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From our Recipe Box: Favorite Recipes for Fall

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Fall means a trip to the pumpkin patch (or apple orchard, depending on where you live!) and lots of warm steaming mugs, bowls of soup, and food that stays with you. For us, it means spicy teas,  chai lattes, and incorporating fall flavors into everything we eat. If you want to get that fall feeling, these recipes are for you!

For Breakfast: SUPER Chai Pumpkin Muffins & More

Masala Chai Pumpkin Muffins

What’s easier than grabbing a muffin in the morning? Make these on Sunday night and scarf them down in the carpool lane or on your morning commute. They’re sweetened with applesauce, enhanced with blueberries and flavored with our Masala Chai Black Tea - making them the perfect breakfast on the go.

Looking for something slightly more…indulgent? These Masala Chai Spiced Donuts are totally up your alley.

For Lunch: A Simple Soup

This Roasted Butternut Squash Rooibos Soup is a perennial favorite. And why not? It’s sweet and savory and makes genius use of a green rooibos broth, for an extra health boost. Make it on a Sunday for lunch throughout the week!

And because we always have a little chocolate after lunch, we couldn’t resist including these lovely  chocolate energy bites - the perfect accompaniment for a mid-afternoon cup of matcha!

For Dinner: Squash Flu Season!

Butternut Squash Green Rooibos Soup Mother nature must have known that we would need a vitamin boost before our long dark winter. Why else would she have given us an abundance of squash just as cold and flu season was closing in? Luckily, this is one versatile ingredient. We love this Miso Delicata Squash recipe from 101 Cookbooks. And if you’re looking for something a bit heartier – but no less healthy! – try this Butternut Squash Lasagna from My New Roots.

The sweetness of squash pairs well with a darker tea. Around dinnertime, try pairing with a relaxing variety such as our Organic GABA Oolong.

For Dessert: Put Your Pumpkin Haul to Good Use 

Who said you have to carve those pumpkins and put them on your doorstep? If you’ve managed to come across some sugar pie pumpkins, you can clean them, roast them and make the most delicious pie. We love this Masala Chai Pumpkin Pie, an even more delicious twist on the classic.

And if you’re looking for a way to use those apples, keep coming back to this Black Tea Apple Pie from Swift and Whisk. If you’d rather drink your tea with your dessert, we think this Skillet Apple Cake is well worth the minimal effort. (Tip: Use sweeter apples and less sugar!) And if you want to get SUPER fancy, bake this apple cake ... and please invite us over.

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Postcards from China: Aubrey and Sarah Travel to Pu Erh

This summer, our warehouse manager Sarah and I traveled to China for a course at the ITA Tea Sommelier Certification School in Pu Erh. Pu Erh, of course, is home to the famed fermented tea of the same name, which is so venerated in some circles in China it is treated as an investment and [...]

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Cynthia Chen Serves up Crave-Worthy Recipes on Two Red Bowls

By day, Cynthia Chen is a junior lawyer at a New York City law firm. You wouldn’t think that leaves a lot of time for cooking, and you would be right, but this doesn’t stop Cynthia from following her passions into the kitchen, where she cooks up creative recipes for her blog, Two Red Bowls. For Cynthia, food is [...]

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Discussion Questions for The Wintree Waltz, This Year's Arbor Teas Summer Reading Series

Join the conversation! We’ve put together a chapter-by-chapter list of discussion questions for  The Wintree Waltz, to share with friends, book clubs, or for your own introspection. This page will be updated every Thursday (June 2 - August 4) with questions related to that week’s chapter. Please note: they *will* contain spoilers, so if you’re not caught [...]

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The Wintree Waltz: A Conversation with Lauren Doyle Owens

Recently, Arbor Teas’ Aubrey and Jeremy Lopatin sat down to talk about the Summer Reading Series with Lauren Doyle Owens, author of their first Summer Reading Series selection, The Wintree Waltz. The following are excerpts – without spoilers! – from that conversation: Lauren: I’m curious about the idea behind the Summer Reading Series, how it came together for you, the [...]

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Vegan Matcha Meringue Recipe

Think meringues are no-go for a vegan diet? Think again! This recipe for Vegan Matcha Meringues is proof to the contrary. Find out how to make these little delights below: Yield: 90 small meringues 2 (15 ounce) cans of chickpeas ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2½ teaspoons cooking grade matcha, sifted Place a strainer over a medium bowl [...]

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Baking Up a Little Tea with Maria Siriano of Sift and Whisk

We first discovered Maria Siriano when we scoured the Internet for interesting recipes for our Cooking with Tea Holiday Menus ahead of Thanksgiving last year. We’ve returned to her blog, Sift and Wisk, a lot since, looking for inspiration and something yummy to eat.  Luckily, Sift & Wisk serves up both in spades. This could be because Siriano spends a [...]

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​Chamomile Corn Chowder Recipe

Makes 2 to 4 servings The floral honeyed tones of chamomile beautifully complement the sweetness of corn. This chowder owes its body to being half puréed, rather than to cream or butter, making it naturally vegan. I use frozen corn here, but if you’re lucky enough to find fresh organic corn, by all means use it. 1 tablespoon safflower, grapeseed, or other neutral [...]

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Tea in the Land of Thunder: Field Notes from Darjeeling - a Short Film Presented by Arbor Teas

Last summer, Arbor Teas traveled across India, visiting many of the estates that produce the organic Indian teas we carry. During the journey, co-founder Jeremy Lopatin visited the  Makaibari Tea Estate in Darjeeling, to get a firsthand look at how top-notch Darjeeling teas are made. Settle in and enjoy this short film highlighting the beautiful people, [...]

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Getting "Steeped" with Annelies Zijderveld

Steeped, Zijderveld finds new and inventive ways to use tea in the kitchen – from the Summer Squash Gruyere Quiche flavored with  Moroccan Mint Green Tea to the Chamomile Corn Chowder (pictured below).“I have a very overactive imagination, for food and in general,” she explains. “I went to school for poetry, and one of the things that one of my mentors [...]

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