Cooking with Fresh Herbs

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 Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Basil Basics

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 Basil Basics

Whipped Herb Butter

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.

Fresh Herb Mayonnaise

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 Fresh Herb Mayonnaise

Dilly Cheese Bread

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 Dilly Cheese Bread

Lemon Thyme Bread with Lemon Glaze

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 Lemon Thyme Bread with Lemon Glaze

Old-fashioned Lemon Verbena Lemonade Syrup

  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 Old-fashioned Lemon Verbena Lemonade Syrup

Lavender Butter Cookies

  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 Lavender Butter Cookies

Raspberry Rosemary Smoothie

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.

Strawberry Basil Smoothie

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.

Banana Mint Smoothie

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.

Cilantro Pesto

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 Cilantro Pesto

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