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Taste Test Tuesday: TEAVANA Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We hope you had a relaxing weekend. Who says an Arnold Palmer has to be just sweet tea and lemonade? Let’s kick off this short work week with a glass of ice tea and lemonade from TEAVANA. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday is Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea.

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 The smell of the tea leaves alone makes this tea amazing. Fresh, fruity and bold. Raspberry tea meets a zingy citrus lemonade to create this wonderful concoction. The flavors of red  and golden delicious apples, hibiscus flowers and passion fruit add an extra sweetness that compliments the shavings of lemon zest in this tea.

 You can steep this tea for about 5-6 minutes, if you want a bolder flavor let it sit for about another 1-3 minutes, before you pour it over over ice. One and a half teaspoons for every 8oz of water seem to work well. Just a little bit of tea goes a long way.

Photo Credit: TEAVANA

If you are looking for an alternative to coffee but still want the caffeine then this Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea would be just for you. Great source of vitamins and gives you a boost of energy. The cost is $6.80 for 2oz, which you can get 25-30 teaspoons of tea out of that 2oz.

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Until next time….

  Next Up On The Menu….

We’ve been cooking up a lot of different dishes to serve you here at Southern Roots Kitchen. Next up on the menu is Menu Planning. We know many people have very busy lives, with work, school, kids, games, dance classes, summer camps etc. So let us help with you with your weekly or monthly meal planning options. We can provide you with a full menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Have an event coming up and not sure what you should have on the menu? Let us help create a menu you and your guests will love. More details coming soon!!                                                                                                                                                       

Taste Test Tuesday: DOLE Shakers & Fruit Crisps

Hello, Hello, Hello!! We missed you all these past two weeks but we’re back with some tasty and healthy treats for you. Spring is here, people have made New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy or just try new things. Well today for Taste Test Tuesday we have two new fruit products from DOLE, just for you.

DOLE Shakers

In a rush, don’t have your blender handy? Then this is definitely the smoothie for you. Grab a DOLE Shaker from the freezer aisle at your local grocery store, fill it up with juice (approximately 7 oz, there is a line on the bottle), shake it up and there is your fruit smoothie. They come in 3 flavors: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Strawberry & Banana. Smooth, rich taste of fruit, yogurt and your favorite juice makes this drink a wonderful snack, or even a meal. This drink does have Pre & Probiotics in it, so you will get your live cultures in your diet, and it’s under 200 calories, low in fat, trans-fat free and filled with protein.

Each smoothie is considered a single serving (11oz) and can be found in your local grocery stores, so far we haven’t seen any of these for over $2.00 each. Grab a shaker, add your juice and let us know what you think!

DOLE Fruit Crisps

There are days when I really want a homemade dessert that just takes me back to my childhood. Sometimes I crave peach cobbler, other times it’s pecan pie, or apple crisp. Growing up we always went apple picking every fall, then come home and see how many dishes we could make with all the apples we picked up. One dish in particular was always my favorite: Apple Crisp. Something about the crunchy oat and warm apples put a smile on my face. DOLE came out with these single serving (4 oz) Fruit Crisps. These can be eaten at room tempature, chilled or warmed in the microwave. Each bowl has whole grain oats and brown sugar topping for you to add on top or mix in. The Fruit Crisps come in 3 flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Apple Pear and Peach. You can find these in the fruit aisle in your local grocery stores, if you shop at any club stores (Sam’s, BJ’s, Costco’s) they also have them their in bulk (the only way we buy them lol.)

Great for dessert, a quick snack, or just because. Grab a bowl and enjoy your fruit, that is filled with Vitamin C and contains whole grain oats.

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Happy Taste Test Tuesday!!!

Day 8: ‘Raspberry Ribbons’

Today’s recipe is a little different. These little treats are actually kind of dainty and would be perfect for an office party.  You can do what the recipe says and make them like logs or make them as a traditional round cookie. I am posting pictures of both ideas. Enjoy the Raspberry Ribbons!

Raspberry Ribbons


1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into four portions; shape each into a 10-in. x 2-1/2-in. log. Place 4 in. apart on greased or foil-lined baking sheets. Make a 1/2-in. depression down the center of each log. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  3. Fill depressions with jam. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes. Remove to a cutting board; cut into 3/4-in. slices. Place on wire racks.
  4. In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over warm cookies. cool completely.