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alexis
Philadelphia
tea writer & consultant
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Even though the cool air is creeping in, I'm still craving cold, creamy scoops of ice cream. Top that spoonful with marshmallow spread sandwiched between tea infused dark cocoa cookies, and well, my heart skips a beat. Seeking a whimsical take on s'mores and ice cream, I infused the ice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
happy to see that tea has a mention...
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Pu-erh tea, a tea category all its own, is generally known for its rich, woodsy and earthy flavors with hints of mushrooms, tobacco smoke and even a touch of leather, all depending upon if the pu-erh tea is cooked or raw and how long it’s been aged (above: a Moon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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On a sunny summer sunday, I filled totes and bags with tea tools, infused iced teas, tins of tea and (carefully wrapped) treasured tea pots and tea cups. The air was bright and clear as I made my way to the classroom to teach my tea workshop as part of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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I am a dreamer. I always have been. I can still recall countless moments as a child settling into soft blades of grass on the subtle slope of my front-yard (which seemed like a small hill at the time). It was my nature made chaise lounge that offered just the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
And now I'm craving pie... There's something about summer that makes me want to stain worn plates with bright bits of blueberry that linger long after that last bite. Do you have a favorite/recommended brand for pie pans?
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on Peach, Blueberry, Raspberry Pie at Ruth Reichl
summer always sends my senses to smoked dishes. and yes, "leathery" is such a wonderful word. I just tasted an aged tea that was described as leathery and slight tobacco. p.s. can't wait for your gourmet memoir!
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on Everything Old is New Again at Ruth Reichl
Nicole-I can't wait for you to try it!
Bec - that sounds like the loveliest afternoon!
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Slip back to crisp spring air for a second, and there I was skipping into Van Leeuwen ice cream shop in the city that never sleeps. I tried to keep my cool as I stepped through the doorway with a belly of butterflies. You see, one day while casually scrolling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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I love tea. I love cooking with tea. I love to share my tea infused recipes. Cameras don't scare me (well maybe every now & then). So, all points led to me teaming up with The Daily Tea to create a web series this summer to share a few of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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Some may like a spoonful or sugar, but for me I would happily fill mine with butter. I've had a deliciously long romance with the creamy treat, swapping salted for unsalted and leaning towards the rich european style with a welcomed tanginess on the taste buds. My heart has grown... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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As a tea consultant, my everyday life is fully steeped in tea. However, each day is brimming with new tea tasks that send me into the kitchen and then typing away at my desk. One of my most memorable tea challenges was developing fifty iced tea recipes for my client,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
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There is an art to pairing tea that connects with the spirit of steeping well beyond the aroma of the brewed tea and the first sip. The steeped tea can elevate the flavor of what's on your plate and even change the flavor of the tea in a deliciously exciting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
You are the sweetest! This means so much to me.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on Tea with Alexis at Create With Nutty
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The past few months have been a whirlwind of steeped adventures. While I haven't been busy on the blog, you may have seen glimmers on my Instagram feed. And as I settle into spring and take a deep breath from the hustle and bustle, I look forward to sharing stories... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at teaspoons & petals
alexis is now following Create With Nutty
Mar 5, 2014
Thanks Courtney!
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2013 on cooking with tea on phl17 at teaspoons & petals
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You've taken the time to source the perfect tea and had a petite party for the very first sip. But now it's time to let the tea rest next to its fellow friends, however, the airtight foil bag doesn't fit with your kitchen style. Rather than hide it away in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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The hum of the kettle on the stove, the sizzling splashes in saucepan, and the clinking of a whisk on the sides of a metal bowl are all sounds that make my heart skip a beat. I am at home in any kitchen, especially when I'm infusing new dishes with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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The winter coat has migrated from the back of the closet to my kitchen chair for easy access when early morning walks call my name. Whipping cold winds have me longing for sweet summer days filled with small bites under the sun. These sweet cherries adorned with edible flowers were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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Considering that my kitchen could technically pass for a tea shop, it's easy to find ways to infuse new dishes with a favorite tea that's well within reach. A little over a month ago I volunteered to test a Genmaicha Pilaf recipe, as part of the Food52's Community Picks Recipe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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I've gathered my favorite Japanese green teas, tea cups and glass tea pots and carefully packed them in delicate tea towels in preparation for my Japanese Green Tea 101 class tomorrow evening (march 27th) in Philadelphia. In addition to sharing endless sips, proper steeping techniques, and stories behind the leaves,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at teaspoons & petals
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"The nuances that linger within green tea can leave your palate with endless taste memories: from rich chestnut aromas, luscious floral flavors, buttery and brothy sips, clean and crisp grassiness that brightens the taste buds, to toasted notes that warm you to the core better than a favorite sweater." Continue... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at teaspoons & petals