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Drinking Chai

We've done a lot of traveling this year to speak at different churches. In the fall we went to a church in central PA and we stayed with some friends -- people who had been kind to John when he was first starting out as a single man on his own. They gave us a drink of "Mystic Chai". It sounded kind of new age to me...could Christians drink this stuff. Well, I got over my hangups about what it was called, I mean, it's just a drink after all. It was delicious and Suzanne and I loved it. Our hostess said she had bought it at Sam's Club, so we got some there. But, being the penny pincher I am, I decided if one could make their own mix it would be cheaper. So I got on the internet and found a recipe. I made it and we decided it was just as good or better than the store bought stuff! Suzanne drinks it every morning and every night. It's her comfort "food".

The recipe takes a little time to make because you have to run it all through the blender, but it's worth the effort. I make a lower-calorie, lower-fat version of it, too. Here it is:

Mystic Chai
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (I use lite)
1 cup French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer (I use lite)
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea (plain, not lemon flavored)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom (this is expensive, but vital to the recipe)

1. In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar, and instant tea. Stir in giner, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
2. To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.

Note: You can spice it up even further by adding 1 teaspoon nutmeg and allspice and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper.

Makes 36 servings.

When you need a little comfort next winter on a cold night, try a cup of Mystic Chai! For other fun recipees, look at