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Tea goes beyond the cup with uses in cookies, rubs, braises and more
Tea goes beyond the cup with uses in cookies, rubs, braises and more

The next time you sit down for a cup of tea, take in the aromatic steam while it's brewing. The smoky flavor of hojicha, a drink made from green tea that's been smoked over charcoal, might suggest the aroma of a woodsy campfire. Genmaicha, which combines grassy green tea with crisped and popped brown rice, is simultaneously lush and earthy. Assam can be as malty and rich as chocolate. All of which is a reminder that you can do a lot more with tea than drink it. Tea is a fantastic culinary ingredient, adding depth and complexity to food without adding fat or dairy or other animal products. Because the cultivation of tea stretches back thousands of years, cultures have been...

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