The Herb Blurb July 2019

Summer is (finally) here with fresh produce, festivals, and fun. Don’t let it slip away. Cross out some time now for free concerts, picnics, hiking, camping, swimming, hammock naps, and all the myriad opportunities this season offers. It’s up to you to make the most of it. Upcoming Classes I will be teaching several classes […]

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The Herbalist’s Happy Hour. Crafted Cocktails and Small Plates from the Garden

Garden to Glass, Summer Drink and Tapas Workshop

Learn how to make the most of your summertime libations. Participants learn to make refreshing aqua frescas, extraordinary elixirs, digestive bitters, and sensational syrups made from fruits and herbs from the garden and summer markets. Become your own mixologist and dazzle your family and guests with custom crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Create delicious […]

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Herb of the Month – Basil – Ocimum sp.

The Cooks Herb Garden, Workshop and Dinner

Discover the numerous health and taste benefits of your own herb garden. We’ll cover growing, harvesting and culinary uses of 7 of the most popular culinary herbs including marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil and more.We’ll make an all purpose garden seasoning blend and have a delicious herbal meal. Take home an herb blend and an extensive […]

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Herbal Home and Garden Workshop/Luncheon

Learn how to create a garden full of plants that can be used in the kitchen, medicine cabinet, spa, and cleaning cupboard. Discover herbs for culinary teas and seasoning blends, spa body and bath care, first aid, and toxin free green cleaning. Enjoy a delicious herbal lunch featuring Roasted Tomato Gazpacho with Parmesan Crisps; Herbed […]

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Violets – Viola sp.

Violets, Viola sp.

Violets are some of the first flowers of spring and are both edible and medicinal along with being quite lovely with a delightful fragrance. There are many varieties, from pansies to perennial violets to the wild violets that like to infiltrate lawns and moist cool spaces. They will grow in sun to medium shade and […]

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Strawberry/Rhubarb Crunch – serves 6-8

Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

  Filling 2/3 cup sugar 3 tbs. flour 1 lb. strawberries, sliced 3 cups diced rhubarb 1 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice Topping ¾ cup flour ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup brown sugar 1 stick butter 1 tsp. cinnamon Preheat oven to 375. Mix filling ingredients in a bowl and place the mixture in […]

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Pasta with Wild Greens - serves 4

Pasta with Wild Greens

4 cups cooked drained pasta of your choice 2 tbs. olive oil 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced 4 shallots or green onions, minced 3 cups young wild greens, lambs quarters, young dandelion leaves, chickweed and/or spinach and kale. ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil; you could also use cherry tomatoes 1/3 cup toasted walnuts […]

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Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts –serves 4-6

Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts

1 lb. prepared snap peas, To prepare, remove and discard the stem end and string from each sugar snap pod 1/3 cup basil or pesto of choice (recipe follows) ¼ cup pine nuts 3-4 strips of cooked bacon (optional) Steam snap peas in a pot with a steamer insert for about 5 minutes. They should […]

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Arugula Strawberry Radish and Goat Cheese Salad

Spring Salad with Arugula, Strawberry, Radish, and Goat Cheese

2 cups arugula 8-10 fresh, organic strawberries, lightly rinsed right before serving, sliced 2-3 radishes, cut into strips 2 tbs of crumbled goat cheese, you can also use blue or Roquefort, Parmesan or Asiago. 2 tbs of lightly toasted pine nuts (optional) Balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows) Lightly dress the arugula with the balsamic vinaigrette. Store […]

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Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes can be intimidating for the beginning cook but they are truly easy and quite delicious! If these directions don’t do it for you check out youtube for a tutorial. 2 artichokes butter lemon With a sharp, serrated kitchen knife, cut off about one inch from the top of the artichoke, removing the sharp tips. […]

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Herb of the Month – Dandelion, Taraxacum Officinale

Dandelion, Taraxacum Officinale

April is the month for dandelions. They are plentiful and at their peak flavor right now. Dandelions are 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 you can find them here […]

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colorado spring

The Herb Blurb April & May 2019

Spring at last! Time to clean out and prepare your garden beds. Pack away your long johns and dig out those spring pastels. Motivated to do some spring cleaning? Check out the recipe for a DIY natural cleanser below. Feast on asparagus, artichokes, radishes, berries, dandelion, and chickweed. Not sure about those last two? Expand […]

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