Chocolate Dipped, Candied Orange Peel or Ginger

These are easy but look very gourmet and make great gifts or after-dinner treats. Orange peel from 3-4 oranges ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate baking chips or bars Cut the oranges into quarters. Separate the peel from the pulp. Use the pulp for juice or eating. With a spoon scrape off most of the inner white […]

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The Herb Blurb – November 2020

Yep, the world is a strange place right now. We’ll eventually get through this and looking back may see that this time of upheaval was a necessary evil. I’m leaving for my first real trip of the year, hitting the highway, so this is coming out a bit early. With all the chaos and vitriol […]

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Chamomile

Chamomile is an often-overlooked little herb that has been used for centuries for a variety of maladies. There are two common varieties; German Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flowers are the part used. Usually, we think of chamomile as a tea for digestion and it works quite well for this but there […]

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Winter Squash

Feel like you need to get out the hatchet to prepare those hard winter squashes for cooking? Place the whole squash on a greased tray, make shallow cuts in the surface, and roast in the oven at 350 until it gives when you press on it. Remove, let it cool slightly, cut it in half […]

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Coconut Fish Soup

Sounds weird but actually quite tasty. You could sub in leftover chicken if you’re not a fish fan. Cooking oil ½ cup chopped leek, shallot, or onion ¼ cup chopped orange, red, yellow or green bell pepper 2 cups kale, stems removed and chopped, leaves chopped separately 3 cloves garlic minced 1 tsp. cayenne or […]

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The Herb Blurb – October 2020

Here we are in October of 2020, the weirdest October ever. With the pandemic, stolen election fears, crazy weather, and a general feeling of anxiety pervading the air what have what is there to enjoy? Gorgeous fall colors, harvest bounty, corn mazes, and the crisp cool air of autumn, that’s what. With cooler temps that […]

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Toasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

Don’t toss those pumpkin or squash seeds. Toast them for a tasty treat, or add to soups and salads. Great for fiber, prostate health, and parasites. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Take rinsed pumpkin or squash seeds and blot dry with a dishtowel. Put into a bowl and add olive or avocado oil to coat. […]

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Apple Chutney

3 large tart cooking apples (such as green Granny Smith) peeled, cored, and chopped 1 small red or green bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tbs grated orange peel 1 tbs grated fresh ginger 1/2 tsp ground allspice Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan […]

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Apple Oatmeal Crisp

1 cup brown sugar 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup flour 1/2 cup melted butter 3 cups peeled, cored, and sliced apples 2 tsp cinnamon Dash of nutmeg, coriander, and/or cloves (optional) Grease an 8 “pan. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, oats, flour, spices, and butter. Mix until crumbly. Mix apples with remaining ½ cup […]

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Best Ever Granola

1/3 cup honey or agave nectar (or to taste) 1/3 cup brown sugar “ 1 ½ tsp vanilla 2 cups oats 1 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup slivered almonds 1 cup coconut 1 cup walnuts In saucepan cook honey, brown sugar, and vanilla over low heat until melted. Combine with dry, mixed ingredients and bake […]

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Oatmeal Bath

1/2 cup oatmeal Clean cotton sock Calendula petals, lavender buds, or rose petals (optional) Mix oatmeal with herbs and put it into a clean cotton sock. Insert sock over the bath faucet and secure it in place with a heavy-duty rubber band. The kind that comes wrapped around your broccoli spears. Start running water slowly […]

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Oats

Okay, really a grain but herbalists love it! In crazy, stressful times I turn to oats for solace. Oats are nourishing, calming, and fortifying. They contain iron, vitamin B complex, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A and C. High in fiber and protein, a steaming bowl of steel-cut oats makes the perfect warming breakfast. Oats […]

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