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Bigelow Tea Adds More Green To Spring Up Our Garmugia Recipe

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Bigelow Tea’s love for greens (which in this case includes not only tea but vegetables too!) is shared with this different take on Garmugia, a spring vegetable soup, featuring Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon as a zesty ingredient.

While Bigelow Tea, a family-run, third-generation company, has been in business for over 70 years, this traditional Italian dish has a longer history dating  back to the 16th or 17th century and is traced to the Tuscan city of Lucca where the soup was made with the vegetables harvested in the spring. Historically Garmugia included a medley of vegetables, bits of meat, and pieces of bread blended and slow cooked to perfection. Our version is very similar except the chef can find the ingredients in the grocery store and it can be ready to eat much faster, thankfully.  And we think our addition of Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon will make it even more enjoyable than the 17th century version!

Turn up the green this spring – give this recipe a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment here or by writing a review here. We hope it makes your next dinner gathering or comfort food at home simply delish!

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Garmugia (Spring Vegetable Soup)

40 Minutes, Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 20 Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon Tea Bags
  • 7 cups (1 ¾L) boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons (45mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh Italian sausage, casing removed and meat crumbled
  • 3 small white onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. (90g) ground beef
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen lima beans or frozen fava beans
  • ½ cup (125mL) frozen peas
  • ½ cup (125mL) asparagus tips
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) freshly ground pepper

Croutons:

  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 slices coarse white bread, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon (15mL) Italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

Place Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon tea bags into a large bowl; pour 7 cups boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze well and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage meat, onions and ground beef; sauté until meat browns and onions turn opaque. Add the beans, peas and asparagus and stir well. Pour in reserved tea, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, skimming off any froth from the surface of the soup. Halfway through the cooking time, season with salt and pepper. Serve. To prepare the croutons, add olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until it begins to turn golden. Remove garlic and add bread cubes and stir until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the crouton to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with parsley. Ladle hot soup into warmed soup bowls and garnish with croutons.

Bigelow Tea Gets A Kick Out Of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Latest Tea-Drinking Adventure

If you follow soccer, then the name Cristiano Ronaldo sounds awfully familiar. One of the most famous professional soccer players in the world, the Real Madrid C.F. and Portuguese National Team player has set multiple records on the field. Off the field, Cristiano is no stranger to fame and is known as someone who loves to have a good laugh (which Bigelow Tea can certainly appreciate).

As you can imagine, life as a famous athlete is no doubt a hectic one. And Cristiano proved just that when he had a little fun by recording how many times he was interrupted with requests for pictures while drinking tea at a café with a friend. Within a few minutes, Cristiano posed dozens of times with fans while sipping. Whew… what an adventure it is to be such a high-profile celebrity! At least he was a good sport about it—with a cup of chamomile tea in hand, no less!

On Earth Day, Bigelow Tea Celebrates Success With Waste Reduction

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Did you know that 94% of Bigelow Tea’s solid waste companywide is diverted from ending up in a landfill (yes, a just in time fact for Earth Month!)?  As a result of exceeding Zero Waste Alliances’ guidelines where no more than 10% of waste gets dumped, we have worked hard to attain and maintain a “Zero Waste to Landfill” status!

Curious about how we make this happen? Pour a cup of your favorite Bigelow Tea and read on to find out what the Bigelow family and all employees do across three manufacturing facilities in order to stay in the ‘green.’

Reduce: Throughout its various offices, Bigelow staffers have cut down on excess printing. For example, copies of customer service orders as well as overall paper usage has been reduced by a whopping 65,000 sheets! Within the packing plants, Bigelow has lowered the amount of shrink-wrap and foil wrap used for packaging and shipping the teas.

Recycle: Bigelow’s plants and offices are committed to recycling. Along with separating bins, initiatives have extended to collecting and properly recycling common and uncommon items like computers/electronics, printer cartridges, old sneakers, cooking oil, and videotapes. Plus 85% of Bigelow’s packaging is recyclable or biodegradable.

Composting: Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic materials by breaking them down. Since November 2010, Bigelow has been doing its part by composting approximately two tons annually from sources such as the cafeterias and landscaping. Plus, Bigelow Tea drinkers (and we have many of course) can compost their tea bags. Just remove the staple from the bag first.

Now Bigelow wants to know what you do to reduce excess waste. Like Melanie Kissell’s Facebook post notes, she is using a separate recycling bin and is no longer buying bottled water.  During Earth Month and beyond, how are you reducing waste?

Bigelow Tea Wants To Know Which Tea You’re Inspired To Try This Spring!

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Spring into spring this year by trying a new Bigelow Tea flavor! This season, go beyond your go-to and experience something new. Looking for a welcoming, yet mellow flavor with floral notes? Try Cozy Chamomile Herbal Tea. Seeking a tea with an aroma that will transport you to the tropics? Look no further than Green Tea with Mango. A fan of fresh flavors with a hint of tartness? Savor a cup of Cranberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea whenever you need a pick-me-up. Are you wishing for bright flavors that remind you of a summer day all year ‘round? Then Wild Blueberry with Acai Herbal Teais the perfect choice!

If these flavors are enticing your tastebuds, Bigelow Tea is curious to know which tea you’re most interested in sipping this season. Take the survey below and share your new tea ventures!

Image by Lucy Djevdet via Flickr

Breakfast with Bigelow Tea: Chai-infused Crème Brulee French Toast Recipe

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Breakfast is always a little bit better with Bigelow Tea– but cooking with your favorite flavor takes your meal to a whole other level! This simple recipe is sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters and won’t cut into your precious sleep at only 30 minutes for bake time. Pair this decadent, yet nutritious dish with eggs and bacon or serve on its own. We recommend pairing with a cup of English Teatime! Facebook fan Lori Chenoweth says she has “a cup of English Teatime every morning…it isn’t a good day unless I have it.” Dig in!

Chai-infused Crème Brulee French Toast

Ingredients

  • Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bags
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 slices of bread, torn
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup +1 TBSP Agave (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional but I love the extra flavor nutmeg adds)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425.  Brew 2 Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea bags in 1/2 cup of water. Set aside.

Melt Coconut oil completely and add agave to it. Whisk to combine.   Combine Tea, milk, eggs, and nutmeg. Set aside.

Pour half of coconut oil mixture in bottom of square pan.  Place torn bread on bottom on the coconut oil mixture.

Pan egg mixture over bread.  Top with last half of coconut mixture.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until completely cooked.

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 Tea Looks At The Millennial Generation’s Taste For Tea

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A new generation of tea drinkers is here! Meet the millennials, the first generation to reach adulthood during the digital age and eager to explore the world of tea. Check out this report from the Tea Association of Canada about millennial tea tastes.  Bigelow Tea perked up after noting a few interesting trends north of the border that are right in sync with surveys of American millennials.

According to the Canadian report, younger tea drinkers are ever-curious about new flavors and types of tea. Bigelow Tea’s master tea blenders certainly appreciate this adventurous spirit and are happy to oblige by continually adding new varieties. There are now more than 130! Check out @tiredapplestar‘s tweet about her super-organized drawer filled with Bigelow Tea choices. Love it!bigelow tea millenials

Two out of three Canadian millennials report drinking at least one cup of tea a week, accounting for 36 percent of all tea drinkers in Canada. Just over half of these young tea drinkers are female, and many report that they enjoy drinking both green tea and black tea.

Of course, Bigelow Tea knows that tea lovers come in all ages, and while some seek novelty, others prefer to stick with tried-and-true favorites, such as “Constant Comment“®, the very first tea developed by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in 1945, or Earl Grey, which has won devoted fans like Bob with a blend of black tea and oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy.

No matter which generation you belong to or what your personal tea-drinking preferences are, Bigelow Tea welcomes you to the fold of tea devotees!

Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime: Traditional And Exceptional

bigelow tea english tea time mugBigelow Tea lovers are fortunate to have options galore, from fruity flavors to herbal blends … but sometimes an unadulterated cup of traditional black tea is hard to beat. And that’s when Bigelow Tea’s English Teatime really shines!

English Teatime is a full-bodied black tea with a rich, smooth taste. With no bitterness and plenty of pure tea flavor, it is delicious on its own or with honey, milk or a wedge of lemon (like the Brits take theirs!).bigelow tea english tea time black tea

The hand-picked tea leaves used in English Teatime are grown high up in the mountains of Sri Lanka where the very best leaves are cultivated! It’s pretty amazing to see where the tea comes from … and third generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, visited Sri Lanka and made videos about the company’s long-standing relationship with the tea growers there.

Thanks to those ideal growing conditions, English Teatime’s has become a fan favorite. As @Esprix tweeted, “Oh Bigelow English Teatime, how happy you make me… .” Moreover, its extremely smooth flavor makes it ideal to mix with other ingredients. Combine it with I Love Lemon for a refreshing iced tea or use it in a baking recipe to create some of the tastiest donuts you’ve ever nibbled!

So when you’re in the mood for tea—exceptional, smooth tea—English Teatime is your go-to blend.

Spring Is The Perfect Time To Refresh Your Body—Inside And Out—With Bigelow Tea

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Start fresh this spring. Each year, the end of winter marks the perfect beginning to incorporating healthy habits into your daily regime, and what’s better than refreshing your body with the help of Bigelow Tea? Here are a couple of tips to help you cleanse out the old to make room for the new.

Deep Cleanse Your Mind and Body

Don’t shelf those New Year’s resolutions yet! Add more vegetables, fruit and tea into your daily diet, and dedicate more time to focus on your mind, body and soul. Try a new yoga or workout class, or take a few minutes to reflect on your day with an evening meditation. How about putting a kettle on for a cup of Bigelow Chamomile Tea? It’s the perfect way to have a few moments of relaxation—@haileyannn can tell you!

Update Your Beauty Routine

Enhance your daily beauty regimen by trying a few of these ideas that use tea in innovative ways:

  • Refresh Skin With A Green Tea Spritzer: Try a DIY cooling mist of fresh-brewed Bigelow Green Tea for an eco-friendly way to tone skin and counteract sun damage.
  • Soothe Under-Eye Bags: Lacking sleep? Bigelow Tea bags can help hide the evidence. Steep green or black tea bags in hot water for a few minutes and then refrigerate them overnight. The next morning, place the chilled bags under your eyes.
  • Fight Blemishes: A natural astringent, tea may offer a healthy solution for blemish control. Simply place a warm teabag on skin blemishes for several minutes or use tea as a facial rinse.

Take some time for self-care this spring and let it be fueled by tea. You’ll be amazed how the results can refresh your whole year ahead. It’s never too late to start a new wholesome routine, after all!

New Steep By Bigelow Organic Teas Combine 70 Years Of Inspiration And Innovation

bigelow tea_SteepIn keeping with the revolutionary spirit of founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Bigelow Tea is once again adding to its vast repertoire of 130+ varieties with the launch of a new line of craft teas named “steep by Bigelow.” This premium line of 13 USDA Certified organic teas creatively blends exotic ingredients in unexpected and uniquely pleasing ways. These teas are also non-GMO and gluten free!

“Our new line of hand-crafted teas was created to engage all the senses, from shelf to cup, beginning with the serenely visual appeal of the packaging to the wonderful aromas and tantalizing flavors that follow,” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president & CEO.  “Made with exceptional care under the careful watch of Bigelow family tea blenders, this is our ‘microbrew,’ rich-in-flavor teas that will enhance life’s everyday moments. I invite you to come with us on this journey to live a life steeped in experiences.”

The introduction of steep by Bigelow continues a cherished family tradition of innovation that began over 70 years ago when Ruth developed her iconic “Constant Comment“® blend and created specialty tea in America. Just as Ruth knew America was ready for a more flavorful tea, Bigelow Tea believes tea lovers will embrace the steep by Bigelow tea experience!

Inspired by the popularity of the craft beer movement, steep by Bigelow teas cater to individual palate preferences. Each of the 13 teas delivers a unique flavor experience by combining such taste counterparts as sweet peachy notes with earthy dandelion, smoky and nutty oolong with delicate floral jasmine and smooth, malty teas with flowery top notes. Check out these choices:

  • Sweet Cinnamon
  • Chai
  • Lemon Ginger caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Dandelion & Peach Rooibos & Green Pure Green Tea Green Tea with Pomegranate Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong & Jasmine Green Tea
  • English Breakfast Certified Fair Trade Tea
  • Mint caffeine free Herbal Tea
  • Rooibos caffeine free Hibiscus Herbal Tea
  • Chamomile Citrus caffeine free Herbal Tea

Look for these enticing new teas in stores near you, on the steep by Bigelow website (http://www.steepbybigelow.com) or Amazon.com. And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!