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Chai tea

This is for Jo-anna in Vancouver who asked for a Chai recipe.  I got 
this from a book long ago, modifying it slightly to suit my own 
taste.  You can substitute ground spices for whole spices if you 

Chai  (Indian spiced tea)

4 cups liquid (use any combo of skim milk and water depending on how 
   rich you want it, in general 2 cups milk and 2 cups water is good) 
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk (or more to add creaminess) 
5 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp cardamom seeds 
6 whole cloves
3/4 tsp cassia bark (or broken cinnamon stick pieces)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch of black pepper (less than 1/8 tsp) 
4 - 5 tea bags or 2 Tbsp loose tea 

In a medium pot, combine everything except the tea.  Bring 
to a boil, stirring frequently and watching *very carefully*.  At the 
point where the milk starts to boil up, reduce the heat and simmer 
for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat, add the tea, 
cover, and steep for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the tea. 
Strain and serve.  Makes 4 servings.