feb-2019

The Herb Blurb February 2019

February brings us the first signs of spring. Soon those spring bulbs will be peeping out of the snowdrifts. Tulips, hyacinths, and primrose are starting to appear in garden centers and grocers and longer, warmer days are interspersed with snowstorms. Enjoy skiing, sledding, skating, and all that frosty beauty before it melts away. Plan an […]

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Pomegranate Salad with Radish, Peppers, Avocado, and Blue Cheese

Pomegranate Salad

with Radish, Peppers, Avocado, and Blue Cheese One of my favorite winter salads. 1 cup shelled pomegranate seeds 4 cups arugula or spring greens 4 radishes sliced thin 4 baby bell peppers sliced thin 1 avocado, pitted and cut into slices ½ cup crumbled blue or goat cheese Pepitas for garnish (optional) Balsamic dressing Dress […]

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

An easy, tasty and healthy soup for that winter chill. 2 large yellow onions, sliced thin and rings separated 1 tbs. olive oil 1 tbs. butter 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce 1-quart organic chicken, beef or vegetable broth (beef is traditional) 2/3 cup grated Gruyere cheese 4 slices of French […]

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Ginger Lemon Tea

Ginger Lemon Tea

– makes a little more than 4 cups Delicious and soothing to upset tummies or just to warm you up. 2 tbs. fresh squeezed lemon juice ½ cup of fresh ginger root 4 cups water Honey or agave to sweeten Prepare ginger by thinly slicing root and then chopping into small chunks. No need to […]

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Herb Blurb January 2019

Happy New Year to you and yours! What will you create and experience in 2019? Ready for resolutions? My current favorite program for doing this is mind reset, https://melrobbins.com/mindsetreset/ with Mel Robbins, a motivational speaker. Short and sweet but helps you to figure out where you’ve been and where you want to go. Two resolutions […]

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The Holidays are Killing Me Face Mask

This Face Mask is a quick skin soother, great for winter dryness. Tastes good too! Take a few minutes to escape from the holiday demands to refuel and relax. Put a slice of cool cucumber or a chilled, used teabag over each eye while your mask tones and soothes. Spoonful of plain organic yogurt Spoonful […]

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parmesan-crisps

Parmesan Crisps

So dang easy to make and a great accompaniment to soups, salads or anything you want to fancy up. Also nice as a gift for your favorite foodie. 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour a heaping tablespoon of Parmesan onto a silicone or parchment paper lined baking sheet and […]

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Olive Pistachio Tapenade

This is nice added as a topping to crackers and cheese, on pizza and flatbread, or added to soups, pasta or sandwiches. It has an intense flavor so use lightly. ¾ cup rinsed, pitted olives, I like Kalamata but use what you like 1 cup packed baby arugula 3/4 cup roasted, shelled pistachios 3 tbs […]

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Chocolate Dipped, Candied Orange Peel

These are super easy but look very gourmet and make great gifts or after dinner treats. Orange peel from 3 -4 organic oranges 1 cup sugar. divided ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate melting chips or shaved baking bar Cut the oranges into quarters. Separate the peel from the pulp. Use the pulp for juice or eating. […]

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Beauty of Pressed Flowers

Gifts from the Herb Garden

Spend a fun morning crafting enchanting gifts to delight friends and family. Make and take home chocolate delights including delicious chocolate nut clusters and irresistible chocolate dipped candied ginger and orange peel. Learn how to make spicy/sweet cocktail nuts, a soothing lavender lip balm, a pressed-flower glass candle holder and pot up some narcissus for […]

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Herb Blurb December 2018

What are your holiday traditions? I love the holiday season for all the long-treasured activities. The sumptuous array at the Christmas Eve appetizer party,  the Nutcracker Ballet, the zoo and botanic garden light displays, and the lighting of the Yule log. Count your blessings, not your deficits, get out there and celebrate! Holiday Gifting, So Overrated Instead of […]

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Scrumptious Holiday Appetizers, Cooking Class and Dinner

Take the stress out of the holidays and add some pizzazz to your entertaining with these easy, elegant offerings. We will make Baby Crab Cakes with Chive Aioli, Roasted Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, smoky Baba Ganoush, creamy Queso Fundido with Chorizo, Lemon Rosemary Olives and savory Veggie Flatbread. Recipes and generous tastings provided. Be the hit […]

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