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SALE! Masala Chai Blends From Tay Tea In 4 Varieties

Tay Tea offers some of the finest loose tea blends we’ve had. And they’re having a “fall sale” on their chai teas, through November 5th.

Tay Tea invites you to “steep, sip, and settle into fall.”

The options include two black tea-based chai blends and two caffeine-free rooibos blends. Each is custom-blended by master tea blender Nini Ordoubadi (photo #2).

Check out Tay Tea’s four chai blends in the chart below.

Then, head to and use the code FALLCHAI2022 at checkout (applicable to online sales only).

But before we leave, we have a bit of Food 101 and a masala chai recipe for you:

In India, the word for tea is chai. That simple word refers to a cup of black tea, usually taken with milk.

Masala chai takes the flavor up a notch, with the addition of spices.

In the U.S., chai fans have referred to this Indian-spiced* tea with milk as “chai tea” or “chai latte.”
There are many variations of spices in a masala chai mix (as in any spice blend). The typical array includes allspice, black peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, nutmeg, and star anise.

Every home cook, restaurant, and spice seller has a mix tailored to their (or their customers’) palates.

Here’s a recipe to blend your own chai spices from scratch.

Then brew the tea of your choice, infused with spices (use a spice ball/tea ball).

The garnishes suggested (milk froth, spices) are American additions.

Ingredients Per Mug

  • 3/4 cup hot spiced tea
  • 1/2 cup hot milk
  • Garnish: milk froth
  • Optional garnish: cinnamon or nutmeg

    1. ADD the tea and milk to a mug and stir to combine.

    2. TOP with a heaping spoonful of milk froth (we use a frother, currently this one).

    Don’t hesitate to vary the spices to your tastes. Personally, we love adding black peppercorns and star anise, which many people omit.

    > Chai recipes: food and beverages.

    > The history of masala chai.

    > The history of tea.


    Chai Loose Leaves
    [1] There are many different chai blends (photos #1, #2, and #4 © Tay Tea).

    Nini Ordoubadi Of Tay Tea
    [2] Master tea blender Nini Ordoubadi, founder of Tay Tea.

    Masala Chai Loose Tea
    [3] A blend of black masala chai (photo © Steven Smith Teamaker).

    Loose Leaf Chai Teas
    [4] Four varieties of chai at Tay Tea.

    *Other countries make spiced tea, but India’s blends are more complex.



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    The Best American Beers For National American Beer Day

    Can Of Heady Topper Beer
    [1] Best overall beer in America: Heady Topper (photo © Alchemist Brewery).

    Can & Glass Of Brouwerij West IPA Picnic Lightning
    [2] Best IPA: Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning IPA (photo © Tavour).

    Notch Session Pils Pilsner Beer Cans
    [3] Best lager: Notch Session Pils Czech Pale Lager (photo © Notch Brewing).

    Can & Glass Of Allagash Truepenny Pilsner Beer
    [4] Best pilsner: Allagash Truepenny Pilsner (photo © Crystal City Wine).


    October 27th is American Beer Day. There are other beer holidays*, but today’s the day to grab a bottle or can of something all-American—and artisan, may we add. The big brewers get enough attention. Today’s the day to pay respect to the entrepreneurial American brewers who turn out great craft beer.

    Brewing beer in America took place long before Europeans arrived. The first Americans, Native Americans, brewed beer from birch sap and corn. However, here’s the history of beer, which began before written history, in the area around Mesopotamia.

    Here are recommendations for “The 13 Best American Beers to Drink in 2022,” compiled by You can read the full article here, including tasting notes.

    These beers are available on Drizly, so here’s a great party idea: Get a few of your favorite beer-loving friends for a “best of America” beer tasting. Assume 4 people per 12-ounce bottle.

  • Best Overall: Alchemist Heady Topper (Vermont, ABV 8%)
  • Best IPA: Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning IPA (California, ABV 6.8%)
  • Best Pale Ale: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (California, ABV: 5.6%)
  • Best Stout: Bell’s Expedition Stout (Michigan, ABV 10.5%)
  • Best Porter: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald (Ohio, ABV 5.8%
  • Best Brown Ale: Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale (Florida, ABV 5.5%)
  • Best Cream Ale: Gennessee Cream Ale (New York, ABV 5.1% )
  • Best Lager: Notch Session Pils Czech Pale Lager (Massachusetts, ABV 4%)
  • Best Pilsner: Allagash Truepenny Pilsner (Maine, ABV 5.5%)
  • Best Wheat Beer: Lost Coast Great White (California, ABV 4.8%)
  • Best Saison: Boulevard Tank 7 American Saison (Missouri, ABV 8%)
  • Best Wild Ale‡: Russian River Consecration Ale (California, ABV 10%)
  • Best Barleywine: Anchor Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale (California, ABV 8.8%)
    Beer styles that originated in the U.S. include

  • American amber ale
  • American barleywine
  • American brown ale
  • American IPA
  • American pale ale
  • California common beer
  • Cascadian dark ale
  • Cream ale
  • Double IPA/Imperial IPA
  • Pennsylvania porter
  • Steam beer
    Here’s more about them.
    And who knows what’s forthcoming next from the creative minds of America’s craft brewers.
    Hats off to these beer artisans. Long may they malt, mill, mash, and ferment†.
    > The different types of beer.

    *National Beer Day is April 27th. American Craft Beer Week is the third week in May. National IPA Day is the first Thursday in August. International Beer Day is the first Friday in August. American Beer Day is October 27th.

    †Plus all the other stages of brewing.

    ‡A wild ale is a sour beer made with wild yeast or some other kind of uncontrolled or atypical microflora. Here’s more about it.



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    Pumpkin Cheddar Mashed Potatoes Recipe

    This seasonal approach to mashed potatoes, a Pumpkin Cheddar Mashed Potatoes recipe, is a special delight from the fall harvest through Halloween and Thanksgiving.

    Not to mention October 27th, National Potato Day.

    The orange color and pumpkin flavor, plus the delicious cheesiness, are a great combination.

    The recipe was created by Carla Cardello of Chocolate Moosey for the Idaho Potato Commission. You can find many more inventive potato recipes on their website,
    > The history of potatoes.

    > The history of pumpkin.

    > The history of Cheddar cheese.

    If you’re not a rosemary fan, you can substitute sage or thyme.

    Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 1 pound Idaho® russet potatoes, peeled and cubed (roughly 2 large potatoes)
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature, plus extra pats for garnishing
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • Optional garnish for bowl: sprigs of rosemary

    1. BRING a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Once boiling, add the potatoes and garlic cloves. Cook until soft but not overdone, roughly 12-15 minutes. Drain.

    2. BEAT in a large mixing bowl the cooked potatoes and garlic until mashed and smooth (do not overbeat—you’ll get sticky, not fluffy, mashed potatoes). You can also mash them by hand with a potato masher.

    3. BEAT in the butter and salt until completely incorporated. Then slowly beat in the milk. Finally…

    4. BEAT in the pumpkin, cheese, and rosemary.

    5. TOP with pats of butter and serve.

    Here’s the 411 from the Idaho Potato Commission’s Dr. Potato column:

    Idaho’s climate and rich, volcanic soil consistently yield potatoes with a high solids content (more potato and less water), which is ideal for making mashed potatoes.

    It is most likely that you’ll see two different varieties of russets coming from Idaho, a Russet Norkotah, which is typically a lower-moisture russet (better for mashing), and the traditional Russet Burbank variety popularly used for baked potatoes.

    Yellow flesh varieties tend to have higher solids or starch and less water content and can be used for mashing as well.

    Red potatoes usually have a waxy texture and can be mashed, but are not as well suited for this as they are for boiling or roasting.

    > The different types of potatoes.


    Pumpkin Cheddar Mashed Potatoes Recipe
    [1] Just in time for Halloween: Pumpkin Cheddar Mashed Potatoes (photo © Chocolate Moosey | Idaho Potato Commission) .

    Canned Pumpkin Puree Can & Bowl
    [3] Pumpkin puree is different from pumpkin pie filling. The latter is sweetened and spiced (photo © Jessica Gavin).

    Grated Cheddar Cheese
    [4] Cheddar makes wonderfully cheesy mashed potatoes (photo © Szakaly | Panther Media).





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    Fix & Fogg Pumpkin Pie Nut Butter For Home & Stocking Stuffers

    Jar Of Fix & Fogg Pumpkin Pie Peanut Butter
    [1] Do delicious, and a limited-time flavor (photo © Fix & Fogg).

    Bowl Of Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
    [2] Blend the peanut butter into ice cream (photo © Häagen-Dazs).

    Pumpkin Peanut Butter Sandwich
    [3] Add verve to a PB&J or PB & Banana sandwich (photo © Wolferman’s).


    As a Halloween or Thanksgiving party favor, as a stocking stuffer, and for yourself as a delicious treat, Fix & Fogg Pumpkin Pie Nut Butter is a seasonal delight.

    The Pumpkin Pie Butter is a blend of roasted cashews, peanuts, pecans, warm spices, and real pumpkin purée.

    It’s creamy, sweet, and totally spoonable—we’ve been having a couple of spoonfuls every morning with our coffee.

    Nuts are also very nutritious, a good source of protein and vitamins and minerals, and heart-healthy fats.

    Check out the “Magnificent 7” healthy nuts.

    Enjoy Fix & Fogg straight from the jar, of course; but also on toast and PB sandwiches, as a topping on oatmeal, and a spread onto apple slices.

    Oe of our favorite hacks:

    Spooning PB (or other nut butter) on top of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, or blending it into softened ice cream, to create a special peanut butter/nut butter ice cream experience.

    Pumpkin Pie Butter also makes a superior-tasting Asian peanut noodles recipe, with lovely flavor nuances.

    If you’re feeling particularly creative, spread it on brownies and cookies.

    And no doubt, you have your own favorite uses for nut butters.
    > The history of peanut butter.

    > The history of peanuts.

    For your own pantry, and for delicious gifts and stocking stuffers:

    Head to

    We are huge fans of every nut butter made by this company from New Zealand, which wins awards worldwide for their artisan nut butters—almond, cashew, hazelnut, and peanut.

    The brand is a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

    Check out:

  • The Fix & Fogg Line
  • More Great Artisan Nut Butters
  • An Exciting PB & J




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    Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread Recipe For National Pumpkin Day

    October 26th is National Pumpkin Day, sandwiched between National Pumpkin Spice Day (October 1st), National Carve A Pumpkin Day (October 31st), and National Pumpkin Pie Day (December 25th).

    This “bread” is a loaf cake recipe. As with other loaf cakes, you can enjoy it plain, with ice cream, or with whipped cream.

    Thanks to Colavita for this recipe, which uses heart-healthy olive oil instead of butter.

    > Here are more pumpkin dessert recipes.

    > The history of pumpkins.

    Prep time is 15 minutes, and bake time is 45 minutes.

  • 1¼ cups pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup milk (dairy or nut milk)
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅓ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 teaspoons warm water
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Mini chocolate chips for topping

    1. COMBINE the pumpkin, maple syrup, milk, olive oil, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix until the sugar is well combined.

    2. USE another bowl to mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Once mixed…

    3. ADD these to the bowl of wet ingredients, and stir until combined. The batter should be thick. Divide the batter into equal parts into two separate bowls.

    4. MIX in a small bowl the turmeric and 1 teaspoon water until you get a golden liquid. Add this to one of the batter bowls and stir until combined. In another small bowl…

    5. COMBINE the cocoa powder, vanilla, and 3 teaspoons water and mix until a chocolate paste forms. Add this to the other batter bowl (the one without turmeric) and mix until well combined.

    6. LINE the loaf pans with parchment paper. Spoon some of the orange-colored batter into the bottom of the pan. Spoon the chocolate batter on top and continue in this fashion until you reach the top. Finish with mini chocolate chips.

    7. BAKE at 375°F for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick from the center comes out almost clean. Cool completely before slicing. Enjoy immediately after cooling, or refrigerate for up to 4 days.




    Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread Recipe
    [1] Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread, one of our many delicious pumpkin dessert recipes (photo © Colavita Recipes).

    Cans Of Pumpkin Puree
    [2] You want pumpkin puree, not pumpkin spice filling, which is already sweetened and spiced (photo © The Kitchn).

    Chocolate Chips
    [3] In addition to a cocoa batter, there are mini chocolate chips embedded on top (photo © Lauryn Cohen | Bella Baker).

    Whole & Ground Turmeric
    [4] Turmeric may seem an unusual spice in a cake, but it enhances the flavor of the pumpkin, as do the conventional pumpkin pie spices. This photo shows the whole turmeric root and the ground root (photo © Silk Road Spices).



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