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Need Christmas Gifts? Smarty Pants Launch Club

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WHOO HOO! OUR FIRST PRODUCT IS LIVE ON AMAZON!

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Bag Clip Critters by Smarty Pants, Unique Gifts and Novelties, Six Cute Animals to Keep Bags Closed and Fresh; Comes in an Elegant Box Gift Presentation Suitable For All Occasions: Christmas, Hostess Gift, Birthdays, Office, Mom, Dad, Kids, Son, Daughter, Husband or Wife. Careful. They May Bite.

There are so many gift-giving occasions, all requiring constant imagination on your part

You need gift ideas, we hope to help you with all that.

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Birthdays, Christmas gifts, Hanukkah, New Years, Anniversaries, Weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Births, Christenings, Retirement Party, Housewarming, Congratulations, Thank you gifts, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Bachelorette/Bachelor , Engagement party. Easter, Valentine’s Day, Job Anniversary, New Job, Welcome to the Neighborhood, Good Bye/Moving, Graduation, Get Well Soon, Christenings/Confirmation, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Just Because, and Thinking of You.

WHEW!

If you are wondering, “What do I get Aunt Martha for her birthday,” join us. You need gift ideas! 

We have more products coming soon, to be available on Amazon.com, and can’t wait to tell you about them.

When you our Launch Club, you will be the first the news and be able to get extreme discounts. Why? We want to thank you for helping us launch our new line of products.

What do you say?  Want to join us?

Love,

Lee and Gary Jordan

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7 MYTHS ABOUT YOUR TEA – Tea Drinkers in the U.S.

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For a limited time: Our Tea Infuser Basket/Strainer is available on Amazon.com for $12.95

DO YOU LIKE TO DRINK TEA?Tea2

You may have started drinking tea for the health benefits, or as an alternative to coffee, or just because it tastes good. When Gary and I became interested in tea and found that most Americans drink instant tea, iced tea and hot tea with tea bags. Well, okay. However, we found that a revolution is brewing (hah, pun intended).

Although coffee is still king in the United States, a major change is brewing. (Oh, no. There we go again :))

Department of Agriculture statistics show tea drinking has increased as coffee drinking has declined. And while studies also show that coffee is associated with many health benefits, including helping protect against diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, a typical cup has much more jitter-producing caffeine than tea does.

Manelle Martino, co-owner of Capital Teas in Washington, said she has seen the explosion of interest in tea firsthand. Her sales of loose-leaf tea have risen substantially each year since she opened the business in 2007, she said. “We started the tea company with one shop. Now, there are six stores in the D.C. area,” she said. “People are becoming more health-conscious. You have baby boomers who are into preserving their youth. You see them wanting to take better care of themselves.”

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So what did we learn about tea in our research about tea drinkers and tea?

MYTH #1: TEA COMES IN MANY VARIETIES

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Why Would We Do That with Our Tea Basket Infuser?

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The regular price on our Brew-in-Mug Tea Basket Infuser  on Amazon.com is $12.95. Your price is $4.95. That price just covers our Amazon vendor/seller fees, not the manufacturing costs.

Well, why would we do that?

The Amazon ranking system is built on a few things, including awarding products with a lot of reviews.  When the ranking is high, Amazon sell it for us. So we will give you a huge discount in exchange for your honest review.

 

Tea Infuser

Tea Basket Infuser

 

Brew-in-Mug Tea Basket Infuser for Loose Leaf Tea With Lid, Extra Fine Mesh 304 Stainless Steel Strainer/Filter Basket For Tea Cup, Tea Mug, or Tea Pot. From Love Your Tea. 4″ with handles, 2 1/2″ deep

Click here to get your single use coupon code to get your tea infuser: gary@yourcoolkitchen.com

To sweeten the offer, once your review is up, let us know we will give you a free ceramic vegetable peeler. (US only)

How’s that?

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Ceramic Vegetable Peeler

WHY WOULD YOU WANT OUR TEA BASKET INFUSER?

PRICE vs. QUALITY: Why the low price of $12.95? Our tea basket infuser is the highest quality 304-grade stainless steel, with a large capacity basket, lead-free, custom made, light but sturdy, and built to last. However, we are planning more products for our brand, Love Your Tea, so we decided to offer it a lower price so you can get acquainted with us.

LID DOUBLES AS A COASTER Keeps tea hot during brewing and reverses to use as a nice little tray after steeping for the basket. Provides a place to put the wet infuser until brewing the tea a second and third time.

THAT TASTED SO GOOD! Do you want another cup? With loose leaf tea, the best flavor often comes with the second and third brewing. Just pour hot water through again to re-brew your tea with our steep-in-mug and teapot infuser. CLEAN UP? Simply dump tea and rinse with running water and a little soap.

GET THE MOST FLAVOR from your premium tea. Instead of using a tight tea ball, our tea infuser gives your tea room to expand, allows the tea to unfurl completely, and allows water flow. Great for brewing all fine loose leaf tea such as Rooibos, Jasmine Purls, Oolong, Darjeeling, and Vahdam loose leaf tea samplers.

WILL IT FIT MY TEA MUG OR TEA POT? It will fit most as it has 4″ with handles, 2 1/2″ deep.

IS THE MESH FINE ENOUGH? Some products say: made of fine mesh and no more particles in your cup. Let’s be honest. Even though our basket is extra, extra fine mesh, you may get some particles in your cup. It is debatable whether the dust (fannings) is an indicator of low-quality tea. However, most premium tea is from whole leaves only. Never mind the debate, just run the water through once and pour it out to get rid of any particles.

CAN I PUT A TEA BAG IN IT? Sure, but there is a whole world of difference with loose leaf tea, which provides you with more flavor, aroma, antioxidants, and pleasure.
First, tea bags have stale tea dust from broken leaves that have lost their oils and aroma.

Second, the paper used is very suspect. If you have ever gotten a piece of paper wet, you know that it tends to fall apart easily. The solution that companies created was to treat the paper with something to make it stronger – usually Epichlorohydrin.

According to Dow Chemical (who is the largest producer of this substance): Epichlorohydrin has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. In the U.S.A., it is considered to be a potential carcinogen for purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) hazard communication standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.

WILL THE TEA STRAINER GET TOO HOT? It will get hot, but we decided not to manufacture one with silicone. Just grab the edge of the two handles with forefinger and thumb and place it in the lid/coaster.

CAN I ADD HERBS, SPICE OR DRIED FRUIT? Mint or basil leaves. Dried fruit, a whole clove, a cinnamon stick, or other spices. Let your imagination go wild.

WHAT IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH IT? Our Tea Infuser has been lovingly designed by our U.S. small business. We quality control the items here after they arrive from China. It has a 100% money back guarantee.100% With the cute box, it makes a nice gift. Buy two.

Click here to get your single use coupon code: gary@yourcoolkitchen.com

Our Cute Gift Friendly Box

Our Cute Gift Friendly Box

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Our New Tea Basket Infuser is Live on Amazon.com

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Love Your Kitchen now has a new line called Love Your Tea.

Our first product is a Brew-in-Mug Tea Infuser for Loose Leaf Tea With Lid, Extra Fine Mesh 304 Stainless Steel Infuser Basket For a Cup, Mug or Pot.  4″ with handles, 2 1/2″ deep                              

Tea Infuser

Tea Basket Infuser

SEE IT HERE ON AMAZON.COM

PRICE vs. QUALITY: Why the low price? Our infuser is the highest quality 304-grade stainless steel, with a large capacity infuser basket, lead-free, custom made, light but sturdy, and built to last. However, we are planning more products for our brand, Love Your Tea, so we decided to offer it a lower price so you can get acquainted with us.

  • LID DOUBLES AS A COASTER Keeps your brew hot during brewing and reverses to use as a nice little tray after steeping for the basket. Provides a place to put the wet infuser until brewing the tea a second and third time.
  • THAT TASTED SO GOOD! Do you want another cup? With loose leaf tea, the best flavor often comes with the second and third brewing. Just pour hot water through again to re-brew your tea with our steep-in-mug and teapot infuser. CLEAN UP? Simply dump strainer and rinse with running water and a little soap.
  • GET THE MOST FLAVOR from your premium tea. Instead of using a tight tea ball, our infuser gives your tea room to expand, allows the tea to unfurl completely, and allows water flow. Great for brewing all fine loose leaf tea such as Rooibos, Jasmine Purls, Oolong, Darjeeling, and Vahdam loose leaf tea samplers.
  • WHAT IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH IT? Our Tea Infuser has been lovingly designed by our U.S. small business. We quality control the items here after they arrive from China. It has a 100% money back guarantee.

 

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What Kind of Tea do You Like?

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Throughout history, tea has been a special libation, expressing all sorts of healthily, relaxing, and even spiritual elements. One definition of a libation from Merriam Webster is an act or instance of drinking -often ceremoniously, or pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity. As you know in Japan, drinking tea is a serious ceremony.Tea2

Gary and I are novelists, but we also have physical products on Amazon and are branching out from our original line of LOVE YOUR KITCHEN to a niche area of tea and calling it LOVE YOUR TEA.

We received our first product from China, a tea diffuser basket, and we are in the middle of a launch plan for it. However, after that, we will continue to expand the line to other accessories and ultimately to quality loose tea from China.

How tea is harvested and processed is a fascinating subject, and we are busy educating ourselves. As part of our education, we would love to hear from you about what kinds of tea you like and how you like to brew it

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Tea Smarts

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In preparing for our new Love Your Home line of products, LOVE YOUR TEA, we are educating ourselves. Follow along with us in our quest to know as much as we can about tea.

Share your own information about tea with us in the comments. Like I said, we are learning and welcome your ideas and knowledge of tea.

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  • Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia.  After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.

  • There are many different types of tea; some teas, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavor, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.

  • On an estimate, there are about 1,500 kinds of tea and there could be more. So you just don’t say “tea”. You have to be specific which of those 1,500 kinds you are referring to. And although there many kinds, they are only derived from six major varieties: white, yellow, oolong, green, black and post-fermented tea leaves.

  • Tea tasting is like learning to be a wine tasting connoisseur. It’s no easy job as you have to have a keen eye for tea leaves, a sharp taste for brewed teas, a sense of touch for the tea leaves and a keen smell to determine whether the aroma of brewed tea is good or not.

  • Teas don’t taste the same. Their taste would depend largely on the temperature and taste of water and the time they took to brew.

  • A pound of loose tea leaves can make more than 200 cups of tea.

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Crispy Baked ‘Fried’ Chicken

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Food 8We found this from the Food Network

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cat-cora/crispy-baked-fried-chicken-recipe.html

Photograph by Con Poulos

Ingredients

  •  8 chicken pieces (preferably 2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs and 2 wings)

  •  1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  •  4 cups cornflakes

  •  2/3 cup buttermilk

  •  2 tablespoons dijon mustard

  •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  •  1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

  •  3/4 teaspoon ground sage

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a rack in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet.

Rinse the chicken in cold water; pat dry. In a wide bowl or on a plate, season the flour with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Dredge each chicken piece through the flour so it’s fully coated, tap against the bowl to shake off excess flour and set aside. Discard the flour.

Here comes the part kids like best: Crush the cornflakes by placing them in a big resealable plastic bag, carefully pressing the bag to push out the air. Seal up the bag (with as little air inside as possible) and run over the flakes with a rolling pin. Open the bag and pour the crushed flakes into a wide bowl or onto a plate.

In a large bowl (big enough to dredge the chicken pieces), mix the buttermilk, mustard, cayenne pepper, paprika and sage. Give each floured chicken piece a good buttermilk bath and then roll in the cornflake crumbs.

Arrange the chicken pieces on the rack and place in the hot oven. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, lower the heat to 375 degrees and cook for another 25 to 30 minutes, until cooked through and crispy. The juices should run clear when the meat is pierced with a knife. Serve with Easy Greens.

Per serving: Calories 520; Fat 22 g (Sat. 6 g; Mono. 9 g; Poly. 5 g); Cholesterol 136 mg; Sodium 1,040 mg; Carbohydrate 41 g; Fiber 1.5 g; Protein 40 g

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USES YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF FOR SCISSORS

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Kitchen Shears are more than fancy scissors, they’re the most underrated tool in your culinary arsenal.

Many people think kitchen shears for only opening packaging. Sure, they’re basically fancy scissors, but here is why they’re the most underrated tool in your culinary arsenal.

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They cut up raw (or cooked) bacon with ease. If you’ve ever sliced raw, slippery bacon with a knife, you know that uniform cuts are a frustrating and usually unattainable goal. Not so with kitchen shears—each snip yields straight, accurate lines of porky goodness.

They lop off unwanted bits with less mess. Do away with messing up a clean cutting board and knife and put the shears to work. Hold a bunch of green beans end-side up in one hand while snipping all the ends off with scissors in the other hand. And cut away unwanted carrot tops, fennel stalks or the prickly tips of an artichoke directly over a garbage can.

Quickly remove thyme leaves from fresh sprigs. Anyone who has picked 3 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves will appreciate this tip: Instead of stripping the sprigs, which can be tender and break, or picking off the leaves individually, hold a sprig in one hand while snipping the leaves off using scissors in the other.

They easily snip through all breads. Use them to cut pizza into slices, quesadillas and pitas into wedges, foccaccia into squares, even stale bread into cubes for croutons. Oh, and use them to snip off crusts, too.

They cut up dried fruit. Hand-chopping dried fruit can be painstakingly slow and putting it through the food processor is a whole other world of trouble.

They toddler-ize any food.

They fix lazy chopping jobs. How about cutting meat for sir-fry?

They make chopping canned whole tomatoes a mess-free job. Point the blades directly into an opened can and snip, snip away. This will work with any canned or jarred food, like pineapple rings or roasted red peppers.

They shred leafy greens and herbs without bruising. Ingredients like scallions, chives and basil should be sliced using a sharp knife or else they can end up bruised and not sliced all the way through. Scissors will deliver clean cuts. You can also do this over the food to quickly garnish.

They prune away unsightly blemishes on vegetables. Use the sharp side of the blade to shave dark spots from heads of cauliflower or, with caution, use scissor tips to dig out “eyes” from potatoes.

Scale fish
Look at these uses, but there are many more:

How about cutting sections of grapes for a garnish?

Cut meat into strips for stir-fry.

Hold a bunch of green beans end-side up in one hand while snipping all the ends off with scissors in the other hand. And cut away unwanted carrot tops, fennel stalks or the prickly tips of an artichoke directly over a garbage can.

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WHY YOU NEED MULTI-FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN SCISSORS

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ARE KITCHEN SHEARS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL IN YOUR ARSENAL?

Sure, they’re basically fancy scissors, but kitchen shears have their run-of-the-mill snipping cousins one-upped thanks to the fact that they come unhinged, making them into a knife, a peeler and a lot easier to clean.

PROBLEM: Are there problems with regular kitchen scissors?
• Blades break off because the stainless steel does not extend through the length of the handle.
• Handle uncomfortable.
• They rust because of low-quality stainless steel.
• Blades not sharp.
• Are they multi-functional?

SOLUTION: Here’s why you need LOVE YOUR KITCHEN’S Kitchen Shears

 AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON
• High quality stainless steel blades that extends through the length of the handle.
• Soft grip handle design for comfort.
• Detachable blades for cleaning, sharpening, and polishing. Single blades can be used as a knife.
• Open all that pesky packaging.
• Multi-purpose: Cut meat, slippery bacon with ease, scale fish, trim vegetables, shell nuts, crack crab legs, open bottles, cut chicken bones, strip herbs, cut up dried fruit, and many others.
• Trim fat off meat. Serrated edge so meats don’t slip.
• Knife on the end of the handle is good for many things.
• 100% money back guarantee.

  • SOFT GRIP/NON-SLIP HANDLE saves strain and helps when using force on harder objects and allows you to have a tighter grip on the scissors. Left or right handed. Sharp blades designed to cut through anything for everyday kitchen use.

  • • MULTI-PURPOSE: Cut meat and trim fat, cut slippery bacon with ease, scale fish, and trim and peel vegetables, shell nuts, crack crab legs, open bottles, cut chicken bones, strip herbs, Cut pizza into slices, quesadillas and pitas into wedges, foccaccia into squares, even stale bread into cubes for croutons. Trim fat off meat. Knife on the end of the handle is good for many things such as opening CD wrappers and opening clam shells.

  • • HEAVY DUTY STAINLESS STEEL: Blades extend through the length handle to ensure they will not break with regular use and ensures against rusting. BONUS: Magnetic sheath so you don’t lose your scissors again when you need them and keep your scissors within reach on the fridge or any metal surface.

  • • ANNOYED THAT BLADES COME APART TOO EASILY? The scissors/shears come apart only at an angle of 90 degrees, which is wider than normal use. This ensures that the scissors are not too tight to pose a problem for the user. On the other hand, it is not too loose that it creates inconvenience. Detachable blades for cleaning, sharpening, and polishing. Single blades can be used as a knife.

  • • 100% no-hassle, money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with our product, email us and we will be glad to refund your money or send you a replacement. Even after Amazon’s return policy has elapsed, we stand behind our product. LOVE YOUR KITCHEN’S goal is happy customers.

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How to Make Traditional Matcha

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