First Signs of Spring – February 2014

Herb Blurb February 2014 February brings us the first signs of spring. Before you know it spring bulbs will be peeping out of those snow drifts. These cold winter months are an excellent time to plan your dream garden. Will you have edible flowers? Savory herbs? Designer vegetables in container gardens? Get some books out […]

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Plum Crumble

Plum Crumble Easy and delicious! 3 pounds fresh plums, pitted, quartered, about 5 cups 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour ½ cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ tsp cinnamon 1 large egg, beaten ½ cup butter, melted Combine plums and sugar, stirring well to blend. Pour into a buttered 11 1/2×7 […]

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Green Beans with Garlic and Walnuts

Green Beans with Garlic and Walnuts My favorite way to have green beans. 2 cups fresh green beans, cleaned – (stem tip snapped off) 3 garlic cloves minced ½ cup walnuts 2 tbs butter Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Steam beans until tender but still slightly firm. Drain and rinse with cold water […]

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho Full of veggies and vitamins, with a fresh from the garden flavor.  6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, if out of season use cherry for best results. 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, chopped 1 sweet red bell pepper (or green) seeded and chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1-2 tbs chopped […]

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Fresh Peach Cobbler

Fresh Peach Cobbler Very easy and quick, delicious with some vanilla ice cream. ½ cup butter 1  cup plus 1 tbs flour 1 cup sugar, divided 1 tbs baking powder 1 cup milk 4 cups fresh peach slices (use more if desired) 1 tbs lemon juice Pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg Preheat oven to […]

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Melon and Red Pepper Salsa

Melon and Red Pepper Salsa 2 cups watermelon, cut into small cubes 2 cups cantaloupe or honeydew, cut into small cubes ½ red bell pepper, cored and cut into small cubes ½ medium red onion, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, cored and finely diced ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro (optional) Zest and juice from one lime […]

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Nasturtium Lemon Butter

Nasturtium Lemon Butter 3 tbs finely sliced nasturtium flowers ½ cup butter – room temp Zest of one lemon 1 tsp. lemon juice Blend together and enjoy this colorful tasty blend anywhere you would normally use butter. Freezes well.  

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Watermelon Granita Recipe

Watermelon Granita Recipe 4 cups cubed, seedless watermelon ½ cup sugar 2 tbs lime juice Puree ingredients in a blender. Pour into a 9×13” dish and place in the freezer. Stir with a fork every 30 minutes (set the timer), until mixture is slushy, about 2-21/2 hours.

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Chicken Souvlaki withTzatziki

Chicken Souvlaki withTzatziki 2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-in. cubes 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves 4 garlic cloves (2 crushed, 2 minced) 1/2 English cucumber, coarsely shredded 14 ounces Greek yogurt 2 teaspoons rice or white wine […]

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Carrots with Lemon and Marjoram

Carrots with Lemon and Marjoram 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 pounds carrots (about 16), cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram, or 1 teaspoon dried marjoram 4 teaspoons lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste In a fry pan, heat half of the olive […]

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Recipe: Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars 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 Combine all ingredients for crust […]

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Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Jam

Fresh Strawberry Jam If you missed the Herbal Tea Party class a week or two ago, 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, cake. 1 ½ cups sugar 1 large lemon, zested and juice […]

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