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Orange Red Carrot Raw Green Bush Tea

Currently loving Republic of Tea‘s new Raw Green Bush Tea– the Orange Red Carrot flavor.


Tea Mug Cozy, Hand Crocheted

What a brilliant idea from New Jersey-based KnitStorm on Etsy: a Hand-Crocheted Tea Mug Cozy, $14.

Transform a regular old mug into a fun way to insulate and decorate your tea with this tea mug cozy.
This cozy is flexible, and will slip right onto your cup, and has an opening so that the mug handle fits through.

Seventh Generation Cleaning Product New Labels

Seventh Generation‘s Blog, 7Gen, announced this week that its cleaning products will be unveiling newly designed labels in 2009.  This is a sneak peak.

The new packaging looks a bit simpler/sleeker/cleaner (pardon the pun), a la Method, though it’s not a drastic change.

Speaking of sleek packaging, I still really want a Sorapot.  So does my friend Zarina, as she confessed last week over a blood orange margarita at Chestnut.

I use Seventh Generation detergent in our mini-dishwasher and I think it works great.  Then again, it’s been so long since I used the regular, toxic stuff, take my recommendation with a grain of crusty rice.

Sorapot Teapot: Packaging our aspirations

This morning I learned about product packaging at Creative Mornings, curated by Tina Roth Eisenberg of SwissMiss and hosted by Naked in Soho.

Designer Joey Roth spoke (via web video streaming) about his Sorapot teapot.  The outer box is solid tan with twine with no photographs, instructions or specifications.  Apparently this simplistic approach has been well received.

I think minimalist packaging is particularly well suited to a teapot.  People buying teapots want to clear their diets of processed foods, anti-oxidize, simplify their lives, minimize the clutter of loud colors and sounds, be Zen in the face of chaos.  Neutral packaging is the first step of a cleansing experience.

My take is that packaging is more about who we aspire to be than who we currently are.  That’s the backbone of a consumer society, I suppose; there’s always room for personal improvement and there’s always stuff to buy.

Still, I want this teapot.

Ceramic Teapot with Speckled Glaze

What a gorgeous teapot! Practical, too: microwave/dishwasher/oven safe!

By San Fernando Valley, California-based Alina Hayes on Etsy.

Numi Flowering Teas: The art of relaxation

Numi Flowering Teas are hand-sewn tea leaves in the shape of flowers that expand as they steep in hot water.

They come in green, white, and black tea varieties.

For everyone who celebrates the ritual of tea… filling the tea kettle, lighting the burner, pouring the hot water, feeling the steam, watching the leaves unfurl, smelling the subtle aromas… flowering tea enhances each element of the experience.

A nice way to slow down on a rainy Saturday afternoon. And to appreciate that you weren’t the person to have to sew all of those brittle leaves to resemble a chrysanthemum.

Tea: Vanilla Caramel Truffle

Tea seems to be getting fancier all the time.

Lipton Pyramid Teas are not ordinary flat teabags but rather three dimensional, with larger tea pieces inside.  I bought the Vanilla Caramel Truffle flavor and really like the flavor.  I can taste both the vanilla and caramel while the traditional black tea flavor remains.  It tastes a bit sweet even without anything added.

It’s a good tea to have on hand at work for around 3pm when I get sluggish.  It’s around this time that I have been known to convince myself that vending machine-type fare is a good idea (I’ve gone as far as thinking neon-green Pop Tarts sounded palatable).

With this tea around, I can have my truffle and drink it too.

Recipe: Bacon Gorgonzola Dip

There are two types of people: those who put healthy ingredients into almost every recipe and those who figure that healthy foods should stay in the vegetable kingdom.

I figure I’ll be prepared when I have kids someday because I have already perfected the art of “sneaking” healthy foods into everything from muffins to, well, bacon Gorgonzola dip. This recipe (secretly) features sauerkraut. Fermented foods like sauerkraut aid digestion and overall health. I figure as long as I’m trying to eat nutritional powerhouses I may as well prepare them in tasty ways.

Bacon Gorgonzola Dip

Adapted from Great Lakes Kraut

6 slices bacon
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 blocks (16 oz) cream cheese, softened (low-fat or nonfat okay)
1/3 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1 small tomato, diced
2 Tbsp milk (low-fat or nonfat okay)
1/3 cup chives, finely chopped
1/3 cup sauerkraut, drained (reserving 2 Tbsp of juice)

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut bacon strips in half and cook over medium high heat until crisp. Remove from pan and crumble. Discard bacon drippings, leaving only enough to sauté garlic. Add garlic and cook until soft.

    2. In medium bowl, mix cream cheese until soft and creamy. Add sautéed garlic, cheese, diced tomato, milk, chives, and bacon. (Reserve some chives and bacon for sprinkling on top.) Mix until well blended. Add the sauerkraut and reserved juice.

    3. Spread evenly in an 8″ x 8″ ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the remaining chives and bacon on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes.

    Serve warm with crusty bread, bagel chips, or raw vegetables.

    Tea: Tazo Calm

    There are two types of people: those for whom “tea” implies traditional black tea and those with a wider definition.

    I am liberal in what I call “tea”: black, white, green, rooibos, and herbal. Once I was very embarrassed to offer tea to a British friend only to realize that I didn’t have any English Breakfast, Earl Grey, or the like. She was very confused when I served chamomile. “I only drink this when I’m sick,” she informed me. Whoops.

    I enjoy sampling wide varieties of teas. Tazo Calm is an herbal infusion of hibiscus, chamomile, spearmint, lemon grass, rose petals, blackberry leaves, safflowers, peppermint, sarsaparilla, lemon balm, and licorice. It’s caffeine free and especially soothing later in the evening, I find.

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