Summer is finally here

The Herb Blurb – June 2021

Summer is finally here and with Covid receding and things reopening there is a lot of hope on the horizon. Get out and enjoy the resurgence of outdoor concerts and festivals, farmers markets, public gardens, and premium hiking conditions. I love https://www.alltrails.com, where I can find trails listed all over the country. There is a fee […]

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Yarrow- Achillea

Yarrow- Achillea

Herb of the Month – Yarrow- Achillea For a durable garden plant that will bloom enthusiastically in full sun, poor soil, and limited water, yarrow is hard to beat. It has ferny leaves and blooms in pink, red, yellow, and the wild form, white. Perhaps its only negative is its invasive tendencies. Put it in […]

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Chicken Cherry Salad in Lettuce Wrap

Chicken Cherry Salad in Lettuce Wrap

Chicken Cherry Salad in Lettuce Wrap – serves 4-6 1 ½ cups cooked chicken, cut into cubes (I like leftover rotisserie chicken) 1 cup pitted cherries, cut into smaller pieces ¼ cup red onion, sliced thin 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery, about 1 ½ stalks 1/2 cup shredded carrot Salt and pepper to taste ½ […]

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Rhubarb Shrub Concentrate

Makes approximately 1 cup Shrubs are coming back to popularity. They were the original pioneer Gatorade. Usually made with equal parts sugar, vinegar, and fruit they are a great summer refresher and a great way to use up slightly overripe fruit. The apple cider vinegar helps to preserve the concentrate for about a month. 1 […]

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Spring Snow Pea and Radish Salad

Spring Snow Pea and Radish Salad

Serves 2, to serve more just multiply amounts ½ cup thinly sliced radish, about 3-4 medium, using a mandolin makes it easy 1/4 cup julienned peppers, I like mini sweet peppers with a variety of colors 1 cup snow peas, sliced cross-wise after removing hard outer string ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion ½ cup […]

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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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