Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce 1 cup fresh Italian parsley ½ cup olive oil 1/3 cup red wine or balsamic vinegar 2 garlic cloves, peeled ¾ tsp red pepper flakes 1 tsp oregano ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp salt Combine in food processor or mortar and pestle. Will keep in the refrigerator for weeks. Bring to room temperature […]

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes Good recipe if you have bowls of harvested tomatoes on your counter. You can freeze and use later. Also great for giving some flavor to those bland winter tomatoes. Use on pizzas, in sauces, soups, stews and casseroles, anywhere you want a concentrated tomato flavor. Preheat oven to 275. Cut fresh tomatoes […]

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Gorgeous Colorado Fall – September 2014

Herb Blurb September 2014 Yep, it’s September and my favorite season begins soon, gorgeous fall. Harvest festivals, the aspen turning, the farmers markets overflowing with fresh fruits and veggies and cooler days and nights all add up to a marvelous month. It’s time to start stocking up for winter. Collect the garden harvest, dry herbs […]

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The Fruits of Colorado Summer – August 2014

Herb Blurb August 2014 If you have been too busy to plunder the fruits of summer, your time is running out. So get out there and have some fun! There is a lot going on this month including festivals, outdoor concerts, farmers markets, food fairs, swimming before the pools and lakes close and perfect hiking […]

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Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil Easy and elegant, a great starter or palate cleanser. Add a banana and some berries for a nice smoothie. Skip the yogurt and add ice cubes and some vodka or rum, for a refreshing summer cocktail. 1 medium honeydew, cantaloupe or other melon, seeded with rind removed 3 tbs fresh […]

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Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad

Panzanella – Italian Bread Salad Delicious, light but satisfying, and a great way to use your old bread and fresh veggies. ½ loaf of Italian or rustic bread, somewhat stale is ok, rock hard isn’t. Cut into bite size cubes and toast in oven at 350 until crisp. 1 cup chopped tomatoes ½ cup chopped […]

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Colorado looking lush – July 2014

Herb Blurb July 2014 All the rain this spring has been wonderful for gardens and the great outdoors. It is so rare to see Colorado looking lush. Check out Hudson Gardens on south Santa Fe or the Denver Botanic Gardens featuring the Chihuly Glass Exhibit for garden ideas or just to enjoy the stunning displays. […]

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Chilled Tomato and Avocado Soup

Chilled Tomato and Avocado Soup – serves 4 1 lb ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 cup tomato juice ¼ cup red onion, loosely chopped 1/3 cup cucumber ½ red bell pepper 2 cloves garlic 2 tbs olive oil 1 tbs balsamic vinegar 5-7 basil leaves Dash of sugar Dash of cayenne pepper, like it hot? Add […]

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Olive Cherry Tapenade

Olive Cherry Tapenade – serves 8-10 as an appetizer 1 ½ cups pitted olives of choice, chopped fine. I like Kalamata. 1 cup pitted fresh cherries or 2/3 cup dried cherries, chopped fine 1 tbs basil leaves, stacked and cut with a sharp knife into slivers 2 scallions, white part chopped fine 1 tbs fresh […]

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Ginger Lime Cooler

  Ginger Lime Cooler – 12 servings 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 tbs grated, peeled fresh ginger root 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice Bring sugar, water and ginger root to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Cover, turn off heat and let sit overnight. Strain and add lime juice. For […]

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