Savor Your Summer


Chili Powder

Chili Powder uses the kick of chili pepper, along with garlic, cumin and coriander, to create lively and authentic Mexican,Tex-Mex, Indian, or Asian fare. This zesty blend adds a pep of flavor in chili, rice, mixed nuts, meat, and bean dishes. Or try something outside of the box with our Spicy Fruit Salad recipe from Minimalist Baker.


Spicy Fruit Salad

Prep time

10 mins

Total time

10 mins

This salad is simple, requiring less than 10 ingredients and just 15 minutes to prepare. Naturally sweet, subtly spiced, citrusy, summery, easy, super healthy, and wonderfully delicious!

Author: Minimalist Baker

Recipe type: Side, Salad

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Serves: 6


  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled and cubed
  • 4 kiwi, peeled and sliced or quartered
  • 1 cup (166 g) sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup (148 g) blueberries
  • 1 small lime, juiced (~2 Tbsp, 30 ml)
  • optional: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • optional: 1 ounce ( ml) silver tequila or white rum


  1. Add all fruit to a large mixing/serving bowl.
  2. Add lime juice and maple syrup (optional depending on ripeness of fruit) to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Then pour over fruit and gently toss to coat.
  3. Add sea salt. Then sprinkle on chili powder a little at a time, gently folding/stirring the salad as you go. I found 1/4 tsp to be the perfect amount, but add more or less depending on preference.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more chili powder, maple syrup, or lime juice as needed. Add tequila or white rum for a boozy kick (optional).
  5. Serve immediately, or cover and chill for 2-3 days (sometimes longer depending on freshness of fruit).


Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea is a mild, reddish-brown tea and an ideal evening brew. Naturally caffeine-free, this slightly sweet and nutty brew can be enjoyed any time. It has a smooth fruity-floral, tea-like flavor that requires no sweetening. Rooibos originates from South Africa and is actually a bush called Aspalathus linearis. Health benefits of red rooibos tea include its use as a cure for nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging.


Se Chung Oolong Tea

A woody astringency and the nuance of fresh peaches distinguish the remarkable aroma and flavor of this Se Chung Oolong Tea. Oolong is also referred to by its Chinese pinyin translation Wu Long. Oolong tea falls somewhere between black and green tea since its leaves are only partially oxidized. Health benefits of oolong tea include the reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels, while providing vital antioxidants, promoting superior bone structure, robust skin and good dental health.


Say goodbye to sodas this year with some wholesome Summertime Sun Tea.  Salads, burgers, ribs…these yummy, portable drinks are a perfect match for any hot weather-themed meal.  Just a few sips and your picnics and barbeques will never be the same!

Summertime Sun Tea

What You’ll Need:

mason jars with lids


tea infuser

Rooibos Loose Leaf Tea and/or Se Chung Oolong Loose Leaf Tea

distilled or spring water (cold or at room temperature)

fruit (not overly ripe, cut into slices or small pieces, & preferably organic) Pineapples and Strawberries with the Rooibos and Mango and Ginger with the Oolong



a place in the sun…

a large tub with lots of ice (or a fridge)


1.)  Sterilize the jars/lids or wash the mason jars and lids thoroughly with very hot water and soap.  Rinse well.  This step is essential to prevent bacterial growth.  We aren’t canning here but we still want to take proper precautions.

2.)  Place 1 tea bag in each mason jar, cutting off the string part of the tea bag if necessary. Pour cold distilled water into the jar leaving a 1 1/2″ clearance under the rim  (you want room to fill the fruit in later).  Screw lid on mason jars tightly.

3.)  In hot weather under direct sunlight, place the jars of lid-covered tea to brew.  In weather above 90 degrees F you can easily do this in one hour.  Set a timer to keep track of time.  (If it’s not hot where you are or you simply don’t like this sunning method, just park the tea in the fridge to steep for 6-8 hours.  You’ll get the same end result.)

4.)  After 1 hour, take the jars of tea out of the sun.  Open jars and use tongs to place fruit slices/pieces or herbs into each jar.  Screw lids on tightly.  Plunge the mason jar teas into an ice bath or place them in the fridge for easy drinking later.