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Enter Bigelow Tea’s Iced Tea Sweepstakes!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Iced Tea Month starts today! Yay! This calls for extra-special recognition … how about a fun sweepstakes to celebrate both summer and the refreshing taste of iced tea? Twelve (12) lucky winners will have a chance to win our Golden Assortment Tin filled with a generous variety of Bigelow black, green, herb and decaf teas. The handy reusable tin contains 152 teabags in all.  That’s enough tea to mix and match for mouth-watering iced tea combos all summer long!

Here’s the scoop on how to enter:

1.    “Like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!)

2.    Click on the sweepstakes tab under our cover photo on Facebook

3.    On the entry form, vote (which is optional) for your favorite iced tea combination.  To learn more about iced tea and these combinations, check our Iced Tea Video below

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4.    Then follow the instructions to enter your name and contact information. That’s it!

The sweepstakes ends at midnight on June 29.  Twelve lucky winners will be chosen by random drawing on June 30.

Good luck, and happy Iced Tea Month!

It’s Time To Taste New Recipes Using Bigelow Tea!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

When Bigelow Tea holds a recipe contest, everyone’s a winner! Not only does one super-creative cook get to take home the grand prize, but each and every one of us of gets to taste and experience Bigelow Tea in so many new and delightful ways!

All of the “runner-up” recipes from our 2011 Recipe Contests tickled our taste buds too, and we wanted to share a few of them with you today. We hope you’ll give them a try … and please let us know which recipes you enjoy the most!

Bon appetite!

Earls Peppery Chicken
Recipe submitted by Linda Cifuentes

Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken tenders
1 tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper
3 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
Bigelow Earl Grey Tea Bags
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp. brandy
2 tbsp. light cream
1 tsp. finely ground pepper

Instructions:

In a shallow bowl combine coarse pepper and flour; dredge chicken tenders in mixture.  In a medium skillet, heat oil and add coated chicken.  Cook on medium heat 3 – 4 minutes on each side.
Meanwhile, make Bigelow Earl Grey Tea by steeping 3 tea bags in 1 cup of water.  Discard tea bags and set aside.
Heat butter, flour and remaining pepper in a medium saucepan.  Add remaining ingredients whisking constantly.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes until thick.  Pour mixture over chicken and simmer on low covered for 5 minutes.

Raspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries
Recipe submitted by Lilica Brionn

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. cold water
2 tsp. unsweetened gelatin
1 cup boiling water
Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea Bag
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup fresh blueberries

Instructions:

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons of cold water – set aside.
In a medium bowl, steep the tea in the boiling water for 3 minutes.  Add the gelatin mixture and the sugar.  Stir until everything is completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool for at least 20 minutes.
Divide the blueberries among four ramekins or glasses and pour in just enough of the cooled jelly to reach the top.  Refrigerate until completely set, about 3 hours.  Serve chilled.

White Chocolate Pound Cake
Recipe submitted by Lori Peardon

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
4 eggs
2½ cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup Bigelow White Chocolate Obsession Tea, brewed and cooled

Instructions:

Grease and flour 9x5x3 inch baking pan. Combine butter, eggs, sugar and brewed tea. Add flour and mix thoroughly.
Turn batter into pan and bake for one hour at 325˚F.  Cool 15 minutes before turning cake onto a wire rack.

 

NCIS: Los Angeles’ Hetty Lange Demands Allegiance And Tea!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

She’s Henrietta (Hetty) Lange, the steely NCIS: Los Angeles special operations manager with a maternal side and a mysterious past. Bigelow Tea is a big fan of this fascinating and complex character, as played by veteran actress Linda Hunt. So naturally, we loved reading that Hetty’s favorite beverage is tea!  In fact, in one episode Hetty approves a mission in Afghanistan only after agents Callen and Sam promise to bring her back a bag of tea leaves. That’s some serious tea passion!

Delving into Hetty’s bio details prompted us to speculate about what type of Bigelow Tea she might prefer. Some tantalizing clues: speaks multiple languages, has an MFA from the Sorbonne, is a pilot, a published novelist and has an extensive list of aliases. Oh, and she has “unparalleled access to contacts throughout the intelligence and defense communities.” Hmm … this woman requires something exotic! Perhaps Darjeeling, known as the “champagne of teas”? Or maybe Spiced Chai Tea with its enticing blend of spices? And for those moments after the case is solved and less caffeine is preferred, we’d suggest Jasmine Green Tea, which captures the essence of the Far East with smooth flavor and a hint of jasmine.

No matter what her preferences might be, we know there’s a Bigelow Tea variety to capture Hetty’s fancy – and enhance her efforts to capture the bad guys!

Photo via Wikia Entertainment

Bigelow Tea Looks At The Colorful History Behind Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The origins of Memorial Day are a bit complicated, given that several American towns lay claim as its birthplace. But wherever it actually started, the holiday has become an important national symbol of our gratitude to all those who have fought and died as members of the armed services. We honor the fallen with this day of remembrance over the long three-day weekend, considered the start to the summer season.

Some historians believe the first Memorial Day took place on May 1, 1865 amid a dramatic moment toward the end of the Civil War. According to the story, recounted by Time magazine, a group of men, former slaves, gathered that April at a Charleston, S.C., racetrack that had been turned into a prison, where more than 250 Union soldiers had died. They dug up the mass grave and interred the bodies in individual graves. On May 1, some 10,000 Charleston residents, missionaries, teachers, schoolchildren and union troops gathered at the site singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and carrying roses.

But it wasn’t until three years in later in 1868 that May 30 was officially declared Decoration Day, “which was designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” In 1971, Congress moved Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May. Over the years, some have felt that the meaning of the three-day holiday has been mislaid with revelry trumping the solemnity of the day.

Bigelow Tea hopes you will have an opportunity to attend a Memorial Day parade or observance while also spending quality time with friends and family.  Here’s to a safe and peaceful holiday weekend!

Photo by Dawn Paperin via Flickr.com

Tea Trends 2012: Quality Is Key With Consumers And Bigelow Tea

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Quality is king for tea lovers, and increasingly so according to World Tea Media, sponsor of the upcoming World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. In fact, industry watchers identify the desire for excellent tea as the number one trend in the tea marketplace. This is music to our ears here at Bigelow Tea, where quality has always been of paramount concern!

George Jage, president of World Tea Media says: “The tea industry is educating tea consumers about quality … and consumers are increasingly looking to buy better teas; they want to know what makes certain teas high quality rather than relying on the manufacturer’s word or enticing packaging.”

We know company founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow would be pleased to hear that more Americans are learning about tea and demanding the best. After all, Ruth was a true tea pioneer when she perfected her Constant Comment recipe more than 65 years ago, bringing a more flavorful tea to the market! And with the advent of the important tea bag packaging that protects our Bigelow Tea bags, we make a powerful statement about quality. Today, Cindi Bigelow, Ruth’s granddaughter and president of the family business, continues a tradition of sharing “experTEAS.” She demonstrates what tea quality is all about as she breaks open a few tea bags to illustrate why some teas just don’t make the grade!

But far be it from us to ever rest on our laurels. Our master tea blenders never stop innovating to bring you exciting new flavors and products. Don’t miss our latest entry: Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade – just in time for summer!

Rest assured that Bigelow Tea stays on top of tea trends, but we intend never to be a passing fad!


The Bigelow Tea Family Celebrates Family Wellness Month

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

It has been said that the bond that links a family is not only one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.  At Bigelow Tea we know our Bigelow Tea family blossoms and grows with mutual admiration and happiness.  And as we all celebrate Family Wellness Month with our families, whether large or small, near or far – it’s their wellness that is of the greatest importance.

The dynamics of families today are wide-ranging and varied. But striving for family wellness is a goal that binds us together.  Family wellness means much more than just not catching a cold, it means emphasizing active lifestyles and encouraging good habits.  It also includes knowing your family health history – a powerful planning tool. A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing their family health history is important, yet the same survey found only one-third of Americans have gathered and written down their relation’s health history.

Family health also includes positive interaction; keeping grandparents involved, going fishing or for a walk, maybe a weekly game night. These all help create strong family bonds and a positive home environment!  And it’s still true: families who eat meals together have less stress and closer relationships!

Maybe take it on the road this month and have a family picnic with a game of catch, a lovely feast in a park and enjoying the yin and yang of our delicious Half (tea) and Half (lemonade)!  However you do decide to focus on Family Wellness Month, Bigelow Tea wishes some relaxing and bonding moments with those who you love!

Photo by HotBlack via MorgueFile.com

A Nutritious And Quick Meal To Ease A Busy Day

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

With your busy lifestyle, it’s fantastic to stumble upon recipes that mix nutritious eating, quick prep, and fabulous taste.  And if you add in I Love Lemon and Green Tea from Bigelow Tea, you have it all as you can see with our Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth and Oven Cooked Green Tea Rice.

Scallops are a rich source of protein and vitamin B12, which make them a good choice for a delicious and simple dinner.  Combined with our oven cooked Green Tea Rice, we’ll have you in and out of the kitchen in no time. These two recipes are bound to be big hits in your house!

Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth

Ingredients:

2 cups (500mL) chicken broth
Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herb Tea Bags
2 teaspoons (10mL) butter
1 teaspoon (5mL) olive oil
1 pound (500g) sea scallops
2/3 cup (160mL) frozen peas
2 cups (500mL) cooked rice
Zest from a whole lemon

Yield: Serves 4. Cook Time: 25 minutes. Prep Time 15 minutes.

Instructions:

Boil chicken broth in small saucepan, remove from heat and add Bigelow I Love Lemon tea bags. Infuse for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, rinse scallops and pat dry. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and butter to large non-stick skillet. When butter is foaming, add scallops and cook flat side down until well browned; turn and cook other side. Cook scallops for approximately 6-8 minutes total time.
Bring tea broth to a boil, add peas and cook 4 minutes.
Place ½ cup rice each in shallow soup bowls; place scallops evenly over rice, pour lemon pea broth over scallops and garnish with lemon zest.

 

Oven Cooked Green Tea Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups (500mL) water, boiling
1 tbsp. (15mL) butter
Bigelow® Green Tea Bags   or American Classic Island Green Tea
1 cup (250mL) uncooked long grain rice
½ (2.5mL) teaspoon salt

Yield: Serves 4 – Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Instructions:

Combine boiling water and Bigelow® Green Tea Bags together. Let stand for 10 minutes.
In a 1-quart (1L) casserole bowl, combine green tea and butter; stir until butter melts. Stir in rice and salt. Cover casserole bowl.
Bake in a preheated 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork before serving.
This recipe can be doubled for a crowd. For an interesting twist substitute quick cooking barley for the rice.

 

Steve Jobs, A Simple Genius Who Loved His Tea

Monday, May 21st, 2012

We were looking at some words about tea from Steve Jobs from 30 years ago; a man whose genius led to the creation of one of the most successful companies in the world, Apple Computers. In 1982, Steve shared that “[1982] was a very typical time.  I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.” Simple but powerful. We think it’s interesting that even with the grand simplicity of design in the products that Steve created, they nonetheless served to open an enormous realm of opportunities to those who used them, benefiting so many lives.

Bigelow Tea finds Steve’s minimalist philosophy perfectly fitting to our own feelings about tea. It’s a simple product, straightforward and uncomplicated, but oh how abundant are the feelings of pleasure and indulgence it brings to all of us every day.

Steve’s minimalism was not just evident with his work at Apple. He was famous for pursuing an uncomplicated life, seemingly able to strip things down to the fundamentals. Whether his home décor, his vegan palate, or his products, he was able to make it suitably simple, yet so elegant. Considering all that tea has to offer, we think Steve was exactly right when he said “All you needed was a cup of tea…!”

Image by Diana Walker via flickr.com

Play Bigelow Tea’s New Matching Game For Your Chance To Win A Tea Gift Monthly!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

We don’t play games when it comes to the quality of our tea. But we do like to play a fun game once in a while, and especially with you, our loyal Bigelow Tea fans! Our new Bigelow Matching Game (found on our website) will bring a smile to your face – and offer you the chance to win a Bigelow Tea gift monthly…it’s fun and only takes a minute or two. So come on, let’s play!

Remember those classic memory and concentration games you played as a kid?  This game is just as much fun: first, click “beginner” or “advanced” to select your level of play; click a box to “flip” it and see the Bigelow Tea flavor revealed underneath. Click other boxes to find its match. Keep clicking to find the matching tea pairs and each time you have a match, a portion of the photo underneath is uncovered; when you’ve matched all of the teas, a picture of the monthly prize that may be yours is revealed! Simply include your email address to enter for a chance to win. We told you it would be fun!

Beat the Leader!  Compare your Time and Number of Flips to the top players. Play as many times as you’d like and keep improving your score and your ranking, and of course enjoy your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea while you’re at it! Could anything match that?

Let the games begin!

 

Smile This Month With Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

If imagining a warm, flavorful cup of Bigelow Tea makes you smile, then you know just how to prepare for National Smile Month! Yes, the third week of May through the third week of June is a month dedicated to celebrating your pearly whites and all the joy that a smile brings!

We all know that being on the receiving end of a smile feels great, but did you know that smiling can actually enhance feelings of happiness? And if that’s not enough reason to smile, it has also been reported that a person’s smile outranked eyes, hair and body as the most important physical feature. It’s true – that nice, bright smile of yours will inspire Constant Comment(s) from your friends, coworkers and family!

At Bigelow Tea we smile all the time, especially when brewing our favorite teas, enjoying time with our families and thinking about how much joy our products bring to our customers.

So as you brew and enjoy your tea this month, smile and enjoy!

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