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Swedish Cream Cookies with Blueberry and Lime Buttercream

If you’re craving something light, pretty, and full of fresh, zesty flavors to brighten a dull winter afternoon, then look no further than these delightful Swedish cream cookies layered with a luscious blueberry and lime buttercream. I’d never heard of Swedish cream cookies until recently, but as I researched them I discovered that they were […]

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Side view of a french onion tea sandwich with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and sourdough bread, on a light blue plate.

French Onion Tea Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love a warm and deliciously cheesy sandwich? We sure do, and we made this sandwich to deliver just that. These French onion tea sandwiches are based off a traditional French onion soup, a dish which is known for its extra cheesy nature and bold flavor. How to Make French Onion Tea Sandwiches The […]

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A circle of raspberry white chocolate scones cut into wedges sits on a wooden cutting board.

Raspberry White Chocolate Scone Recipe

Go big or go home, I always say! This color- and flavor-infused raspberry white chocolate scone recipe is sure to be your next go-to dessert. Brimming with melt-in-your-mouth raspberries, the finest white chocolate, and a hand-crafted glaze made with our Royal Wedding Tea, this scone recipe is sure to be one for the recipe books! […]

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Overhead view of a white plate with a pile of loose leaf tea shaped into a heart in the center of it. To the left is a fork; to the right a knife. Above the place are three oranges, and apple, and a cup of tea.

Can You Eat Tea Leaves? (The Answer Is, “Yes!”)

At Plum Deluxe, we’re often asked, “Can you eat tea leaves?” and I’m not surprised. In my opinion, most of the blends smell so good that it’s a wonder more people don’t pop a few leaves straight into their mouths like M&Ms, purely out of curiosity. While I don’t recommend that you eat tea leaves […]

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An Irish scone that has been split in half and spread with clotted cream and jam sits on a square floral plate. In the background can be seen a floral mug, more scones, and a green bowl of jam.

Easy Traditional Irish Scone Recipe

A good Irish scone recipe is as near to perfect comfort food as you can get. With its tender crumb, buttery richness, and currant-studded beauty, these scones are divine with a hot cup of tea and a good book or that Netflix series you’ve been dying to watch. So what is it about these scones […]

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How to Make Sun Tea in the Winter

Here in Portland, winter is in full swing. Days are short. There’s a chill in the air. And sometimes in the dead of winter, we need a little reminder that there is light at the end of the “14-hours-of-darkness-every-day” tunnel. Enter: sun tea, a beverage that can capture the sunny spirit of summer all year […]

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Sweet Surprise: How to Infuse Honey

Honey naturally comes in many different flavors, colors, and viscosities, and is a perfect addition to tea. This sweet liquid is uniquely flavored by the nectar of the plants surrounding the bee hive from which it came, like orange trees, cotton, or wildflowers. While tasting the many nuances of different honeys is a delicious experience […]

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Quali-Tea Puns for Every Mood

I love puns. Always have, always will. Puns as an art form – yes, I said it, ART FORM – often get a bad rap for being the “lowest form of humor.” Well, that’s just another way to say, “You look like a person that knows how to have fun.” My high school English teacher […]

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Overhead view of a plate of raisin scones in the upper left corner of a wooden table. Clockwise are a blue cast iron tea pot, a blue and white teacup and saucer full of tea, a plate holding a sliced raisin scone slathered in butter and jam, and a white and floral print tea towel.

How to Bake a Classic Raisin Scone Recipe

Sometimes, you just crave a bit of home, something warm and cozy to cuddle into. This is especially true during the long drag of winter. For me, most things revolve around food, and this craving for homey comfort is no different. I want to curl up with a warm blanket, twinkle lights, a cup of […]

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Oh My Aching Mind: What Tea is Good for Headaches?

Many tea drinkers at least anecdotally know tea is in general good for your health. But many wonder, what tea is good for headaches, specifically? Now, science has confirmed that drinking certain types of tea helps ease the pain from headaches. Here are four different types of headaches and the tea that helps them. ***Disclaimer*** […]

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Can Cats Drink Tea? Find the Purrfect Tea for Your Feline Friend

There’s nothing cozier than curling up on the couch with a warm cup of tea and a cuddly cat. Some cats, however, like my very food-motivated cat, Captain, make it their mission to get a sample of whatever nearby humans are eating and drinking. Is this safe, though? Can cats drink tea? For the sake […]

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Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches for a Classic Teatime Menu

Smoked salmon tea sandwiches are an easy but delicious addition to any tea time sandwich platter. Pair smoked salmon with cream cheese, some dill, and a nice bread and you’ll be looking for seconds in no time. Smoked salmon, although it looks like raw fish, is safe to eat — don’t worry! As well as […]

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A Day of Hygge: How to Host a Cozy Winter Tea Party

We made it through the holiday season, with its dressy festivities and glammed up get-togethers. Now it’s time to slow things down. Turn up the furnace or stoke the fire and chill with a hygge winter tea party while the cold weather whips up outside. With relaxing activities and a tummy-tempting menu complete with chai tea pairings, […]

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Overhead view of a white teacup and saucer full of tea with a silver teaspoon resting on the saucer. Three packets of Plum Deluxe loose leaf tea are fanned out to the right of it. In the upper left corner is a stack of books; in the upper right corner are several red roses.

When Does Tea Expire? How to Tell if Your Tea is Fresh

We have all been there: finding ourselves with a plethora of tea on our shelves. With so many different kinds and flavors of tea, it is easy to get carried away and have so much, you can’t go through it all fast enough. However, does tea expire? If so, how can we tell? Does Tea […]

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Almond Scone Recipe

Scones: simple, delicious, versatile bits of bread that go with just about anything. I’ve never baked frequently, save for a handful of recipes from my grandmother and previous housemate. So I reached out to a few people for tips on baking them and tried to develop my own almond scone recipe. Little did I know […]

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What Tea is Good for a Cold?

On the dreariest of winter days, during the most inopportune times, while hibernating indoors and surrounded by kids, coworkers, and family — a cold rears its ugly head. The dreaded stuffy nose, sore throat, body aches, and sneezing crud! So, I find myself asking the infamous question, “What tea is good for a cold?” Truthfully, […]

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Creamy Spinach Artichoke Soup

Creamy spinach artichoke soup is a winter favorite around here for so many reasons. First off, it’s creamy, which makes it a cold-weather super star because we all love something hearty and warm in the winter. Then you add a punch of flavor and freshness with the classic combination of spinach and artichoke. Topping this […]

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Fried Goat Cheese with Baby Greens, Bacon, + Balsamic

We love having a fancy recipe like this fried goat cheese salad with bacon and balsamic hanging out in our back pocket. It’s the perfect dish to bring out for just about any tea party. It’s got an air of sophistication without being pretentious, and who doesn’t love fried goat cheese? While coming off as […]

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