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Commonweal’s Nourishing and Healing Tea

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

By sipping this tea daily, I’ve cut my coffee, dessert, and wine consumption dramatically. Warm and spicy, it is a great comfort at the start or end of each day. Whenever I have a craving for something unhealthy, I reach for cup of Healing Tea instead.

This recipe was developed at the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, a renowned retreat for patients and caregivers. It is another of the recipes featured in the The Cancer Fighting Kitchen cookbook by Rebecca Katz. Every recipe in Rebecca’s cookbook is packed full of nutrient-dense food, and spiced to perfection. Rebecca is a nutritionist and fabulous cook wrapped up in one. Her recipes are a perfect canvas for Smith & Truslow’s freshly ground spices.
But, back to the tea. I make a full recipe twice a week, and keep a pitcher on hand in the fridge. The hardest part is keeping enough ginger on hand to support my new tea habit.

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  1. Fill a large stock pan with water and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Add cinnamon, coriander, cloves, and cardamom, and simmer for 20 more minutes.
  3. Strain spices from tea. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  4. Serve hot or cold with unsweetened almond milk.
  5. I store the tea straight (without the almond milk) in a pitcher in the fridge and just poor out what I need and reheat with the almond milk.
  6. You can save the spices and reuse them to make a second batch. They will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Just simmer the spices with 6 cups of water and 2 Tablespoons of fresh ginger for 30 minutes.


Spicy Bloody Mary

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 by Jean Gleason

Bloody Mary… or a mimosa? Our family debate, but I think we’ve come to a consensus. While a mimosa is preferred with waffles, muffins or coffee cake, a spicy bloody Mary (or Caesar) is the perfect side kick to an omelet, frittata or strata. The spicier the better, so horse radish is a must at our house.

Spicy Bloody Mary
  • 6 oz spicy V8 juice (tomato juice or Clamato, if you prefer)
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 fresh lime, cut into wedges
  • 4 dashes tabasco sauce
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch celery salt
  • organic ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp horseradish (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked applewood sea salt
  • celery stick

  1. Spoon the sea salt onto a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a tall glass, and dip rim in salt.
  2. Place a few ice cubes in the glass. Grind some pepper on top and add the dash of celery salt.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, and shake well.
  4. Strain the mixture over the ice cubes in the glass.
  5. Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink and drop it in the glass.
  6. Garnish with celery stick.