Herb of the Month – Basil – Ocimum sp.

Basil – Ocimum sp.

Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is an annual herb originally from India. Delicious with any cuisine it is usually affiliated with Italian cooking. There are dozens of different basil varieties, from citrus scented varieties to exotic flavors. They all grow easily in full sun with adequate water and do not tolerate cold temperatures.  The leaves are used […]

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Strawberry Basil Shortcakes

Strawberry Basil Shortcakes

Strawberry/Basil Shortcakes – serves 4 Strawberries 1 pound strawberries, stemmed, hulled, and sliced (about 2 cups) 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tbs chopped basil, use a sharp knife for this, extra basil leaves for garnish Biscuits 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cold heavy cream […]

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Watermelon Basil Cooler

Watermelon Basil Cooler

Watermelon Basil Cooler 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon ¼ cup fresh basil leaves 1 cup ice cubes 1 tbs. fresh lime juice 1 tbs honey or agave Blend in a mixer and enjoy! Print Watermelon Basil Cooler Author Susan Evans, Certified Clinical Herbalist Ingredients 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon ¼ cup fresh basil leaves 1 […]

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Bruschetta 2 cups cored, chopped, fresh tomatoes, place in a strainer for 15 minutes to drain off excess moisture. 2 garlic cloves minced 3 tbs chopped basil 1 tbs chopped parsley 2 tbs olive oil ½ cup cubed baby mozzarella, feta or shaved manchego cheese Salt and pepper to taste. Combine ingredients and serve over […]

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Pesto

Pesto

Pesto ¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts ¼ cup olive oil, if you need more, use it, you want a thick sauce texture. 1 cup fresh basil 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese 2-3 cloves of garlic Process in food processor until smooth. Use on pasta, sandwiches, roasted vegetables, potatoes and more. Pesto is usually made with […]

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Herb Blurb June 2018

Summer is here! Festivals, road trips, outdoor concerts, farmer’s markets, camping, hiking and all sorts of activities abound. Do some planning and make time to take a garden tour, attend a food festival, hike a mountain and/or see a concert in the park. Don’t squander this glorious season, get out there and enjoy yourself! Book […]

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Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes with Lemon Butter Artichokes can be intimidating for the beginning cook but they are truly easy and quite delicious! If these directions don’t do it for you check out youtube for a tutorial. 2 artichokes butter lemon With a sharp, serrated kitchen knife, cut off about one inch from the top of the artichoke, […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Strawberry/Rhubarb Crunch – serves 6-8 Filling 2/3 cup sugar 3 tbs flour 1 lb strawberries, sliced 3 cups diced rhubarb 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice Topping ¾ cup flour ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup brown sugar 1 stick butter 1 tsp cinnamon Preheat oven to 375. Mix filling ingredients in a bowl and […]

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Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette

Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette

Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette 1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds 1 tbs honey or agave 1 tbs shoyu or soy sauce 2 tbs rice wine vinegar 1 tbs toasted sesame oil 3 tbs olive or avocado oil In a small bowl or small mason jar with lid add all of the vinaigrette […]

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Baby Bok Choy and Strawberry Salad

Baby Bok Choy and Strawberry Salad

Baby Bok Choy and Strawberry Salad – serves 4 6 Baby Bok Choy, rinsed and dried then thinly sliced (including leafy greens) ½ cup shredded carrot ½ cup broccoli florets 1 pint strawberries, rinsed right before serving, sliced Thinly sliced red onion 1 tbs toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional) Sesame soy vinaigrette – recipe […]

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Strawberries with Basil and Balsamic

Strawberries with Basil and Balsamic

Strawberries with Basil and Balsamic 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 tbs sugar 1 tbs balsamic vinegar 6 fresh basil leaves Gently toss the strawberries with the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Let sit for 20 minutes. Stack the basil leaves and with a sharp knife cut into slivers. Serve the strawberries over ice cream, honey […]

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spring cleaning

Multipurpose Spray Cleanser

Ready to get the winter cobwebs out? Fill up some boxes with all that stuff you have accumulated and never used and recycle it at the local thrift store. For inspiration read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. For an irreverent parody that also has good info check out “The Life-Changing Magic […]

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