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That Throat Thing

This past Friday at market was the start of the winter pass around illnesses. For whatever reason it seemed to target the men market vendors. Maybe there was something in the woods, since it was the first week of deer season. I’m sure the deer had little sympathy. But seriously people all over York had “The Throat Thing”. Well, the throat thing brought new and old tea drinkers to my stand. The requests were all the same, “Do you have a tea for this throat thing?”

What I know about men and those none serious health people is they are wimps in what they will do to help themselves. So, based on this, I knew the Germ Blaster tea blend was not going to be their cup of tea. But I did what to offer them some relief. I went with a mix of eucalyptus leaf, nettle leaf, ginger root and rosehips. I went heavy on the rosehips to give them a Vit. C jolt. One man’s voice returned after drinking only one cup, everyone came back for a second cup. Now that’s dedication!

Don’t wait to get sick. Drink herbal teas daily to stay ahead of the cold and flu season.

House & Home

Holiday events are sold to us by advertisers as quality family time, but you and I both know this is not always the case. When putting together your holiday menu consider that smell can have a dramatic effect on improving our mood and sense of well-being. Citrus is a smell that most people like. It is uplifting and familiar, giving the recipient a warm, trusting and family feeling.   Over the holiday season I like to fragrance my home with the smell of hemlock and a touch of citrus. Orange, tangerine and bergamot are all good choices.

Holiday Spice Tips

Replace all or part of the white sugar in your Pumpkin Pie recipe with brown sugar.  The pumpkin flavor is more pronounced, the sweetness more subdued.

Most cinnamon is 2-2.5% oil content, I sell 5% oil content cinnamon. The taste is superb.

General Guidelines for Tea Making

Here are some general guidelines for tea making:

How much loose tea per cup? My recommendation is 1 tsp. per 8-10 ounce cup. For finely cut black, green and oolong teas a light teaspoon. For leafy herbal teas such as dandelion leaf or lemongrass a heavy teaspoon.

How long to steep a cup of tea? The general rule is 3 to 5 minutes. For black, green and oolong teas stay on the 3 minute side. The leafy herbal teas need to steep longer so go for the whole 5 minutes. Roots, seeds and barks need time to soften to release their flavor and health benefits, so again, 5 minutes or more.

Remember everyone likes their tea different. If you like your teas light then try adding less tea and/or steeping for less time. While some people believe steeping to long makes the drink bitter others like a good strong cup of tea, which might mean a little more tea and a little longer steep time.

Holiday Spice Blends

Blends are a great way to cook if you are a “Cook on the Go”. They are also great for people who do not have a lot of knowledge of individual herbs & spices. Spice blends can make your life easier!

Poultry Blend—A blend of seasonings that especially compliments poultry – both for seasoning poultry itself and a variety of other dishes such as stuffing, wild rice, and sausage.

Ingredients: Salt, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram, Celery Seeds, Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Cayenne.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend—A flavorful, powdered blend of spices suited for creating perfectly seasoned pumpkin pies.

Ingredients: Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Coriander, Cloves and Caraway.

Wheat Bread Stuffing

Just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner. This stuffing is excellent baked in the bird or in a pan. This is my own receipe; my family loves it. You’ll love the compliments!

Wheat Bread Stuffing

1 loaf of wheat bread

1 stick of butter

3 eggs

1 large onion

3-4 large stalks of celery

1 tsp. poultry seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Cube bread in small squares (this is easiest done when the bread is frozen). Dice celery and

onions, toss into bread cubes, along with spices. Melt butter, mix into bread mixture. Mix eggs in a separate bowl then mix into bread mixture. Stuff into turkey or bake alone in a covered baking pan at 350º, 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.

 

 

Kramer at Market

I own a spice, herb & tea stand in the New Eastern Market. We are located in York, PA and are open on Fridays from 7am -7pm. If you live locally please stop in; it is a wonderful market. I have over 150 spices, herbs & teas at my stand. This is my first blog! I hope we will learn from each other. Enjoy!

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