Calling all of you tea lovers! (And any of you who might be looking for a holiday gift for tea lovers!) Today we are introducing an extra-special Adopt A Tea Garden giveaway from Nudo.
For years, I have loved Nudo and their popular Adopt An Olive Tree program, where you literally “adopt” a tree in Italy for a year and get its fruit — the yummy olive oil — shipped right to your doorstep. (You can even go hug your tree if you happen to be traveling in Italy!)
But I was super excited when I found out about a new program they are offering with organic Darjeeling tea! The concept is similar. When you adopt a Darjeeling tea garden for a year (and you even get to choose the garden and grower), you will then be some of the finest quality “first flush” loose leaf tea four times a year from your garden. Seriously, how cool is that?!?
Even better, the Adopt A Tea Garden program is all about sustainability. Nudo teamed up with local producers to restore deserted tea gardens, which were until now unsustainable, for the program. Using biodynamic and organic farming practices, local farmers can now reopen those tea gardens, creating more jobs for the local tea pickers and growers and creating the opportunity for the younger generation to learn the skills that their families have practiced for centuries.
I just adopted my own garden this month, and cannot wait for my garden to begin harvesting soon! But today, I’m excited that one lucky reader will also have the chance to adopt his or her very own tea garden and win a year’s worth of tea too! It’s the gift that keeps on giving and giving. (Or if you’re really feeling giving — this is also an outstanding gift for a tea lover in your life this holiday season!) Read for more details and enter the giveaway below.
I was extremely intimidated the first time I attended a wine tasting. Everything from how it actually works (when exactly is it appropriate to squeeze yourself between people crowded around that tiny bar?), to nodding in ignorant agreement to everything the sommelier says, to pretending as if I can tell the difference between the wines, to what-the-heck-is-a-sommelier anyway?
While wine is a complex and varied topic that can take anywhere from years to a lifetime to get a grasp of, there are a few basic tips about wine and wine tasting that can help you to follow a conversation about wine and maybe even confidently contribute. But more importantly, they’ll help you discover what your own tastes are so next time you’re staring at 87 different bottles of merlot at Trader Joe’s, you’ll be able to make an educated decision on your purchase.
So, today we’re going to talk about Wine 101 — what’s the difference between different types of reds and whites? What are some of the basic key words you need to understand? Then, next week stay tuned for part 2 in the series — “The Five S’s of Wine Tasting”.
So, what are the basics you need to know about wine to keep up with that friend who goes to Napa every year, or at least to not have to pretend at that wine tasting? Here’s a quick Wine 101 based on what I find useful in my wine conversing, tasting, and enjoying. At this point in the discussion I am going to focus primarily on American grape varietals for reference. In future posts we’ll talk more about wines from around the globe.
Yesterday morning I woke up and was surprised by snow blanketing the ground in Kansas City. It was breathtaking. But to be honest, I think I was more surprised by the surprise!
I think it has literally been a decade since I woke up to a completely unexpected snowfall, probably because everything from my phone to my computer to my car to the buzz around friends is always alerting the world to even the “slightest” chance of flurries. But not this week. Somehow snow snuck up on Kansas City, and for at least a brief little moment, I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas. Pure delight. (I didn’t even complain about the cold!!) :)
One of the questions I am most asked as a food blogger is what my recommendations are for desserts to serve at an event. You know, those crowd-pleasing, guaranteed-to-disappear-quickly, everyone-asks-you-for-the-recipe, “winning” sort of recipes? Well, when it comes to dessert, I’ve learned that you pretty much can’t go wrong with anything chocolate and peanut butter. I don’t know what it is, but people lose their mind over all things chocolate peanut butter!! Just say those magic words, and the world is your oyster. Well, your oyster if it’s filled with chocolate and peanut butter. :)
So get ready to lose your mind today, because this fantastic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes recipe has officially arrived on the blog.
I know, I know. There’s another name that Americans give this day of the year, that rhymes with Aack Iday. But I can think of about a million other things I would rather be doing today than waking up at the crack of dawn for “doorbusters”, fighting through crowds, watching people push and shove, standing in line after line, and frankly, buying way too much stuff that I don’t need.
With baking season in full swing now, I have been getting lots of emails and comments from you wonderful readers asking about pie recipes (and requesting more!). So I thought it would be fun to create a huge roundup of some of my favorite bloggers’ amazing pie recipes as a little reference point. I was going to keep the list short, but the more I started poking around my friends’ blogs, the more mouthwatering recipes I had to share.