Iced Chai Lattes at Home

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Chai-ConcentrateOn Tuesday morning, I packed up the car with all my canning supplies, a basket and containers for strawberry collection, a bottle of water and a travel mug of iced chai latte and left for a day of strawberry picking and preserving at a friend’s house.  The berries at Ithaca Organics were insane, and we managed to pick about 9 pounds each in just under 40 minutes.

Strawberry-CanningSix hands make quick work of weighing, washing and hulling 19 pounds of strawberries (we each reserved about three pounds for fresh eating and freezing). By the end of the day, we had 5 half-pint jars of chamomile-scented strawberry syrup (plus a failed batch of two additional jars), 8 half-pints of spiced strawberry butter, and 15 pints of strawberry lemonade concentrate cooling on the counter.

Chai-Concentrate-2Long days of canning and evenings of tossing-and-turning due to the heat call for some caffeine. So I made a big batch of chai concentrate to mix with milk for quick lattes. I’m saving my good looseleaf chai for hot tea, so I used half a box of Bigelow vanilla bagged chai tea for the concentrate. At only about $2 a box, it makes for a fairly cheap beverage, especially when compared with the iced chai lattes at coffee shops! I think this will definitely become my go-to summer drink!

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A Savvy Week: Chicken and Millet

There have been two themes running through my dinner menus lately: simple, light entrees that are full of whole grains, and grilled dishes. This menu gets us out at the grill on Monday and Friday.  Make sure to pour a glass of your favorite beverage to sip while you grill!

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A Savvy Week: Chicken and Millet

Monday: Blackened beef with Thai chile noodles
Tuesday: Spring carrot sauté with olives, garlic and millet, with shrimp
Wednesday: Indian butter chicken with basmati rice
Thursday: Thai eggs with millet and arugula 
Friday: Grilled chicken sandwiches with lemon chive aioli  with herb-grilled potato wedges

On Monday:

Make the blackened beef with Thai chile noodles.  If you have time, let the steak come to room temperature before grilling.

Total prep and cooking time: 50 minutes

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