Every morning, before heading back upstairs to my studio, I make myself a little pot of tea. I enjoy drinking it while checking my email and daily blogs. My tea pot, in my favorite shade of white, has a large mesh infuser which is designed for brewing whole-leaf loose teas. By allowing the tea leaves to expand in the pot, the infuser gives me a perfect cup of tea every time. My little secret ingredient that I add to the tea leaves, while they brew, is two cardamom pods. I love the subtle flavor it adds. Cardamom pods come in shades from green to black. I always buy the fresh green pods which are stocked at my local Whole Foods store. I hope you'll try it. Next up.....my recipe for another favorite comfort drink - hot chocolate.