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Cool, Minty Goodness Awaits You…

…at The Cooking Life! Michelle made an awesome black and mint iced tea that looks like it would cool the summer scorch. I know I’ll be trying it soon (but maybe with decaf). Check it out!

Mint leaves (image from en.wikipedia.com)

Wouldn’t you love to pick a bunch of this from your very own herb garden? I know, my expectations for a garden are fighting with my laziness, but someday… I have fond childhood memories of smelling (and trying to chew) mint leaves from our backyard. With our baby on the way, it might be worth looking into a serious garden project when he/she is old enough to walk barefoot through it with me. I’d like for our child to have the same memories and a value for homegrown food.

 
Speaking of growing your own food, Danielle Meitiv has a lot of garden ideas at her “barefoot blog.” If you’re interested, check it out. I subscribe and kick myself for not getting out there and starting my own! Maybe when I’ve got better balance and heat tolerance. Right now, I get a little dizzy standing in a line.
 
FYI, we find out this Friday if we’re having a boy or girl. I’ll be sure to post a special edition of Life of a Tea Drinker. Stay tuned!
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Have a Smoky Autumn

Lapsang Souchong
by Twinings of London
(Get your campfire experience here, or check your local grocer.)

As fall makes its presence known in the Midwest, we’ve been enjoying chilly mornings on the patio…drinking tea. An exciting choice for the season is Twinings’ Lapsang Souchong (the name meaning “small variety from the mountain Lap”). It has a smoky flavor that makes you want to sit outside.

They don’t just describe it as “smoky” to get you to buy it (although, it was a large part of my decision); the experience is sure to impress. While brewing, our entire kitchen smelled like a campfire. (We have a small kitchen.) It has a potent aroma, but in just the right way. It evokes memories of melting s’mores, burnt hot dogs, leaky tents, and that woodsy smell that clings to your clothing.

Not only does it smell like childhood camping trips, it actually tastes smoky. It sounds odd, but it really is black tea with a touch of smoke. It’s as if the tea leaves were roasted on an oak grill. That’s almost the truth. It’s actually bamboo and pine. According to Twinings, this Chinese blend involves spreading the leaves on “bamboo trays and allowing smoke from pinewood to permeate through them.” So it tastes smoked because it is smoked. (And you thought it was only done with meat.)

Lapsang Souchong is a truly satisfying way to enjoy the fall days while they last.

Extra tid bit: Twinings says “Great for marinating meat, fish and chicken.” Huh. (I guess they don’t realize that fish and chicken are also the meat of animals.)

Another extra tid bit: The ocean exploration mug is just for fun, and not a deliberate choice based on today’s selection. I just like showing it off. (Thanks, Taylor!)

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