Olivia May at From the Kitchen of Olivia brings us another terrific Cooking with Tea Recipe!
Over the final few weeks of her CSA share, Olivia built up quite a collection of red peppers. Both hot varieties (Krimzon Lee, Serrano, Jalapeno, Shishito) and sweet bells (Apple Pimento, Carmen, Red Knight Bell) were filling up the crisper until enough accumulated to make this relish.
Sweet with piquant heat and spiced just so with orange, cinnamon, and clove using Arbor Teas Organic Holiday Spice Black Tea, this ruby-toned relish makes a useful condiment to have on hand to dress up holiday meals or to gift away to friends this season. Or use it to top a soft cheese and crackers for a quick snack or appetizer, mix with ketchup for a fancy chili dipping sauce, or dollop over your take-out ramen bowl to add a festive touch.
Check out the full recipe for Holiday Spice-y Red Pepper Relish.
December 08 2011 | Cooking with Tea | No Comments »
We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new organic decaf teas to our catalog. Just in time for the holidays!
New Organic Decaf Teas
Organic certified decaffeinated teas are a rarity in the organic tea market. They are difficult to procure and expensive to produce. Our organic decaf teas are some of our top selling teas and we constantly get requests to add more, add more…. so we did!
The newest additions to our decaf tea catalog are:
November 30 2011 | Products | No Comments »
Happy (almost) Thanksgiving everyone! When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of pumpkin pie! I tried spicing up my pumpkin pie this year by adding Masala Chai Black Tea to my pumpkin pie filling. The result was a pumpkin custard that had a richer, deeper spice flavor, and a sugary sweet top. Terrific! I used this recipe to create pumpkin pie custard and served it in individual ramekins. But, the custard can be baked in one large dish or poured into your favorite pre-baked pie crust to create the perfect pumpkin pie. Check out my full recipe for Masala Chai Pumpkin Pie.
November 15 2011 | Cooking with Tea | No Comments »
We are delighted to re-introduce our seasonal favorites — the ever-popular Organic Holiday Spice Black Tea and one-of-a-kind Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffles! Only available for the holiday season, these treats are always a hit – add them to your wish list or give as a gift!
Organic Holiday Spice Black Tea
A perennial favorite for the holiday season (and only sold in November and December), our organic and Fair Trade Certified Holiday Spice Black Tea pairs bold organic Indian tea with generous doses of orange, cinnamon and clove flavor! Despite the generous flavoring, the brisk and coppery qualities of the black tea really come through. Like all of our flavored blends, our Holiday Spice Black Tea uses only the highest quality organic loose leaf tea, essential oils and botanical ingredients, insuring an excellent cup every time!
Don’t just take our word for it! “I ordered several of the sample packs of this tea to distribute as Christmas gifts at work. When I opened the box my house immediately smelled like Christmas! My husband and I lasted about a half an hour before we *had* to break into one of the packs and try it. It was even better than it smelled – I’m so glad that continue reading »
November 09 2011 | Products | No Comments »
We are delighted to introduce three new green teas to our tea selection. Each from a different origin, these organic and Fair Trade Certified green teas expand our green tea selection into two new countries and offer a wider variety of flavor profiles for our green teas lovers!
Organic Five Peaks Green Dew Green Tea
With dark green, needle-like leaves that are finely rolled, this Chinese organic and Fair Trade Certified tea has a light-bodied brew with low astringency, a slight sweetness, a kelp-like vegetal quality and a lingering, pleasant aftertaste. For those of you who remember our Jing Mai Green Tea, this Organic Five Peaks Green Dew Green Tea is the closest equivalent we have found! It is also a nice alternative for those looking to replace a Japanese Green Tea with one from a new origin.
Organic Idulgashinna Estate Ceylon Green Tea
A balanced cup for all green tea drinkers, our organic and Fair Trade Certified green tea from the Indulgashinna Estate in Sri Lanka is not too vegetal and not too fruity. Manufactured in the Uva region in eastern Sri Lanka, our Organic Idulgashinna Estate Ceylon Green Tea is from one of the well-known Staasen group of plantations, about 3300-6500 feet in elevation. It withstands multiple infusions quite well and has a pleasant sweet note with a clean finish.
Organic Makaibari Estate Green Tea
This Fair Trade Certified organic green tea is another example of the wonderful offerings coming out of the Makaibari Estate in India. Biodynamically farmed in India’s Darjeeling district, the Organic Makaibari Estate Green Tea exhibits many of the same qualities as the black teas of this region, but with an unoxidized leaf. The varying leaf colors (ranging from green to brown to white) produce an easy-to-drink cup that exhibit slight lemony, vegetal and earthy qualities akin to other Darjeeling teas.
November 01 2011 | Organics and Products | No Comments »
If you are a returning customer and logging into the new Arbor Teas website for the first time, here is a step-by-step guide to make your initial login easy!
Returning customers must create a new password during their initial login on the new ArborTeas.com. We know this is a bit of a pain and we’re sorry! Unfortunately, we were unable to move our customer’s old passwords to our new system. As a result, our new system thinks the old passwords are invalid.
Follow the steps below to login and immediately earn 100 rewards points as our way of saying “thanks”!
- Click on the Log In button. First, click on the “Log In” button located at the top right hand side of the Arbor Teas website.
- Click on the Forgot Password link. Next, click on the “Forgot your Password” link. Unfortunately, we were not able to migrate your old password to the new website. We know that you really didn’t forget your password – but this is the method by which you have to get a new password that works on the new website.
- Input your email address. After you click on the “Forgot your Password” link, input the email address that you use with your Arbor Teas account. Click the continue button.
- Check your Email. After you input your email address and click the continue button, check your email. An email will be sent to you with a link included in the email. Click on the link included in that email. When you click on the link, you are verifying that you are you and it will open a new window displaying the Arbor Teas login page. You are almost done, but you can’t login just yet!
- Check your Email Again. After you click on the link in the previous email, a second email will be sent to you that includes a new password. This is the password you will now use to login into your Arbor Teas account.
- Login. Go back to the Arbor Teas login page and input the email address you inputted in step #3 and the password sent to you in step #5. If you cut and paste your password from your email into the login screen, be careful not to accidentally grab an extra space at the beginning or end of your password. If you grab an extra space, our system will read your password as inaccurate. Either type in your password verbatim or be sure not to grab an extra space.
- Change your password. Once you are logged in, you will earn 100 rewards points as our way of saying “Thank You”! After you login, we recommend that you navigate to the “Account Details” section to change your password back to your old password or change it to something that you will easily remember.
October 24 2011 | Miscellaneous and Uncategorized | No Comments »
Bold, Beautiful… and a whole lot BETTER!
We are delighted to introduce the new and improved ArborTeas.com!
Over the past 7 years, we’ve been taking notes on how to keep making ArborTeas.com better and better. So without another moment’s delay, we’re delighted to introduce the new and improved version of our website!
Packed full of new features, better product imagery, and even MORE useful information – we believe we’ve finally created a website worthy of the top-notch organic teas we offer! And as usual, many of the most inspired and innovative ideas have come from YOU, our beloved customers.
So join the party and help us welcome the new Arbor Teas website today! Visit ArborTeas.com, login into your account and automatically earn 100 Rewards Points. continue reading »
September 25 2011 | Miscellaneous | No Comments »
Grillin’ season is upon us! Will you have a vegetarian to feed in your group? Often meatless patties are dry and disappointing, especially the ones that come packaged from the grocery store. Veggie burgers are so easy to make in your home kitchen, requiring fairly minimal forethought and prep work. Here is a unique idea to impart a tea flavor into a vegetarian burger. This recipe combines the earthiness of Arbor Teas organic Yerba Mate with a bit a smoke from organic Russian Caravan Black Tea. The lentils are cooked directly in the steeped teas, gaining an extra boost of flavor as they soak up the liquid and soften. Black beluga lentils retain their shape fairly well when cooked, so they are worth seeking out. Other varieties may cook up too mushy, causing the patties to fall apart.
Happy Summer everyone! Hope you enjoy this Cooking with Tea recipe From the Kitchen of Olivia!
Smoky Yerba Mate Lentil Burgers
makes 6 burgers
2 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon loose leaf organic Yerba Mate
1 teaspoon loose leaf organic Russian Caravan Black Tea
1 cup dried Beluga lentils, picked over and rinsed (will yield about 3 cups cooked)
4 large eggs continue reading »
July 11 2011 | Cooking with Tea | 1 Comment »
As many of you may know, the 2011 tea harvest is well underway in Japan. With the devastating effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which badly damaged Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant, there has been a lot of speculation in the marketplace regarding the safety of Japanese tea. While much of the fearful chatter over irradiated Japanese products has subsided in recent weeks, concerns still abound.
Arbor Teas has begun to receive Japanese tea from the 2011 harvest. We’ve pulled together some important facts which we hope will help our customers understand the status of this issue (and, without diminishing the significance of this event, perhaps relieve some concerns).
1) No Japanese tea – either freshly picked or packaged – has been discovered to be contaminated by radioactive particles. (Update 6/1/11 – Unfortunately this is no longer true. Radioactive cesium in newly harvested tea has been detected. Shipments of all the tea from the area were suspended pending additional tests. Please see comments below for more details. We are working with our suppliers to have samples of their 2011 crop tested for radiation and will post them when available.) continue reading »
May 16 2011 | Green Business and Miscellaneous and Tea and Health | 20 Comments »
Hurry! Before Meyer lemons are out of season, go make this pie! Or don’t. Just wait for the right occasion and be inspired by what citrus is in abundance at that time. The original inspiration for this recipe came from Martha Stewart as a chamomile version of lemon meringue pie in a homey cornmeal crust. All of these elements, the mellow chamomile flowers, the zesty lemon, the pillowy marshmallow meringue, and the crunchy cornmeal work together in a wonderful, satisfying combination. But with the variety of organic loose-leaf teas available from Arbor Teas, why stop there? You could alter the recipe into a summery mojito rendition by subbing in lime for lemon and organic moroccan mint green tea for chamomile, all atop a buttery shortbread crust. Organic jasmine green tea and grapefruit (or those giant pumelos) would make a sophisticated, perfumed dessert. Tangerine and organic schizandra white tea, orange and organic earl grey black tea, or even blood orange and organic holiday spice black tea are a few more pairings I brainstormed to go with your favorite graham cracker, gingersnap, or chocolate cookie crust. Here is the original lemon-chamomile recipe. Let me know what combinations you dream up!
Citrus and Tea Cream Pie
adapted from Martha Stewart
Cornmeal Pie Dough
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup medium-ground yellow cornmeal
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
¼ cup ice water
Lemon-Chamomile Cream Filling
3 cups whole milk
3-4 tablespoons loose organic chamomile (or whatever other tea flavor strikes your fancy)
¼ cup cornstarch
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
1½ teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (or other citrus zest)
¼ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (or other fresh citrus juice)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 large egg whites
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
a pinch of salt
To make the Cornmeal Crust:
Pulse flour, cornmeal, salt, and sugar in a food processor to combine. Add butter, and process briefly until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the machine running, slowly add ice water until dough just begins to hold together. continue reading »
May 06 2011 | Cooking with Tea | 2 Comments »
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