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The Herb Blurb – September/October 2021

Yes, it still feels like summer but fall is fast approaching. Enjoy harvest festivals, turning leaves in the mountains, farmer’s markets overflowing with garden produce, and cooler temps. It’s time to start stocking up for winter. Collect the garden harvest, dry herbs for teas, seasoning blends, and kitchen remedies, and prepare the garden for its […]

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Apple Chutney Recipe

Apple Chutney

Apple Chutney Chutney is a wonderful accompaniment to all your favorite dishes. It also goes well with the boursin cheese recipe that follows. 3 large tart cooking apples (such as green Granny Smith) peeled, cored, and chopped 1 red or green bell pepper, cored and sliced thin 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup apple cider […]

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Terrific Tomatoes

How to Slow Roast Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes Preheat oven to 275. Cut fresh tomatoes into wedges and place in a bowl. Season with a pinch of sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, herbs of choice and minced garlic. Toss gently. Place tomatoes on a rimmed cookie sheet in a single layer and drizzle with any leftover oil. Roast 2 ½ […]

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Roasted Peppers

How to Roast Peppers

Roasted Peppers Wash peppers. Place directly on grill over high heat, turning until all sides are charred. Enclose in a bag or a covered bowl and let steam until cool enough to handle. Once cooled remove skins and seeds. I just peel off with my hands and scrape out the seeds. To roast peppers inside, […]

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Sage

Sage is a savory seasoning for poultry, pork, winter squash, pear and apple dishes, cheeses, stews, and chowders. Antiviral and astringent, sage has long been used as a healing herb. Sage leaf rubbed on unhealthy gums will help tighten and disinfect. Sage tea is a delicious remedy for sore throats, will help with menopausal hot […]

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Herb Cheese and Butter

8 ounces cream cheese or butter at room temperature, could also use goat or feta cheese 4-5 cloves of roasted garlic (optional) 2 scallions, minced ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon chopped chives 2 teaspoons herb mix or fresh herbs of choice 2-3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Mix together and serve, decorate with fresh […]

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Garden Herb Blend- dried herbs

Garden Herb Blend, Dried Herbs

1 part parsley 1 part garlic flakes 1 part thyme 1 part granulated onion 1 part oregano A part represents anything from a teaspoon to a cup depending on how much you want to make. Blend some or all of the above herbs and store in glass containers. Substitute whatever herbs you like. Use in […]

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Simple and delicious! homegrown tomatoes, sliced slices of fresh mozzarella to alternate with tomatoes fresh basil cut with a sharp knife into ribbons extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling balsamic vinegar reduction coarse salt and pepper Alternate the tomato slices and fresh mozzarella on a serving plate. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle lightly with balsamic reduction […]

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Herb Vinegar

Herb Vinegar & Herb Vinaigrette

Herb Vinegar Another great way to preserve that herbal flavor is in vinegar. You can use my favorite, organic apple cider vinegar, or wine, champagne, or rice vinegar. To make your vinegar, stuff a glass mason jar full of fresh, clean herbs, pour vinegar over the herbs, completely covering them, and cap with a coated canning […]

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last true month of summer

The Herb Blurb – August 2021

Here we are at the last true month of summer. What summer adventures have you had so far? What new things have you experienced? Learned? Blow off that to-do list full of trivial chores, those can wait. August of 2021, as stressful as it might sometimes feel, will never be back. Fill it with more […]

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Terrific Tomatoes

Gazpacho – Terrific Tomatoes

Tomatoes were not widely eaten in the US until the late 1800s. Belonging to the nightshade family they were considered poisonous. Today we know that tomatoes contain Vitamin C, A, iron, and potassium along with lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps in preventing cancer. You will absorb more lycopene from cooked tomatoes than […]

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