Tea

I Finally Found the Perfect Tea Pot — One Good Thing

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For at least a year, I've been on a quest for the perfect tea pot. My efforts, until recently, left me feeling like a medieval knight searching for a mystical grail. And then I had my Goldilocks moment. I finally found the perfect tea pot.

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What I Learned Between My First & Fifth Batches of Kombucha — Tips from The Kitchn

I thought about making my own kombucha for a long time. The thing that finally threw me over the edge was seeing Kitchn's recently published videos for making both a scoby and kombucha. I pored over the written instructions more times than I care to admit, but actually seeing someone go through the steps made it seem easy and gave me that extra bit of confidence I needed.

Nevertheless, I approached my first batch with all the uncertainty (and panic) I'm sure first-time brewers feel: Should those floaty things really be in there? Is that brown splotch okay or is it mold? But five batches later, I'm way more laid-back about brewing kombucha, and I learned a few lessons along the way.

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Recipe: Peach and Rooibos Tea Fruit Gummies — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn

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The surefire way to make my toddler happy is to give her gummies. It doesn't matter if they're regular, organic, or even vitamin — if it's in gummy form, she'll eat it. She's onto something, though, as I sometimes find myself sneaking one of her treats for myself and wondering why they're always marketed to kids. Here's a homemade gummy recipe with a tasty tea twist for grown-ups instead!

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The Grocery-Store Tea That Changed My Life — Tea Tonic

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Growing up, I associated my period with pain — and not just aches, but the kind of sharp, excruciating pain that makes you want to spend all day in the fetal position. I'd have to miss days of school, and eventually work; sometimes I threw up.

In my attempts to relieve the pain, I tried it all: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, hot packs, exercising, wishing for a quick and painless death. After years of struggling to find a solution, I had basically given up — until I discovered relief in a common grocery-store tea.

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Recipe: Arnold Palmer Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs — Recipes from The Kitchn

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There's something magical that happens when you combine iced tea with lemonade. This refresher, known as an Arnold Palmer, is a classic for good reason. The two drinks bring out the best of each other when combined — the bitterness of black tea counters the sweet, sourness of lemonade. So really how can an Arnold Palmer get any better? By bringing it to the dinner plate.

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Recipe: Chai and Honey Butter — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Consider this an excuse to stop and take an afternoon pause. This butter is meant for the 3:00 p.m. slump, when you suddenly feel the urge for a cup of tea to perk you up, but concurrently find yourself poking around for something sweet to tide you over until dinner. Grab a biscuit or scone, if you're lucky — but a piece of toast will do just fine — and start spreading.

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