Kashmiri Chai

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Enjoy some spicy chai tea next time there is a cold day outside.

Not sure if this actually comes from Kashmir, but it’s a delightful chai recipe anyway.

  • 1 tsp loose black tea
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbs powdered almonds
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • Honey

Break cinnamon stick into small pieces, and bruise the cardamom pods. Add spices (not almonds) and tea to water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let steep for 4 to 5 minutes, then strain. Put a teaspoon of almond powder in the bottom of each of four cups, and pour hot tea over. Add honey to sweeten, if desired.

How to Store Coffee

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Storing beans in an open basket probably isn’t the best idea if you want them to stay fresh.

By Terri Paajanen

Should you freeze your coffee beans or just keep them in the fridge? What type of container should it be kept in? Does it matter if it’s in whole bean form or already ground for brewing? Storing coffee is no simple matter. How should you answer these questions?

Well it mainly depends on what form your coffee is in: whole bean or ground.

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Coffee with a Conscience

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Fair trade is just one kind of ethical coffee out there on the market

by Terri Paajanen

Most people are familiar with organic products, but these days there are many different varieties of so-called “ethical” products, including coffee.

More and more coffee retailers are offering these types of products, but the terms can be confusing if you aren’t familiar with them. Continue reading »

Fragrant Spiced Coffee

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A rich and spicy cup of coffee to enjoy

A rich, spicy, sweet coffee delight. You might want to save this recipe for a special occasion.

  • 3 cups coffee
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Blend together brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix coffee and cream together with the spice mixture. Serve hot.

Serves 4.

Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti

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Who can resist the sweet crunch of cinnamon biscotti?

Just some subtle flavors in this biscotti recipe, with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar baked on top.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbs butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For topping:

  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325F. Sift together flour, first 2 tsp cinnamon, baking powder and salt. In another mixing bowl, cream together the larger measure of sugar and butter. Beat in 1 egg and vanilla extract. Combine with the dry ingredients.

Divide the dough in two, and roll into a log around 8 inches long and 2 inches wide (more or less). Place each loaf on a greased backing sheet. Beat remaining egg, and brush over each loaf of dough. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Don’t turn off your oven.

Move to a cutting board, and slice each loaf into diagonally slices, around a half inch thick. A serrated knife will work best. Place slices back on your baking pan, cut side down. Sprinkle the face-up cut sides with the remaining sugar and cinnamon. Put biscotti back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Top Single Serve Coffee Makers

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By Terri Paajanen

A single-serve coffee maker will cost you more than a traditional drip machine but they will make you a cup of fresh coffee in seconds (literally) and there is no messy grounds to clean up. If you have been interested in these types of brewers, here are the best ones on the market right now.

tassimo single serve coffee maker

A Tassimo coffee brewer

pod coffee makers

The Tassimo is a very popular model and is without a doubt the most sophisticated one. The pods that fit in the Tassimo (T-discs) have a bar code on the top of each one and the machine reads it before it starts to brew. Once it knows what you are brewing, all the details are taken care of. You get the optimum temperature, brewing time and water pressure with each cup.

The pods are available in many different types of coffee as well as tea and hot chocolate.


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