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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Delicious Homemade Chai Tea - Good for Digestion

And finally, one more delicious beverage recipe from Jeannie. This one is for a traditional Chai tea, which is excellent for promoting good digestion! It's also a yummy base for making homemade Chai tea lattes...yum!

Chai - Digestive Tea

Chai is a wonderful, spicy tea used commonly in the Middle East to settle the stomach and promote digestion after a meal.

1 cup water
1 tbsp. grated ginger, fresh
1 Cinnamon stick
2 whole peppercorns
4-5 cardamom pods
ΒΌ cup milk
pinch nutmeg (optional)
honey to taste (optional)

In a saucepan, combine water and herbs. Cover and allow to simmer on low heat for eight to ten minutes. Add the milk, and return to simmering point for a further eight to ten minutes. Pour into mug and sweeten with honey; garnish with nutmeg.

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Homemade Tea Recipe: Chamomile Chai Tea

Another big thanks to Jeannie for this delicious and unusual sounding tea recipe that combines the best flavors of both traditional chamomile and Chai teas! If you try the recipe, please post a comment and let us know how it turned out.

Chamomile Chai
A twist on the traditional chai recipe, with chamomile and other herbs.

3 tsp fresh ginger root, grated
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp caradmom
1/16 tsp allspice
2 tsp chamomile
Combine everything except chamomile in water and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add chamomile. Steep for another 10 minutes. Strain out herbs and serve hot.

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Homemade Almond Milk

This would be a delicious alternative for anyone with lactose intolerance, or vegans! This delicious almond milk has an interesting little twist - the addition of peppercorns for a little bit of spicy flavor. You could leave those out if you prefer a plain almond milk. Thanks to Jeannie for sending this one in!

Almond Milk

1 cup almonds
4 cups water
4 black peppercorns
1/2 cup sugar
Blanche the almonds, and place them in a blender with the water and peppercorns. Blend until smooth, then strain through a few layers of cheesecloth. Mix the strained almond milk with sugar and serve cold.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Homemade Hot Cocoa/Hot Chocolate In a Jar Mixes

Here are some replies from readers for the reader looking for homemade hot cocoa mixes!

Hot Chocolate Mix #1
From Billie

3 cups powdered milk
1/2 cup good cocoa
3/4 cup sugar or splenda
Mix well put in decorative jar. To make use 4 Tbl mix to 8oz boiling water. Serve with marshmellows or whipped cream on top!

Big Batch Hot Cocoa Mix
From Sandra

8 Quart Box Powdered Milk
2 Pound Container Nestles Quik
6 oz. Coffee Creamer
1 Box (3 1/2 cups) Powdered Sugar, sifted

Mix all ingredients together.
Store in an air tight container.

Put 1/3 cup of mixture in a mug.
Fill mug with boiling water.

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7 Favorite Baking Recipes...Butterscotch Pecan Pie, Mini Brownie Cups, Blueberry Crumb Cake and more

10 Favorite Baking Recipes from Kitchen Crafts 'n' More
Enjoy everyone - these are some of my favorite and most unique home baking recipes.

1. Triple Tier Brownies This scrumptious creation was sent in by a reader, and uses a regular brownie mix and kicks it up outrageously with salted peanuts, cream cheese, and Rice Krispies, layered. This would be perfect cut into tiny squares and given in tins as gifts.

2. Easy English Muffin Bread This easy, and unique bread recipe will remind you of delicious toasted English muffins! Lots of yummy little craters for butter and jam to melt down into...delicious.

3. Blueberry Crumb Cake Just a perfect slice to enjoy with a hot cup of coffee. Great for company! And...pretty economical too.

4. Mini Brownie Cups Delicious little brownie morsels filled with chocolate chips and chopped pecans.

5. Butterscotch Pecan Pie A delicious take on an old favorite - reader Linda says this is one of her family's favorites!

6. Eggnog Pie Here's an unusual and delicious pie recipe! Rich with real creamy eggnog and lots of grated nutmeg, it is truly comfort eating.

7. Caramel Apple CupcakesFun mini cakes with rich caramel, chopped apples and chopped pecans. Cute little cupcakes to make!

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