Selection: Choose herbs that look fresh and clean with no discoloration or damage. The goal is to protect the natural oils that are responsible for giving herbs their flavors and aromas. Anything that prematurely crushes the herb leaves is going to reduce the oils. Storage: Wash the herbs in cool (not cold) water right before … Read more
If you haven’t started to grow basil in your garden or on your deck, what are you waiting for? Basil is an easy plant to grow, with its only major requirements being full sun and consistent water. Its delicious flavor will make it the most useful herb in your summer kitchen. Some Basics: Plant in … Read more
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup room temperature butter, salted or unsalted, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and about 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh herbs with a hand held mixer, stopping and scraping the bowl and beaters often, until well blended. Add a twist of freshly ground pepper, too.
To 1 cup of your favorite mayonnaise, add 2 teaspoons lemon juice and about 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped fresh herbs. Mix well, then cover and refrigerate at least until next day or for up to 1 month. That turkey sandwich or your favorite mayo based potato salad will never be the same! Need a … Read more
3 cups Bisquick 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 1/2 cups milk 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 egg, beaten 1/2 teaspoon dill weed 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×5 inch loaf pan. Combine Bisquick, cheese and sugar. Combine remaining ingredients and add to cheese mixture, beating … Read more
1 stick (8 Tbsp.) unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 2 large eggs 1 Tbsp. lemon zest (about 1 lemon) 4 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon thyme, chopped 2/3 cup whole milk 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar Preheat … Read more
2 cups water 2 cups sugar 2 lemons (zest) 15-20 lemon verbena leaves slightly crushed lemon verbena leaves for garnish Make the syrup by heating together water, lemon zest and sugar. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and allow to infuse until cold. Bring back to a boil and immediately add the lemon … Read more
4 sticks of butter 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 egg, beaten 2 Tablespoons milk, sour cream or orange juice 2 teaspoons vanilla 5 cups flour sifted 1 1/2 Lavender Buds, crushed Beat together butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in egg, milk and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour until well combined. Stir in crushed … Read more
1 cup raspberries 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (finely chopped) 1 cup of yogurt Dash or two of milk In a blender, combine all ingredients (raspberries, rosemary, yogurt, and milk). Turn blender on high speed and blend until mixture is smooth. Smoothie makes 1 serving. Multiply ingredients for additional servings.
2 cups hulled strawberries 1 cup milk Several basil leaves In a blender, combine all ingredients (strawberries, basil leaves, and milk). Turn blender on high speed and blend until mixture is smooth. Smoothie makes 1 serving. Multiply ingredients for additional servings.
1 banana 1/4 to 1/2 cup of mint leaves 1/2 cup of yogurt Dash or two of milk. In a blender, combine all ingredients (banana, mint leaves, yogurt, and milk). Turn blender on high speed and blend until mixture is smooth. Smoothie makes 1 serving. Multiply ingredients for additional servings.
2 garlic cloves, finely minced ¾ cup finely chopped cilantro 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice ¾ cup toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) 1 ¼ teaspoons coarse sea salt ¾ cup avocado or extra virgin olive oil In a food processor combine the garlic and cilantro. Pulse to mince and combine; stop and scrape sides. Add lime … Read more
2 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro zest of 1 lime ¼ cup fresh lime juice zest of 1 orange ¼ cup fresh orange juice 2 teaspoons apple cider or white wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon local honey ½ teaspoon fine sea salt ½ cup extra virgin olive oil In a food processor combine the cilantro, zest and … Read more
¾ lb. spinach 8 medium size tomatoes 1 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 ¼ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided use 2 Tbsp. dry breadcrumbs 1/8 tsp. nutmeg Pick through spinach leaves, discarding stems and any yellow or wilted leaves. Plunge spinach into a large quantity of cold … Read more
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 large cloves garlic, sliced as thinly as possible 2 lb. cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced In a large sauté pan, heat the oil and garlic over … Read more
4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts ¼ cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves 1 small clove garlic Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Put the basil, pine nuts, parsley, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a food processor. … Read more
3 Tbsp. butter 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1 large carrot, shredded 4 to 5 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped (about 4 cups) ½ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves ¾ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. black pepper 2 cups chicken broth Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the … Read more
2 Tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1” squares 2 medium green bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1” squares 1/3 cup dry white wine Sea salt … Read more
You can eat this bean dish cold, as a salad, or hot with pasta, polenta or rice. Don’t forget to use your fresh basil in this recipe as well. 2 red bell peppers, halved and seeded 1 Tbsp. olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups cooked or canned white beans, drained ½ cup chopped … Read more
Reprinted with permission from CAKES To Die For! by Bev Shaffer This cake has such bright flavors, and rosemary helps it cross over from a simply sweet cake to a treat that would go perfectly as a ladies’ luncheon “bread” or with barbecued ribs. Cake: 2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking … Read more
Well, okay—hate is a very strong word, so maybe love/dislike would be more appropriate. But think about it—most people either love cilantro or they don’t; there’s no grey area with this versatile herb. My mission here is to enlighten you on this wonderful herb—cilantro is the leaf, coriander is the seed. Cilantro does well in … Read more