may flowers in colorado

The Herb Blurb – May 2021

Here comes the gorgeous month of May when it seems the whole world begins anew. I love the longer days, the spring flowers, sudden rainstorms, the first hummingbirds, and baby deer. What will you begin now that we are emerging from the pandemic and new opportunities and adventures beckon? What can you release from this […]

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies

Working out in the garden last week during a beautiful, sunny, high wind day my nose suddenly turned into a faucet, my eyes started to tear up, and I couldn’t stop sneezing. The allergy season is upon us. So what can you do? Keep an eye on pollen counts. The local news will announce them. […]

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Herb of the Month – Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica

Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica

Herb of the Month – Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica Nettle is a powerhouse of antioxidants, minerals, and phytonutrients. It is used for seasonal allergies, to help balance blood sugar, for healthy skin and hair, as an anti-inflammatory, and a diuretic. The roots have been used for enlarged prostrate. The above-ground plant is a wonderful […]

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Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

Great for hiking, picnics, and pot lucks. Delicious! 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup butter or shortening 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Filling: 3 cups chopped rhubarb 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla […]

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Fresh Strawberry Jam

Fresh Strawberry Jam

Here is a great way to use up those strawberries on the verge in the fridge. Eat within a week or freeze. Also great on ice cream, puddings, and cake. 1 cup sugar large lemon, zested and juiced 1 – quart strawberries, rinsed and cut into small pieces. Combine the sugar, lemon zest, and juice […]

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Our Homemade Boursin is easy and delicious!

Homemade Boursin Cheese

This is easy and delicious with the fresh herbs of spring! 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 8 oz butter – room temp 16oz cream cheese, room temp 4 tbs freshly grated Parmesan Salt and pepper to taste. Fresh or dried herbs of choice. If fresh they should be minced. I like chives, marjoram, thyme, basil, […]

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Penne Pasta with Nettle Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives

1 lb penne or other tubular or bow tie pasta, don’t use spaghetti 1 cup sun-dried or slow-roasted tomatoes shredded parmesan or asiago cheese 1 cup drained olives of choice, I like Kalamata 1 cup nettle pesto toasted pine nuts Cook pasta and drain. Spoon in 1 cup of pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives. Toss […]

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Nettle Pesto Recipe

Nettle Pesto

Use this Nettle Pesto on pizza, pasta, sandwiches, with cheese, in salad dressings, and dips. No fresh nettles? You can substitute with basil or arugula, but use these fresh, don’t blanch. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. ¾ cup pine nuts, walnuts, or favorite nut of choice 3-4 garlic cloves 1 cup cooked nettles, start with […]

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april tulips

The Herb Blurb – April 2021

We’re not out of the drifts yet but signs of spring are everywhere as are hopeful indicators for an end to the pandemic. It’s been a long, hard slog but April arrives with an intoxicating sense of anticipation and possibility. Get your hands in the soil, and dig that warm-weather wardrobe out of the closet. […]

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Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion

Herb of the Month – Dandelion That’s right, dandelions. Emerging dandelions are plentiful and tasty right now. Taraxacum officinale, dandelion, happens to be one of the top five most nutritious vegetables, ahead of broccoli and spinach. It contains Vitamin A, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and trace minerals. Europeans have been eating dandelions for centuries and […]

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Herb of the Month – Chickweed - Stellaria media

Chickweed – Stellaria media

One of the first plants to peek out from under the snow in spring, this sweet little herb makes a great ground cover for cool, moist, shady places. Chickweed leaves and flowers are a tasty edible plant, full of B complex vitamins, calcium, and vitamins A and C. It is a demulcent herb, great for […]

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Warm Dandelion Salad

Dandelion leaves can be used in salads, egg dishes, casseroles, soups, and vegetable dishes. Pick young leaves in the spring before they flower or set bud, as older leaves or leaves from flowering plants are bitter. 4-6 cups young, clean, unsprayed dandelion leaves, you can sub in with spinach or super greens if necessary 2 […]

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