Garden Pizza

Garden Pizza

One of my standbys, especially after a shopping spree at the farmer’s market. 1 precooked pizza shell Pesto – enough to cover the bottom of the pizza shell 2 small to medium zucchini – slice into small disks 1 bell pepper, julenned 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes – drained if necessary and chopped 2 cups fresh, […]

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Crystallized Leaves and Flowers

Crystallized Leaves and Flowers

  Egg white powder diluted according to directions. Called Just Whites in the baking section of the grocery store. Small paintbrush Small bowl of extra fine sugar (To make this you can put regular sugar in a blender and process. If you process too much you get powdered sugar.) Edible leaves and blossoms for crystallizing, […]

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Summer Melon with Mint Soup

Summer Melon with Mint Soup

Refreshing and cooling for those hot summer days. 3-4 cups cubed, seedless melon – cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, etc. ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves ¼ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes) 1 teaspoon honey ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt Salt and pepper to taste Mint and lime for garnish Put 1 cup […]

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Ginger Mint Mojito

Ginger Mint Mojito

Ginger Mint Mojito Simple Syrup 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons peeled fresh ginger, grated 1 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves, you can also use lemon balm, keep some on the side to muddle. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, 1/2 cup water, and ginger to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve […]

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Mint

Mint is one of those plants that enable a love/hate relationship. As a cook I love it, as a gardener, mint is usually pushing the boundaries. It is a great groundcover for cool, wet places. There are several different mints available these days. Lemon, lime, chocolate, peppermint, and spearmint to name a few. They all […]

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The Herb Blurb July 2019

Summer is (finally) here with fresh produce, festivals, and fun. Don’t let it slip away. Cross out some time now for free concerts, picnics, hiking, camping, swimming, hammock naps, and all the myriad opportunities this season offers. It’s up to you to make the most of it. Upcoming Classes I will be teaching several classes […]

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Violets – Viola sp.

Violets, Viola sp.

Violets are some of the first flowers of spring and are both edible and medicinal along with being quite lovely with a delightful fragrance. There are many varieties, from pansies to perennial violets to the wild violets that like to infiltrate lawns and moist cool spaces. They will grow in sun to medium shade and […]

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Strawberry/Rhubarb Crunch – serves 6-8

Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

  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 place the mixture in […]

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Pasta with Wild Greens - serves 4

Pasta with Wild Greens

4 cups cooked drained pasta of your choice 2 tbs. olive oil 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced 4 shallots or green onions, minced 3 cups young wild greens, lambs quarters, young dandelion leaves, chickweed and/or spinach and kale. ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil; you could also use cherry tomatoes 1/3 cup toasted walnuts […]

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Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts –serves 4-6

Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts

1 lb. prepared snap peas, To prepare, remove and discard the stem end and string from each sugar snap pod 1/3 cup basil or pesto of choice (recipe follows) ¼ cup pine nuts 3-4 strips of cooked bacon (optional) Steam snap peas in a pot with a steamer insert for about 5 minutes. They should […]

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Arugula Strawberry Radish and Goat Cheese Salad

Spring Salad with Arugula, Strawberry, Radish, and Goat Cheese

2 cups arugula 8-10 fresh, organic strawberries, lightly rinsed right before serving, sliced 2-3 radishes, cut into strips 2 tbs of crumbled goat cheese, you can also use blue or Roquefort, Parmesan or Asiago. 2 tbs of lightly toasted pine nuts (optional) Balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows) Lightly dress the arugula with the balsamic vinaigrette. Store […]

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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, removing the sharp tips. […]

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