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"Get Steeped" will be in Bookstores this week! Meet Author Annelies Zijderveld at One of Her Book Signing Events!

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Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea is here! In just under 48 hours, my first book will be making its way onto book shelves, into tea shops, and if you preordered it, into your mailbox. This means it's time to officially start the party!  

TWITTER PARTY: Join the twitter party on Monday, April 6, at 5p PST / 8p EST, head to tweetchat.com. Type #SteepedBook into the field at the top of the screen.  Log into twitter & join the Cooking with Tea twitter party. 

BOOK TOUR: Let's meet up in person--I would love to sign your copy of Steeped. Dates and events are below. Click on the purple links to...  Read More

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January ~ Celebrate Hot Tea Month - A Fun Special from the Author of Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea



From the super talented young author, Annelies Zijderveld, The Food Poet, about her soon to be released book:

We are in the calendar year in which  Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea is going to physically come into peoples' lives. I can't wait for you to see it and would love your help in getting the word out about the book! In short, it shows home cooks how to use tea in cooking and baking through 70 plant-based recipes. Snippets of poetry are smattered throughout the book along with a lot of really beautiful photography.



Stay in the loop! To stay up to date on all  Steeped news, events, giveaways and what-not,  SIGN UP HERE:  http://bit.ly/1CIHAHX
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To Organic or Not?

Do you eat Organic Foods? All the time? Occasionally? 

What is the difference, other than much higher prices?

Here is a chart that one Organically Inclined realtive sent to try to convert us:
  


This is a link to a Facebook page with this chart and ideas on Organic Living: https://www.facebook.com/liveOrganic?ref=stream

But here is a better (in our opinion) source, the Mayo Clinic:

Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?

Discover the real difference between organic foods and their traditionally grown counterparts when it comes to nutrition, safety and price.By Mayo Clinic Staff
 

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How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies By Leah Bourne, The Vivant

By Leah Bourne, The Vivant 


Chef Thomas Keller
 
Thomas Keller may be the force behind two of the most famous restaurants in the country-Per Se in New York City and The French Laundry in Yountville, California-but apparently one of his favorite things to eat isn't topped in foie gras or Black Winter Truffles-it is chocolate chip cookies. In his cookbook Ad Hoc At Home he revealed: "There's a comfort in things that are with us all our lives. My favorite? Without hesitation: chocolate chip. Ideally, crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside." 
 
Given that this is a Keller recipe, we simply can't wait to make these cookies ourselves. Read on for the easy-to-follow recipe. 

Thomas Keller's Chocolate Chip Cookies 
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6 Fabulous Wedding Cakes and Cake Toppers ` By The Daily Meal | Shine Food

By The Daily Meal | Shine Food 


(This beauty is from China! see more here from Around the World!)


Traditional wedding cakes frosted in white are still beautiful options for any couple. But as we progress in wedding trends, we've found that wedding cakes and wedding cake toppers are getting more personal. Both serve as extension of the couple, an edible representation of who they are, whether that is playful or romantic, heterosexual or same-sex. 

RELATED: 21 Jaw-Dropping Wedding Cakes ...slide show

Everyone deserves a beautiful wedding cake on their wedding day. And with 13 states legalizing gay marriages, same-sex couples have a little bit more to celebrate on their big days. 

RELATED: 15 Knockout Wedding Cakes from Around the World 

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The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet from the Editors of FITNESS Magazine

By the editors of FITNESS Magazine 
 These 10 superfoods are proven, expert-beloved disease fighters and energy boosters. Add them to your meals and get on the fast track to a super-healthy body. 

Lemons 
Why They're Healthy:
 
 -- Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase "good" HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones. 
 -- Citrus flavonoids found in lemons may help inhibit the growth ofcancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory. 

Quick Tip: 
 Add a slice of lemon to your green tea. One study found that citrus increases your body's ability to absorb the antioxidants in the tea by about 80 percent. 

Broccoli 
Why It's Healthy:
 
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No-Bake Triple Chocolate Brownies

By Food52 | Shine Food 

I'm one of those people who likes her chocolate with stuff in it. Roasted almonds in dark chocolate? Yes. Theo's chocolate bar with toasted buttery breadcrumbs? Double yes. The purists will groan, but I appreciate the richness of chocolate tempered with something nutty or crispy. This no-bake take on brownies hits that craving straight-on, with a firm, fudgy texture and the toasted taste of graham crumbs, not to mention hazelnuts

The best part is that you can put them together in just a few minutes. Simply mix together graham cracker crumbs, hazelnuts, and cocoa, add melted chocolate, and refrigerate your brownies for at least an hour. Waiting for the brownies to chill is by far the hardest part of this recipe, but the fudgy treats flecked with cookie crumbs and roasted nuts make your patience...  Read More

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Award-Winning Halupki Recipe

By Blue Ribbon Hunter | Shine Food 


Blue Ribbon Hunter traveled to Whiting, Indiana for their annual Pierogi Festival, where over 200,000 people came out to party Polish style. We sampled classic and unique pierogies, danced the polka, and learned a lot about polish food and culture. One of the foods we learned about is called "halupki". This traditional Polish dish is beef and/or pork mixed with rice and onion, wrapped in steamed cabbage, and topped with tomato sauce. There was a halupki cook-off and we got the winning recipe: 

Award-Winning "Halupki" Recipe

(aka Stuffed Cabbage)

By Nancy Tatarek

*Makes about 25 medium rolls 
 

1 pound ground chuck

1 pound ground pork

1 16 ounce box of regular rice (not instant)

1 large onion, chopped

1/4 cup butter or margarine

2 eggs

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America's Favorite Salads

By The Daily Meal | Shine Food


For some people, salads are just go-to options at lunch or dinner when it's crunch time - quick, healthy options when nothing else comes to mind at the moment. For others, they're just speed bumps on the way to something greater - a perfect roast chicken, a juicy grilled steak, or a mouthwatering rack of ribs - palate-cleansers, appetizers, but nothing memorable. Just some greens with some kind of vinaigrette and maybe a few other vegetables thrown in for good measure. 

 But salad can be so much more than just an afterthought. With a little love, you can make some truly exciting salads, and where better to start than with the culinary greats - iconic American salad recipes

Caprese Salad Recipe 

 This classic Italian salad is a must-have when tomatoes are at their best. Just a touch of olive oil and ...  
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Is Junk Food Linked to Mental Health Disorders in Children?

By The Daily Meal | Shine Food
That junk food that kids love so much could be affecting their mental health. THE DAILY MEAL 

ThinkstockThinkstockJunk food may be a fast and easy way to feed our children, but are the potential health effects worth it? Millions of children suffer from mental health disorders, according to a 
recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If your child is diagnosed with a mental health condition like ADHD, depression, anxiety, or autism, it could be due to fast food advertisements and the food they eat, according to Medical Daily. 

RELATED:  

 A study by the American Psychological Association...  
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