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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Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies

¾ cup butter, softened ½ cup sugar ½ cup packed light brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 3/4 cups rolled oats 1 cup raisins 1 cup chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375 degrees In a large […]

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Cauliflower Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

Cauliflower Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

Cauliflower Salad 3 cups chopped cauliflower, (could substitute with broccoli) ½ finely diced carrot ½ cup red bell pepper, diced into small chunks ¼ cup sliced basil Lightly toss above ingredients, add dressing, and enjoy. Dressing: 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 2 teaspoons honey or agave 1 teaspoon […]

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Garlic-Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Walnuts

Garlic-Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Walnuts

1 lb. fresh green beans trimmed 4 shallots peeled and cut into thin slices 6 cloves garlic minced olive oil salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup parsley chopped 1/4 cup crushed walnuts. 1 teaspoon lemon zest Preheat oven to 425 F. Toss first five ingredients in a bowl and put them in a single […]

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New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp

1-pound raw shrimp, tails on ¼ cup Worcester sauce 2 tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tsp Cajun Seasoning 1 tsp minced garlic 1 stick butter cubed French bread to accompany Combine shrimp, Worcester, lemon, seasoning, and garlic and cook in a skillet over medium heat just until shrimp turn pink, reduce heat and a […]

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Citrus Rosemary Thyme Olives

Citrus Rosemary Thyme Olives

  4 cups mixed olives of your choice 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary removed from stem and chopped, can substitute with dried 2 tablespoons lemon juice Zest of 1/2 lemon 3 cloves garlic minced fine 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground pepper, to taste Combine […]

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Basic Pimiento Cheese Recipe

Basic Pimiento Cheese Recipe

Basic Pimiento Cheese Recipe 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise 1 4-oz. jar diced pimiento, drained 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1- 2 teaspoons finely diced onion or shallot 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper 1 8-oz. block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded 1 8-oz. block cream cheese, shredded Mash together ingredients in a bowl. Serve with crackers or […]

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Herb Blurb November 2018

Thanksgiving reminds us of the ancient harvest celebration. What do you have to be grateful for? Studies have shown that giving thanks is healthy for our brains, attitude and general life experience. Consider taking a moment at the end of each day and listing the things you are grateful for. It will provide better sleep, […]

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Toasted Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin 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 dish towel. Put into a bowl and add olive or avocado oil to […]

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Chicken with Wine and Mushrooms

Chicken with Wine and Mushrooms

8 rinsed and patted dry chicken thighs and legs (my favorite) or 4 breasts Flour for dredging and thickening 1 medium onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, sliced and diced 4-6 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup sliced mushrooms, (I like shiitakes for their immune-bolstering effects and hearty flavor) Cooking oil 1 cup wine – your […]

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