sighting, British soul singer Joss Stone was recently spotted sipping a super spicy tea concoction. According to a November 27th story in The New York Times, Stone  enjoyed peppermint tea “laced with ginger and cayenne” during a rehearsal break while chatting with country music darling LeAnn Rimes.  The singers were preparing for an upcoming episode of the CMT (Country Music Television) series “Crossroads.” 

Many claim that the addition of ginger and cayenne to tea is good for the throat. And, indeed, Stone needed to keep her vocal chords in tip top shape during the four days of recording.

You can hear Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes in CMT’s Crossroads:  Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. Or view the show’s online videos at the CMT website.