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Chat With Cindi Bigelow LIVE On Bigelow Tea’s Facebook Page, Tuesday, October 23rd

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Back by popular demand … a LIVE Facebook Tea Chat with Cindi Bigelow tomorrow, October 23rd! So many of you chimed in last January for Cindi’s first-ever Facebook chat, we just knew that another wonderful Bigelow Tea tradition had begun. Cindi will be available to answer all your tea-related questions from 2 -3 pm, EST.

“Wow, I was overwhelmed by the response to our last Facebook chat, and am truly thrilled to engage one-on-one with our very savvy tea fans,” says Cindi. “It was fun—and hectic—trying to keep up with the questions, but everyone was patient as I typed away. I can’t wait to do it again!”

Whether you’re interested in Bigelow Tea family history, why our “Constant Comment”® tastes so delicious or perhaps how we develop those tempting tea recipes, Cindi will take your questions and share the answers right on Facebook. To participate, simply go to our Facebook page tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST … and bring on the questions! We hope you’ll grab your favorite cup of tea and join us for this special hour-long tea chat!

 

The Height Of Fashion: A Bigelow Tea Tasting

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Why should wine tasting enthusiasts have all the fun?  Sure, Bigelow Tea knows that wine tastings can be great, but hosting a Tea Tasting is just as pleasurable – and a perfect “happening” for so many occasions.  Whether a themed selection of Bigelow Tea’s flavored teas, or a broader mix of Bigelow Tea selections, the essentials of a tea tasting are easy: pour, sip, taste. And repeat!

A tea tasting doesn’t have to be difficult to host, and the guests don’t need the descriptive (and often perplexing!) language that many wine lovers relish. Here are some easy guidelines for a successful tea tasting:

We’ve always done a lot of tea tasting at Bigelow Tea!  Here are Eunice and David Bigelow in 1972
(Today, we do it in labs with white coats!)

Tea appreciation is part science, part art; it’s enjoying the tea as well as the company of your guests. So if you host a tea tasting, be sure to savor it all. And if you use Bigelow Tea to fill the cups, you’ll always have a wonderful tasting because and every tea bag is overwrapped and sealed in our stay fresh foil packet … making for a top-notch cup of tea every time!

There’s no better choice for your next tea tasting, and your journey of tea appreciation!

Image one by Abigail Silvester via flickr.com

Time To Try Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea With Wild Blueberry And Acai

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

When Bigelow Tea comes out with a great new taste, it’s a celebration of the senses. So we’re proud to introduce an original and extremely satisfying green tea, Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai! We love to entice tea lovers with exciting and innovative blends that deliver on the promise of goodness of green tea. In this new blend we’re also celebrating the blueberry and its close cousin the acai berry, the delicious product of the acai palm tree, native to Central and South America.

Bigelow Tea scores again with this great new blend, continuing the tradition as the number one specialty tea company in the United States, as well as the tradition of Ruth Campbell Bigelow, who started her it all with her inspiring blend,  Constant Comment. Our Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai is as invigorating as it is tasty … and is a perfect accompaniment for any occasion. Must be the delicious toasty notes of our famous Green Tea that helps set it apart from all the others!

Green tea is a distinct pleasure, delicious hot or cold. And during this record setting summer heat it can even help you keep cool with our DIY cooling mist! The delicate brew naturally contains less caffeine than black tea with an average of only 25-50 mg caffeine per 8 fl. oz. serving. Plus it’s Gluten free, so there’s nothing holding you back. We know you’ll love it. Also, when you try this great new Green Tea with Wild Blueberry and Acai, please tell us what you think about it on Facebook!

 

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bigelow Tea Marks Milestones

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

As October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we at Bigelow Tea are proud to commemorate the countless women, men and families who have been impacted by this disease. While we honor survivors, patients, and those who are no longer with us, we additionally pay tribute to advances made in medical research and patient care over the past three decades.

Since the mid-1970s, increases in surviving breast cancer “have been attributed to both screening and improved treatment,” according to a statistic from The National Cancer Institute.

Public access to medical information is also a big plus. Nonprofit organizations such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society have posted resource guides on their websites. These guides include factual topics ranging from how to detect breast cancer to getting proper care.

Bigelow Tea also would like to raise a cup of tea to another milestone this month: Making Strides, an American Cancer Society fundraising breast cancer walk, is marking its 20th anniversary this year! This annual walk helps to rally communities and raise funds for patient programs and research grants. Throughout October, Making Strides events are taking place across the U.S.

Bigelow Tea is glad to don a pink ribbon and learn more about breast cancer awareness. Please join us!

Image by Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Bigelow Tea Is So Glad Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson Bonded Over Tea

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Tea for two, and two for tea.  A familiar notion that makes all the sense in the world, especially when we’re talking about sharing a cup with your best friend. Bigelow Tea wasn’t surprised to learn that the sentiment holds true even for some of the most famous celebrity BFFs like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson!

When the two met on a movie set they said, in an interview with Good Housekeeping, that they couldn’t wait to have “proper conversation.” Then, “over teas and lunches,” they quickly became the best of friends. At first glance Maggie and Emma might not seem likely candidates to be best friends … Emma was born in West London, Maggie in US, and Emma is a just a few years older than Maggie. It really was their ponderings over the potion that brought them close. Emma was helping Maggie adjust to a new culture in England and they ended up talking about everything under the sun.  Bonding moments while tipping the teapot? Just the thought makes us a little tea-ry. The two got so close that Emma even wrote the part of the harried young mother in Nanny McPhee Returns with Maggie in mind!

We think Maggie and Emma were onto something when they began their friendship over tea. Whether it was a comforting Cozy Chamomile or a lovely Lemon Lift they were sipping, when it’s tea for two, the flavor just might not matter.

We at Bigelow Tea feel there is no better way to get to know a person than with captivating conversation and a spot of tea. No wonder a sense of genuine fondness exudes from Maggie and Emma when they talk about each other!

Image by Jemal Countess via USA Today/Getty Images

Bigelow Tea Would Like Us All To Be Aware Of Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Celiac Disease, a digestive condition triggered by consuming the protein gluten, is starting to become less of a mystery … and doctors are more accurately diagnosing it in the 1 out of 150 people who suffer from its symptoms. Thanks to awareness campaigns like October’s Celiac Awareness Month, knowledge of the disease is growing. At Bigelow Tea we are keenly aware of Celiac Disease and of those who must follow a gluten-free diet.

Interestingly, we recognized Celiac Awareness Month back in May … but we’re doing it again now! Why? It’s a bit of a long story, but it boils down to this: Canada and many European countries now promote awareness in May, but Canada used to promote it October. Because the U.S. originally followed Canada’s lead, many U.S. groups chose October to show their support. The U.S. Congress hasn’t spoken on the issue, so we’re free to raise awareness for Celiac Disease any time … and all the time!

According to the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness, “Awareness brings treatment that, in turn, brings improvement of the quality of life for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Our goal is to reduce the time to diagnosis and, in the process, reduce the devastating impact of undiagnosed celiac disease.”

At Bigelow Tea we are doing our part to help our customers who cannot eat gluten.  All current Bigelow Teas are formulated to be gluten-free.  In addition, we have worked hard to develop some incredibly tasty recipes that are also gluten free! Consider whipping up our Mashed Acorn Squash With Apple Cider Herb or our Gluten-Free Ginger Oatmeal Muffins this fall!

So, whether it’s October or May (or any month in between), we’re always cognizant of our diets and considerate of those who need to eat gluten-free!

 

A Gift that Keeps on Giving: Bigelow Tea’s Four Seasonal Teas in Wooden Tea Chest

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Regardless of the reason or the season, finding the right gift can sometimes be a challenge. For tea lovers, however, we at Bigelow Tea recommend our Four Seasonal Teas in Wooden Tea Chest as a present that’s perfect all year-round.

The handsome reusable tea chest contains a tasteful assortment of Bigelow Teas, and can also be given a personal touch with custom engraving. Delightful teas and a keepsake box … what a splendid way to show your appreciation or affection for someone!

Right now, to tie in with the autumn weather, Bigelow Tea is featuring fall’s in-demand flavors in the tea chest. The varieties offered now are:

Pumpkin Spice Tea
Apple Cider Herbal Tea
Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea
Eggnogg’n Tea

In all, the hinged tea chest can hold 32 tea bags, giving owners ample space to store these teas and providing a great location to restock with other favorite flavors. With its burled top and light walnut finish, the tea chest makes a nice showpiece for a countertop or sitting area. So, if you have a tea-loving colleague, friend or family member, consider this gift. Who knows … maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be invited over to share the tea!

 

Bigelow Tea Finds Delight in National Caramel Month

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

October is National Caramel Month, and we at Bigelow Tea are firm believers that apples go amazingly well with this deliciously gooey candy. We’ve found two tasty ways to enjoy this pairing without getting sticky hands! Thanks to Heather Kennedy, winner of our 2011 Bigelow Recipe Contest, our Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins combine apples with our Vanilla Caramel Tea for a delicious treat worth biting into! And if pie is your thing, another sweet option is our Apple Cider and Caramel Silk Mini Pies. These smooth, bite-size pies get their apple flavor from our Bigelow Spiced Apple Cider Herb Tea. Yum!

Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins

 

Ingredients:

Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags
1 cup boiling water
1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup grated tart apple
½ cup melted butter
1 egg (beaten)
½ cup apple sauce or apple butter
Light or dark brown sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease muffin tin or line with paper cups.
  2. Place 6 Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags in a heat proof measuring cup. Add freshly boiled water to the 1 cup line. Place a lid or plate on top of the cup to hold in the heat while the tea steeps for 3 minutes. Remove lid and tea bags – resist urge to squeeze the bags! Set aside the tea concentrate to cool.
  3. Combine in large bowl flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Peel and grate 1 large firm tart apple to make one cup of grated apple. Add to flour mixture and stir to break up clusters of apple.  Set aside.
  4. Combine melted butter, egg, tea concentrate and apple sauce OR apple butter. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Stir just until everything is moistened but don’t over mix.  Fill muffin cups ¾ full. Sprinkle each muffin before baking with a pinch of light or dark brown sugar for the “crunch.”
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove to rack and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.

Apple Cider and Caramel Silk Mini Pies

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups milk
6 bags Bigelow Spiced Apple Cider Herb Tea
6 bags Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea
1 (3.4-ounce) box French Vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
8 mini graham cracker crusts
Sweetened Whipped Cream
Additional white chocolate chips

*Substitution options: For less sweet overall taste you may replace French Vanilla pudding with plain Vanilla and cinnamon chips may replace white chocolate chip

Makes 6 servings

Instructions:

  1. In 2-quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring milk to a simmer. Remove from heat and add tea bags; steep for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze to remove liquid; discard bags.
  2. Cool tea milk completely.
  3. In medium mixing bowl stir together tea milk, and pudding mix. Using wire whisk, stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until filling becomes thick.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup cinnamon chips. Spoon about ¼ cup filling into each mini graham cracker crust.
  5. When ready to serve garnish each mini pie with whipped cream and additional chips.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers. 

Image 1 by joyosity via Flickr.com

Spice up Columbus Day with Bigelow Tea Favorites

Monday, October 8th, 2012

With October ushering in fall activities, we at Bigelow Tea think this month is ideal for savoring flavors associated with the season. And, because Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 8, we’ve also discovered a tasty way to commemorate this holiday: add in some spice!

In the time of Christopher Columbus, spices were in high demand. With his sailing expedition backed by Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Columbus, an Italian-born navigator, had intended to find a direct waterway from Europe to Asia. Instead, as the history lesson goes, Columbus came upon the Americas, which were previously unknown to Europeans. On his initial return to Spain in March 1493, spices were among the treasures he brought back.  Columbus has become a controversial figure in recent decades, yet his accomplishment is still recognized through public celebrations.

For Columbus Day 2012, we hope you’ll be adventurous like Columbus and try some of our own “test kitchen” discoveries! We’ve developed dessert recipes featuring spices that will certainly ginger up the holiday.  Our Vanilla Caramel Cake pays homage to vanilla, which was found in the New World. Cinnamon, a fall favorite, is super-tasty in our Sensational Cinnamon Sticky Buns.

We also suggest pairing these sweet treats with a selection of our fall-inspired Bigelow Teas. Why not further explorethese flavors by preparing a pot of Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea or Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea?

So on this Columbus Day, be adventurous and spice up your personal tastes with Bigelow Tea!

 

Artist Claude Monet And Bigelow Share Classic Tea Moments

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Whether looking at classic art, classic films or even listening to classic rock, you know that tea lovers can be found everywhere. Bigelow Tea appreciates that tea, as a universal language, has been represented well in art and culture over centuries so today we are looking at what may be one of the finest representations ever of the “art” of tea by the renowned French painter Claude Monet.

Monet’s paintings are very much like a great cup of tea. They both have a solid footing in structure, color and balance, both are pleasing to the senses, and they both exhibit an appreciation for life! Such is the feeling that we get when admiring Monet’s famous The Tea Service (1872, pictured above). The beautiful tea service has a Japanese design, which was often a part in Monet’s work. Interestingly, Monet was primarily a landscape painter who reveled in the beauty of nature—much like Bigelow Tea does with our land conservation efforts!—and out of thousands of Monet paintings that survive, only fifty-some pieces are considered true still lifes. In fact, The Tea Service is one of only two such paintings he produced in 1872.  It is a rare masterpiece indeed!

Thanks goodness the beauty of a fine cup of Bigelow Tea is not nearly as elusive as a Monet still life! It’s simple to find and attain … but we think it is every bit as pleasing! And while we may enjoy several cups a day, each one is a work of art in its own right. Tea lovers and art lovers alike appreciate the natural taste and inspired beauty of a well-considered cup!

Image via Wikipaintings.org