Sip-t Tea Company

I was browsing the net the other day and I found this tea company called Sip-t. So I decided to feature them! Here is what I found out!

Sip-t Tea Co. is owned by a mother/daughter team who hand craft artisan teas out of the finest available organic and fair trade ingredients forming delectable, unique teas with a focus on quality, the environment, and their community.

Sip-T began from one recipe and now the pair boasts 15 unique and amazing teas that they hand produce in beautiful Bellingham, WA. Each tea begins with hand sourcing the ingredients, assuring each has only the finest in organic and fair trade components, and then is hand blended with an exacting recipe in a batch that never exceeds two pounds so as to bring every tea fresh to the hands of their loyal fans.

Cheyenne Black

Sip-T is a Toward Zero Waste company, that is constantly seeking ways to reduce their impact and maximize their contribution to the community they love.

Sip-T Tea Company Announces New 99% Waste-Free Packaging!

Just one small staple – that’s the only thing in Sip-T Tea Company’s new packaging that can’t be composted. Cheyenne Black, co-owner with her daughter Kamea, noted that although the company’s original packaging was 100% recycled content, they are always striving to do better.

“Our new packaging is tree-free – it consists of hemp paper, a plant-based compostable cellophane, and a reusable cotton tea infuser, grown and sewn in the USA,” Black said. “Everything except the staple is biodegradable, compostable, and tree-free – and our customers get a reusable tea infuser, too!”

Sip-T is among the Sustainable Connections business members participating in the Toward Zero Waste Campaign. ” I think we’ve created something usable, and something that will provide real value to our customers,” Black added. “Reusability is where it’s at — you can’t get less waste than to reuse it and keep it out of the waste stream altogether. “When we first went into business, I had no idea how much of my time would be dedicated to packaging. It’s our image, it’s the feel in the hands of our customers at stake, and it’s the inherent usability of our product,” she explained. “It’s definitely more time-consuming to package this way, because there are many more steps involved, but we believe that tree-free and compostability are incredibly important. As with our original packaging, every unit is packaged by hand, so it’s a bit all-consuming for us on packaging days, but we are incredibly happy with this new stride forward!”

Kamea Black

The Bellingham-based, family-run company, founded in January 2009, handcrafts a range of Passionately Delicious Artisan Tea™ in micro batches of two pounds or less. “This means that our teas are always fresh and never stored for long periods of time,” she explained. “The leaves aren’t crushed or broken in the blending process, so the full flavor remains intact.”

Sip-T uses only certified organic and fair trade tea leaves, and additional ingredients are also certified organic, such as the mango, ginger, and lime in the Tiki Nui Mango Lime Island Tea. Sip-T is a green company, both in product and purchasing choices.

Where to find them:
Sip-T chai teas, black teas, caffeine-free teas, green teas, oolong tea, white teas, and rooibos “red teas” are sold at the Bellingham Farmers Market (both the Saturday market at Depot Market Square and the Wednesday market at the Fairhaven Village Green), and online at http://www.sip-t.com/. For Wholesale pricing call: (360) 220-8100

What is a Chocolate Truffle?

What is a box of assorted chocolates without a truffle? This tasty confection is traditionally filled with chocolate ganache and coated with chocolate or cocoa powder. Truffles are usually shaped like a sphere and can have other centers besides ganache, such as caramel, nuts, nougat, toffee, mint, marshmallow, berries, and even liqueur.

Different Types of Truffles

The credit for creating the first chocolate truffle goes to M. Dufour of Chambery, France in 1895. However, recognition of the sweet treat didn’t truly spread until the establishment of the Prestat chocolate shop in London, which to this day, still sells the original recipe for ‘Napoleon III’ truffles. Today, you can choose from three main types of chocolate truffles in the world: American, European, and Swiss.

The “American truffle” typically uses a blend of dark or milk chocolates with butterfat. It comes in a half-egg shape coated with chocolate. In Canada, graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter are added to what is called the “Harvey truffle.”

Cocoa powder, milk powder, fats, and other ingredients are paired with syrup to create the “European truffle.” At least 10% of the truffle should include butter, which is then mixed with ganache cream. Butter creates an enhanced flavor and a melt-in-the-mouth experience.

Melted chocolate combined with a boiling mixture of dairy cream and butter creates the base of the “Swiss truffle.” The mix is then poured into molds to set. A sprinkling of cocoa powder finishes off the confection. It is a must to eat this kind of truffle within a couple of days.

Ways to Vary Your Truffles

If you are interested in making chocolate truffles from scratch, there are plenty of ways to spice up your recipe. Add Frangelico to your chocolate and cream mixture to create a hazelnut-flavored truffle, and then coat with chopped hazelnuts. Truffles with a coffee flavor are achieved with the addition of one tablespoon of espresso powder into heated cream, and Kahlua to the truffle mix. Adding two tablespoons of fruit puree or jam to a recipe will make fruit-flavored truffles.

Chocolate Raisin Walnut Pie Recipe

National Pie Day is coming on January 23rd. Are you ready? In the following days we’ll be featuring a few award-winning pie recipes courtesy of the American Pie Council®.

Chocolate Raisin Walnut Pie
Best of Show Professional Division, 2010
1st Place Raisin
Andrea Spring, Bradenton, FL

photo courtesy of the American Pie Council
CRUST
1-1/2 cups Crisco shortening
1 tsp white vinegar
2 T milk
½ cup hot water
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 T cornstarch

Combine shortening, vinegar and milk.  Pour in hot water.  Mix well.  In separate bowl, mix together flour, salt and cornstarch.  Combine flour mixture with shortening mixture until dough forms.  Separate into four equal balls.  Wrap in film wrap and refrigerate 1 portion and freeze remainder for future use.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before rolling out.

FILLING
3 eggs
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup dark corn syrup
¾ cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup dark raisins
¾ cup chopped walnuts

Mix eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, butter and corn syrup until well blended.  Add chocolate chips and walnuts, mix well.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 °F.  Roll out one portion of pie dough.  Place in 10” pie pan.  Sprinkle raisins over bottom of pie shell.  Carefully pour filling over raisins.  Bake for 10 minutes at 400°F.  Lower temperature to 350°F for 30 minutes or until center of pie is just set.

Frosted Reindeer Cookies Recipe

Today I’d like to share with you a yummy recipe from our friends at Pillsbury.com! It’s easy to make and the result is incredibly cute and delicious! When you get to the decorationg part, you can ask your children or grandchildren to help! Here we go!

INGREDIENTS:

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup vanilla ready-to-spread frosting
64 small pretzel twists
64 semisweet chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup)
16 gumdrops, cut in half

photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, break up cookie dough; work flour into dough until well blended. Shape roll of cookie dough into triangle-shaped log. (If dough is too soft to cut, place in freezer 30 minutes.)

2. With thin sharp knife, cut dough into 32 (1/4-inch-thick) triangular slices; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 7 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

4. Frost cookies with frosting. Place 2 pretzel twists on each triangle near corners for antlers. Lightly press 2 chocolate chips into each cookie for eyes and 1 halved gumdrop for nose. Store between sheets of waxed paper in tightly covered container.

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Sweet Treat Ideas for Oranges

When it comes to citrus fruits, the sweet, juicy taste of an orange is a favorite of many. While apples and berries seem to get all the glory for creating luscious desserts, don’t count out oranges. If you’re interested in exploring sweet treats made with oranges, consider the following ideas:

Orange Biscotti: The citrusy flavor of orange creates delicious biscotti to complement your coffee and tea breaks. Some recipes call for one large orange and a couple of tablespoons of orange liqueur. Orange juice is also a good substitute for the liqueur.

Orange Charlotte Russe: Dating back to the 16th century, Charlotte Russe was a dessert made out of sponge cake, ladyfingers, or other types of bread that were layered with creams, custards, and fruit. The dessert is served chilled and often in a large bowl. When ready, the sweet treat is inverted and served upside down. Add citrus appeal to your charlotte by using mandarin oranges and grated orange peel.

Orange Fruit Cake: For a fruity treat, add dried apricots and cherries to an orange flavored cake.

Orange Tortes: Combine orange, walnuts, almonds, and honey to create a delicious torte. Choose a recipe that omits leavening so that the tops of cakes stay flatter.

Orange Chiffon Cake: Try adding orange juice or flavoring to a chiffon cake. To elevate the oranginess, top with an orange-flavored whipped cream frosting. Mandarin oranges can further serve as decoration.

Candied Orange Cake: Bake a cake and decorate with candied orange slices.

Orange Varieties

When preparing for an orange dessert recipe, keep in mind that not all oranges are created equal with some offering different flavors, levels of sweetness, and amount of vitamin C. A few varieties to consider include:

  • Blood– Imported from Mediterranean countries, the oranges possess a distinct blood-red flesh, and are sweet and juicy.
  • Navel– The orange receives its name from the “belly button” located at the blossom end of the fruit. The orange has a large, thick skin that is easily peeled – making the seedless, sweet fruit a favorite in the United States.
  • Pineapple – With an appetizing aroma, this orange is flavorful and juicy.
  • Temple – This orange is a favorite for juice makers because of its sweet taste.
  • Valencia – Most juices are made with this widely grown orange.

Street Sweets & Food Network Magazine are announcing The Scharffen Berger ‘Chocolate Adventure Contest’

Street Sweets and Food Network Magazine are partnering to promote The Sharffen Berger ‘Chocolate Adventure Contest’.

If you like cupcakes and love to bake, you can win a top prize of $10,000 (total cash prizes of $20,000) and chance to fly to New York City to bake and share your cupcake from a beloved Sweet Truck.  The winning recipe would also be published in an upcoming edition of Food Network Magazine.

Please go to http://www.scharffenberger.com/cupcakeapp.asp to learn more about this fun exciting contest.

In mid October, keep a look out for the special Sharffen Berger / Food Network Magazine /Street Sweets truck handing lots of delicious Street Sweets cupcakes, more details to follow soon.

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National Coffee Day – September 29

From iced cappuccinos to decaf lattes, more than 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. Served steaming hot to ice cold with whipped cream on top, this popular beverage dates back to the 9th century. A variety of “holidays” and observances in the name of coffee exist, including September 29 – National Coffee Day. On this day, why don’t you tip back a cup of Joe in honor of the influential brew, as well as enjoy a few interesting facts about coffee.

Celebrate with Coffee Specials

Local and national businesses are known to celebrate National Coffee Day by offering their customers free or discounted cups of coffee. For example, stop by your local Dunkin’ Donuts to grab a free cup of coffee. A portion of all sales at Dunkin’ Donuts will also be donated to the Special Olympics. Starbucks is holding a VIA Taste Challenge on National Coffee Day to celebrate the launch of their new instant coffee. Participants get a complimentary coffee on their next visit and coupons.

It also pays to be active in social media as many businesses wish to attract Coffee Day celebrators with coupons and specials For example, LaMar’s Donuts (with locations in six states) is offering a coupon on their Facebook and Twitter account – good for a free 12-ounce coffee.

Interesting Coffee Facts

  • The first European coffee house opened in Italy in 1645.
  • The Dutch were the first to import coffee and coffee beans on a large scale. They even smuggled coffee seedlings into Europe in 1690 – defying the Arab prohibition regarding the exportation of coffee plants and unroasted coffee seeds.
  • Even decaffeinated coffee contains a small amount of caffeine. Drip coffee possesses the highest amount of caffeine with 115 to 175 mg. Other values include: espresso (100 mg), brewed (80-135 mg), instant (65-100 mg), brewed decaf (3-4 mg), and instant decaf (2-3 mg).
  • It takes a coffee tree five years to mature. The average yield of this one tree will produce the equivalent of one pound of roasted coffee.
  • Where do most of your cups of coffee come from? Perhaps Brazil, where 30 to 40% of the world’s coffee originates.

International Sweet Treats: Korean

If you’re looking for another international adventure exploring different cultural desserts, why don’t you take a kitchen trip to Asia to experiment with desserts from Korea? It is here that you’ll find typical ingredients, such as red bean paste, honey, and wheat flour. Below are a few Korean sweet treat ideas to consider when looking for new international dessert recipes:

Bungeoppang

Red bean paste
Bungeoppangs are a chewy, sweet and slightly crispy dough pastry made in a device similar to a waffle iron. Batter is poured into a fish-shaped mold, where red bean paste is then added. Another layer of batter is placed on top of the red bean paste. When the mold is shut tight, the contents are then roasted.
Another variation includes bungeoppang-shaped waffles filled with ice cream and red beans that have been sweetened and boiled. When the pastry is in the shape of a flower – it is called gukhwappang (meaning “chrysanthemum cake”).

Chapssaltteok

Pounded rice, pounded glutinous rice, or unpounded whole glutinous rice is used to make the rice cakes filled with sweet bean paste.

Ho-tteok

On the streets of South Korea, locals enjoy a highly sweet, filled pancake pastry called ho-tteok, which especially becomes popular during the wintertime. The dough is made out of wheat flour, water, milk, sugar, and yeast that has been allowed to rise for several hours. When the dough is stiff, it is shaped into balls that are filled with a sweet blend of chopped peanuts, brown sugar, honey, and/or cinnamon. A special tool is needed to press the dough into a flat, large circle before it cooks on a greased griddle.

Hwajeon

Edible flower petals (like chrysanthemums or azaleas) are used to create the small, sweetened pancake made out of glutinous rice flour and sugar. Any seasonal flower can be used to make the “flower cake,” including roses, cherry blossoms, and the Korean pear flower.

Pathingsu

Ice shavings and sweetened azuki beans (or pat) are used to create this summer sweet treat that originally got its start with street vendors. Today, the dessert is topped with frozen yogurt, ice cream, sweetened condensed milk, fruit syrups, and pieces of fruit – like kiwi, strawberries and bananas.

Yakqwa

This traditional dessert is a sweet biscuit made into the shape of a flower. The main ingredients of this treat include honey, sesame oil, and wheat flour.

Songpyeon

Songpyeon are small rice cakes fashioned into half-moon shapes. They typically offer a variety of sweet or semi-sweet fillings, such as honey, sesame seeds, sweet red bean paste, and chestnut paste steamed over pine needles.