Copyright (c) 2017 VegetableGardener.com en-us Vegetable Gardener - Cookinwithherbs' posts Vegetable Gardener - Cookinwithherbs' posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/profile/cookinwithherbs Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:53:08 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Cookinwithherbs' posts Vegetable Gardener - Cookinwithherbs' posts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.vegetablegardener.com/profile/cookinwithherbs <![CDATA[Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:34:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128412/use-the-last-of-your-tomato-harvest-to-make-tomato-bisque-with-curry-and-coconut-milk http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128412/use-the-last-of-your-tomato-harvest-to-make-tomato-bisque-with-curry-and-coconut-milk Use the last of your tomato harvest to make: Tomato Bisque with Curry and Coconut Milk Posted by cookinwithherbs
During our recent celebration of the Herb Harvest fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center, we had a Caribbean-influenced menu. The following soup recipe was one of the favorite menu items--and it it season appropriate--just in time to make a delicious hearty soup and use up the last of the garden harvest of summer tomatoes. Make this soup soon--you will be glad that you did! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128412/use-the-last-of-your-tomato-harvest-to-make-tomato-bisque-with-curry-and-coconut-milk
<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:40:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico Herb Harvest Fall Festival Celebrates Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year at the Ozark Folk Center's HHFF, we celebrate different regions of the globe and see how they relate back to the Ozarks. This year we celebrated some of the tropical areas and had a Caribbean-Style Lavish Herbal Feast and two days of inspiring educational programs featuring Mexico, the countries on the Isthmus of Central America and the many islands in the Caribbean. Read about all of the fun that we had. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128387/herb-harvest-fall-festival-celebrates-central-america-the-caribbean-basin-and-mexico
<![CDATA[Hop Happy]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 22:58:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128363/hop-happy http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128363/hop-happy Hop Happy Posted by cookinwithherbs
We had a pre- and post-conference tour for the IHA conference and both were fun and action-packed. However the post conference tour to visit hop farms and breweries was a daylong sensory experience that I won't forget. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:29:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek , Michigan Posted by cookinwithherbs
On a recent road trip to Michigan, we happened upon the Leila Arboretum--and what a find! If you are in the neighborhood--go check it out! Wonderful gardens and a great place for kids; this is one not to miss. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128330/leila-arboretum-in-battle-creek-michigan
<![CDATA[Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:56:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128313/is-it-welsh-rabbit-or-rarebit http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128313/is-it-welsh-rabbit-or-rarebit Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit? Posted by cookinwithherbs
Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along with a dead ripe summer tomato. This is a quick and easy dish to make when you don't know what to have for lunch or supper and you don't feel like another sandwich. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128313/is-it-welsh-rabbit-or-rarebit
<![CDATA[International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:51:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018 International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week the IHA held their conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station, which is a great place to hold a conference and be in nature at the same time. There's walking trails along Gull Lake, an amazing number of beautiful old trees, a bird sanctuary, the Manor House and more. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128290/international-herb-association-conference-in-michigan-featuring-hops-herb-of-the-year-2018
<![CDATA[Chile Pepper Season: Here's a Trio to Try]]> Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:55:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128274/chile-pepper-season-heres-a-trio-to-try http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128274/chile-pepper-season-heres-a-trio-to-try Chile Pepper Season: Here's a Trio to Try Posted by cookinwithherbs
Being a confessed chilehead, I have grown many varieties for over 40 years. Here are a few that might be new to you, that I think are worthwhile growing. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128274/chile-pepper-season-heres-a-trio-to-try
<![CDATA[Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:41:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128260/tomatoes-with-seasonal-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128260/tomatoes-with-seasonal-herbs Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although the most popular herb to pair with tomatoes is basil, no contender, many other seasonal herbs combine well with these beloved juicy fruits. Besides other herb ideas, here is a tasty recipe for tomatoes with arugula and garlic chives. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128260/tomatoes-with-seasonal-herbs
<![CDATA[More Tomatoes!]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:10:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128234/more-tomatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128234/more-tomatoes More Tomatoes! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The tomatoes are peaking here in my Maryland zone 7 garden. A bit of cooler temps slowed them down a bit... however we are picking and eating them everyday--and sharing them. I know there are infinite ways of eating tomatoes. Besides just sliced with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, here are a few ways that I am enjoying these mouthwatering fruits. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128234/more-tomatoes
<![CDATA[Tomato Time!]]> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:47:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128224/tomato-time http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128224/tomato-time Tomato Time! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well it is that time of year again... the tomatoes have started coming in so that I feel abundantly blessed. By next week, I might feel tomato deluge. I love a dead-ripe, juicy homegrown tomato--there is nothing like it--here's a few ways that I am eating them without having to cook much. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128224/tomato-time
<![CDATA[Summer Heights]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:34:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128203/summer-heights http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128203/summer-heights Summer Heights Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is near about peaking. Plants are reaching for the sun and growing fast in this heat, so there are many tall annuals and perennials in the garden. Pictured are a few that stand out. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:46:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many garden plants are already setting seed, which come in infinite shapes, sizes and textures. Want to know when to harvest? What to leave and for how long? What to remove right away? Though there are many books written on the subject of seed saving, here are some seeds, as well as a few berries and flowers you might be seeing now in your garden that are ready to gather--or just admire. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128186/garden-seeds-fruits-and-flowers-to-watch-for-now
<![CDATA[You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:10:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
I'm still here in the Ozarks after teaching summer folk school classes last week. This gardening season, the gardeners planted lots of plants here with the upcoming Herb Harvest Fall Festival in mind. This year the featured countries are Central America, the Caribbean basin and Mexico, so plants from those regions are growing here. Those regions of the world are hot and tropical and those plants seem to be doing well here in the Ozarks where the hot temperatures have been extreme. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128167/you-can-grow-a-lot-of-hot-weather-plants-down-here-in-the-ozarks
<![CDATA[Botanical Waters (Aguas Frescas): Celebrate the Season with Flavorful Healthy Beverages]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 22:05:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages Botanical Waters (Aguas Frescas): Celebrate the Season with Flavorful Healthy Beverages Posted by cookinwithherbs
We are having hot weather, which means we should be hydrating a lot. I'm harvesting the mints and monardas and lemon balm and these herbs are wonderfully refreshing when infused in water. Add a little fresh seasonal fruit--and you have a fiesta in a glass--full of vitamins and minerals and delicious! I call these herb-and-fruit-infusions botanical waters or flavored waters. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128127/botanical-waters-aguas-frescas-celebrate-the-season-with-flavorful-healthy-beverages
<![CDATA[Summer Solstice in the Garden]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:47:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128100/summer-solstice-in-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128100/summer-solstice-in-the-garden Summer Solstice in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the longest day of the year--15 hours and 18 minutes to be exact. It is the official beginning of summer on the calendar, however, many of our gardens have already begun to produce summer bounty. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Visit Your Local Botanic Garden]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:59:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128067/visit-your-local-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128067/visit-your-local-botanic-garden Visit Your Local Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend was the You Can Grow It! Festival at the U.S. Botanic Garden. There was a good turnout and visitors got to pot up an herb plant and a carnivorous plant, view a beehive and taste honey, observe insect activity in the Butterfly Garden, smell the roses in the Rose Garden, enjoy the native blooms in the Regional Garden and then cool of in the Conservatory while enjoying the many plant collections from tropicals and medicinals to rare & endangered. There is always something going on at your local Botanic Garden or Arboretum--and an everchanging seasonal landscape--so find one near you and go visit! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Harvest Nettle Seeds to Make a Tasty Condiment: Gomasio with Nettle Seeds & Sea Vegetables]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:30:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128038/harvest-nettle-seeds-to-make-a-tasty-condiment-gomasio-with-nettle-seeds-sea-vegetables http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128038/harvest-nettle-seeds-to-make-a-tasty-condiment-gomasio-with-nettle-seeds-sea-vegetables Harvest Nettle Seeds to Make a Tasty Condiment: Gomasio with Nettle Seeds & Sea Vegetables Posted by cookinwithherbs
With the onset of warm weather, I allow the nettle patch to flower and make seed. Since the seeds are edible, I like to harvest and dry them, which is a bit labor intensive, however well worth the effort. The way that I like to use them best is to combine them with sesame seeds and sea salt and sometimes, seaweed, to make an incredibly tasty and nutritive version of gomasio. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128038/harvest-nettle-seeds-to-make-a-tasty-condiment-gomasio-with-nettle-seeds-sea-vegetables
<![CDATA[Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall]]> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:47:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once nettles flower and set seed, most sources say they are too bitter to eat and that the leaves become stringy and gritty with calcium oxalate. Right now I am after the seeds so I can make gomasio and also I want to cut them back so that I will have a fall crop. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128018/nettles-last-harvest-until-fall
<![CDATA[Growing Tomatoes and Peppers in the Garden using Black Plastic Mulch ]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:20:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128001/growing-tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-garden-using-black-plastic-mulch http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128001/growing-tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-garden-using-black-plastic-mulch Growing Tomatoes and Peppers in the Garden using Black Plastic Mulch Posted by cookinwithherbs
Oh boy did I open a can of worms when I started to do research on the pros and cons of using black plastic mulch! Yes, it does warm the soil, extend crops growing time, hold moisture in the soil and keep down a plethora of weeds. No, black plastic is not organic. Most black plastic eventually goes into the landfill in a season or two—unless you use one of the newer biodegradable or photo-degradable black plastic mulches. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/128001/growing-tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-garden-using-black-plastic-mulch
<![CDATA[Herbs Rock in Little Rock!]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 21:10:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127978/herbs-rock-in-little-rock http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127978/herbs-rock-in-little-rock Herbs Rock in Little Rock! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The first weekend in May, the Herb Society of America held their annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The theme was "Herbs Rock in Little Rock!" and indeed they do. The Little Rock and Ozark Units and the planning committee did a great job from herbal wreaths, homemade vinegars and shrubs as centerpieces to setting up a fun vendor space featuring all things herbal, a great lineup of speakers, dinner at the governor's mansion and three field trips. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127978/herbs-rock-in-little-rock
<![CDATA[Basic Vinaigrette & Variations]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 15:58:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations Basic Vinaigrette & Variations Posted by cookinwithherbs
Vinaigrettes are so easy to make and are far better than store-bought bottled dressings. This is my "little black dress" dressing--my family's favorite--simple and tasteful. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127975/basic-vinaigrette-variations
<![CDATA[Salad Days]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:48:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127957/salad-days http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127957/salad-days Salad Days Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is one of my favorite seasons--not just for the abounding, burgeoning green--the gustatory delights are bountiful too! There is nothing like a variety of fresh grown greens, just harvested, washed quickly and served immediately, dressed very simply. Right now, the palate is assuaged with all of the tastes since salad greens run the gamut from sweet to sour and bitter and are full of mineral salts. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127957/salad-days
<![CDATA[Nettles Make Beautiful Soup!]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:00:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127928/nettles-make-beautiful-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127928/nettles-make-beautiful-soup Nettles Make Beautiful Soup! Posted by cookinwithherbs
There are so many wonderful things about spring--and it delights me to have fresh, mineral-rich and vitamin-laden green herbs pop up for us to bring into the kitchen and make those seasonal dishes that we can't have the rest of the year. Nettles are a favorite of mine, and while I quite savor a nettle spanakopita and a salsa verde made with nettle, chickweed, dandelion, and sorrel or oxalis--nettle soup is a great comfort food besides being a spring tonic. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127928/nettles-make-beautiful-soup
<![CDATA[Cilantro Recipe: Mango Habanero Salsa with Cilantro]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:32:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127924/cilantro-recipe-mango-habanero-salsa-with-cilantro http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127924/cilantro-recipe-mango-habanero-salsa-with-cilantro Cilantro Recipe: Mango Habanero Salsa with Cilantro Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my blog on Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017, I promised to post a recipe. Here is a bright and flavorful salsa that is great with chips, on a taco salad or quesadilla, and with anything from the grill! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127924/cilantro-recipe-mango-habanero-salsa-with-cilantro
<![CDATA[Seasonal Foods for Spring: Strawberries & Rhubarb]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:43:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb Seasonal Foods for Spring: Strawberries & Rhubarb Posted by cookinwithherbs
Besides the stirring of life in the garden, the welcome appearance of the harbingers of spring, other signs of the season are produce like fresh salad greens both cultivated and wild, leeks and spring onions, morels, asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127900/seasonal-foods-for-spring-strawberries-rhubarb
<![CDATA[Just Released: Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:26:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 Just Released: Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year the International Herb Association chooses an herb of the year to feature, as well as publishes a book on the selected herb so we can all get to know the particular herb up close and personal. This year we celebrate cilantro & coriander (one is the herb leaf and the other is the herb seed--both from the same plant--so we get two for one this year!) ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127886/just-released-cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017
<![CDATA[Memphis Botanic Garden]]> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:56:03 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127847/memphis-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127847/memphis-botanic-garden Memphis Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
On the road in the southern U.S.--just visited the Memphis Botanic Garden--the herb garden there is popping springtime. See what is showing out there. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127847/memphis-botanic-garden
<![CDATA[Strawberry Shrub]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:17:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub Strawberry Shrub Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my travels down South lately, I've been doing programs on capturing the essence of herbs. One easy, seasonal recipe that I have been preparing with an enthusiastic response is strawberry shrub with lemon balm. It is simple, mouthwatering and a perfect blend of seasonal flavors. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127804/strawberry-shrub
<![CDATA[Pansies]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:45:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127781/pansies http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127781/pansies Pansies Posted by cookinwithherbs
These happy little faces are harbingers of spring and this year the National Gardening Bureau has announced that 2017 is the Year of the Pansy. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sure Signs of Spring]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:16:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127742/sure-signs-of-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127742/sure-signs-of-spring Sure Signs of Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is in the air… although Mother Nature has certainly been teasing us! In my Maryland zone 7 garden, we had a fairly mild winter with much less precipitation than we have had in many years... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Great Gardens in California]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:40:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127719/great-gardens-in-california http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127719/great-gardens-in-california Great Gardens in California Posted by cookinwithherbs
California has many micro-climates and is able to grow many rare plants from around the world. Two incredible gardens not to miss are the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. While SFBG is a unique area within the Golden Gate Park with world-renowned gardens, UCSCA is spread out on 135 acres overlooking the Monterey Bay. Here are just a few photos of some striking and/or rare botanicals found in these gardens. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127719/great-gardens-in-california
<![CDATA[California Farmers' Markets]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:17:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127689/california-farmers-markets http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127689/california-farmers-markets California Farmers' Markets Posted by cookinwithherbs
In Maryland, my local farmers' markets close up for the winter season. In warmer climes like California and the southern states, markets go on year round. For we gardeners who are awaiting the growing season with baited breath--here are some mouthwatering shots of produce taken at the Santa Cruz farmers' market. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127689/california-farmers-markets
<![CDATA[Coastal California]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:27:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127663/coastal-california http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127663/coastal-california Coastal California Posted by cookinwithherbs
On my recent visit to California, I hiked in the majestic redwood forest, walked on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, and visited gardens from the San Francisco Botanic Garden to the arboretum at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Come take a little trip with me... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127663/coastal-california
<![CDATA[ Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:02:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update  Favorite Gardening Tool: Hori Hori Update Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've had my hori hori (Japanese weeding knife) for more than 25 years. It is the tool that I use most often in the garden other than my Felcos. I have bought many of these useful tools for gifts. This past summer I went online to order one for a gift and found a new and improved model... read all about it... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127641/favorite-gardening-tool-hori-hori-update
<![CDATA[Cilantro & Citrus--Great Salad Combo!]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:58:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127628/cilantro-citrus-great-salad-combo http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127628/cilantro-citrus-great-salad-combo Cilantro & Citrus--Great Salad Combo! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is January and here in my zone 7 garden, my fall-sown coriander seed is still producing cilantro leaves. While they are not huge and hearty as they are in spring and fall--I am still gathering fresh leaves to brighten winter salads. Here is one of my favorite salad recipes. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127628/cilantro-citrus-great-salad-combo
<![CDATA[Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:19:46 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127623/cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127623/cilantro-coriander-herb-of-the-year-2017 Cilantro & Coriander, Herb of the Year 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year we celebrate Cilantro & Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) as Herb of the Year 2017. The leaf of the coriander plant is known as cilantro throughout much of the western world. It is often called coriander leaf and Chinese parsley in other parts of the globe. The seed is known as coriander and has been used as a spice--from as far back as the ancient Egyptians and was mentioned in the Bible. It's time to order your seed to have it in time for early spring planting! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Seed Catalogs for 2017]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:52:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127610/seed-catalogs-for-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127610/seed-catalogs-for-2017 Seed Catalogs for 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
My first seed catalog for 2017 arrived before Christmas. I enjoy sitting by the woodstove with the catalogs and perusing the photos and descriptions of mouthwatering herbs, vegetables and fruits, dreaming of this year's garden-to-be. Admittedly, I have been receiving fewer catalogs every year since I tend not to order from many of them--and I am sure seed companies need to save the expense of printing and shipping color catalogs to folks who don't place orders. Here are a few that I will be ordering from soon--as well as a few that I order from online. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herbal Products for 2017]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:47:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127594/herbal-products-for-2017 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127594/herbal-products-for-2017 Herbal Products for 2017 Posted by cookinwithherbs
I had planned on doing a blog about favorite herbal products for holiday gifts, however this is an even better time to post some of these amazing creations--for the new year--and to help get us through the cold and dark days ahead. I want to extol the virtues of some herbal businesses that I know and use on a regular basis from growers, purveyors, bloggers and creators of delicious and delightful herbal products. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Holiday Display at the United States Botanic Garden]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 02:53:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127563/holiday-display-at-the-united-states-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127563/holiday-display-at-the-united-states-botanic-garden Holiday Display at the United States Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year, I try to visit the USBG for each season, however the winter holiday display is one of the best--and this year it celebrates National Parks and Historic Places. The plant-based sculptures are absolutely incredible--a must see if you live in the area--or take a little tour right here. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Crystallofolia: Frost Flowers]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:57:24 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127538/crystallofolia-frost-flowers http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127538/crystallofolia-frost-flowers Crystallofolia: Frost Flowers Posted by cookinwithherbs
Though cold, visiting here in the Ozarks in the cold winter has its perks. Besides the cold fresh air and sunshine, the beauty of the mountain landscape is always breathtaking, however this time of year, Ozarkians are celebrating the natural phenomena of frost flowers. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Three Books to Give as Presents for Gardeners and Herbalists]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:07:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127528/three-books-to-give-as-presents-for-gardeners-and-herbalists http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127528/three-books-to-give-as-presents-for-gardeners-and-herbalists Three Books to Give as Presents for Gardeners and Herbalists Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well it is December already and the holidays are fast approaching. Here are a few ideas for books that you might not have come across or thought about that just about any herbie/gardener would appreciate... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:36:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127494/cucurbitas-winter-squash-and-pumpkins http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127494/cucurbitas-winter-squash-and-pumpkins Cucurbitas: Winter Squash and Pumpkins Posted by cookinwithherbs
One of the best things about fall and winter seasons is that we get to eat seasonal foods--root vegetables, winter squash and pumpkins, brassicas, cool-weather greens, apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, all sorts of nuts and more. Most of these foods store well, so we are able to enjoy them during the cold weather. I especially like winter squash and pumpkin; their bright orange and yellow flesh brightens our meals and nourishes us. Here are a few that I have grown, or are easy to get at your farmers' markets, local farm stands, organic markets and even the grocery store. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sweet Potatoes and Apples]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:45:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127470/sweet-potatoes-and-apples http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127470/sweet-potatoes-and-apples Sweet Potatoes and Apples Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year that we want to eat warming comfort foods. I try to use vegetables, fruits and nuts that are in season. This recipe features two of my favorites--sweet potatoes and apples--in a simple yet scrumptious dish. It is easily prepared in a crockpot, although it can be made in a dutch oven or covered casserole in the oven. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/127470/sweet-potatoes-and-apples
<![CDATA[Have you planted your garlic yet?]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:56:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/122135/have-you-planted-your-garlic-yet http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/122135/have-you-planted-your-garlic-yet Have you planted your garlic yet? Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again... as the leaves begin to fall, it is time to think about getting your garlic bed ready to plant. It is so worthwhile to grow your own because there is such a vast array of types to choose from, which you just cannot get at the grocery store. I personally prefer hardnecks over softnecks, although I always grow some of each for their flavor and for storage. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Burren Perfumery Garden]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:20:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/109049/the-burren-perfumery-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/109049/the-burren-perfumery-garden The Burren Perfumery Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here's one last garden for you to see from my recent trip to Ireland, the Burren Perfumery. It is a unique and lovely place to visit with its shop full of fragrant botanical products, informational video of the burren and its plants, soap room, distillery, cafe and herb gardens. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Quinoa ]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:22:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64909/quinoa http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64909/quinoa Quinoa Posted by cookinwithherbs
Quinoa is another food indigenous to South America domesticated as a food crop 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. We are seeing more and more recipes using this crunchy, nutritive grain. This tasty salad is easy and quick to prepare. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:29:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64889/herb-harvest-fall-festival-featuring-plants-of-south-america http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64889/herb-harvest-fall-festival-featuring-plants-of-south-america Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring Plants of South America Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, we celebrated the 27th annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring the foods of South America at the Ozark Folk Center. Learn about some of the foods indigenous to this continent--you might be surprised! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herbal Harvest: Basil and More...]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:42:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64756/herbal-harvest-basil-and-more http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64756/herbal-harvest-basil-and-more Herbal Harvest: Basil and More... Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time to gather in the last basil harvest--as well as any other tender herbs--because they will go with the first frost. Here's a few things that I do with an abundance of basil. ]]>
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<![CDATA[September Garden Harvest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:48:56 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64680/september-garden-harvest http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64680/september-garden-harvest September Garden Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Last Day of Summer]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64627/last-day-of-summer http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64627/last-day-of-summer Last Day of Summer Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow heralds the autumnal equinox. The summer garden is definitely looking like fall is in the air. See what my zone 7 Maryland garden looks like and what I'm harvesting and preserving. ]]>
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<![CDATA[DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery]]> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:22:57 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64461/debaggio-herb-farm-and-nursery http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64461/debaggio-herb-farm-and-nursery DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last, though not least, I want to write about the last herb farm that we visited on our IHA field trip, DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery. Although they are closed for the season, they weeded their gardens and opened up for us to visit. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Blooming Hill Lavender Farm]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:22:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64434/blooming-hill-lavender-farm http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64434/blooming-hill-lavender-farm Blooming Hill Lavender Farm Posted by cookinwithherbs
The IHA post-conference fieldtrip went to Virginia. One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to Blooming Hill Lavender Farm with an herbal lunch catered by Kim Labash, proprietress of Loudon Valley Herbs. Cyndi and Peter Rinek are collectors of many things besides lavender and you will enjoy the photos herein of their delightful farm in Philomont, Virginia. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:31:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64400/willow-oak-flower-herb-farm http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64400/willow-oak-flower-herb-farm Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm Posted by cookinwithherbs
A delightful herbal luncheon served al fresco alongside a pond with fountain, surrounded by numerous theme gardens was part of our IHA pre-conference tour to Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Enjoy a tour of this small family farm owned and operated by Maria Price Nowakowski and her husband Martin. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Green Farmacy Garden]]> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:04:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64358/the-green-farmacy-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64358/the-green-farmacy-garden The Green Farmacy Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
The Green Farmacy Garden is Dr. Jim Duke's medicinal herb teaching garden (his book the Green Pharmacy published by Rodale in 1997 has sold over a million copies) used by the Maryland University of Integrative Health, located in Fulton, Maryland. Recently, the International Herb Association went on a field trip there--read all about it here! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64328/flourish-inside-and-out-at-the-us-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64328/flourish-inside-and-out-at-the-us-botanic-garden Flourish! Inside and Out at the U.S. Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Even though it has been really hot, I've been visiting gardens this summer--so I'm going to share some of them with you in the next few blogs. This year's exhibit inside and outside at the USBG is colorful and aesthetically delightful--might be one of my favorite outdoor displays there ever--check it out! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64328/flourish-inside-and-out-at-the-us-botanic-garden
<![CDATA[Summer Bounty]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:59:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64149/summer-bounty http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64149/summer-bounty Summer Bounty Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year when we are reaping the harvest--benefiting from all of our earlier hard labor--and approaching a vegetable glut! Hot weather makes us want to cook less, so think about making salads in the morning or on the weekend to have for supper, then you just need to slice some tomatoes and cucumbers and maybe steam some corn. Enjoy the bounty now! ]]>
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<![CDATA[ The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:01:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64111/the-aromatherapy-garden-book-review http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64111/the-aromatherapy-garden-book-review  The Aromatherapy Garden--Book Review Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you are a gardener who enjoys fragrant plants, then Kathi Keville's new book The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being, should be on your reading list! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/64111/the-aromatherapy-garden-book-review
<![CDATA[July in the Garden]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:00:43 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63885/july-in-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63885/july-in-the-garden July in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is full on and the garden is growing in leaps and bounds. Here in Maryland, we have had pretty great weather--our days have been in the upper 80s rather than the usual 90s and so I can't... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sights and Sounds of July in the Garden ]]> Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:04:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63741/sights-and-sounds-of-july-in-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63741/sights-and-sounds-of-july-in-the-garden Sights and Sounds of July in the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
The garden is getting into full swing now; plants are finally established and many are flowering or just beginning to fruit. This is one of my favorite times of being a gardener--the garden is still looking good, sort of tidy and not too weedy (versus the unkempt look of late summer and fall)--and still anticipating the first ripe tomato and hot chile pepper. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Harvest Your Herbs and Make Green Sauce!]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:30:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63567/harvest-your-herbs-and-make-green-sauce http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63567/harvest-your-herbs-and-make-green-sauce Harvest Your Herbs and Make Green Sauce! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here it is the last week of June and my cilantro, rocket, dill, and parsley are over a foot tall and some are wanting to bolt. Get out there and whack those herbs back--to prevent them from bolting, prolong their life and encourage new growth--and enjoy them for supper. Here is a different take on pesto--South-of-the-Border style, which is lovely on pasta, or anything from the grill. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Blooms in June]]> Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:25:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63512/the-blooms-in-june http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63512/the-blooms-in-june The Blooms in June Posted by cookinwithherbs
Tomorrow is the summer solstice--the longest day of the year--and this date heralds the arrival of summer in full swing. We gardeners are diligently tending our pieces of earth, delighting in each bloom or growth spurt and anxiously awaiting the ripening of our summertime bounty. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:51:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63498/salsa-verde-with-wild-weeds http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63498/salsa-verde-with-wild-weeds Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
I thought for sure that I had posted the recipe for making salsa verde with botanicals foraged from in and around the garden, however I can only find my traditional one posted, which contains garden grown herbs and greens. So here is the wild weed version for those of you who requested it. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:40:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63477/garlic-mustard-alliaria-petiolata http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63477/garlic-mustard-alliaria-petiolata Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Yes, it is an invasive plant and garlic mustard grows all over the place--however if you have it, you might as well eat it. It is a nutritious leafy green that tastes like a garlic-flavored green and it is yours for the harvesting. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 12:33:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63420/wild-bergamot-or-purple-bee-balm-monarda-fistulosa http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63420/wild-bergamot-or-purple-bee-balm-monarda-fistulosa Wild Bergamot or Purple Bee Balm   (Monarda fistulosa) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last blog, I wrote about the red-flowered bee balm (Monarda didyma) and promised that I would write about wild bee balm (Monarda fistulosa). So here it is--still green--though it will be covered with lavender blooms in the next month. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:54:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63397/bee-balm-monarda-didyma http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63397/bee-balm-monarda-didyma Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've written about Monarda in past posts, when it was in bloom in my garden. However, you needn't wait until it is in bloom--right now it is about two feet tall and the leaves are not only gorgeous--they are delicious! Read on to see how to use beebalm for both food and drink. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 14:15:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63358/finding-delight-in-a-cold-and-soggy-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63358/finding-delight-in-a-cold-and-soggy-spring Finding Delight in a Cold and Soggy Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Usually in Maryland as Memorial Day approaches, I have pretty much put in tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and basil, temps are in the 70s and 80s and I'm wearing summer clothes. Not so this spring! It has been rainy and downright cold--my peppers and tomatoes are out there in a pout--and I'm wearing long sleeves, hoodie, socks and boots! What is spring like in your garden? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Botanizing in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:17:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63213/botanizing-in-the-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63213/botanizing-in-the-ozarks Botanizing in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
I'm here again in the Ozarks--one of my favorite places for herborizing. This weekend there will be a Wild Weeds hike and Medicinal Herb Seminar at the Ozark Folk Center for those of you who want to learn more about our wild plants and their virtues. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Stinging Nettles]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:59:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63164/stinging-nettles http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63164/stinging-nettles Stinging Nettles Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, while botanizing along the White River in the Ozarks, we found many plants along the trail and came upon a large stand of healthy nettles. So armed with gloves, knives and pruners, we harvested a large amount of nettles which we brought home to cook down for a lovely mess a’ greens and we used the trimmings to make a nettle tincture. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Green Garlic]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:39:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63131/green-garlic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63131/green-garlic Green Garlic Posted by cookinwithherbs
Green Garlic is a gourmet delight. You can't really have it unless you grow it--or live near a garlic farmer who thins it in the spring or brings it to farmers' market. These delightful early garlics are delicious and easy to prepare and are well worth growing or seeking out. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cabbage en Escabeche]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:09:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63064/cabbage-en-escabeche http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/63064/cabbage-en-escabeche Cabbage en Escabeche Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been traveling around the country giving lectures on Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016. When I do cooking demos, I often prepare one of my favorite and most delicious recipes: Cabbage en Escabeche. I have had many requests for the recipe so here it is. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium species)]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:51:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62961/scented-geraniums-pelargonium-species http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62961/scented-geraniums-pelargonium-species Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium species) Posted by cookinwithherbs
While gathering edible blooms from the wild this week, I noticed that the scented geraniums are blooming indoors in the greenhouse. The plants in the Pelargonium genus are easy to cultivate--they are tender perennials--so I grow them in pots as houseplants. Read all about the "pellies" as I call these endearing, aromatic plants. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals]]> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:15:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62945/spring-foraging-wild-weeds-herbal-harbingers-and-enticing-ephemerals http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62945/spring-foraging-wild-weeds-herbal-harbingers-and-enticing-ephemerals Spring Foraging: Wild Weeds, Herbal Harbingers and Enticing Ephemerals Posted by cookinwithherbs
AAhhh--it is that time of year again--spring is bustin' out all over and we gardeners are rejoicing with the first harvests of earth's offerings. Here are some photos of what I'm picking and what's for dinner; get inspired, get out there and forage, or at least graze! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:41:56 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62895/epcot-international-flower-garden-festival-2016 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62895/epcot-international-flower-garden-festival-2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2016 Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last post I posted photos of Epcot Fresh--pix of food displays and gardens. Here are another dozen photos of some of my favorite plants, topiary and garden vistas. The gardeners and cast members have outdone themselves for this year's Flower & Garden Festival! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Epcot Fresh]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:51:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62830/epcot-fresh http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62830/epcot-fresh Epcot Fresh Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just returned from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival--it was lots of fun--and this year's gardens and botanical displays are the best ever! Check out these photos for a virtual tour! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Recipes featuring Pulses]]> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:43:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62635/recipes-featuring-pulses http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62635/recipes-featuring-pulses Recipes featuring Pulses Posted by cookinwithherbs
Having been a vegetarian for over 40 years, I have a large repertoire of recipes featuring legumes: beans, lentils, split peas, chickpeas, etc. I have written a number of recipes using them in various blogs over the years. Here is an unpublished favorite for Tortilla Pie and links to seven recipes with pulses. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Grow Beans in this Year's Garden]]> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 14:22:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62620/grow-beans-in-this-years-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62620/grow-beans-in-this-years-garden Grow Beans in this Year's Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last post I wrote about pulses being the international crop of the year and said that i would talk about some beans to grow and sources for a variety of beans. Here's a few that I have grown... and new ones for this growing season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62620/grow-beans-in-this-years-garden
<![CDATA[International Year of Pulses]]> Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:36:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62524/international-year-of-pulses http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62524/international-year-of-pulses International Year of Pulses Posted by cookinwithherbs
I love beans, lentils, split peas, chickpeas and eat them probably at least five times a week. The aforementioned are commonly known as pulses. These crops have been chosen to be featured foods to be celebrated for the year of 2016--read all about it! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62524/international-year-of-pulses
<![CDATA[Capsicum Dreaming on Such a Winter's Day]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:46:27 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62437/capsicum-dreaming-on-such-a-winters-day http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62437/capsicum-dreaming-on-such-a-winters-day Capsicum Dreaming on Such a Winter's Day Posted by cookinwithherbs
I am sitting here by the woodstove with my seed catalogs and laptop and dreaming of this year's garden, pouring over the huge variety of seeds and plants available. It is challenging to whittle down the choices. Presently, I am concentrating on the Herb of the Year for 2016, Capsicum. Although, I do grow some sweet peppers, my passion is for chile peppers, so I am going to share some that are on my list, as well as a few of the catalogs that I am ordering from. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:39:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62382/capsicum-herb-of-the-year-2016 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62382/capsicum-herb-of-the-year-2016 Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016 Posted by cookinwithherbs
The International Herb Association has chosen Capsicum as Herb of the Year for 2016. I am a confessed chilehead and have been perusing seed catalogs for my favorite chiles, as well as for new selections (or new to me) to feature in this year's garden beds. See my favorites--and why they are thus so. Here's to a hot and spicy year ahead! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:12:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62350/hoshigaki-the-art-of-drying-persimmons http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62350/hoshigaki-the-art-of-drying-persimmons Hoshigaki: The Art of Drying Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last blog post, I wrote about the gift of persimmons with a recipe for persimmon mousse and a smoothie. My daughter Lucie has a persimmon tree in her backyard and after harvesting them, decided to preserve them by drying. Check out the beauty of this ancient food preservation technique... and art form! ]]>
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<![CDATA[A Gift of Persimmons]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:49:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62319/a-gift-of-persimmons http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62319/a-gift-of-persimmons A Gift of Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
A few weeks ago, my daughter Lucie sent me a box of 'Hachiya' persimmons grown in her backyard in California. These sweet, delectable fruits are truly a gift--and my anticipation built as they ripened. See how to make an easy, elegant persimmon mousse with just three ingredients! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:21:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62303/cole-play-crops-for-winter-gardening http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62303/cole-play-crops-for-winter-gardening Cole Play: Crops for Winter Gardening Posted by cookinwithherbs
Let me tell you, we are eating some greens here in Maryland. We've had an extremely mild winter here in the Mid-Atlantic East Coast, so the cole crops, brassicas are just honking in the garden. Floating row cover truly extends the winter growing season and I am an advocate of it. It also keeps the ever-present grazing deer and rabbits from beating me to the harvest. Here are a few inspired and delectable dishes that I have prepared from the bounty. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Warming Vegetarian Chili for Winter Solstice]]> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:29:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62253/warming-vegetarian-chili-for-winter-solstice http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62253/warming-vegetarian-chili-for-winter-solstice Warming Vegetarian Chili for Winter Solstice Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been preparing this veggie chili for many years now--and so have tweaked and perfected the recipe. I recently made it at the IHA conference featuring Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016 and I had more than a handful of folks tell me that it was the best chili that they had ever eaten. Every year, I attend a local potluck, solstice party held by some friends and I bring the chili--here is the updated recipe--be sure to try it soon! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62249/bittersweet-chocolate-and-chipotle-bark-with-salted-pistachios http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62249/bittersweet-chocolate-and-chipotle-bark-with-salted-pistachios Bittersweet Chocolate and Chipotle Bark with Salted Pistachios Posted by cookinwithherbs
After writing about making chocolate chipotle bark with salted pistachios, I have had requests for the recipe. I'm sharing the recipe here--it makes a brilliant gift for your favorite chilehead, chocoholic or gourmet cook! It is easy to make and one batch makes enough for two or three gifts. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Green Friday]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:58:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62200/green-friday http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62200/green-friday Green Friday Posted by cookinwithherbs
While many folks were out experiencing "Black Friday"--I spent time in the out doors with family doing chores--and enjoying a beautiful day in nature. The next two days are great root moon planting days so if you haven't planted your garlic, now is a good time to do it! ]]>
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<![CDATA[ All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:58:52 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62201/all-the-trimmings-seasonal-side-dishes-for-the-holidays http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62201/all-the-trimmings-seasonal-side-dishes-for-the-holidays  All the Trimmings: Seasonal Side Dishes for the Holidays Posted by cookinwithherbs
We give thanks for the garden bounty and the farmers' markets for local organic produce and to the farmers everywhere for growing our food. Thanksgiving isn't all about turkey--here are some tasty side dish ideas to prepare for the people you love throughout the upcoming holidays. ]]>
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<![CDATA[International Herb Association Conference in Fernandina Beach, Florida]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:18:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62171/international-herb-association-conference-in-fernandina-beach-florida http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62171/international-herb-association-conference-in-fernandina-beach-florida International Herb Association Conference in Fernandina Beach, Florida Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here's a brief synopsis of a wonderful trip to Fernandina Beach, Florida for the recent IHA conference--a good time was had by all gathered--and we so enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine (a break from the cold temps back in my Maryland garden!). ]]>
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<![CDATA[Autumn in the South: The Okefenokee Swamp]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:19:35 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62146/autumn-in-the-south-the-okefenokee-swamp http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62146/autumn-in-the-south-the-okefenokee-swamp Autumn in the South: The Okefenokee Swamp Posted by cookinwithherbs
The recent International Herb Association conference took me on a road trip to San Fernandina Beach, Florida. A trip to the Okefenokee Swamp was part of one of the tours--while there were freezing temps in other parts of the U.S.--its still warm and balmy down south. Come on and take a boat ride through the swamp! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Chile Pepper Season]]> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:15:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62080/chile-pepper-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62080/chile-pepper-season Chile Pepper Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just before it frosted in my Maryland zone 7 garden, we harvested all of the chiles that were mature--and some that were still green. Many chiles were snipped from the plants into buckets, however, some plants covered with small chiles were just pulled up by the roots and hung to dry. Been processing them by various methods and have saved some out in the refrigerator to bring to the IHA Conference in Florida next week. ]]>
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<![CDATA[New England in Autumn, Tower Hill Botanic Garden]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:14:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62054/new-england-in-autumn-tower-hill-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62054/new-england-in-autumn-tower-hill-botanic-garden New England in Autumn, Tower Hill Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
On my recent trip to Massachusetts and Rhode Island, I went to visit The Gardens at Elm Bank (last blog) and Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Take a mini tour through these lovely gardens and conservatories and see why you need to put them on your list of gardens-to-visit! ]]>
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<![CDATA[ New England in Autumn, The Gardens at Elm Bank]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:45:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62038/new-england-in-autumn-the-gardens-at-elm-bank http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/62038/new-england-in-autumn-the-gardens-at-elm-bank  New England in Autumn, The Gardens at Elm Bank Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, I traveled to New England to give two presentations for the New England Unit of the Herb Society of America for their daylong symposium "Let's Drink to That!". Lucky me! I was dazzled by the fall foliage. I visited The Gardens at Elm Bank, home of the Massachusetts Hort Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Since I can only post 12 photos per blog, I'm going to highlight Elm Bank here and Tower Hill in the next one. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Rose Hips]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:06:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61882/rose-hips http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61882/rose-hips Rose Hips Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you don't grow roses and harvest their hips in your own garden, the hedgerows, overgrown pastures and woods' edge are full of wild rose hips this time of year, that are yours for the labor of harvesting. Take advantage of this free crop, which is chockablock full of vitamin C! ]]>
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<![CDATA[More on Fermenting Chiles]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:49:05 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61881/more-on-fermenting-chiles http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61881/more-on-fermenting-chiles More on Fermenting Chiles Posted by cookinwithherbs
My last post I showed you how to ferment chile peppers. This brief video shows a few more fermentation lids, how to tell when chiles are ready and how to store them. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Fermenting Chile Peppers]]> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:25:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61883/fermenting-chile-peppers http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61883/fermenting-chile-peppers Fermenting Chile Peppers Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is the chile harvest season and time to put up the bounty! fermenting hot peppers is a great alternative to pickling and canning--offering great flavor, more vitamins and minerals and better health. Check it out... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:36:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61818/castor-bean-ricinus-communis http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61818/castor-bean-ricinus-communis Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although castor bean is a gorgeous, showy plant in the garden, the seeds are poisonous. So why would one want to grow it? Read on to find out... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Green Chile Season]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:19:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61792/green-chile-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61792/green-chile-season Green Chile Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again--the green chiles are here! The Hatch chile tractor trailers has been pulling into towns across the nation to deliver these glorious New Mexico capsicums. I also have them in my garden, however I get a case to freeze so I can have my capsaicin fix all winter long. Here are a few favorite ways to use them. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Rajas con Queso (Chiles con queso)]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:12:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61798/rajas-con-queso-chiles-con-queso http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61798/rajas-con-queso-chiles-con-queso Rajas con Queso (Chiles con queso) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Traditionally this dish is made with poblanos, but any green chile can be used. If you use Anaheims or New Mexico types, you can add a little more heat by using a few serranos, jalapeños, gueros, Hungarian hot, or even a habanero pepper. This is a far cry from the processed cheese dips that are served in most restaurants. It is more chile and less queso, but it is wonderful, simple peasant food. I like it best when served with warm whole-wheat flour tortillas—I cut them into quarters—put some chiles on top and roll them up. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:41:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61686/brookgreen-gardens-in-murrells-inlet-south-carolina http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61686/brookgreen-gardens-in-murrells-inlet-south-carolina Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you are ever going to South Carolina, or just passing through, make this garden a stop on your list of places to visit. Besides wonderful gardens and ancient live oak trees, fountains and vistas, there are trails, a native animal collection, children's garden, pollinator garden, labyrinth, a small butterfly house, gift shop and cafe--and an incredibly amazing sculpture collection. Plan to spend a day. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Summer Gardening in the Ozarks]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:14:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61687/summer-gardening-in-the-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61687/summer-gardening-in-the-ozarks Summer Gardening in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's hot down here in the Ozarks--really hot and humid--with temps mostly in the high 90s everyday. There has been a good bit of rain, though gardens are thirsty and some are parched if they haven't been watered. However, there is still a great deal of garden bounty to be had. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Purslane in the Kitchen]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:48:02 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61640/purslane-in-the-kitchen http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61640/purslane-in-the-kitchen Purslane in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week, I wrote about purslane and the benefit of having it in one's garden. For those of you new to portulaca, here are a few recipe ideas using purslane. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:04:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61630/purslane-portulaca-oleracea http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61630/purslane-portulaca-oleracea Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Posted by cookinwithherbs
I decided to do this blog on one of my favorite naturalized garden weeds since it has been in the news lately. https://www.facebook.com/TheEdenPrescription/photos/a.201474409907598.64598.130965870291786/820695717985461/?type=1&fref=nf&pnref=story Did you know that Portulaca oleracea contains the highest amount of omega-3s of any plant in the vegetable kingdom, not to mention it is full of minerals and vitamins A and C? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Monarda in the Kitchen]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:16:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61607/monarda-in-the-kitchen http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61607/monarda-in-the-kitchen Monarda in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week I posted a blog about the glorious beebalm blooming in my garden. I've had some requests as to how to cook with it, so here are a few of my favorite recipes. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Monarda spp.]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:55:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61576/monarda-spp http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61576/monarda-spp Monarda spp. Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now my beebalms, also known as monarda are ablaze with color in the garden. Their flowers have an inimitable shaggy-headed appearance which attract all sorts of pollinators. If you don't have any monardas in your garden, now is the time to plant them. They are like brightly colored firecrackers in the garden, bursting with bloom just in time for the Fourth of July. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint!]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:53:02 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61557/beat-the-heat-cool-down-with-mint http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61557/beat-the-heat-cool-down-with-mint Beat the Heat--Cool Down with Mint! Posted by cookinwithherbs
As temperatures soar outside, we need relief from the heat. Mint is a naturally cooling and refreshing herb that most of us have right in our own backyards (usually in abundance due to its rampant spreading habit). Here are a few ideas and recipes for cooling down with mint. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Celebrate Summer! Easy Cucumber Recipes ]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:00:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61527/celebrate-summer-easy-cucumber-recipes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61527/celebrate-summer-easy-cucumber-recipes Celebrate Summer!  Easy Cucumber Recipes Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is officially the first day of summer--we celebrate the solstice and Father's Day both! The garden is revving up as is the summer heat--the salad greens are bolting--however I've picked my first two cucumbers and last night I pitted 4 quarts of sour cherries for the freezer. What's happening in you garden? Try one of these cooling cucumber recipes to welcome the season! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory ]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:55:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61488/quick-and-easy-white-bean-salad-with-savory http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61488/quick-and-easy-white-bean-salad-with-savory Quick and Easy White Bean Salad with Savory Posted by cookinwithherbs
Even though it is not officially summer on the calendar, the weather says otherwise here in Maryland--we are having a heatwave! I recently made this for Savory, Herb of the Year 2015 demo at the USBG and it was a hit. Really, it takes just about 10 minutes to make and its a great lunch or supper in this hot weather! This simple recipe is quick and easy and can be used like tuna fish or chicken salad on sandwiches or a salad plate. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden ]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:56:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61459/saving-and-savoring-a-celebration-of-rare-and-endangered-plants-and-herbs-at-us-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61459/saving-and-savoring-a-celebration-of-rare-and-endangered-plants-and-herbs-at-us-botanic-garden Saving and Savoring, A Celebration of Rare and Endangered Plants and Herbs at U.S. Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Our U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as U.S. National Arboretum, are treasure troves of plants from around the world, as well as great resources for events, programs and classes, and information about plants. The gardens change with the seasons as do the featured themes--they are great places to visit--so plan a trip to see these national treasures! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Growers and Gardeners Networking ]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 22:57:12 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61409/growers-and-gardeners-networking http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61409/growers-and-gardeners-networking Growers and Gardeners Networking Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently my local farmers' market had a fundraiser at a nearby farm and it was fun and educational to visit with the friends and supporters of the market and the farmers who bring wonderful produce and products to market, not to mention there was lots of good food and beverage. Here are a few photos of garden grown produce and things new to me... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah!]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 17:34:57 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61380/radishes-and-garlics-and-greens-oh-yeah http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61380/radishes-and-garlics-and-greens-oh-yeah Radishes and Garlics and Greens, Oh Yeah! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The weather is changing from spring to summer--nights are still cool here in Maryland--however days feel like summertime hot. Greens and radishes and garlic are loving it and we are experiencing salad days in a big way! ]]>
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<![CDATA[More Williamsburg and HSA Conference]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:04:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61342/more-williamsburg-and-hsa-conference http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61342/more-williamsburg-and-hsa-conference More Williamsburg and HSA Conference Posted by cookinwithherbs
On my last blog, I highlighted the Colonial Gardens in Williamsburg, having to limit myself to just 12 images. Here are 12 more with details on the conference, farmers' market, two great books, and a few more herbs. ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Visit to Williamsburg for HSA Conference]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 17:33:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61235/visit-to-williamsburg-for-hsa-conference http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61235/visit-to-williamsburg-for-hsa-conference  Visit to Williamsburg for HSA Conference Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently attended and presented at the annual Herb Society of America conference, which took place this year in Colonial Williamsburg. If you haven't visited Williamsburg, Virginia, or been there recently--it is a wonderful place for a getaway or family vacation. There is lots to see and do, many gardens to walk through, it is educational and historic and there are no rides (well except for a horse and buggy)and no plastic. Things there are built out of wood and stone and brick as was done in colonial times. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Fickle Spring]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:32:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61236/fickle-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61236/fickle-spring Fickle Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of April and tomorrow we will celebrate May Day--this past month has been cold and wily--have had the woodstove going and the plant babies covered. Hopefully May will finally bring spring for us impatient gardeners! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Savory, Herb of the Year 2015]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:05:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61172/savory-herb-of-the-year-2015 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/61172/savory-herb-of-the-year-2015 Savory, Herb of the Year 2015 Posted by cookinwithherbs
The International Herb Association's latest book Savory, Herb of the Year 2015 is hot off the presses. It is time to be planting savory plants or sowing summer savory seed right now! Celebrate this tasty herb. ]]>
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<![CDATA[On the Road: Kraut Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:55:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60999/on-the-road-kraut-recipe-from-a-wild-and-cultured-herbal-lunch-menu http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60999/on-the-road-kraut-recipe-from-a-wild-and-cultured-herbal-lunch-menu On the Road: Kraut  Recipe from a Wild and Cultured Herbal Lunch Menu Posted by cookinwithherbs
Home again, however finishing up a few details from recent road trip. Attendees from the Medicinal Herb Workshop requested the Smoky Kale Sauerkraut recipe so here it is. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60999/on-the-road-kraut-recipe-from-a-wild-and-cultured-herbal-lunch-menu
<![CDATA[On the Road: Medicinal Herb Field Trip and Workshop in the Arkansas Ozarks]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:43:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60978/on-the-road-medicinal-herb-field-trip-and-workshop-in-the-arkansas-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60978/on-the-road-medicinal-herb-field-trip-and-workshop-in-the-arkansas-ozarks On the Road: Medicinal Herb Field Trip and Workshop in the Arkansas Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend was the annual Medicinal Herb Field Trip and Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. It sure is springtime in the Ozarks--check out the pix--and you'll feel like you were out on the trail with us! ]]>
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<![CDATA[On the Road: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:46:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60910/on-the-road-lady-bird-johnson-wildflower-center http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60910/on-the-road-lady-bird-johnson-wildflower-center On the Road: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've read about and seen photos of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and always wanted to visit. Finally made it there and was impressed with the vast space, the rock structures and buildings, not to mention the fauna and flora. Come take a look... ]]>
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<![CDATA[On the Road: American Botanical Council, Austin, Texas]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:36:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60889/on-the-road-american-botanical-council-austin-texas http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60889/on-the-road-american-botanical-council-austin-texas On the Road: American Botanical Council, Austin, Texas Posted by cookinwithherbs
This spring has been busy with a road trip from Arkansas to Texas and back--we saw miles and miles of Texas! We started with a program on 'Shrubs, Switchel and Beveridge: The Art of Creating Fruited Vinegars' at the ABC. Check out the gardens at the American Botanical Council. Check out the gardens at the ABC, why you should go visit, and become a member! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60889/on-the-road-american-botanical-council-austin-texas
<![CDATA[Springtime: on the road again]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:59:19 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60779/springtime-on-the-road-again http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60779/springtime-on-the-road-again Springtime: on the road again Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well I departed from the frigid temps in Maryland with over 12-inches of snow on the ground to head south to begin another series of springtime herbal events. While still chilly here in Arkansas, the snow has melted, the precipitation is rain with temps in the 50s and the daffodils are up three or four inches and budded, though not yet open. The first night I arrived the peepers were peepin’ around the pond and in the ditches—a sure sign of spring. Read on to find out upcoming events... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter's Passing]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:58:03 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60751/winters-passing http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60751/winters-passing Winter's Passing Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of February--gardeners take heart and prepare for spring! Although it might not seem like it with these frigid temperatures and snow and sleet still in the forecast--it will happen. Be sure to still feed our fine feathered friends in this weather! March brings all sorts of spring and green celebrations from the full worm moon, daylight saving time, St. Patrick's Day and the vernal equinox--hallelujah! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Chocolat]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:26:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60686/chocolat http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60686/chocolat Chocolat Posted by cookinwithherbs
This seductive beverage was inspired by the one prepared in the movie Chocolat. Rich, dark, and smooth this hot chocolate is subtly uplifted with a hint of vanilla and the spice of ground chile. (Do not use chili powder—the mix of spices with cumin and oregano. Use pure ground red chile pepper like the rich pasilla, chile negro, or ancho.) In the cafés in Europe, hot chocolate is usually prepared with cream and melted chocolate rather than milk and cocoa, and served with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Here, experience the best of both worlds—this recipe is very rich—it can be made with just milk and is quite delicious. If you use bittersweet chocolate, you will need the larger amount of sugar, with semisweet use the lesser amount and then taste. Try just a few pinches of chile or about 1/8 teaspoon and then taste—and add more if desired--I like this recipe with about 1/4 teaspoon so it warms the tongue. For those who don’t the heat of chiles, cinnamon can be substituted in its place. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60686/chocolat
<![CDATA[Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:17:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60677/combining-chocolate-with-herbs-and-spices http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60677/combining-chocolate-with-herbs-and-spices Combining Chocolate with Herbs and Spices Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's Valentine's Day weekend--so it is a time to celebrate love and eat chocolate. Did you know that chocolate is good for you? The flavor of chocolate can be enhanced by herbs and spices. While you are indoors on this cold wintry weekend, whip up something with chocolate for you and the ones that you love! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60677/combining-chocolate-with-herbs-and-spices
<![CDATA[Pinto Beans with Savory]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:20:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60659/pinto-beans-with-savory http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60659/pinto-beans-with-savory Pinto Beans with Savory Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last blog, I spoke of Savory being Herb of the Year for 2015 and promised a warming winter recipe using it. Though a hard decision, I decided that there is nothing like a pot of beans cooked with savory (know as bohnenkraut, the bean herb in German)--so here is a simple recipe using dried pintos--and a variation on refried beans. They are wonderful in a bowl on their own or served over rice. I especially like them with cornbread accompanied by either coleslaw or wilted greens. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60659/pinto-beans-with-savory
<![CDATA[Winter Ruminations]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:56:35 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60638/winter-ruminations http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60638/winter-ruminations Winter Ruminations Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the last day of January--and we are in the thick of winter weather here in zone 7 Maryland--days barely in the 30s and nights in the teens---bbbrrrhhh! Tomorrow is the first day of February which is a month of many notable dates not to mention the lengthening of days and the stirring of spring! This weekend is Imbolc on the Irish calendar and it is the celebration of midwinter. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60638/winter-ruminations
<![CDATA[Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:08:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60612/fermentation-more-countertop-cultivation http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60612/fermentation-more-countertop-cultivation Fermentation: More Countertop Cultivation Posted by cookinwithherbs
In the throes of winter, looking out at the snow, we gardeners dream of growing gardens. With a surplus of root vegetables this time of year, I have been further experimenting with fermentation and here are some of my recent creations and tasty results. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Veggie Reuben]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:35:12 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60529/veggie-reuben http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60529/veggie-reuben Veggie Reuben Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is one of my favorite sandwiches and it is most delicious when you use your own sauerkraut, pickles and peppers. The secret is in the sauce... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Countertop Grow-Your-Own]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:49:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60530/countertop-grow-your-own http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60530/countertop-grow-your-own Countertop Grow-Your-Own Posted by cookinwithherbs
Okay so it is freezing outside--instead of getting the gardening blues--try growing a few simple healthy and nutritious foods right on your kitchen countertop... I've got sprouts sprouting and veggies fermenting! It is easy and fun to do these simple projects. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Gardener's Wish List Fulfilled!]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:53:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60411/gardeners-wish-list-fulfilled http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/60411/gardeners-wish-list-fulfilled Gardener's Wish List Fulfilled! Posted by cookinwithherbs
This gardener must have been very good last year because she received an abundance of presents this holiday season. Here are a few items, which most gardeners will appreciate! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter: Tis the Season]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:26:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/58935/winter-tis-the-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/58935/winter-tis-the-season Winter: Tis the Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today, December 21, is the first day of winter; the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Although the Winter Solstice marks Midwinter, it is a day which I look forward to, since from now on the days become longer. From this day until the first of January is a time for reflection and repose, as well as celebration. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Fire Cider Vinegar]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:11:43 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16506/fire-cider-vinegar http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16506/fire-cider-vinegar Fire Cider Vinegar Posted by cookinwithherbs
This elixir is well known amongst herbalists, created by Rosemary Gladstar, and has been made by many of us for years now. December 6 was World Fire Cider Vinegar Day. Check out this easy recipe--I make this every fall after I harvest my horseradish--to use throughout the winter months for a general tonic and to help fight colds and flu. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16506/fire-cider-vinegar
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Cookie Day with Herbal Butter Cookies]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:22:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16505/celebrate-national-cookie-day-with-herbal-butter-cookies http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16505/celebrate-national-cookie-day-with-herbal-butter-cookies Celebrate National Cookie Day with Herbal Butter Cookies Posted by cookinwithherbs
December 4 is National Cookie Day and since this is a special holiday month--why not celebrate with cookies? Check out this recipe for a delightfully versatile cookie featuring herbs from the garden--with many variations--they are really easy to make and can be made ahead. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16505/celebrate-national-cookie-day-with-herbal-butter-cookies
<![CDATA[Grow Tunnel Update]]> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:08:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16507/grow-tunnel-update http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16507/grow-tunnel-update Grow Tunnel Update Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here it is the last day of November and I am still harvesting lettuce, spinach, arugula, cilantro, parsley, chard, kale, mustard and collard greens in my zone 7 garden. This is due to the fact that it is growing in a small grow tunnel under floating row cover--this gardener is a happy camper! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16507/grow-tunnel-update
<![CDATA[Persimmons]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:58:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16475/persimmons http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16475/persimmons Persimmons Posted by cookinwithherbs
While I was in the Ozarks, I watched the persimmon trees (where there is an abundance of them in the wild) as the fruits turned orange and full fleshed, then some started to wrinkle and wither and began to fall and then the trees lost their leaves. Some of the fruits were ready to eat a month ago--and they are still ripening--gather some now! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16475/persimmons
<![CDATA[Savory, Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:44:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16437/savory-oven-roasted-sweet-potatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16437/savory-oven-roasted-sweet-potatoes Savory, Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a quick and easy recipe for savory sweet potatoes--once they are prepped just put them in the oven. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16437/savory-oven-roasted-sweet-potatoes
<![CDATA[Sweet Patooties are in Season!]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:36:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16422/sweet-patooties-are-in-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16422/sweet-patooties-are-in-season Sweet Patooties are in Season! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again--most gardeners harvest sweet potatoes before a frost--so right now sweet potatoes are piled high on roadside stands, at farmers' markets and in the grocery store. We are seeing them everywhere since they are a popular menu item for the Thanksgiving feast. See how to store them and check out some delightful recipes... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16422/sweet-patooties-are-in-season
<![CDATA[Pumpkintime]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:03:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16355/pumpkintime http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16355/pumpkintime Pumpkintime Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again--Happy Halloween! Don't toss the pumpkin that you have been using to decorate your front stoop--bring it into the kitchen and use it in some seasonal recipes--here's a tasty treat: Pumpkin Scones with Thyme! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Jerusalem Artichokes]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:22:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16320/jerusalem-artichokes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16320/jerusalem-artichokes Jerusalem Artichokes Posted by cookinwithherbs
Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus), also referred to as sunchokes, sunroots and earth apples are edible tubers native to North America, mainly the Eastern regions. They are best dug after the first frost. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16320/jerusalem-artichokes
<![CDATA[Autumn Herbs in the Ozarks]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:29:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16290/autumn-herbs-in-the-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16290/autumn-herbs-in-the-ozarks Autumn Herbs in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
On the road in the Ozarks... here are some photos of the Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center, as well as some roadside natives, in Mountain View, Arkansas. Do you know these herbs? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16290/autumn-herbs-in-the-ozarks
<![CDATA[Tomato-Raisin Chutney]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:40:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16264/tomato-raisin-chutney http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16264/tomato-raisin-chutney Tomato-Raisin Chutney Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you still have homegrown tomatoes here is a recipe to try! We recently made this chutney for our reception at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival featuring foods of the British Isles—it was my favorite recipe of the evening. The members of the Ozark Unit of the HSA prepared all of the foods after researching through many cookbooks and this recipe is adapted from a recipe from The Irish Pub Cookbook by Margaret Johnson. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16264/tomato-raisin-chutney
<![CDATA[Floating Row Cover and Grow Tunnels Extend the Growing Season]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:17:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16221/floating-row-cover-and-grow-tunnels-extend-the-growing-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16221/floating-row-cover-and-grow-tunnels-extend-the-growing-season Floating Row Cover and Grow Tunnels Extend the Growing Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although summer has gone and fall is here, it does not mean the end of the growing season. By using floating row cover or a grow tunnel covered with it--you can enjoy cool weather crop until the weather freezes. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16221/floating-row-cover-and-grow-tunnels-extend-the-growing-season
<![CDATA[Welcome Fall--Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:36:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16205/welcome-fall-celebrate-the-autumnal-equinox http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16205/welcome-fall-celebrate-the-autumnal-equinox Welcome Fall--Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year again already--the summer has come and gone--and today we celebrate the official arrival of autumn. There is still lots to do in the garden... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16205/welcome-fall-celebrate-the-autumnal-equinox
<![CDATA[Fall is in the Air: Enjoy the Last of Summer Bounty While You Can! ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:59:35 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16175/fall-is-in-the-air-enjoy-the-last-of-summer-bounty-while-you-can http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16175/fall-is-in-the-air-enjoy-the-last-of-summer-bounty-while-you-can Fall is in the Air: Enjoy the Last of Summer Bounty While You Can! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The cool weather has arrived and summer is going fast. Summer crops have stopped producing in my zone 7 garden; just picked the last tomatoes, though still have some herbs to harvest and chiles are ripening on the vine. The summer fruits--peaches and plums--are also dwindling, so now is the time to enjoy this last summer bounty. Harvest from the garden or stop by your local farmers' market or farm stand and enjoy the seasonal produce for supper--or put some up. Here is a simple recipe using the last of the plums along with some of those leggy, scented geraniums which need cutting back. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16175/fall-is-in-the-air-enjoy-the-last-of-summer-bounty-while-you-can
<![CDATA[Summer Salad, Nicoise-Style ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:08:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16136/summer-salad-nicoise-style http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16136/summer-salad-nicoise-style Summer Salad, Nicoise-Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summertime and the living is easy--supper time involves as little cooking as possible--and preparing something simple with garden produce. Here is a recipe for an easy salad, Nicoise-style, using whatever you have on hand. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16136/summer-salad-nicoise-style
<![CDATA[Garden Bounty: Late Summer Garden Happenings]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:20:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16082/garden-bounty-late-summer-garden-happenings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16082/garden-bounty-late-summer-garden-happenings Garden Bounty: Late Summer Garden Happenings Posted by cookinwithherbs
What's going on in your garden? As the harvest season is peaking and some of our summer vegetable and herb plants are winding down, it is time for preserving, tidying up and getting ready to plant a few fall crops. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Corn]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:51:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16083/corn http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/16083/corn Corn Posted by cookinwithherbs
When I think of favorite summer produce--tomatoes, corn and peaches top my list. I eat tomatoes and peaches every single day--and corn almost daily. Though we enjoy them most now--it is time to preserve some for this winter. Recently my local farmer called and said the corn is ready, so I grabbed my knife and freezer zip-lock bags and headed over to shuck and jive... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Savory Recipe: Homemade Salsa with Black Beans and Corn]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:08:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15993/savory-recipe-homemade-salsa-with-black-beans-and-corn http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15993/savory-recipe-homemade-salsa-with-black-beans-and-corn Savory Recipe: Homemade Salsa with Black Beans and Corn Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my last blog, I said that I would post a recipe from my program on "Seasoning with Savory" which I gave at the IHA conference in Canada. Here is a seasonal salsa which features Savory, which will be Herb of the Year for 2015. Both summer and winter savory are ready for harvesting in my garden. Here is a simple and tasty summer salsa featuring savory and a few pix with ways to preserve savory for seasoning throughout the year! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15993/savory-recipe-homemade-salsa-with-black-beans-and-corn
<![CDATA[Summer Vacation to Canada]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14:57:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15980/summer-vacation-to-canada http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15980/summer-vacation-to-canada Summer Vacation to Canada Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently did a road trip to Toronto with herbalgalpals to attend the International Herb Association's annual conference. Here are a few highlights--gardens for you to visit vicariously, or next time you go to Canada--or put them on your list of things to do. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15980/summer-vacation-to-canada
<![CDATA[Summer in the White House Kitchen Garden]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:08:19 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15929/summer-in-the-white-house-kitchen-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15929/summer-in-the-white-house-kitchen-garden Summer in the White House Kitchen Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
While all of our gardens are peaking right now, here is a garden you might want to take a closer peek at--the Nation's Kitchen Garden. Did you know that you can arrange a date for a private tour of the White House Kitchen Garden during this summer season? Last week, I went with the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America and we had the whole garden to ourselves (well of course, we were accompanied by some security as well as a guide)! ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Make a Shrub]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:12:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15731/how-to-make-a-shrub http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15731/how-to-make-a-shrub How to Make a Shrub Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is not a shrub as in a bush that grows in one's garden, rather it is a beverage made from infusing fruits, herbs or even vegetables in apple cider vinegar. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Make an Herbal Vinegar]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:18:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15513/how-to-make-an-herbal-vinegar http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15513/how-to-make-an-herbal-vinegar How to Make an Herbal Vinegar Posted by cookinwithherbs
Herbs are flourishing and it is time for the first harvest. Capture herbal essence by making herb-flavored vinegars--it is fun and easy to do--and you will have tasty infusions for the year ahead. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15513/how-to-make-an-herbal-vinegar
<![CDATA[Summer Squash Sauté]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:16:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15499/summer-squash-saut http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15499/summer-squash-saut Summer Squash Sauté Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's that time of year--the summer weather has arrived--and so the seasonal produce is just starting to come in: squash time! Here is a quick, easy, tasty squash saute that can be made ahead and taken to a potluck--so this recipe is just in time for your Fourth of July picnic. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Midsummer Garden]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:37:27 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15456/midsummer-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15456/midsummer-garden Midsummer Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
We've just celebrated the solstice and midsummer is officially dated at June 24--so now we are heading into the summer garden season. The garden is abuzz--full of pollinators--plants to harvest and all sorts of lovely veggies coming on. Oh and the weeds... the never-ending garden chore... Here's what is happening in my zone 7 garden... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Vegetable Bundle Basics]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:44:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15393/vegetable-bundle-basics http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15393/vegetable-bundle-basics Vegetable Bundle Basics Posted by cookinwithherbs
When I wrote about grilling last weekend, I got a number of requests on how to make veggie bundles. So here are veggie bundle basics--telling you which veggies combine well with which herbs--and a link at the end for a recipe. Just in time to cook for the summer solstice--enjoy! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Veggie Bundles for the Grill]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:33:57 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15386/veggie-bundles-for-the-grill http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15386/veggie-bundles-for-the-grill Veggie Bundles for the Grill Posted by cookinwithherbs
I grew up eating potato bundles--my paternal grandmother had a shore house--and we put these bundles on the big brick barbecue all summer long. This is an updated vegetarian version, although she often put a chicken leg or wing or a small sausage in the bundle. My favorite part besides opening them hot off the grill, and smelling the aroma, was the assembly line in the kitchen when making them. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Grilling Season]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:29:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15301/grilling-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15301/grilling-season Grilling Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once the weather warms up and the farmers' markets reopen for the season and our gardens start producing crops to harvest, the grilling season has begun! Vegetables on the grill are an easy way to fix dinner or entertain and there are infinite variations. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Salad Days]]> Sat, 31 May 2014 19:52:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15269/salad-days http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15269/salad-days Salad Days Posted by cookinwithherbs
We've had a cool spring and rain so this year the salad greens are phenomenal. And I don't just mean lettuce (although I love the choices we have)... no ho hum salads around here. If you grow some of these greens--and it's not to late to plant them--every salad will be a chef's delight. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Springtime in the Emerald Isle]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:56:57 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15227/springtime-in-the-emerald-isle http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15227/springtime-in-the-emerald-isle Springtime in the Emerald Isle Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just returned from a trip to Ireland, where the countryside is lush and green from the spring rains--no wonder its moniker is the Emerald Isle. Come take a brief tour of some of the botanical wonders to behold there. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Potato, Asparagus and Arugula Soup ]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:04:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15124/potato-asparagus-and-arugula-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15124/potato-asparagus-and-arugula-soup Potato, Asparagus and Arugula Soup Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a wonderfully simple, delicious potage, featuring all of the flavors of spring. Other seasonal garden greens can be used in place of the arugula. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15124/potato-asparagus-and-arugula-soup
<![CDATA[Transplanting in the Rain]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:56:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15121/transplanting-in-the-rain http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15121/transplanting-in-the-rain Transplanting in the Rain Posted by cookinwithherbs
When there is rain in the forecast and the moon is in the right phase and sign, the gardener must grab the opportunity to transplant seedlings. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Chives in Spring ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:24:27 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15056/chives-in-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15056/chives-in-spring Chives in Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Chives are truly one of the harbingers of spring and their fresh, green,onion-like flavor is welcome after the long winter months of heavy foods. Here are some tips on how I use chives to brighten up spring recipes. What to do with those hardboiled eggs? Make chive deviled eggs! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Lucie's Deviled Eggs]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:22:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15058/lucies-deviled-eggs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15058/lucies-deviled-eggs Lucie's Deviled Eggs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Our family loves deviled eggs—my grandmother used to make them—now my daughter Lucie is in charge of the deviled eggs and she better not show up at a family gathering without them! In the summer, we vary the herb by adding fresh dill, tarragon, or a tablespoon of fresh minced basil. The recipe can easily be doubled or halved depending upon how many you are serving; we have to allow at least 2 halves per person in our family! Lately we’ve been adding a little Sriracha to spice them up! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Asparagus Soup with Chives]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:07:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15039/asparagus-soup-with-chives http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15039/asparagus-soup-with-chives Asparagus Soup with Chives Posted by cookinwithherbs
Yum asparagus season! Depending where you live in the country, the end of February, beginning of March through late May are when we find the best local asparagus and this pungent allium in our gardens and market. This light soup, given body with potatoes, brings them together. The pale jade color and refreshing taste make it an appropriate beginning to any spring meal. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/15039/asparagus-soup-with-chives
<![CDATA[Springtime Chores]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:22:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14980/springtime-chores http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14980/springtime-chores Springtime Chores Posted by cookinwithherbs
Finally the warmer spring weather has arrived and we all want to be outdoors. As a gardener, though I delight in everything bursting forth, I want to feel the soil and sow seeds. However, once I go outside I am distracted by all there is to do--here are a few chores, which need taking care of... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Artemisia: Herb of the Year 2014]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:57:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14937/artemisia-herb-of-the-year-2014 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14937/artemisia-herb-of-the-year-2014 Artemisia:  Herb of the Year 2014 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Artemisia is herb of the year for 2014 and I am gearing up for growing them in my garden. Next weekend is the Medicinal Herb Fieldtrip and Workshop at the Ozark Folk Center, where I will be giving a program on the medicinal aspects of some artemisias... here are a few excerpts from my handout for the program. Why don't you try growing a few of these easy-to-grow plants? Celebrate Artemisia! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14937/artemisia-herb-of-the-year-2014
<![CDATA[ Are your Plants Dead or Alive?]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:02:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14900/are-your-plants-dead-or-alive http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14900/are-your-plants-dead-or-alive  Are your Plants Dead or Alive? Posted by cookinwithherbs
After the severe winter weather that many of us have experienced, there are a good number of plants out in the garden that are brown and look dead. Don’t go pulling them out or cutting them back, until you check to see if they are wick. ]]>
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<![CDATA[On the road again: Springtime in the Ozarks]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:00:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14885/on-the-road-again-springtime-in-the-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14885/on-the-road-again-springtime-in-the-ozarks On the road again: Springtime in the Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
After a long, cold winter, we gardeners across the country welcome spring. And what better place to experience the season than in the mountains of Arkansas?... Come along for a little Ozark adventure… ]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring Harbingers are Popping Out]]> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:35:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14859/spring-harbingers-are-popping-out http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14859/spring-harbingers-are-popping-out Spring Harbingers are Popping Out Posted by cookinwithherbs
After all of the cold weather this winter, most of the nation is experiencing a late spring. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring--here are a few herbal harbingers that are just popping out! And a fast and tasty recipe for herbs with scrambled eggs. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14859/spring-harbingers-are-popping-out
<![CDATA[Plantanos Fritos--Fried Plantains]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:44:43 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14827/plantanos-fritos-fried-plantains http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14827/plantanos-fritos-fried-plantains Plantanos Fritos--Fried Plantains Posted by cookinwithherbs
Rice and beans are staple foods for our vegetarian diet. This time of year, we are all feeling a bit of cabin fever... so why not add a tropical twist to the menu? Plantanos or plantains are a member of the banana family and are readily available at the grocery store--usually next to the bananas. Try this easy and delectable recipe, which will add a Costa Rican flavor to your rice and beans. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14827/plantanos-fritos-fried-plantains
<![CDATA[Plantains: Add a Tropical Twist to Ho-Hum Winter Fare]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:22:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14829/plantains-add-a-tropical-twist-to-ho-hum-winter-fare http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14829/plantains-add-a-tropical-twist-to-ho-hum-winter-fare Plantains: Add a Tropical Twist to Ho-Hum Winter Fare Posted by cookinwithherbs
Rice and beans are a staple winter meal. Keep cabin fever at bay by adding a tropical twist to your everyday fare--plantains are easy to cook and fun to eat. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14829/plantains-add-a-tropical-twist-to-ho-hum-winter-fare
<![CDATA[Costa Rica: Cloudforest]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:31:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14806/costa-rica-cloudforest http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14806/costa-rica-cloudforest Costa Rica: Cloudforest Posted by cookinwithherbs
Okay, I know three blogs on Costa Rica when we are all dealing with snow and freezing temps is a bit much, however I would be remiss if I did not show you the cloudforest and volcano! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Costa Rica: Pura Vida]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:43:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14786/costa-rica-pura-vida http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14786/costa-rica-pura-vida Costa Rica: Pura Vida Posted by cookinwithherbs
While my last blog was also on Costa Rica featuring fauna and flora and a paddleboard trip through the mangroves, this one will highlight going up the coast to visit a spice farm and inland to where they grow vegetables and fruit. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Costa Rica]]> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:24:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14768/costa-rica http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14768/costa-rica Costa Rica Posted by cookinwithherbs
While much of the country has been besieged with snowstorms and below-average temperatures, it is summer in Costa Rica. I had the great fortune of a recent visit there--let these photos from eight degrees above the equator take you away for a quick trip to the tropics! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Lima Beans with Tarragon]]> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:15:57 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14707/lima-beans-with-tarragon http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14707/lima-beans-with-tarragon Lima Beans with Tarragon Posted by cookinwithherbs
I have preserved tarragon on hand from last season, so I am able to use it to brighten winter dishes. If you haven’t done it before, be sure to preserve some tarragon next growing season. Meanwhile, try this easy and tasty white bean dish—use preserved, dried or frozen tarragon. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14707/lima-beans-with-tarragon
<![CDATA[Artemisia: Herb of the Year 2014]]> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:21:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14655/artemisia-herb-of-the-year-2014 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14655/artemisia-herb-of-the-year-2014 Artemisia: Herb of the Year 2014 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year the International Herb Association selects a new herb to feature--this year is Artemisia! Learn more about this wonderful genus of herbs beloved by gardeners for centuries, used by cooks and in the apothecary. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter Days, Travels and Comfort Food]]> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:50:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14634/winter-days-travels-and-comfort-food http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14634/winter-days-travels-and-comfort-food Winter Days, Travels and Comfort Food Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been on the road and going north (rather than south!) in this cold winter weather, which many of us are experiencing. Many of us are hunkering down in the cold weather--hang on, spring is just around the corner-- meanwhile, click on this seasonal vegetables with rice dish. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Get Inspired even in the Grey Days of Winter]]> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:24:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14635/get-inspired-even-in-the-grey-days-of-winter http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14635/get-inspired-even-in-the-grey-days-of-winter Get Inspired even in the Grey Days of Winter Posted by cookinwithherbs
Winter is upon us--and for many it has been fiercely cold--or you've had lots of precipitation from inches of rain to feet of snow. Don't let the cold and grey days get you down, instead, get inspired. Attend a conference or symposium, learn something new; research something you have always wanted to know more about and sign up for a class; spend a day dreaming of this year's garden, looking at the plethora of seed catalogs and order some seeds; sprout some sprouts; better yet, plant some lettuce or spinach in a seed flat; wash and fertilize some neglected house plants; clean up the greenhouse; start some bulbs or root cuttings; or spend some time with a gardening pal or a good garden book. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14635/get-inspired-even-in-the-grey-days-of-winter
<![CDATA[New Year's Eve: Farewell to 2013 and Ring in the New 2014]]> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:09:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14622/new-years-eve-farewell-to-2013-and-ring-in-the-new-2014 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14622/new-years-eve-farewell-to-2013-and-ring-in-the-new-2014 New Year's Eve: Farewell to 2013 and Ring in the New 2014 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every new year's eve brings about reflection and closure of the past year and plans, hopes and expectations for the new year. The influx of gardening and seed catalogs has surely whetted the appetite for most of us gardeners. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Celebrate the Winter Solstice]]> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:14:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14605/celebrate-the-winter-solstice http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14605/celebrate-the-winter-solstice Celebrate the Winter Solstice Posted by cookinwithherbs
    "They call this the first day of winter, but actually it is the beginning of winter's death. From this day on, we can look forward to warming and brightening." ---Den Ming Dao, 365 Tao 355... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Books for the Gardener: Picks for 2013]]> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:42:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14580/books-for-the-gardener-picks-for-2013 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14580/books-for-the-gardener-picks-for-2013 Books for the Gardener: Picks for 2013 Posted by cookinwithherbs
There is a plethora of books out there. I am an avid reader and have both new and old books piled high awaiting my perusal. It is hard to choose just a few, however I am limiting myself to just a handful of recommendations for gardening and cooking-related books. Herein are my top 5 books for 2013, plus an herbal calendar. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Tools for the Gardener: These are a few of my favorite things]]> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:54:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14563/tools-for-the-gardener-these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14563/tools-for-the-gardener-these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things Tools for the Gardener: These are a few of my favorite things Posted by cookinwithherbs
Included here are the tools that I use the most--I depend on them--and use them everyday during the gardening season. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cranberry and Orange Relish with Maple Syrup]]> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:09:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14535/cranberry-and-orange-relish-with-maple-syrup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14535/cranberry-and-orange-relish-with-maple-syrup Cranberry and Orange Relish with Maple Syrup Posted by cookinwithherbs
This recipe has only three ingredients and is quite simple to make. It is a wonderful accompaniment to the Thanksgiving table, or to any meat, fowl, or vegetarian entree. The relish is fresh and crunchy, tart and sweet. I like it right out of the bowl with a spoon. It is tasty on yogurt with granola, over ice cream, in a smoothie, on a bagel with cream cheese, and on sandwiches. Try it with sharp cheddar on pumpernickel for a great grilled cheese or on a veggie or turkey reuben with sauerkraut. Mix some into a vinaigrette or marinade. Cranberries are at their peak in November--so buy some now--they will keep in the fridge for about two months and can be frozen. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14535/cranberry-and-orange-relish-with-maple-syrup
<![CDATA[Fall: Time for the Gardener to be Grateful]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:32:03 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14521/fall-time-for-the-gardener-to-be-grateful http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14521/fall-time-for-the-gardener-to-be-grateful Fall: Time for the Gardener to be Grateful Posted by cookinwithherbs
Well, it is too cold to garden anymore this season... last night it was 18 degrees F in my zone 7 garden. Therefore, this gardener has moved indoors--now is the time to take care of the indoor projects that have piled up while we were outside--and also take some time to appreciate what we have accomplished. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Wildwoods Walk]]> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:10:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14469/wildwoods-walk http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14469/wildwoods-walk Wildwoods Walk Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, I went on a wild woods walk with naturalist and wildwoodsman, Doug Elliott. Experience some of the fun, and sights we saw, not to mention glean a few interesting facts. ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Colors of Fall]]> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:25:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14453/the-colors-of-fall http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14453/the-colors-of-fall The Colors of Fall Posted by cookinwithherbs
As the harvest season slows considerably, the autumnal colors abound. Here are some colors and textures in the fall garden accompanied by why and how leaves change colors and fall from the trees, as well as thoughts of the season. ]]>
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<![CDATA[A Day in Washington, D.C.]]> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:21:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14408/a-day-in-washington-dc http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14408/a-day-in-washington-dc A Day in Washington, D.C. Posted by cookinwithherbs
This past weekend we had glorious autumn weather--cool and crisp, bright and sunny--azure skies were the backdrop to the russets, golds, scarlet and brown of autumn leaves. What better time for a daytrip to visit the White House garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:18:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14385/peanut-and-sweet-potato-soup-with-coconut-milk http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14385/peanut-and-sweet-potato-soup-with-coconut-milk Peanut and Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut Milk Posted by cookinwithherbs
This soup was inspired by the African ingredients, which are indigenous there, as well as some crops that have become part of the diet of the many countries from this continent. It is full of flavor, rich and hardy, and vegan though not on purpose. Add double the amount of chile peppers if you like it hot. Use any greens that you have: kale, collards, chard, spinach, field or watercress, orach, dandelion, or a mixture thereof. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14385/peanut-and-sweet-potato-soup-with-coconut-milk
<![CDATA[Peanuts]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:40:05 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14366/peanuts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14366/peanuts Peanuts Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's peanut-pickin' time here in the southern U.S. There is nothin' better than shellin' and eatin' just-roasted, fresh peanuts. However, a Southerner might argue about that as many seem to enjoy their peanuts boiled... which I think you might have to grow up eating them... or acquire a taste for boiled peanuts. Roasted or boiled, now is the time to enjoy the new harvest of goobers, as they are often fondly referred too. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14366/peanuts
<![CDATA[Spicy Stewed Okra]]> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:12:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14355/spicy-stewed-okra http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14355/spicy-stewed-okra Spicy Stewed Okra Posted by cookinwithherbs
Okra is a handsome garden plant and the flowers are quite lovely. Pick okra pods when they are 2 1/2- to 3-inches long; 4-inches is about maximum because they tend to get tough and stringy when too big. If you harvest your okra everyday--in just a few days you will have enough to make this stew. It is easy and tasty and can be frozen if you have excess. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14355/spicy-stewed-okra
<![CDATA[On the Road: Autumn in Arkansas ]]> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:42:24 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14338/on-the-road-autumn-in-arkansas http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14338/on-the-road-autumn-in-arkansas On the Road: Autumn in Arkansas Posted by cookinwithherbs
The Ozark Mountains in autumn are as beautiful as the renowned New England scenery. I am here for the Herb Harvest Fall Festival at the Ozark Folk Center... as well as to enjoy the gardens and seasonal landscape... it is harvest season! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14338/on-the-road-autumn-in-arkansas
<![CDATA[Figs in Fall]]> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:39:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14311/figs-in-fall http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14311/figs-in-fall Figs in Fall Posted by cookinwithherbs
With the arrival of autumn and cooler weather, there are certain crops that are ready to harvest like apples and grapes and pumpkins--and much to the delight of many--figs. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Habanero Shrub]]> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:02:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14282/habanero-shrub http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14282/habanero-shrub Habanero Shrub Posted by cookinwithherbs
Our friend Marion Spear is the queen of shrubs. She makes them from all kinds of fruits and introduced us to chile pepper shrub. Yeehaw! Besides as a sipping beverage to clear the throat before singing, she uses them on ice cream, as a beverage with cream (rather like a syllabub), with whipped cream as a pie filling and in a multitude of other ways. If you can tolerate foods that have the characteristic capsaicin burn, you will find this shrub an invigorating, delicious tonic. The honey balances and subdues the heat without totally extinguishing it. I use this whenever I feel a sniffle, cold or sore throat coming on. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14282/habanero-shrub
<![CDATA[Habaneros: The Big Hot One!]]> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:43:52 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14248/habaneros-the-big-hot-one http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14248/habaneros-the-big-hot-one Habaneros: The Big Hot One! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right about now, we chileheads are in chile heaven (think hotter than hell!) since it is the peak of the chile harvest. I have a bumper crop of habaneros--big ones--find out what I am doing with them. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14248/habaneros-the-big-hot-one
<![CDATA[Tomato Abundance]]> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:59:43 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14249/tomato-abundance http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14249/tomato-abundance Tomato Abundance Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is the end of August and we are at the peak for summer tomatoes. Here are 15 ways to eat tomatoes (hum this to the tune of "50 ways to leave your lover" as you harvest). ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14249/tomato-abundance
<![CDATA[Readying the Garden for Fall]]> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:35:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14231/readying-the-garden-for-fall http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14231/readying-the-garden-for-fall Readying the Garden for Fall Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now we are up to our elbows in garden bounty. Hallelujah! However, even though we are busy harvesting, preserving, drying and putting up the bounty before us--it is time to be putting in fall crops. This is easy to do, as we remove one crop, amend the soil, and replace it with another. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14231/readying-the-garden-for-fall
<![CDATA[Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants]]> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:29:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14141/book-review-how-to-move-like-a-gardener-planting-and-preparing-medicines-from-plants http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14141/book-review-how-to-move-like-a-gardener-planting-and-preparing-medicines-from-plants Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener:  Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here's my favorite new gardening book: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants by Deb Soule, (Rockport, Maine: Under the Willow Press, 2013) is a delightful, insightful and inspiring read. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14141/book-review-how-to-move-like-a-gardener-planting-and-preparing-medicines-from-plants
<![CDATA[A Gardener's Mid-Summer Meanderings]]> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:20:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14101/a-gardeners-mid-summer-meanderings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14101/a-gardeners-mid-summer-meanderings A Gardener's Mid-Summer Meanderings Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is already midsummer and the harvest has begun... here's what's going on in my garden and kitchen. Time to put up the garden bounty! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14101/a-gardeners-mid-summer-meanderings
<![CDATA[IHA Conference in the Great Smoky Mountains]]> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:38:05 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14047/iha-conference-in-the-great-smoky-mountains http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14047/iha-conference-in-the-great-smoky-mountains IHA Conference in the Great Smoky Mountains Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although my last post was on the Kitchen Garden at UT, I can't quite leave out a few other sights and gardens in Tennessee--here are some other worthwhile places to see. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14047/iha-conference-in-the-great-smoky-mountains
<![CDATA[The Kitchen Garden at The University of Tennessee ]]> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:16:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14024/the-kitchen-garden-at-the-university-of-tennessee http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14024/the-kitchen-garden-at-the-university-of-tennessee The Kitchen Garden at The University of Tennessee Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, the International Herb Association held their annual conference in Townsend, Tennessee, known as the quiet side of the Smokies. Nestled down in the Appalachian Mountains, we had nature surrounding us; though we did venture out on a few tours. My favorite was a visit to the University of Tennessee trial gardens with the highlight being their Kitchen Garden. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/14024/the-kitchen-garden-at-the-university-of-tennessee
<![CDATA[Summertime and the Living is Easy ]]> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:57:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13957/summertime-and-the-living-is-easy http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13957/summertime-and-the-living-is-easy Summertime and the Living is Easy Posted by cookinwithherbs
Whether we are home working in our gardens or driving down the road on vacation, garden bounty abounds. Enjoy the abundance and celebrate the flavors of summer. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13957/summertime-and-the-living-is-easy
<![CDATA[Make your Fourth of July Cookout Sparkle with the Flavor of Herbs!]]> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 14:01:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13901/make-your-fourth-of-july-cookout-sparkle-with-the-flavor-of-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13901/make-your-fourth-of-july-cookout-sparkle-with-the-flavor-of-herbs Make your Fourth of July Cookout Sparkle with the Flavor of Herbs! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many of us serve the same foods for cookouts--cold salads, deviled eggs, vegetables, meats and poultry from the grill, baked beans, fruit salad--here are a few ideas for adding herbs to enliven your usual fare so that they explode with flavor! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13901/make-your-fourth-of-july-cookout-sparkle-with-the-flavor-of-herbs
<![CDATA[Garden Bounty has Begun--Time to Harvest!]]> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:32:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13856/garden-bounty-has-begun-time-to-harvest http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13856/garden-bounty-has-begun-time-to-harvest Garden Bounty has Begun--Time to Harvest! Posted by cookinwithherbs
The garden is producing in leaps and bounds right now, thanks to the rain and the heat. Get out there and harvest your annual herbs before they flower and prune back perennials to encourage new growth. The more that you cut your herbs, the more leaves they will produce for you throughout the season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13856/garden-bounty-has-begun-time-to-harvest
<![CDATA[Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes with Herbs and Whipped Cream]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:03:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13822/homemade-strawberry-shortcakes-with-herbs-and-whipped-cream http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13822/homemade-strawberry-shortcakes-with-herbs-and-whipped-cream Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes with Herbs and Whipped Cream Posted by cookinwithherbs
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than with homemade strawberry shortcake made with garden herbs? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13822/homemade-strawberry-shortcakes-with-herbs-and-whipped-cream
<![CDATA[Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) ]]> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:59:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13823/cilantro-coriandrum-sativum http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13823/cilantro-coriandrum-sativum Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Coriander or cilantro is one of my favorite herbs to cultivate and cook with--see how easy it is to sow this annual seed so you can harvest it all summer. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13823/cilantro-coriandrum-sativum
<![CDATA[Summer Reading]]> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 01:06:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13752/summer-reading http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13752/summer-reading Summer Reading Posted by cookinwithherbs
When we gardeners are worn out from digging, planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. or it is too dang hot to be out there in the afternoon sun, it is nice to relax with a cold iced tea or lemonade and read a book. There is nothing like a good book awaiting us at the end of the day. Here are two of the books that I have just read or am in the midst of reading right now. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13752/summer-reading
<![CDATA[How to Transplant]]> Sat, 25 May 2013 14:23:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13721/how-to-transplant http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13721/how-to-transplant How to Transplant Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is the time of year when gardeners are busy transplanting seedlings which they have grown, or plants that have been purchased from a nursery or garden center. Follow these simple ABCs of transplanting for success. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13721/how-to-transplant
<![CDATA[Edible Flowers for Mothers' Day]]> Sat, 11 May 2013 17:42:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13631/edible-flowers-for-mothers-day http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13631/edible-flowers-for-mothers-day Edible Flowers for Mothers' Day Posted by cookinwithherbs
Tomorrow we celebrate our mothers. Besides expressing our gratitude and giving them flowers, why not feed them some of the delightful, colorful and tasty blossoms that are in bloom in our gardens right now? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13631/edible-flowers-for-mothers-day
<![CDATA[Spring Pleasures]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 14:39:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13632/spring-pleasures http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13632/spring-pleasures Spring Pleasures Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring has sprung and there are many chores for the gardener. However, I find that there are as many delights, if not more, that outweigh the work. See some of the plants sprouting in my garden, and what I am transplanting. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13632/spring-pleasures
<![CDATA[Recipes for a Healthy Lunch from the Medicinal Herb Seminar]]> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:34:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13576/recipes-for-a-healthy-lunch-from-the-medicinal-herb-seminar http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13576/recipes-for-a-healthy-lunch-from-the-medicinal-herb-seminar Recipes for a Healthy Lunch from the Medicinal Herb Seminar Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, I participated in the Medicinal Herb Seminar at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, where I provided the recipes for lunch. There were so many requests for the recipes, the soup which I have previously posted here--that I decided to share the recipes from here as well as add a few. Enjoy! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13576/recipes-for-a-healthy-lunch-from-the-medicinal-herb-seminar
<![CDATA[Buttermilk Biscuits with Garlic and Sage]]> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:30:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13588/buttermilk-biscuits-with-garlic-and-sage http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13588/buttermilk-biscuits-with-garlic-and-sage Buttermilk Biscuits with Garlic and Sage Posted by cookinwithherbs
These biscuits are both savory and toothsome. They are redolent with herbs and garlic and made hearty by the addition of part whole-wheat flour. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13588/buttermilk-biscuits-with-garlic-and-sage
<![CDATA[Not-Your-Average Waldorf Salad]]> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:18:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13586/not-your-average-waldorf-salad http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13586/not-your-average-waldorf-salad Not-Your-Average Waldorf Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a very tasty upscale version of an old favorite, which is quick to prepare. Use whatever apples you have on hand—I often use a combination—just be sure they are crisp, not mushy. I make a big batch of this, because we like to have leftovers the next day; the recipe can be halved easily. Use part low-fat or nonfat yogurt instead of all mayonnaise. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13586/not-your-average-waldorf-salad
<![CDATA[Kids and Herbs]]> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:38:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13469/kids-and-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13469/kids-and-herbs Kids and Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last week, we traveled to Jonesboro, Arkansas to the Health and Wellness Elementary School to cook with the kids there. Read all about the fun we had smelling and tasting herbs! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13469/kids-and-herbs
<![CDATA[How to Make Root Cuttings]]> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:57:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13470/how-to-make-root-cuttings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13470/how-to-make-root-cuttings How to Make Root Cuttings Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is the perfect time of year to take new pliable tip cuttings from your perennial herbs to make root cuttings. This is a great way to share herbs with your gardening friends--encourage pass-along plants! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13470/how-to-make-root-cuttings
<![CDATA[Welcome Spring]]> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:52:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13452/welcome-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13452/welcome-spring Welcome Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here in the Ozarks,and in many places across the country, spring is bursting out all over--and this week we celebrated the vernal equinox--when night and day are the same length. And then Mother Nature decided to let us know who is in charge and dropped a blanket of snow over the earth. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13452/welcome-spring
<![CDATA[Sow Your Own Annual Herbs]]> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 16:31:14 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13405/sow-your-own-annual-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13405/sow-your-own-annual-herbs Sow Your Own Annual Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Now is the time to sow your own annual herbs. Often we need more than a few of some herbs like arugula, coriander, dill, etc. It is very easy to sow your own and you will have herbs ready for harvest or transplant in about 30 days! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13405/sow-your-own-annual-herbs
<![CDATA[Spring is Nearly Here]]> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:15:46 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13352/spring-is-nearly-here http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13352/spring-is-nearly-here Spring is Nearly Here Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here I am blogging from the road--and spring is popping out all over--well at least in the southern part of the country. We gardeners are getting ready for the next growing season with great anticipation. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13352/spring-is-nearly-here
<![CDATA[Snake Oil: The Making of Fish Pepper Hot Sauce]]> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:50:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13333/snake-oil-the-making-of-fish-pepper-hot-sauce http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13333/snake-oil-the-making-of-fish-pepper-hot-sauce Snake Oil: The Making of Fish Pepper Hot Sauce Posted by cookinwithherbs
Fish peppers make a killer hot sauce and Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen has perfected it in their own, prescription-strength hot sauce: Snake Oil. Get a behind-the-scene's process right here! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13333/snake-oil-the-making-of-fish-pepper-hot-sauce
<![CDATA[Fish Peppers]]> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:04:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13324/fish-peppers http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13324/fish-peppers Fish Peppers Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here is a plant that you will want to grow in your garden this year; this gardener's pick deserves a whole blog. I grew these chiles last summer--had four plants--the leaves are variegated and the chiles are somewhat striated and often striped so they are handsome plants, very ornamental. Not to mention, they are hot! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13324/fish-peppers
<![CDATA[Seeds to Try]]> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:23:14 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13286/seeds-to-try http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13286/seeds-to-try Seeds to Try Posted by cookinwithherbs
Every year, I grow plants that I have grown before which I really like--and each year I try new plants. Here are three plants which I grew last year that I will be sure to grow again this year! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13286/seeds-to-try
<![CDATA[January ]]> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:08:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13197/january http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13197/january January Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's the last day of January; tomorrow we begin February. Although we are full on into winter and we may not see it--life is burgeoning out there--here's what is going on in my garden. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13197/january
<![CDATA[Elder, Herb of the Year 2013]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:57:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13198/elder-herb-of-the-year-2013 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13198/elder-herb-of-the-year-2013 Elder, Herb of the Year 2013 Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year the International Herb Association has chosen elder (Sambucus spp.) as herb of the year for 2013. Find out the many reasons why we honor this ancient herbal tree. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13198/elder-herb-of-the-year-2013
<![CDATA[Start the New Year with Books]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:44:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13176/start-the-new-year-with-books http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13176/start-the-new-year-with-books Start the New Year with Books Posted by cookinwithherbs
With the cold weather and time by the woodstove, what better than to curl up with a good book? Here are a few from last year and a few from the new year... all worthwhile reads for me. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13176/start-the-new-year-with-books
<![CDATA[Happy New Year--The Gardening Season for 2013 has begun!]]> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:45:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13105/happy-new-year-the-gardening-season-for-2013-has-begun http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13105/happy-new-year-the-gardening-season-for-2013-has-begun Happy New Year--The Gardening Season for 2013 has begun! Posted by cookinwithherbs
I am looking out at a cold winter landscape with barren trees, a bit of snow still here and there and a grey and white sky; not much green or growing. However, life is burgeoning in those tree trunks and underground and my imagination runs wild as I sit by the woodstove with my gardening catalogs, almanacs and moon-and sun-sign books. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13105/happy-new-year-the-gardening-season-for-2013-has-begun
<![CDATA[Winter Solstice Reflections from a Gardener's Perspective]]> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:43:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13106/winter-solstice-reflections-from-a-gardeners-perspective http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13106/winter-solstice-reflections-from-a-gardeners-perspective Winter Solstice Reflections from a Gardener's Perspective Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once again, the winter solstice is here, a day where the length of night and day are equal. Although it is considered the first day of winter, a time for turning inward and reflections on the past year and the year ahead--from this day forward, our days will be lengthening and brightening. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13106/winter-solstice-reflections-from-a-gardeners-perspective
<![CDATA[Harvest Punch with Apple Cider]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 16:18:24 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13089/harvest-punch-with-apple-cider http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13089/harvest-punch-with-apple-cider Harvest Punch with Apple Cider Posted by cookinwithherbs
You will want to make this recipe for your holiday gatherings! This punch has a rainbow of seasonal fruits in it--apple cider, orange, cranberry and pomegranate. It is delightful as is, and it becomes a libation when rum is added. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13089/harvest-punch-with-apple-cider
<![CDATA[Apple Cider Rules!]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:54:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13084/apple-cider-rules http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13084/apple-cider-rules Apple Cider Rules! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Fall and winter is the time of year that we get to drink the local apple cider. Here are a few ways to enjoy this nutritious apple essence during the season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/13084/apple-cider-rules
<![CDATA[From Chiles to Sauce]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 17:28:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12966/from-chiles-to-sauce http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12966/from-chiles-to-sauce From Chiles to Sauce Posted by cookinwithherbs
I've been making salsa for decades, however, I never have really made a concentrated sauce like Tabasco. When I brought in a huge bush of Tabasco peppers, I decided to try and make my own--with great results! Here's how you can do it and it is easy; there is nothing like homegrown & homemade! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12966/from-chiles-to-sauce
<![CDATA[Stuffed Cabbage Rolls]]> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:17:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12967/stuffed-cabbage-rolls http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12967/stuffed-cabbage-rolls Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here is another winning recipe from our cabbagepalooza days. These cabbage rolls make a hearty and tasty vegetarian main course; I can eat two, maybe three if there isn’t much else, however a hungry appetite might be able to eat four or five rolls. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12967/stuffed-cabbage-rolls
<![CDATA[Not your Grandma's Sauerkraut]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:31:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12938/not-your-grandmas-sauerkraut http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12938/not-your-grandmas-sauerkraut Not your Grandma's Sauerkraut Posted by cookinwithherbs
This quick and easy recipe for making sauerkraut is from colleague and friend Jeanette Larson--she likes sauerkraut as much as I do! Using this method of the bag of water on top as a weight eliminates having to remove scum from the top layer of your kraut. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12938/not-your-grandmas-sauerkraut
<![CDATA[Cabbagepalooza!... Sauerkraut and More]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:07:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12937/cabbagepalooza-sauerkraut-and-more http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12937/cabbagepalooza-sauerkraut-and-more Cabbagepalooza!... Sauerkraut and More Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, my next-door farmer came over with about 20 or more cabbages and we had a cabbagepalooza--making everything from sauerkraut and kimchi to stuffed cabbage rolls. Let yourself become cabbage-inspired with story, pix and recipe ideas below. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12937/cabbagepalooza-sauerkraut-and-more
<![CDATA[Making Sorghum Syrup]]> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:20:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12916/making-sorghum-syrup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12916/making-sorghum-syrup Making Sorghum Syrup Posted by cookinwithherbs
Recently, I had the great fun and pleasure to be involved in making sorghum the old-fashioned way. Sorghum producer, Benson Hardaway from Strawberry, Arkansas brought his sorghum and we pressed it using a donkey-powered sorghum mill at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12916/making-sorghum-syrup
<![CDATA[Cabbage with Tabil and Preserved Lemon, Tunisian-Style]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:34:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12850/cabbage-with-tabil-and-preserved-lemon-tunisian-style http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12850/cabbage-with-tabil-and-preserved-lemon-tunisian-style Cabbage with Tabil and Preserved Lemon, Tunisian-Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
This recipe is like a slaw except that the cabbage is blanched very briefly rather than being raw. It makes a tasty, textured salad, which absorbs the Tunisian flavors, which we added in the tabil spice blend and the preserved lemon. I like to add a little harissa sometimes. My friend and colleague, Jessica Sterlin, who is chef at the Skillet Restaurant, and I created this recipe together. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12850/cabbage-with-tabil-and-preserved-lemon-tunisian-style
<![CDATA[Sweet Carrots with Cinnamon, Orange and Fragrant Flower Water, Moroccan-Style]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:08:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12848/sweet-carrots-with-cinnamon-orange-and-fragrant-flower-water-moroccan-style http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12848/sweet-carrots-with-cinnamon-orange-and-fragrant-flower-water-moroccan-style Sweet Carrots with Cinnamon, Orange  and Fragrant Flower Water, Moroccan-Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
I ate this salad in numerous variations in Morocco. This recipe is adapted from my most frequently used book on Moroccan cuisine: Paula Wolfert’s Couscous and Other Good Foods from Morocco. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12848/sweet-carrots-with-cinnamon-orange-and-fragrant-flower-water-moroccan-style
<![CDATA[Beet and Onion Salad with Spearmint, Egyptian-Style]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:39:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12846/beet-and-onion-salad-with-spearmint-egyptian-style http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12846/beet-and-onion-salad-with-spearmint-egyptian-style Beet and Onion Salad with Spearmint, Egyptian-Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a tasty and easy way to prepare beets. The tart lemon with the earthy-sweet beets and just a touch of honey makes a delicious dressing. The onion adds a nice pungency, while the mint is a surprise, refreshing addition. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12846/beet-and-onion-salad-with-spearmint-egyptian-style
<![CDATA[Herb Harvest Fall Festival ]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:27:19 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12835/herb-harvest-fall-festival http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12835/herb-harvest-fall-festival Herb Harvest Fall Festival Posted by cookinwithherbs
Reporting here from a recent event at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas... we had a great event last weekend with herbies and gardeners traveling from afar to learn about garden subjects and the featured countries of North Africa. Read on to find out about subjects and speakers and to get recipes for a trio of exotic salads prepared from seasonal vegetables with herb and spice blends of the Maghreb. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12835/herb-harvest-fall-festival
<![CDATA[Autumn Happenings in the Arkansas Ozarks]]> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:50:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12801/autumn-happenings-in-the-arkansas-ozarks http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12801/autumn-happenings-in-the-arkansas-ozarks Autumn Happenings in the Arkansas Ozarks Posted by cookinwithherbs
Writing from the road, in the Arkansas Ozarks, where the gardens are in full autumnal glory. Check out these photos from the Kitchen Garden at the Ozark Folk Center. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12801/autumn-happenings-in-the-arkansas-ozarks
<![CDATA[Chile Harvest Peaks with Autumnal Equinox]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:20:35 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12718/chile-harvest-peaks-with-autumnal-equinox http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12718/chile-harvest-peaks-with-autumnal-equinox Chile Harvest Peaks with Autumnal Equinox Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although I've been harvesting chile peppers from the garden for some time now... this time of year the chiles are peaking in gardens around the country. Last week I was able to procure Hatch chiles from New Mexico and are they ever delicious! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12718/chile-harvest-peaks-with-autumnal-equinox
<![CDATA[Swiss Chard Rolls with Quinoa]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:12:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12719/swiss-chard-rolls-with-quinoa http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12719/swiss-chard-rolls-with-quinoa Swiss Chard Rolls with Quinoa Posted by cookinwithherbs
My Swiss chard is having a resurgence after the summer heat--so I came up with this tasty dish using it. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12719/swiss-chard-rolls-with-quinoa
<![CDATA[September in the Garden: Time to Harvest and Preserve]]> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:08:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12702/september-in-the-garden-time-to-harvest-and-preserve http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12702/september-in-the-garden-time-to-harvest-and-preserve September in the Garden: Time to Harvest and Preserve Posted by cookinwithherbs
Labor Day weekend pretty much signals the end of the summer season and the beginning of fall. As the summer bounty slows considerably, autumn produce is ripening--so if you haven't done much canning--now is the time to get busy! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12702/september-in-the-garden-time-to-harvest-and-preserve
<![CDATA[Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 2]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:35:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12661/tomatoes-and-chiles-salsa-part-2 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12661/tomatoes-and-chiles-salsa-part-2 Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 2 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Combining our peak of the season summer vegetables--tomatoes and chiles to make salsa--results in a fiery and flavorful dish. Homemade is easy to do and so much better than store-bought. Chop it by hand or use the food processor. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12661/tomatoes-and-chiles-salsa-part-2
<![CDATA[Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 1]]> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:33:09 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12657/tomatoes-and-chiles-salsa-part-1 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12657/tomatoes-and-chiles-salsa-part-1 Tomatoes and Chiles = Salsa, part 1 Posted by cookinwithherbs
When tomatoes are in abundance it is time to make salsa! Here's a little chile talk on the back porch before going inside to prepare salsa--see how easy it is to make your own. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12657/tomatoes-and-chiles-salsa-part-1
<![CDATA[ Pesto: How to make the real thing!]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:33:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12616/pesto-how-to-make-the-real-thing http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12616/pesto-how-to-make-the-real-thing  Pesto: How to make the real thing! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is the time of year when basil is in abundance. Make pesto to eat on everything from tomatoes and pasta and bruschetta to grilled veggies, seafood or poultry. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12616/pesto-how-to-make-the-real-thing
<![CDATA[Garden Gazpacho]]> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:24:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12611/garden-gazpacho http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12611/garden-gazpacho Garden Gazpacho Posted by cookinwithherbs
When tomatoes are ripe and in season this simple, savory soup is the perfect way to begin a meal, or to enjoy for lunch, perhaps with some bread and cheese. This is not a ho-hum, cold, watery soup; it is packed full of flavor. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12611/garden-gazpacho
<![CDATA[Homegrown Tomatoes]]> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:06:48 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12602/homegrown-tomatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12602/homegrown-tomatoes Homegrown Tomatoes Posted by cookinwithherbs
By the looks of current posts, tomatoes are a popular topic. We are in the peak of tomato season and no matter how you slice them--thick or thin--enjoy them while you can! Check out these ideas and recipes. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12602/homegrown-tomatoes
<![CDATA[Bringing in the Alliums]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:55:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12552/bringing-in-the-alliums http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12552/bringing-in-the-alliums Bringing in the Alliums Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now, we are rich in alliums. In the past few weeks, we have been curing the alliums--garlic, onions and shallots--which we harvested about three weeks or so ago. It is important to cure and store these bulbs so you don't lose your crop to mold or rot. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12552/bringing-in-the-alliums
<![CDATA[Basil Blueberry Muffins]]> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12525/basil-blueberry-muffins http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12525/basil-blueberry-muffins Basil Blueberry Muffins Posted by cookinwithherbs
My basils are growing in leaps and bounds and I've cut them back three times already--so I've been cooking with them daily. In my neighborhood, the pick-your-own farms and farmers' markets have wonderful blueberries in abundance. So, combine the blueberries with lemon or cinnamon basil to make a delightful muffin... here's a yummy recipe. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12525/basil-blueberry-muffins
<![CDATA[The International Herb Association Conference 2012, Corning, New York ]]> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:23:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12511/the-international-herb-association-conference-2012-corning-new-york http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12511/the-international-herb-association-conference-2012-corning-new-york The International Herb Association Conference 2012, Corning, New York Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just back from a wonderful IHA conference in Corning, New York and I want to take you on a quick tour of a few highlights from our field trip: Finger Lakes Distilling; Cornell Plantations; L.H. Bailey Hortorium and Healing Spirits Herb Farm. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12511/the-international-herb-association-conference-2012-corning-new-york
<![CDATA[Wineberries and Blueberries with Lemon Basil Syrup]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 17:17:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12455/wineberries-and-blueberries-with-lemon-basil-syrup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12455/wineberries-and-blueberries-with-lemon-basil-syrup Wineberries and Blueberries with Lemon Basil Syrup Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer berries and lemon basil combine to make a heightened summer flavor combo. Serve this over ice cream or garnished with whipped cream or yogurt for a patriotic dessert! If you don't have lemon basil, try lemon balm or lemon verbena--or just make the simple syrup below using the zest of 1 lemon. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12455/wineberries-and-blueberries-with-lemon-basil-syrup
<![CDATA[Wineberries]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:48:02 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12440/wineberries http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12440/wineberries Wineberries Posted by cookinwithherbs
The wild wineberry vines are loaded with ripe fruit right now so go out and harvest them and click on the recipe link for a red,white and blue dessert! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12440/wineberries
<![CDATA[Summertime Musings]]> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:46:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12411/summertime-musings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12411/summertime-musings Summertime Musings Posted by cookinwithherbs
Summer is officially here and so is the heat. Here's what is going on in my neighborhood Maryland garden... and some gardens down south... happy July and keep on gardening! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Scarecrows]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:46:46 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12397/scarecrows http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12397/scarecrows Scarecrows Posted by cookinwithherbs
How to keep critters out of your garden? Try this good, old-fashioned scare tactic. ]]>
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<![CDATA[My Big Backyard, The Children's Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:46:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12377/my-big-backyard-the-childrens-garden-at-memphis-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12377/my-big-backyard-the-childrens-garden-at-memphis-botanic-garden My Big Backyard, The Children's Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
I have visited a number of children's gardens in my travels and this is one of the best. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12377/my-big-backyard-the-childrens-garden-at-memphis-botanic-garden
<![CDATA[The Herb Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:32:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12334/the-herb-garden-at-memphis-botanic-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12334/the-herb-garden-at-memphis-botanic-garden The Herb Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last weekend, I attended the Herb Symposium at the Memphis Botanic Garden celebrating the new Herb Garden there. It is truly wonderful--check out the photos. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12334/the-herb-garden-at-memphis-botanic-garden
<![CDATA[Memorial Day Kicks off the Summer Gardening Season]]> Mon, 28 May 2012 20:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12288/memorial-day-kicks-off-the-summer-gardening-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12288/memorial-day-kicks-off-the-summer-gardening-season Memorial Day Kicks off the Summer Gardening Season Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although Memorial Day always falls at the end of May and summer solstice isn’t until June 21, I always feel that this weekend is the real start to summer. By now, we gardeners have been digging and sowing and transplanting, and of course weeding, for months now. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12288/memorial-day-kicks-off-the-summer-gardening-season
<![CDATA[Mint Mojito]]> Mon, 28 May 2012 09:38:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12283/mint-mojito http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12283/mint-mojito Mint Mojito Posted by cookinwithherbs
Mojitos are a popular bar drink, especially in hot weather, since they are refreshing and cooling. I make them often and I’ve made them lots of ways. They are easy to prepare and the traditional cocktail requires five essential ingredients: rum, fresh lime, spearmint, sugar and sparkling water. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12283/mint-mojito
<![CDATA[Spearmint is the Quintessential Summer Herb]]> Mon, 28 May 2012 09:34:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12282/spearmint-is-the-quintessential-summer-herb http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12282/spearmint-is-the-quintessential-summer-herb Spearmint is the Quintessential Summer Herb Posted by cookinwithherbs
There are many kinds of spearmint (Mentha spicata): Some are fuzzy-leaved while others are smooth; there are big leaves to small, and even curly. I like them all for cooking and beverages. Their flavor is sweet, cool, and refreshing. If a recipe calls for mint—and doesn’t specify which type—use spearmint since it grows on all continents, except of course the polar ones. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12282/spearmint-is-the-quintessential-summer-herb
<![CDATA[Floating Row Cover]]> Mon, 21 May 2012 21:51:12 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12260/floating-row-cover http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12260/floating-row-cover Floating Row Cover Posted by cookinwithherbs
I use this simple and handy gardening tool to keep my garden safe from pests--if you haven't used FRC--it is time you tried it! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12260/floating-row-cover
<![CDATA[Rhubarb and Strawberry Preserves]]> Tue, 15 May 2012 23:33:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12232/rhubarb-and-strawberry-preserves http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12232/rhubarb-and-strawberry-preserves Rhubarb and Strawberry Preserves Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is the season for strawberries and rhubarb--this is a simple and quick recipe to prepare--and it is quite delightful to eat. I eat it for breakfast on cottage cheese or with waffles or yogurt; as a fruity snack right out of the container; a spoonful is deliciously elegant in a glass of champagne; and it is a perfect springtime dessert spooned warm over vanilla ice cream. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12232/rhubarb-and-strawberry-preserves
<![CDATA[Green Goodness Soup (Weed Soup)]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:10:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12111/green-goodness-soup-weed-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12111/green-goodness-soup-weed-soup Green Goodness Soup (Weed Soup) Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a delicious and nutritious soup made from wild edibles found in your backyard. Just be sure to harvest from an area where no chemicals or pesticides have been sprayed. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12111/green-goodness-soup-weed-soup
<![CDATA[Harvesting Edible Weeds from the Backyard]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12055/harvesting-edible-weeds-from-the-backyard http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12055/harvesting-edible-weeds-from-the-backyard Harvesting Edible Weeds from the Backyard Posted by cookinwithherbs
With the advent of spring weather comes a huge variety of wild edibles in our gardens and yards, and these can be harvested and brought into the kitchen. Learn how to harvest three of my spring favorites: stinging nettle, dandelion, and chickweed. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12055/harvesting-edible-weeds-from-the-backyard
<![CDATA[Video Recipe: Green Goodness Soup]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:37:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12102/video-recipe-green-goodness-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12102/video-recipe-green-goodness-soup Video Recipe: Green Goodness Soup Posted by cookinwithherbs
Try using your wild backyard weeds to make a delicious and healthy seasonal soup. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12102/video-recipe-green-goodness-soup
<![CDATA[Video: How to Harvest Chickweed]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:30:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12087/video-how-to-harvest-chickweed http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12087/video-how-to-harvest-chickweed Video: How to Harvest Chickweed Posted by cookinwithherbs
There are many delicious wild edibles in our gardens and backyards awaiting harvest. If you are not certain of the plants' identification, use your guidebooks to identify them. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12087/video-how-to-harvest-chickweed
<![CDATA[Video: How to Harvest Dandelion]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:18:27 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12085/video-how-to-harvest-dandelion http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12085/video-how-to-harvest-dandelion Video: How to Harvest Dandelion Posted by cookinwithherbs
There are many delicious wild edibles in our gardens and backyards awaiting harvest. If you are not certain of the plants' identification, use your guidebooks to identify them. Here are a few seasonal favorites. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12085/video-how-to-harvest-dandelion
<![CDATA[Video: How to Harvest Stinging Nettles]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:02:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12069/video-how-to-harvest-stinging-nettles http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12069/video-how-to-harvest-stinging-nettles Video: How to Harvest Stinging Nettles Posted by cookinwithherbs
Stinging nettle is a great spring tonic, but the leaves and stem are prickly and will sting bare skin. See how to harvest it in this video. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12069/video-how-to-harvest-stinging-nettles
<![CDATA[Prepping Edible Weeds for Cooking]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12096/prepping-edible-weeds-for-cooking http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12096/prepping-edible-weeds-for-cooking Prepping Edible Weeds for Cooking Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once you have harvested some of your edible weeds, bring them into the kitchen and clean them in order to create a tasty green soup. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12096/prepping-edible-weeds-for-cooking
<![CDATA[Moroccan Mint Tea]]> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:54:14 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12035/moroccan-mint-tea http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12035/moroccan-mint-tea Moroccan Mint Tea Posted by cookinwithherbs
To prepare the traditional Moroccan tea, keep the following essentials in mind. The tea must be green, with a mild flavor. The mint must be fresh (absolutely not dried), and it must be spearmint. The tea is traditionally very sweet; there is always sugar in the bottom of the glasses in Morocco. The tea should be served in small glasses with several fresh mint sprigs in each glass. This recipe is excerpted from Herbs in the Kitchen by Carolyn Dille and Susan Belsinger, Interweave Press, 1992. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12035/moroccan-mint-tea
<![CDATA[Herbs for Tea]]> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12016/herbs-for-tea http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12016/herbs-for-tea Herbs for Tea Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently gave a program on herbs to grow for tea. Now would be the time to design a tea party garden or plant tea herbs in containers. See the list below for my favorites. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12016/herbs-for-tea
<![CDATA[Take the Time to Attend Local Garden Events]]> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:51:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12017/take-the-time-to-attend-local-garden-events http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12017/take-the-time-to-attend-local-garden-events Take the Time to Attend Local Garden Events Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here I am reporting from the road... If you have a garden show, plant sale or seed swap happening in your area, these are worthwhile events to attend; you can gather ideas, learn new things, network with other like-minded individuals, obtain plants and seeds, not to mention get inspired! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12017/take-the-time-to-attend-local-garden-events
<![CDATA[Spring Forward]]> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 16:18:09 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11893/spring-forward http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11893/spring-forward Spring Forward Posted by cookinwithherbs
This weekend starts Daylight Saving Time throughout most of the United States. We will set our clocks forward an hour—springing forward. When we awake in the morning it might still be dark for some of us early-morning risers; that part might be challenging for a little while. However, we will have an extra hour of light at the end of the day, which makes most of us gardening types haapppyyy! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Leap Day, Gregorian Calendar, USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map, and more...]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:26:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11894/leap-day-gregorian-calendar-usdas-plant-hardiness-zone-map-and-more http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11894/leap-day-gregorian-calendar-usdas-plant-hardiness-zone-map-and-more Leap Day, Gregorian Calendar, USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map, and more... Posted by cookinwithherbs
Leap day—the 29th of February—only comes around every four years. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11894/leap-day-gregorian-calendar-usdas-plant-hardiness-zone-map-and-more
<![CDATA[Aloe Vera, A Favorite and Useful Houseplant]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:46:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11882/aloe-vera-a-favorite-and-useful-houseplant http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11882/aloe-vera-a-favorite-and-useful-houseplant Aloe Vera, A Favorite and Useful Houseplant Posted by cookinwithherbs
Aloe vera is a tropical succulent with many uses. It will suffer if left outdoors when the night-time temperatures dip below 40° F; these plants must be brought inside a heated greenhouse or sunroom in order to survive cold winters (colder than zone 10). ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11882/aloe-vera-a-favorite-and-useful-houseplant
<![CDATA[Dilled Beet and Buttermilk Soup]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:36:52 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11870/dilled-beet-and-buttermilk-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11870/dilled-beet-and-buttermilk-soup Dilled Beet and Buttermilk Soup Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just as cucumbers and dill make a winning combination, beets and dill are just as tasty together, as most Eastern Europeans and Scandinavians would agree. This is yet another version of the weirdly bright pink soup known as borscht, which has infinite variations; save the beet greens for another dish. If cucumbers are not in season, leave them out. This soup is uncooked and served at cool room temperature. If you want to serve it hot, put the soup into a non-reactive saucepan and heat it gently until hot through; serve immediately. It is best to use whole-fat buttermilk in this soup, or at least 1 1/2 % fat; do not use non-fat buttermilk. Sometimes I add up to 1 tablespoon of freshly grated horseradish root for a little kick. Borscht is often served with boiled potatoes, hard-cooked eggs, and extra minced dill for garnish. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11870/dilled-beet-and-buttermilk-soup
<![CDATA[Beets]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:19:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11866/beets http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11866/beets Beets Posted by cookinwithherbs
I like to celebrate the mid-winter holiday of St. Valentine with red vegetables--so of course the seasonal earthy root vegetable, the beet, is what I choose. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter Wait]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:38:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11831/winter-wait http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11831/winter-wait Winter Wait Posted by cookinwithherbs
For we northern gardeners, there is a waiting process this time every year. Here are a few things to do while we await the spring… and for you southerners… here’s just a dusting of winter white. ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Braised Fennel]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:18:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11793/braised-fennel http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11793/braised-fennel  Braised Fennel Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my recent gather-greens-before-the-freeze foray to Sharp Farm, I had the great fortune to harvest some lovely small fennel bulbs, which I prepared and enjoyed: Braised Fennel. Try this simple and delicious recipe while the fennel bulbs are still available. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11793/braised-fennel
<![CDATA[Fennel ]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:01:24 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11791/fennel http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11791/fennel Fennel Posted by cookinwithherbs
In my recent gather-greens-before-the-freeze foray to Sharp Farm, I had the great fortune to harvest some lovely small fennel bulbs, which I prepared and enjoyed. Read more about this high-in-fiber, tasty vegetable bulb and its herbal relations. Be sure to click on the delicious recipe for Braised Fennel! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11791/fennel
<![CDATA[Lentil and Greens Soup]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:35:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11769/lentil-and-greens-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11769/lentil-and-greens-soup Lentil and Greens Soup Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a perfect, heardy, winter-warming soup. You can use any greens in this recipe from the milder spinach, tat-soi or chard to the heartier kale, broccoli rabe, dandelion or collards. With the stronger, heftier greens, remove the tough ribs and use 2 to 4 cups of shredded leaves; with the milder greens you can use 4 to 6 cups of shredded leaves. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11769/lentil-and-greens-soup
<![CDATA[Great Gobs of Winter Greens]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:41:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11730/great-gobs-of-winter-greens http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11730/great-gobs-of-winter-greens Great Gobs of Winter Greens Posted by cookinwithherbs
Not only are the hardy winter greens high in vitamins and earth’s minerals so they are nourishing and good for us; once they have been exposed to cold weather they become much sweeter and are delicious to eat! Grow and eat your greens now and check out my recipes! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11730/great-gobs-of-winter-greens
<![CDATA[Tangy Kale Slaw]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 12:09:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11725/tangy-kale-slaw http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11725/tangy-kale-slaw Tangy Kale Slaw Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is the season for greens--and the cold weather has made them sweet and delicious. Here is a healthy and tasty recipe for kale that you will really enjoy! It is adapted from a recipe for a kale salad that I savored at the Green Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11725/tangy-kale-slaw
<![CDATA[Rose, Herb of the Year 2012]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:43:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11710/rose-herb-of-the-year-2012 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11710/rose-herb-of-the-year-2012 Rose, Herb of the Year 2012 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Roses are the world’s most beloved bloom. This plant has been revered since antiquity, lauded in literature, its virtues used in numerous ways: to anoint and perfume, soothe and heal, and even seduce. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11710/rose-herb-of-the-year-2012
<![CDATA[Winter Solstice and thoughts about Gardens of Use and Delight]]> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:17:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11671/winter-solstice-and-thoughts-about-gardens-of-use-and-delight http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11671/winter-solstice-and-thoughts-about-gardens-of-use-and-delight Winter Solstice and thoughts about Gardens of Use and Delight Posted by cookinwithherbs
Another year has rolled around… and we are celebrating the winter solstice. Although it officially happened here at 12:30 a.m. this morning, I attended an solstice celebration last night. It is unseasonably warm here in Maryland... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11671/winter-solstice-and-thoughts-about-gardens-of-use-and-delight
<![CDATA[Magical Moons and Seasonal Circles]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:11:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11660/magical-moons-and-seasonal-circles http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11660/magical-moons-and-seasonal-circles Magical Moons and Seasonal Circles Posted by cookinwithherbs
Magical Moons & Seasonal Circles is a book featuring Phenology, which is the study of the timing of natural-occuring events happening with all fauna and flora, which is influenced by the local environment, weather, climate, and seasonal rhythms. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11660/magical-moons-and-seasonal-circles
<![CDATA[Aunt Ruth's Heritage Chili Sauce]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:40:03 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11654/aunt-ruths-heritage-chili-sauce http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11654/aunt-ruths-heritage-chili-sauce Aunt Ruth's Heritage Chili Sauce Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's hard to go wrong with a time-tested family original recipe like this one. If you like your chili sauce with some heat, add fresh or dried hot cayenne pepper (crushed or chopped) or hot sauce to taste. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11654/aunt-ruths-heritage-chili-sauce
<![CDATA[Tis the Season!]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 11:09:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11651/tis-the-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11651/tis-the-season Tis the Season! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is that time of year again; for many of us gardening is on hold until the spring. So we are turning inwards in hibernation mode and getting ready for the holidays. I will be posting some ideas for gifts for the gardener here and throughout the week. One such gift is Pat Crocker's book Preserving: The Canning and Freezing Guide for All Seasons. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11651/tis-the-season
<![CDATA[Brussels Sprouts seasoned with Pantry Condiments]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 22:26:24 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11638/brussels-sprouts-seasoned-with-pantry-condiments http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11638/brussels-sprouts-seasoned-with-pantry-condiments Brussels Sprouts seasoned with Pantry Condiments Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you don't normally like Brussels sprouts, this tasty recipe might change your mind. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11638/brussels-sprouts-seasoned-with-pantry-condiments
<![CDATA[Brussels Sprouts ]]> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 22:11:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11634/brussels-sprouts http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11634/brussels-sprouts Brussels Sprouts Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now, is the best season for the brassicas, or members of the Cruciferae family. Although I love eating them in spring, when they are new and tender, this family of vegetables turns sweet and downright appealing once the weather turns cold and we have a frost or two. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11634/brussels-sprouts
<![CDATA[Skillet Corn Bread with Sage and Onions for Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 01:35:24 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11622/skillet-corn-bread-with-sage-and-onions-for-thanksgiving http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11622/skillet-corn-bread-with-sage-and-onions-for-thanksgiving Skillet Corn Bread with Sage and Onions for Thanksgiving Posted by cookinwithherbs
This savory cornbread is a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving feast, whether it is in your breadbasket, or made into a superb stuffing with some fresh sage from your garden.. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11622/skillet-corn-bread-with-sage-and-onions-for-thanksgiving
<![CDATA[Pineapple Sorbet with Pineapple Sage Blossoms]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:53:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11588/pineapple-sorbet-with-pineapple-sage-blossoms http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11588/pineapple-sorbet-with-pineapple-sage-blossoms Pineapple Sorbet with Pineapple Sage Blossoms Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you like pineapple and have these red blssoms in your garden, then this is a dessert for you! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11588/pineapple-sorbet-with-pineapple-sage-blossoms
<![CDATA[Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:47:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11582/pineapple-sage-salvia-elegans http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11582/pineapple-sage-salvia-elegans Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) Posted by cookinwithherbs
This plant is a definite sign of autumn in my Maryland zone 7 garden, since it is the last plant to bloom, which happens in about mid-September here. I have noted that the hummingbirds actually wait around for it to bloom before heading south. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11582/pineapple-sage-salvia-elegans
<![CDATA[San Antonio and back home again... ]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:55:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11542/san-antonio-and-back-home-again http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11542/san-antonio-and-back-home-again San Antonio and back home again... Posted by cookinwithherbs
There is fun to be had in San Antonio--great gardens from the Botanic Gardens, the Riverwalk and the Antique Rose Emporium--and good food and folks. Not to mention that the weather is perfect there right now for gardening, walking or seeing the sights. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11542/san-antonio-and-back-home-again
<![CDATA[Autumn Meanderings: Dry in the South, Wet in the North]]> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 22:59:40 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11405/autumn-meanderings-dry-in-the-south-wet-in-the-north http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11405/autumn-meanderings-dry-in-the-south-wet-in-the-north Autumn Meanderings: Dry in the South, Wet in the North Posted by cookinwithherbs
Fall is in the air throughout the country--it might be cooler and wetter in the Northeast and dry in our southern states--however it is harvest season wherever you are. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11405/autumn-meanderings-dry-in-the-south-wet-in-the-north
<![CDATA[Fall Harvest Festivals and Happy Autumn Equinox!]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:10:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11457/fall-harvest-festivals-and-happy-autumn-equinox http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11457/fall-harvest-festivals-and-happy-autumn-equinox Fall Harvest Festivals and Happy Autumn Equinox! Posted by cookinwithherbs
With the advent of fall comes a cornucopia of harvest festivals like the one at the Ozark Folk Center. Attend it if you can, or celebrate the harvest locally. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11457/fall-harvest-festivals-and-happy-autumn-equinox
<![CDATA[Baked Red Cabbage with Spices]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11467/baked-red-cabbage-with-spices http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11467/baked-red-cabbage-with-spices Baked Red Cabbage with Spices Posted by cookinwithherbs
Mid-Eastern Mediterranean spices give this fall side dish an interesting flavor. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11467/baked-red-cabbage-with-spices
<![CDATA[Farewell to Summer and Our Last Tastes of Summertime Favorites]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11386/farewell-to-summer-and-our-last-tastes-of-summertime-favorites http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11386/farewell-to-summer-and-our-last-tastes-of-summertime-favorites Farewell to Summer and Our Last Tastes of Summertime Favorites Posted by cookinwithherbs
Ahhh, the cooler nights and mornings are a welcome relief; however it is a sure sign that fall is in the air. Here are the foods that I will miss the most--time to enjoy them while you can! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11386/farewell-to-summer-and-our-last-tastes-of-summertime-favorites
<![CDATA[Summer is Fading Fast and Fall is in the Air (Not to mention a hurricane!)]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 19:40:52 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11352/summer-is-fading-fast-and-fall-is-in-the-air-not-to-mention-a-hurricane http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11352/summer-is-fading-fast-and-fall-is-in-the-air-not-to-mention-a-hurricane Summer is Fading Fast and Fall is in the Air (Not to mention a hurricane!) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here in my Maryland zone 7 garden, crops are slowing down and the intense heat of summer is cooling just a bit. The air is cooler at night and I've even had to use a blanket. Now is the time to harvest the last round of herbs for drying and freezing, can some tomatoes and salsa and pickle peppers--it is not too late! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11352/summer-is-fading-fast-and-fall-is-in-the-air-not-to-mention-a-hurricane
<![CDATA[Peach Skillet Cake]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:40:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11311/peach-skillet-cake http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11311/peach-skillet-cake Peach Skillet Cake Posted by cookinwithherbs
Try this recipe for a moist, buttermilk skillet cake topped with juicy peaches! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11311/peach-skillet-cake
<![CDATA[Peachy Keen]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:26:12 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11307/peachy-keen http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11307/peachy-keen Peachy Keen Posted by cookinwithherbs
I am always seeking the perfect peach. Fortunately, they come to us every year, along with the other wonderful stone fruits of summer. What I am saying here is eat them fresh, as is, and relish them every day while they are in season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11307/peachy-keen
<![CDATA[Gardening in the Midwest--A Midland, Michigan Perspective--the IHA Conference]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 01:43:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11289/gardening-in-the-midwest-a-midland-michigan-perspective-the-iha-conference http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11289/gardening-in-the-midwest-a-midland-michigan-perspective-the-iha-conference Gardening in the Midwest--A Midland, Michigan Perspective--the IHA Conference Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year, the Intertnational Herb Association held their conference in Midland, Michigan and boy howdy, do they know how to garden there! Whether you live there or are passing through, read this and find out some gardens to visit. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11289/gardening-in-the-midwest-a-midland-michigan-perspective-the-iha-conference
<![CDATA[Lemonade or Limeade with Herbs]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:54:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11264/lemonade-or-limeade-with-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11264/lemonade-or-limeade-with-herbs Lemonade or Limeade with Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Make a refreshing summer cooler, or use in herbal margaritas. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11264/lemonade-or-limeade-with-herbs
<![CDATA[Happy August! Here's to the Harvest and to Growing Gardens!]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:03:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11255/happy-august-heres-to-the-harvest-and-to-growing-gardens http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11255/happy-august-heres-to-the-harvest-and-to-growing-gardens Happy August! Here's to the Harvest and to Growing Gardens! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Today is the first of August, know as Lughnasadh in Ireland, it begins the celebration of the harvest season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11255/happy-august-heres-to-the-harvest-and-to-growing-gardens
<![CDATA[Summer Enchanted 'Rita with Peach and Basil]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:15:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11245/summer-enchanted-rita-with-peach-and-basil http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11245/summer-enchanted-rita-with-peach-and-basil Summer Enchanted 'Rita with Peach and Basil Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here is a lovely libation highlighting basil and peaches--make one, sit back and chill! There's a non-alcoholic lemonade here too! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11245/summer-enchanted-rita-with-peach-and-basil
<![CDATA[Herbed Three Bean Salad with Tangy Vinaigrette]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 23:20:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11215/herbed-three-bean-salad-with-tangy-vinaigrette http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11215/herbed-three-bean-salad-with-tangy-vinaigrette Herbed Three Bean Salad with Tangy Vinaigrette Posted by cookinwithherbs
Herbed Three Bean Salad is a traditional favorite prepared with fresh green beans, and canned kidney and garbanzo beans. This version is elevated to new heights with the addition of fresh savory and marjoram, diced celery and onion, and dressed with a little olive oil and vinegar. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11215/herbed-three-bean-salad-with-tangy-vinaigrette
<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:47:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11209/dog-days-of-summer http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11209/dog-days-of-summer Dog Days of Summer Posted by cookinwithherbs
I don’t know about the rest of you throughout the country… it is as hot as the dickens here! The past few days have reached 100 degrees F and above. Here are a few ideas of how to eat simply from the garden and how to beat the heat at dinnertime. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11209/dog-days-of-summer
<![CDATA[Peaches and Blueberries with Lemon Herb and Lavender Syrup]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:12:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11093/peaches-and-blueberries-with-lemon-herb-and-lavender-syrup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11093/peaches-and-blueberries-with-lemon-herb-and-lavender-syrup Peaches and Blueberries with Lemon Herb and Lavender Syrup Posted by cookinwithherbs
This mouthwatering recipe features peaches and blueberries with a simple syrup combining lemon herbs with lavender flowers. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11093/peaches-and-blueberries-with-lemon-herb-and-lavender-syrup
<![CDATA[Celebrate the Summer Solstice! A Good Time at the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:57:02 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11073/celebrate-the-summer-solstice-a-good-time-at-the-pennsylvania-lavender-festival http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11073/celebrate-the-summer-solstice-a-good-time-at-the-pennsylvania-lavender-festival Celebrate the Summer Solstice! A Good Time at the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival Posted by cookinwithherbs
The summer solstice heralds the start of summer and the longest day of the year. Come see how to celebrate with lavender! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11073/celebrate-the-summer-solstice-a-good-time-at-the-pennsylvania-lavender-festival
<![CDATA[Low-Cost Deer Defense]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:40:02 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11057/low-cost-deer-defense http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11057/low-cost-deer-defense Low-Cost Deer Defense Posted by cookinwithherbs
An easy, recyclable deer defense creates a visual moving barrier to keep deer out of the garden. Watch the video... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11057/low-cost-deer-defense
<![CDATA[Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Sweet Woodruff]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:08:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11027/strawberry-rhubarb-cobbler-with-sweet-woodruff http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11027/strawberry-rhubarb-cobbler-with-sweet-woodruff Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Sweet Woodruff Posted by cookinwithherbs
Wednesday June 15, we have a full strawberry moon around 4:14 pm in my EST Maryland garden. In honor of the moon and the season, with strawberries peaking in my neighborhood, I offer you the following recipe featuring this luscious fruit paired with another garden dessert favorite, rhubarb. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/11027/strawberry-rhubarb-cobbler-with-sweet-woodruff
<![CDATA[The Salad Bed: Still Gathering Greens through the Month of May]]> Tue, 31 May 2011 22:11:23 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10976/the-salad-bed-still-gathering-greens-through-the-month-of-may http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10976/the-salad-bed-still-gathering-greens-through-the-month-of-may The Salad Bed: Still Gathering Greens through the Month of May Posted by cookinwithherbs
The garden is in the spring-changing-to-summer mode and so is the weather; time to get out there and eat the salad greens before they bolt in this heat! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10976/the-salad-bed-still-gathering-greens-through-the-month-of-may
<![CDATA[Coulibiac with Rice, Leeks, Mushrooms, Greens and Herbs]]> Tue, 24 May 2011 14:04:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10932/coulibiac-with-rice-leeks-mushrooms-greens-and-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10932/coulibiac-with-rice-leeks-mushrooms-greens-and-herbs Coulibiac with Rice, Leeks, Mushrooms, Greens and Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
A coulibiac is a savory Russian dish baked in a pastry crust often shaped in a loaf form and filled with fish (traditionally salmon), vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms and dill. This vegetarian version features leeks and garlic with mushrooms and wilted greens and is a lovely spring recipe. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10932/coulibiac-with-rice-leeks-mushrooms-greens-and-herbs
<![CDATA[Cultivating the Alliums: From Mild to Wild]]> Wed, 18 May 2011 17:12:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10899/cultivating-the-alliums-from-mild-to-wild http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10899/cultivating-the-alliums-from-mild-to-wild Cultivating the Alliums: From Mild to Wild Posted by cookinwithherbs
Though spring has sprung, it's not too late to plant some allium plants in your garden. Here is a basic guide of what to grow and how to prepare the soil. Watch Danielle's videos for some hands-on tips. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10899/cultivating-the-alliums-from-mild-to-wild
<![CDATA[It's May, It's May, the Merry Month of May!]]> Mon, 02 May 2011 14:19:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10824/its-may-its-may-the-merry-month-of-may http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10824/its-may-its-may-the-merry-month-of-may It's May, It's May, the Merry Month of May! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Hurray it is May and Spring is bustin' out all over--wherever you live! In my zone 7 garden, our last frost-free date is May 15, however I wait a little longer to put out the tender annuals like basil, chiles and tomatoes. See what is happening now! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10824/its-may-its-may-the-merry-month-of-may
<![CDATA[Rain]]> Sat, 23 Apr 2011 00:31:35 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10773/rain http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10773/rain Rain Posted by cookinwithherbs
This past month I have traveled across the country and back and everywhere I have been it has RAINED. The earth is lush and turning green and is rejoicing in this deep-rooted watering; however a few of us gardeners are just a wee bit antsy to get out in our gardens… ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10773/rain
<![CDATA[On the Road and Back--Springtime in Indianapolis ]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 23:42:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10744/on-the-road-and-back-springtime-in-indianapolis http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10744/on-the-road-and-back-springtime-in-indianapolis On the Road and Back--Springtime in Indianapolis Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is a challenge to be a traveling gardener--especially in the spring! Here are two gardens not to miss if you are in the Indy area. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10744/on-the-road-and-back-springtime-in-indianapolis
<![CDATA[Spring Gardening in California]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:37:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10634/spring-gardening-in-california http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10634/spring-gardening-in-california Spring Gardening in California Posted by cookinwithherbs
I'm on the road again and one of my last stops was at Renee Shepherd's home and gardens, where my friend Carolyn Dille and I enjoyed a lovely lunch and a tour of Renee's impressive gardens. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10634/spring-gardening-in-california
<![CDATA[Simple Mayonnaise and Horseradish Sauce]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:57:52 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10624/simple-mayonnaise-and-horseradish-sauce http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10624/simple-mayonnaise-and-horseradish-sauce Simple Mayonnaise and Horseradish Sauce Posted by cookinwithherbs
Horseradish is Herb of the Year for 2011 and this quick and easy sauce is so yummy, it will become a standby in your kitchen. It is tasty on a sandwich, however I love it with artichokes, asparagus, new potatoes, baby beets and carrots--pretty much any steamed or roasted vegetable. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10624/simple-mayonnaise-and-horseradish-sauce
<![CDATA[California Springtime]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:23:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10592/california-springtime http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10592/california-springtime California Springtime Posted by cookinwithherbs
I am on the road again--springtime--and I am off across the country speaking to gardeners and herbal enthusiasts from coast to coast and in-between. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10592/california-springtime
<![CDATA[Pesto]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2011 23:43:09 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10546/pesto http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10546/pesto Pesto Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a classic version of the famous Italian sauce. Excerpted from Basil: An Herb Lover’s Guide by Thomas DeBaggio and Susan Belsinger, Interweave Press, 1996. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10546/pesto
<![CDATA[In Memory of an Herbal Mentor, Thomas DeBaggio (1942 to 2011)]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2011 23:22:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10544/in-memory-of-an-herbal-mentor-thomas-debaggio-1942-to-2011 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10544/in-memory-of-an-herbal-mentor-thomas-debaggio-1942-to-2011 In Memory of an Herbal Mentor, Thomas DeBaggio (1942 to 2011) Posted by cookinwithherbs
The passing of author and herb grower, Thomas DeBaggio is a great loss to the herb and plant community, and all who knew him. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10544/in-memory-of-an-herbal-mentor-thomas-debaggio-1942-to-2011
<![CDATA[Spring is in the Air!]]> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:36:14 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10531/spring-is-in-the-air http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10531/spring-is-in-the-air Spring is in the Air! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Finally, the air has the sweet promising scent of spring and the harbingers are popping out and blooming. What are the signs of spring in your garden? Here are some of mine. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10531/spring-is-in-the-air
<![CDATA[Sunny Lemons Brighten Winter Days in Many Ways]]> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:41:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10490/sunny-lemons-brighten-winter-days-in-many-ways http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10490/sunny-lemons-brighten-winter-days-in-many-ways Sunny Lemons Brighten Winter Days in Many Ways Posted by cookinwithherbs
Not only do these mouthwatering fruits brighten our greenhouses or sunny windows, they add inimitable flavor to the food we eat as well as being a good source of vitamins and nutrients. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10490/sunny-lemons-brighten-winter-days-in-many-ways
<![CDATA[In the Greenhouse Today]]> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:33:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10491/in-the-greenhouse-today http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10491/in-the-greenhouse-today In the Greenhouse Today Posted by cookinwithherbs
The germination of seeds and this new green growth make me think spring and alleviates the cabin fever, which many of us suffer from this time of year. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10491/in-the-greenhouse-today
<![CDATA[Chocolat!]]> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:17:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10467/chocolat http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10467/chocolat Chocolat! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here is a quick and easy recipe you can whip up anytime--especially on a cold winter night. This spicy, warming chocolate beverage uses ancient and exotic spices and flavorings. Cacao, vanilla bean, mace and chiles are all considered to be aphrodisiacs so make this luscious beverage for your valentine! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10467/chocolat
<![CDATA[Sowing Seeds for Salad in Flats]]> Sun, 06 Feb 2011 22:27:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10440/sowing-seeds-for-salad-in-flats http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10440/sowing-seeds-for-salad-in-flats Sowing Seeds for Salad in Flats Posted by cookinwithherbs
Although it is only February and I have another month or two of winter here in my zone 7 Maryland garden, today I am sowing seeds in flats to grow salad greens and a few annual herbs in my greenhouse. There is still snow on the ground outside and it is only in the 30s... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10440/sowing-seeds-for-salad-in-flats
<![CDATA[Winter Snow]]> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:54:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10423/winter-snow http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10423/winter-snow Winter Snow Posted by cookinwithherbs
A few days ago we had a snowstorm that lasted about two days and left us with a good 12-inches of snow—we had snow, then frozen rain, then sleet and then more snow—with lulls in between. When the precip comes down like this it causes the trees and shrubs to bow down with the heavy weight and many of them snap and crack. Although sometimes it seems brutal, this is one of Mother Nature’s natural ways of pruning. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10423/winter-snow
<![CDATA[Curried Vegetable Soup]]> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:46:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10416/curried-vegetable-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10416/curried-vegetable-soup Curried Vegetable Soup Posted by cookinwithherbs
I really enjoy soup and find it comforting and warming in cold weather. Using curry powder and chiles makes it especially so. Try this soup this weekend--you will be glad that you did! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10416/curried-vegetable-soup
<![CDATA[Mid-Winter Musings]]> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 23:24:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10383/mid-winter-musings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10383/mid-winter-musings Mid-Winter Musings Posted by cookinwithherbs
For those of us who live in cold climates, we figure out our own ways to get through the winter, until the spring gardening season arrives. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10383/mid-winter-musings
<![CDATA[Wood: Warming Winter Work]]> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 17:13:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10356/wood-warming-winter-work http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10356/wood-warming-winter-work Wood: Warming Winter Work Posted by cookinwithherbs
During the winter, when we can’t garden outside, there is another task that requires constant diligence: firewood. I think of cutting, gathering, loading, unloading, stacking, as well as keeping the fire in the stove going, as a kind of winter gardening. It requires about the same amount of outdoor work... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10356/wood-warming-winter-work
<![CDATA[These are a Few of My Favorite Things ]]> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 00:13:47 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10326/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10326/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things These are a Few of My Favorite Things Posted by cookinwithherbs
Now that the hubbub of shopping and wrapping and baking has passed and we have a breather before we celebrate the new year, this is the time to relax a bit. Take the time to enjoy the season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10326/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things
<![CDATA[Winter Solstice and Full Moon Pictoral]]> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 20:41:20 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10307/winter-solstice-and-full-moon-pictoral http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10307/winter-solstice-and-full-moon-pictoral Winter Solstice and Full Moon Pictoral Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here are a few fire and light photos taken on the winter solstice in the rural countryside of Maryland. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10307/winter-solstice-and-full-moon-pictoral
<![CDATA[Winter Solstice - Full Cold Moon - Lunar Eclipse!]]> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:10:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10298/winter-solstice-full-cold-moon-lunar-eclipse http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10298/winter-solstice-full-cold-moon-lunar-eclipse Winter Solstice - Full Cold Moon - Lunar Eclipse! Posted by cookinwithherbs
This year December 21 is not only the Winter Solstice--we also will have a full moon and a lunar eclipse all on the same day! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10298/winter-solstice-full-cold-moon-lunar-eclipse
<![CDATA[Kitchen Bundles--Another Easy Fragrant Gift for the Holidays]]> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:04:52 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10196/kitchen-bundles-another-easy-fragrant-gift-for-the-holidays http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10196/kitchen-bundles-another-easy-fragrant-gift-for-the-holidays Kitchen Bundles--Another Easy Fragrant Gift for the Holidays Posted by cookinwithherbs
Kitchen bundles and mini herbal wreaths are simple to make and are a delightful little house gift or ornament for the gardener as well as the cook. They smell good, can be made ahead and are good to use fresh or dried. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10196/kitchen-bundles-another-easy-fragrant-gift-for-the-holidays
<![CDATA[Cranberry Nut Bars with Rosemary]]> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:41:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10194/cranberry-nut-bars-with-rosemary http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10194/cranberry-nut-bars-with-rosemary Cranberry Nut Bars with Rosemary Posted by cookinwithherbs
These are one of my favorite holiday bars. The flavors of rosemary, orange and cranberry work really well together. The bars are festive and seasonal with dried red cranberries and green flecks of rosemary, accented with a hint of orange zest. Everyone is always surprised and delighted at how tasty these are--be sure to make some to share over the holidays--pass the pleasure around. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10194/cranberry-nut-bars-with-rosemary
<![CDATA[More Gifts from the Garden]]> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 07:35:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10127/more-gifts-from-the-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10127/more-gifts-from-the-garden More Gifts from the Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Fragrant herbs and their flowers are blended to make a potpourri, which is then sewn into felt shapes and made into ornaments to be hung on the tree, tied onto a gift package or used as a natural pleasant deodorizer in a drawer, closet, or even your car. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10127/more-gifts-from-the-garden
<![CDATA[Gifts from the Herb Garden]]> Sun, 05 Dec 2010 19:25:02 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10130/gifts-from-the-herb-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10130/gifts-from-the-herb-garden Gifts from the Herb Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Gifts from the garden are fun to give as well as receive; they are homegrown, homemade and green. There are a multitude of ways to use fresh and dried herbs to make herbal gifts for the holidays. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10130/gifts-from-the-herb-garden
<![CDATA[Thanksgiving: A Time to Celebrate and Count Our Blessings]]> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:14:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10100/thanksgiving-a-time-to-celebrate-and-count-our-blessings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10100/thanksgiving-a-time-to-celebrate-and-count-our-blessings Thanksgiving: A Time to Celebrate and Count Our Blessings Posted by cookinwithherbs
Thanksgiving is a celebration for giving thanks--being thankful for our bounteous harvests, food on the table, a roof over our heads, good health and friends and family. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10100/thanksgiving-a-time-to-celebrate-and-count-our-blessings
<![CDATA[Baked Sweet Potatoes with Horseradish]]> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:53:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10065/baked-sweet-potatoes-with-horseradish http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10065/baked-sweet-potatoes-with-horseradish Baked Sweet Potatoes with Horseradish Posted by cookinwithherbs
Both horseradish and sweet potatoes are crops that are better harvested after the first frost. Although rich, this savory recipe combining two seasonal root vegetables is outstanding--try it and see! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10065/baked-sweet-potatoes-with-horseradish
<![CDATA[Sweet potatoes (Ipomea batatas)]]> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:46:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10066/sweet-potatoes-ipomea-batatas http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10066/sweet-potatoes-ipomea-batatas Sweet potatoes (Ipomea batatas) Posted by cookinwithherbs
The sweet and delicious flavor of this colorful, root vegetable is best after a frost--dig your patooties now! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10066/sweet-potatoes-ipomea-batatas
<![CDATA[Swiss Chard]]> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10012/swiss-chard http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10012/swiss-chard Swiss Chard Posted by cookinwithherbs
Right now, I am still harvesting cool-season kale and chard from the fall garden. It is delightful to have these nutritive leaves available for the supper menu. Harvest them now before they disappear with the cold weather! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10012/swiss-chard
<![CDATA[Chard Baked with Parmesan Cheese]]> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 15:52:03 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10009/chard-baked-with-parmesan-cheese http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10009/chard-baked-with-parmesan-cheese Chard Baked with Parmesan Cheese Posted by cookinwithherbs
Chard is much loved in Italy, particularly Tuscany, where this is a classic dish. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10009/chard-baked-with-parmesan-cheese
<![CDATA[Green Tomatoes]]> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:50:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9991/green-tomatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9991/green-tomatoes Green Tomatoes Posted by cookinwithherbs
What to do with all of those green tomatoes that we just picked since we had a frost forecast? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9991/green-tomatoes
<![CDATA[Fried Green Tomatoes]]> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:37:45 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9979/fried-green-tomatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9979/fried-green-tomatoes Fried Green Tomatoes Posted by cookinwithherbs
This Southern-inspired dish is beloved by folks who live south of the Mason-Dixon line. Although these are usually prepared in the summer months when tomatoes are in the pre-ripening stage, fall is a great time to enjoy the last of the harvest. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9979/fried-green-tomatoes
<![CDATA[Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)]]> Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:55:56 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9952/pineapple-sage-salvia-elegans http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9952/pineapple-sage-salvia-elegans Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) Posted by cookinwithherbs
Last night, we had our first frost warning, so yesterday sent local gardeners scurrying about, trying to harvest the last of our herbs, pick the chiles, and gather green tomatoes. The pineapple sage was in her full regalia and I really didn't want to cut her, however she is now a huge, gorgeous bouquet; too big for the dining table, she graces the living room. No wonder her botanical name is Salvia elegans--such an apt description. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9952/pineapple-sage-salvia-elegans
<![CDATA[Autumn Gold]]> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 22:15:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9907/autumn-gold http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9907/autumn-gold Autumn Gold Posted by cookinwithherbs
All across the country, the earth is adorned with many hues of gold. Recently, I returned from a road trip that took me from the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas to the Rockies in Colorado, and back. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9907/autumn-gold
<![CDATA[Pear and Cranberry Crumble with Orange-Scented Geranium Leaves]]> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 21:50:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9903/pear-and-cranberry-crumble-with-orange-scented-geranium-leaves http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9903/pear-and-cranberry-crumble-with-orange-scented-geranium-leaves Pear and Cranberry Crumble with Orange-Scented Geranium Leaves Posted by cookinwithherbs
Pears and cranberries are a favorite fall combination; both are delicious when complimented by the flavor of orange. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9903/pear-and-cranberry-crumble-with-orange-scented-geranium-leaves
<![CDATA[Lamb's Quarters: Enjoying Wild Weeds]]> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 20:37:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9876/lambs-quarters-enjoying-wild-weeds http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9876/lambs-quarters-enjoying-wild-weeds Lamb's Quarters: Enjoying Wild Weeds Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many of my favorite herbs reseed back into the garden from year to year. If left alone, these plants perpetuate themselves completely on their own, without our help. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9876/lambs-quarters-enjoying-wild-weeds
<![CDATA[Gardener's Quick Breakfast]]> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 20:19:59 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9878/gardeners-quick-breakfast http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9878/gardeners-quick-breakfast Gardener's Quick Breakfast Posted by cookinwithherbs
Wild herbs lend themselves to egg dishes. This recipe is from my gardening friend Tina Marie Wilcox; she has prepared it for me and it was delicious. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9878/gardeners-quick-breakfast
<![CDATA[Za'atar, a renowned herb blend, and events inspired by it.]]> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:53:20 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9852/zaatar-a-renowned-herb-blend-and-events-inspired-by-it http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9852/zaatar-a-renowned-herb-blend-and-events-inspired-by-it Za'atar, a renowned herb blend, and events inspired by it. Posted by cookinwithherbs
There are many recipes for the herb blend of Za'atar and many names for it, depending upon what country you are in. The confusion really begins when the plant known as za’atar is added to the formula. The nomenclature as well as the type of plant varies depending if you are in one of the Mediterranean countries, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon or North Africa. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9852/zaatar-a-renowned-herb-blend-and-events-inspired-by-it
<![CDATA[Za'atar: An Exotic Herb Blend]]> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:16:18 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9846/zaatar-an-exotic-herb-blend http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9846/zaatar-an-exotic-herb-blend Za'atar: An Exotic Herb Blend Posted by cookinwithherbs
Try the recipe below and sprinkle it in or on everything from pita bread to steamed or grilled vegetables, grains, legumes or beans, chicken or fish, eggs, salads, soups and sauces. Add the blend to bread dough or crackers for a savory treat, or brush the tops or rolls, flatbread, pitas or pizzas with olive oil and sprinkle with the za’atar. I often use it as a dipping sauce by adding about 1/4 cup of the herb blend to 1/4 cup of olive oil. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9846/zaatar-an-exotic-herb-blend
<![CDATA[Autumn is here: Let us celebrate the harvest season!]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2010 18:46:54 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9799/autumn-is-here-let-us-celebrate-the-harvest-season http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9799/autumn-is-here-let-us-celebrate-the-harvest-season Autumn is here: Let us celebrate the harvest season! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Wednesday, September 22 we celebrate the autumn equinox, and Thursday the 23rd is the full harvest moon. The end of summer means farewell to hot weather and welcome to fresh air and cooler temps. It also signals the slow down of garden produce and the time to make ready for the cold weather to come. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9799/autumn-is-here-let-us-celebrate-the-harvest-season
<![CDATA[Rooting Herb Cuttings]]> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:49:37 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9784/rooting-herb-cuttings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9784/rooting-herb-cuttings Rooting Herb Cuttings Posted by cookinwithherbs
While cleaning up the herb garden and harvesting plants for preserving, now is a good time to take some cuttings and bring them indoors for rooting. Rooting herbs is easy, fun and you are making your own new plants! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9784/rooting-herb-cuttings
<![CDATA[Celebrate with the Last of Summer's Bounty and Welcome Fall!]]> Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:57:04 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9704/celebrate-with-the-last-of-summers-bounty-and-welcome-fall http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9704/celebrate-with-the-last-of-summers-bounty-and-welcome-fall Celebrate with the Last of Summer's Bounty and Welcome Fall! Posted by cookinwithherbs
With this end of season approaching, the garden peaks, roadside stands and farmers’ markets are brimming over with fresh produce. At this point we are taking summer ripe tomatoes for granted and many of us have been trying to give our surplus zucchini and cucumbers to anyone who will take them. Corn and melons are starting to run low, peaches too, and now mums and apples are appearing everywhere. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9704/celebrate-with-the-last-of-summers-bounty-and-welcome-fall
<![CDATA[Three Sisters Saute ]]> Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:29:09 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9700/three-sisters-saute http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9700/three-sisters-saute Three Sisters Saute Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here is a dish to enjoy right now! Squash, beans, and corn are crops that are often grown together in the southwestern U.S. and are commonly referred to by Native Americans as the three sisters. This sauté is easy to make and the measurements do not need to be exact. Sometimes, I might not have a bell pepper, other times I might add a ripe tomato, finely chopped. If you do not like cilantro, substitute fresh basil, or Italian flat-leaved parsley combined with some Italian oregano. The roasted chiles add a wonderful flavor—if they are not hot—add serranos or jalapenos for heat according to taste. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9700/three-sisters-saute
<![CDATA[Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa]]> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:00:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9647/quick-and-easy-homemade-salsa http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9647/quick-and-easy-homemade-salsa Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa Posted by cookinwithherbs
I make this all of the time without using a recipe, so it varies with what is in season and what I have on hand. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9647/quick-and-easy-homemade-salsa
<![CDATA[Tis' the Season...for Tomatoes that is... ]]> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9639/tis-the-seasonfor-tomatoes-that-is http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9639/tis-the-seasonfor-tomatoes-that-is Tis' the  Season...for Tomatoes that is... Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is that time of summer where we have sated our first summer tomato yearnings and moved on to just-picked tomatoes lined up on the backporch waiting to be incorporated into today's menus, or processed for the cold months to come. I love having a tomato glut. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9639/tis-the-seasonfor-tomatoes-that-is
<![CDATA[Fried Squash Blossoms]]> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:49:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9608/fried-squash-blossoms http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9608/fried-squash-blossoms Fried Squash Blossoms Posted by cookinwithherbs
The golden orange blossoms from these annual vegetable plants are a summertime treat. The blooms of all types of squash--zucchini, yellow crookneck, patty pan, winter squash, and even pumpkin--can be used, though they do vary a little in size and time of bloom. Squash blossoms taste vegetable-like, slightly of raw squash, with a vague flowery smell. They are an Italian specialty when stuffed with cheese and fried in a light egg batter, or they can also be stuffed and baked. They are delicious sautéed at the last minute with squash dishes, eaten alone, or tossed with pasta. Squash blossoms can be cut into chiffonade or used whole and added to egg dishes, stir fries, soups, vegetables, and salads. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9608/fried-squash-blossoms
<![CDATA[Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)]]> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:40:12 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9552/squash-blossoms-cucurbita-species http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9552/squash-blossoms-cucurbita-species Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species) Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is that time of year, when we are up to our ears in squash, so now you can harvest the blossoms for delectable dishes! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9552/squash-blossoms-cucurbita-species
<![CDATA[The EGGplant and I]]> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 21:32:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9479/the-eggplant-and-i http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9479/the-eggplant-and-i The EGGplant and I Posted by cookinwithherbs
Our gardens are in full swing and one of my favorite summer vegetables is eggplant! There are infinite ways to cook this tasty aubergine. In Greece, it is beloved and on every menu in at least three to five different preparations. I have only two varieties in my garden, however the farmers' markets are brimming over with eggplants in every color and shape. Enjoy them now! ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9479/the-eggplant-and-i
<![CDATA[Greek-Style Eggplant Spread]]> Mon, 09 Aug 2010 21:01:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9470/greek-style-eggplant-spread http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9470/greek-style-eggplant-spread Greek-Style Eggplant Spread Posted by cookinwithherbs
This eggplant spread is delicious served with pitas, crusty French bread, or crudités. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9470/greek-style-eggplant-spread
<![CDATA[Salsa Verde]]> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 15:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9379/salsa-verde http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9379/salsa-verde Salsa Verde Posted by cookinwithherbs
This sauce goes well with any type of vegetable whether it is grilled, steamed, oven-roasted, or crudités; it is also good with simply prepared meat, chicken, or fish and pasta. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Visiting Gardens in the Summertime]]> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 21:32:46 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9368/visiting-gardens-in-the-summertime http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9368/visiting-gardens-in-the-summertime Visiting Gardens in the Summertime Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is summertime and the livin’ is easy—that is if you are at home in the a.c. with a long, tall cool drink of lemonade or iced tea. I have been out on the road, giving lectures and visiting public as well as private gardens. Fortunately, I am with like-minded people, those who like to garden and cook... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Summer Greek Salad]]> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 01:22:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9312/summer-greek-salad http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9312/summer-greek-salad Summer Greek Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
Having just recently spent a few weeks in July on the isle of Syros, I found out what a true Greek salad is. This salad is placed on the table family style and generally serves 2 to 4 people; it is easily doubled or tripled. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Summer Musings]]> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:42:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9298/summer-musings http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9298/summer-musings Summer Musings Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is that laid-back lazy hazy days of summer time. It is almost too hot to go out to the garden during the day, so many gardeners get up early in order to get weeding, watering and garden chores done before the heat of the day arrives. If I have time, I often plan what to have for supper, harvest and cook it in the morning, so I don’t have to heat up the house later in the day. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Tzatziki]]> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:35:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9308/tzatziki http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9308/tzatziki Tzatziki Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a national dip of Greece—it is on every table and goes with just about any dish—and there are probably as many variations as there are cooks. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cream Cheese with Herbes de Provence and Garlic]]> Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:21:35 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9202/cream-cheese-with-herbes-de-provence-and-garlic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9202/cream-cheese-with-herbes-de-provence-and-garlic Cream Cheese with Herbes de Provence and Garlic Posted by cookinwithherbs
This cheese is simple to make, less expensive than store-bought herb cheeses, and better tasting. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9202/cream-cheese-with-herbes-de-provence-and-garlic
<![CDATA[Catching Up and Thriving]]> Thu, 08 Jul 2010 16:07:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9190/catching-up-and-thriving http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9190/catching-up-and-thriving Catching Up and Thriving Posted by cookinwithherbs
About two weeks ago, I blogged about Herbal Blends and an upcoming event to be held at the USBG. At that time I promised you a recipe using an herbal blend. Since then I have been to Greece and back and am finally posting the recipe for you. I fully intended to post the recipe and write a bit about the USBG event, however the Greek gods intervened and we had no internet at the villa where the Holistic Herbal Mediterranean cooking class was held. I will report on the vegetative wonders on the isle of Syros next, however first I want to post the recipe for Cream Cheese with Herbes de Provence and Garlic and tell you about the awesome exhibit at our national botanic garden. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herb Blends to Grow for the Cook's Delight]]> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:05:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9087/herb-blends-to-grow-for-the-cooks-delight http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9087/herb-blends-to-grow-for-the-cooks-delight Herb Blends to Grow for the Cook's Delight Posted by cookinwithherbs
This weekend I will be giving a demo featuring ‘Herbal Blends from Around the World’ at the Thrive! Summer Festival at the U.S. Botanic Garden. It has inspired me to think about growing small gardens or containers featuring herb blends. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Chefs From Across the Nation Gather at the White House Kitchen Garden]]> Wed, 09 Jun 2010 23:54:27 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9035/chefs-from-across-the-nation-gather-at-the-white-house-kitchen-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/9035/chefs-from-across-the-nation-gather-at-the-white-house-kitchen-garden Chefs From Across the Nation Gather at the White House Kitchen Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
On Friday, June 4, 2010, over 500 chefs from 38 states gathered at the White House by invitation of the first lady, Michelle Obama in support of her Chefs on the Move initiative. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Arugula and Balsamic Tomatoes on Bruschetta]]> Mon, 31 May 2010 20:19:32 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8949/arugula-and-balsamic-tomatoes-on-bruschetta http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8949/arugula-and-balsamic-tomatoes-on-bruschetta Arugula and Balsamic Tomatoes on Bruschetta Posted by cookinwithherbs
A winning summertime combination—arugula and tomatoes—on toasted garlic bread is the perfect way to start a meal. Or serve as a salad with bread on the side. ]]>
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<![CDATA[My Favorite Salad Green--Whatever You Want to Call It: Arugula or Rocket ]]> Mon, 31 May 2010 20:09:39 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8948/my-favorite-salad-green-whatever-you-want-to-call-it-arugula-or-rocket http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8948/my-favorite-salad-green-whatever-you-want-to-call-it-arugula-or-rocket My Favorite Salad Green--Whatever You Want to Call It:             Arugula or Rocket Posted by cookinwithherbs
Rocket (Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa) is an ancient plant, cultivated or gathered from the wild in most Mediterranean countries; over the past decade it has become popular in North America. Its several names in Italian indicate how widespread it is on the peninsula: arugula, ruchetta, rucola; in French it is known as roquette. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8948/my-favorite-salad-green-whatever-you-want-to-call-it-arugula-or-rocket
<![CDATA[A Visit to the Green Farmacy Garden]]> Sat, 22 May 2010 15:56:52 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8832/a-visit-to-the-green-farmacy-garden http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8832/a-visit-to-the-green-farmacy-garden A Visit to the Green Farmacy Garden Posted by cookinwithherbs
Dr. Jim Duke's Green Farmacy Garden is an outdoor learning classroom filled with herbs, flowers, vegetables--all of which help to keep us healthy. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Another Harbinger of Spring: The Merry Mints! ]]> Tue, 11 May 2010 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8798/another-harbinger-of-spring-the-merry-mints http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8798/another-harbinger-of-spring-the-merry-mints Another Harbinger of Spring: The Merry Mints! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Mints come in such a profusion of varieties--and all tend to crossbreed with each other--leading to much confusion among both the marketers and buyers of mints; even herbal experts do not always describe the same species in the same way. To make sure that you are buying plants that are closest to the true species, buy them from a trusted herb grower. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8798/another-harbinger-of-spring-the-merry-mints
<![CDATA[tropical fruit salad with vanilla mint syrup]]> Tue, 11 May 2010 14:21:44 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8826/tropical-fruit-salad-with-vanilla-mint-syrup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8826/tropical-fruit-salad-with-vanilla-mint-syrup tropical fruit salad with vanilla mint syrup Posted by cookinwithherbs
This light and refreshing dessert can be made with any combination of fruit but is especially good with tropicals. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8826/tropical-fruit-salad-with-vanilla-mint-syrup
<![CDATA[Moroccan Mint Tea]]> Wed, 05 May 2010 00:42:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8787/moroccan-mint-tea http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8787/moroccan-mint-tea Moroccan Mint Tea Posted by cookinwithherbs
To prepare the traditional Moroccan tea, the tea must be green, with a mild flavor, and the mint must be fresh spearmint. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Writing from the Road, Spring 2010]]> Tue, 04 May 2010 23:33:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8788/writing-from-the-road-spring-2010 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8788/writing-from-the-road-spring-2010 Writing from the Road, Spring 2010 Posted by cookinwithherbs
Once again, it is springtime for this roving gardener. I have been on the road teaching other folks about garden-related topics; which means that I haven’t had a lot of time at home working in my own garden (or writing for that matter). Click on the pix to enlarge them and read the photo captions. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8788/writing-from-the-road-spring-2010
<![CDATA[More Harbingers of Spring: Chives]]> Wed, 21 Apr 2010 17:49:29 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8684/more-harbingers-of-spring-chives http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8684/more-harbingers-of-spring-chives More Harbingers of Spring: Chives Posted by cookinwithherbs
Be sure to click on each photo to see it expanded and read the captions. Chives are bright green in my garden now and it seems like they are growing about half-inch a day! Get out there and snip some of those fresh onion-like herbs to add flavor to your spring dishes! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herbal Harbingers of Spring: Lemon Balm]]> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:16:07 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8602/herbal-harbingers-of-spring-lemon-balm http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8602/herbal-harbingers-of-spring-lemon-balm Herbal Harbingers of Spring: Lemon Balm Posted by cookinwithherbs
In most parts of the country our gardens are coming alive and we are rejoicing that spring is upon us. We delight as the first herbs appear in the garden and combine their flavors with seasonal... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8602/herbal-harbingers-of-spring-lemon-balm
<![CDATA[Strawberry and Lemon Balm Whipped Cream Parfaits]]> Fri, 09 Apr 2010 11:21:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8600/strawberry-and-lemon-balm-whipped-cream-parfaits http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8600/strawberry-and-lemon-balm-whipped-cream-parfaits Strawberry and Lemon Balm Whipped Cream Parfaits Posted by cookinwithherbs
Welcome the warm weather with strawberry parfaits. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8600/strawberry-and-lemon-balm-whipped-cream-parfaits
<![CDATA[Plant Dill This Spring]]> Fri, 02 Apr 2010 15:23:53 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8552/plant-dill-this-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8552/plant-dill-this-spring Plant Dill This Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Dill is a treat as a salad crop, and also in the form of dill seed. It is easily grown; why not plant some now? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8552/plant-dill-this-spring
<![CDATA[Dilled Beet and Buttermilk Soup]]> Fri, 02 Apr 2010 15:20:49 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8553/dilled-beet-and-buttermilk-soup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8553/dilled-beet-and-buttermilk-soup Dilled Beet and Buttermilk Soup Posted by cookinwithherbs
This soup is especially good in the spring, when beets are in season. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8553/dilled-beet-and-buttermilk-soup
<![CDATA[Celebrate Dill!]]> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 16:23:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8512/celebrate-dill http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8512/celebrate-dill Celebrate Dill! Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is time to welcome dill as herb of the year for 2010, chosen by the International Herb Association for its culinary, ornamental and medicinal traits. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Spring Green]]> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:22:16 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8423/spring-green http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8423/spring-green Spring Green Posted by cookinwithherbs
Spring is in the air! It is time to start foraging for new plant growth and harbingers of spring in our gardens—celebrating green. ]]>
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<![CDATA[A Time to Sow]]> Fri, 05 Mar 2010 14:55:55 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8289/a-time-to-sow http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8289/a-time-to-sow A Time to Sow Posted by cookinwithherbs
It is March here in Maryland and we still have about 20 inches of snow on the ground. Folks around here are having serious cabin fever. I am getting ready to haul out the flats and potting medium in my greenhouse and start a few flats of green growing things to shake off the drears and dulls of winter! ]]>
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<![CDATA[Herb Butter]]> Mon, 01 Mar 2010 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8421/herb-butter http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8421/herb-butter Herb Butter Posted by cookinwithherbs
Simple to make, herb butters keep in the refrigerator for about one week, or in the freezer for up to three months. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8421/herb-butter
<![CDATA[Zuppa Verde]]> Mon, 01 Mar 2010 15:25:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8419/zuppa-verde http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8419/zuppa-verde Zuppa Verde Posted by cookinwithherbs
Welcome spring with this amazingly simple and nutritions soup. ]]>
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<![CDATA[An Indoor Herb Garden Tides Us Over Until Spring]]> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:29:21 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8208/an-indoor-herb-garden-tides-us-over-until-spring http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8208/an-indoor-herb-garden-tides-us-over-until-spring An Indoor Herb Garden Tides Us Over Until Spring Posted by cookinwithherbs
Record snowfall in the mid-Atlantic this winter has kept us inside, so why not sow some seeds indoors? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8208/an-indoor-herb-garden-tides-us-over-until-spring
<![CDATA[Savory for Winter Dishes ]]> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 15:20:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8143/savory-for-winter-dishes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8143/savory-for-winter-dishes Savory for Winter Dishes Posted by cookinwithherbs
I’ve been discussing the robust herbs for warming winter dishes in my blogs for January and part of February and Savory is my last, but not least entry. I believe that savory is an underused... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8143/savory-for-winter-dishes
<![CDATA[Vegetarian Chili]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:21:25 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8141/vegetarian-chili http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8141/vegetarian-chili Vegetarian Chili Posted by cookinwithherbs
This hearty, satisfying chili is made with tofu or tempeh. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8141/vegetarian-chili
<![CDATA[Thyme, a Robust Herb of Many Uses]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2010 14:09:28 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8081/thyme-a-robust-herb-of-many-uses http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8081/thyme-a-robust-herb-of-many-uses Thyme, a Robust Herb of Many Uses Posted by cookinwithherbs
Thyme is an herb of Mediterranean origin. It is useful in all kinds of dishes from appetizers to desserts and goes well with seasonal winter produce as well as grains, beans, nuts, as well as meat, fish and fowl. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8081/thyme-a-robust-herb-of-many-uses
<![CDATA[Greek Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2010 13:30:50 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8077/greek-salad-with-thyme-vinaigrette http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8077/greek-salad-with-thyme-vinaigrette Greek Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette Posted by cookinwithherbs
This version of an old stand-by is easy to make. It is fresh and tasty and crunchy anytime, and especially good in winter. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8077/greek-salad-with-thyme-vinaigrette
<![CDATA[Rosemary: A Robust Herb of Winter]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:29:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8032/rosemary-a-robust-herb-of-winter http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8032/rosemary-a-robust-herb-of-winter Rosemary:  A Robust Herb of Winter Posted by cookinwithherbs
The bracing scent of rosemary brightens our mood and our cooking. Best of all, rosemary is an easy herb to grow and maintain. It can be wintered over indoors in cold climates. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8032/rosemary-a-robust-herb-of-winter
<![CDATA[Country Pea Soup with Rosemary]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:40:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8030/country-pea-soup-with-rosemary http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8030/country-pea-soup-with-rosemary Country Pea Soup with Rosemary Posted by cookinwithherbs
This simple, hearty soup can be made in a crock pot and is sure to please the whole family. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8030/country-pea-soup-with-rosemary
<![CDATA[Outstanding Oreganos and Mild-Mannered Marjoram]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:58:38 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7994/outstanding-oreganos-and-mild-mannered-marjoram http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7994/outstanding-oreganos-and-mild-mannered-marjoram Outstanding Oreganos and Mild-Mannered Marjoram Posted by cookinwithherbs
Delightful myths and lovely uses surround sweet marjoram, while herbal remedies and hearty dishes are associated with oregano, its close cousin. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Savory Spanakopita]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7962/savory-spanakopita http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7962/savory-spanakopita Savory Spanakopita Posted by cookinwithherbs
This version of spanakopita is packed full of flavor—it is delicious—as well as being good for you. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7962/savory-spanakopita
<![CDATA[Using Sage in Warming Winter Dishes]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:34:36 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7943/using-sage-in-warming-winter-dishes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7943/using-sage-in-warming-winter-dishes Using Sage in Warming Winter Dishes Posted by cookinwithherbs
Sage has a long history as a medicinal and culinary plant. Like other robust herbs, sage adds hearty flavor to your winter cooking. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7943/using-sage-in-warming-winter-dishes
<![CDATA[Pasta e Fagioli]]> Fri, 08 Jan 2010 16:46:46 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7927/pasta-e-fagioli http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7927/pasta-e-fagioli Pasta e Fagioli Posted by cookinwithherbs
This easy, wonderfully hearty peasant soup is perfect for a chilly winter day. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7927/pasta-e-fagioli
<![CDATA[Once in a Blue Moon...Happy New Year!]]> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:39:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7881/once-in-a-blue-moonhappy-new-year http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7881/once-in-a-blue-moonhappy-new-year Once in a Blue Moon...Happy New Year! Posted by cookinwithherbs
You've heard the saying "once in a blue moon," which generally means "not very often." We are having a blue moon on New Year's Eve. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter Solstice: Celebrate the Light]]> Mon, 21 Dec 2009 01:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7813/winter-solstice-celebrate-the-light http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7813/winter-solstice-celebrate-the-light Winter Solstice: Celebrate the Light Posted by cookinwithherbs
Late on December 21st or early on the 22nd, depending upon where you live on this earth, begins the celebration of the Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. From this day until the first of January is a time for reflection and repose, as well as celebration. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Homemade Applesauce]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:20:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7778/homemade-applesauce http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7778/homemade-applesauce Homemade Applesauce Posted by cookinwithherbs
My family loves homemade applesauce. Sometimes I use a combination of apples--and even add a few pears--other times I use all of one type of apple. Although any apple can make a good sauce, one of... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Eat An Apple a Day--In Many Ways!]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:01:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7735/eat-an-apple-a-day-in-many-ways http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7735/eat-an-apple-a-day-in-many-ways Eat An Apple a Day--In Many Ways! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Fall and winter months, we are fortunate to have an abundance of apples and pears. We store them in our cold room in the basement and they keep over the winter months. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Just a Bit More on Winter Squash and Pumpkin...]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2009 12:41:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7682/just-a-bit-more-on-winter-squash-and-pumpkin http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7682/just-a-bit-more-on-winter-squash-and-pumpkin Just a Bit More on Winter Squash and Pumpkin... Posted by cookinwithherbs
Wait! Don't toss those winter squash and pumpkins into the compost. Make a golden yellow puree to have flavor and sunshine on a winter day. You will be glad if you put them up for winter soup, stews, bread pudding, pies, cakes, scones and more. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Golden Loaf Cake]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2009 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7678/golden-loaf-cake http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7678/golden-loaf-cake Golden Loaf Cake Posted by cookinwithherbs
This cake has a tender crumb, is not as heavy as the usual pumpkin bread, even though it uses part whole-wheat flour and it slices beautifully. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Oven-Roasted Winter Squash with Garlic and Sage]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:15:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7630/oven-roasted-winter-squash-with-garlic-and-sage http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7630/oven-roasted-winter-squash-with-garlic-and-sage Oven-Roasted Winter Squash with Garlic and Sage Posted by cookinwithherbs
Use whichever winter squash you prefer. Some of my favorites are Sweet Dumpling, Delicata, Blue Hubbard, Carnival, acorn, and butternut; I usually use two different types for this dish. This is so simple and oh-so-good. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7630/oven-roasted-winter-squash-with-garlic-and-sage
<![CDATA[The Hardy Cucurbits: The Wonderful World of Winter Squash and Pumpkin]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:09:08 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7628/the-hardy-cucurbits-the-wonderful-world-of-winter-squash-and-pumpkin http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7628/the-hardy-cucurbits-the-wonderful-world-of-winter-squash-and-pumpkin The Hardy Cucurbits: The Wonderful World of Winter Squash and Pumpkin Posted by cookinwithherbs
Pumpkins and winter squash come in a cornucopia of colors and sizes, not to mention flavors. Fortunately for us, these heirloom vegetables are becoming quite popular, allowing us to buy a vast array... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Winter Squash Soup with Black Beans and Corn]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2009 10:35:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7629/winter-squash-soup-with-black-beans-and-corn http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7629/winter-squash-soup-with-black-beans-and-corn Winter Squash Soup with Black Beans and Corn Posted by cookinwithherbs
This Southwestern-style soup features the native trio of squash, beans, and corn; their flavors having been combined for centuries. This soup is quick to assemble once the squash or pumpkin has been prepared. It can be made ahead; it is one of those soups that tastes even better the next day. If you don't like cilantro, substitute Italian flat-leaved parsley and/or basil. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7629/winter-squash-soup-with-black-beans-and-corn
<![CDATA[Plant Garlic as a Fall Crop]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2009 01:50:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7554/plant-garlic-as-a-fall-crop http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7554/plant-garlic-as-a-fall-crop Plant Garlic as a Fall Crop Posted by cookinwithherbs
Fall is the time to plant garlic in most parts of the U.S. If you haven't done it yet, there is still time unless you are so far North that the ground is frozen. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sorghum and the Making of Sweet Syrup]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2009 15:41:13 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7416/sorghum-and-the-making-of-sweet-syrup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7416/sorghum-and-the-making-of-sweet-syrup Sorghum and the Making of Sweet Syrup Posted by cookinwithherbs
Sweet sorghum syrup, also referred to as sorghum molasses, sorgho, or sorgo, is made by boiling the sweet juice of the sorghum cane. Since it contains iron, calcium, and potassium, sorghum is good for you--unlike other liquid sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7416/sorghum-and-the-making-of-sweet-syrup
<![CDATA[Celebrate All Hallow's Eve by Carving a Pumpkin]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:35:14 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7262/celebrate-all-hallows-eve-by-carving-a-pumpkin http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7262/celebrate-all-hallows-eve-by-carving-a-pumpkin Celebrate All Hallow's Eve by Carving a Pumpkin Posted by cookinwithherbs
It's not too late to carve a Jack O' Lantern! See the detailed directions below—let your mood lead you to a grimacing pumpkin, a wicked witch—or even a tree of life. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Farewell to the Summer Harvest Season--Fall is Here!]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:38:34 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7241/farewell-to-the-summer-harvest-season-fall-is-here http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7241/farewell-to-the-summer-harvest-season-fall-is-here Farewell to the Summer Harvest Season--Fall is Here! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Gone are the bright blue skies of autumn, when one looks up through a dazzling palette of colored leaves against the sky. Lime green, bright yellow, golden, orange, red, mahogany, and brown leaves... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Skillet Cornbread]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:35:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7425/skillet-cornbread http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7425/skillet-cornbread Skillet Cornbread Posted by cookinwithherbs
This savory cornbread is hearty and rich and cake-like and full of flavor. Sometimes I add a tablespoon or two of fresh chopped sage, oregano or marjoram. This is a great accompaniment to baked beans and coleslaw. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7425/skillet-cornbread
<![CDATA[To The Burren and Back! ]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7102/to-the-burren-and-back http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7102/to-the-burren-and-back To The Burren and Back! Posted by cookinwithherbs
Here's an account of my visit to The Burren, an astounding limestone expanse on the western coast of Ireland, and my return to my garden in full fall mode. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Whole Pickled Peppers]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2009 05:10:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7237/whole-pickled-peppers http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7237/whole-pickled-peppers Whole Pickled Peppers Posted by cookinwithherbs
I have made good pickled peppers from Santa Fe Grande, Hungarian hot, red hot cherry, jalapeno, serrano and habanero chiles. Makes about 6 pints. Wash the peppers and cut the stems from the large... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7237/whole-pickled-peppers
<![CDATA[Garlic and Chile Insecticidal Soap Spray]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2009 01:40:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7076/garlic-and-chile-insecticidal-soap-spray http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7076/garlic-and-chile-insecticidal-soap-spray Garlic and Chile Insecticidal Soap Spray Posted by cookinwithherbs
I have been making this spray for more than 20 years--I don't remember where the idea came from--perhaps an old issue of Organic Gardening or Mother Earth News. I do know that the recipe works. It is... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7076/garlic-and-chile-insecticidal-soap-spray
<![CDATA[Seeing Green: The Emerald Isle]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6580/seeing-green-the-emerald-isle http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6580/seeing-green-the-emerald-isle Seeing Green: The Emerald Isle Posted by cookinwithherbs
Ireland is a wonderland of magical bright green vistas—sometimes the sea is off in the distance—and other views feature unbelievable rock formations. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Getting Familiar with My Irish Roots]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6958/getting-familiar-with-my-irish-roots http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6958/getting-familiar-with-my-irish-roots Getting Familiar with My Irish Roots Posted by cookinwithherbs
Happy autumnal equinox! Inspired by the cuisine of Ireland and their prodigious use of root vegetables, I am ready to start roasting them in the oven and making soups. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Fall Planting of Cole Crops]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2009 14:16:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6845/fall-planting-of-cole-crops http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6845/fall-planting-of-cole-crops Fall Planting of Cole Crops Posted by cookinwithherbs
Just because fall is in the air, it doesn't mean that the gardening season is over. In fact, for some crops it has just begun. The Brassicas, which have been referred to as "cole crops" for... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6845/fall-planting-of-cole-crops
<![CDATA[Red Hot! How to Harvest, Dry and Store Mature Red Chiles]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2009 01:50:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6734/red-hot-how-to-harvest-dry-and-store-mature-red-chiles http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6734/red-hot-how-to-harvest-dry-and-store-mature-red-chiles Red Hot! How to Harvest, Dry and Store Mature Red Chiles Posted by cookinwithherbs
Woohoo! Chile season is in full swing and you should be harvesting and preserving those red, ripe fruits from your garden or buying them at the farmers' markets. Let Susan, an admitted aficionado of... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6734/red-hot-how-to-harvest-dry-and-store-mature-red-chiles
<![CDATA[Herbal Libations]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:40:41 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6695/herbal-libations http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6695/herbal-libations Herbal Libations Posted by cookinwithherbs
Gather your herbal bounty to make mouthwatering herb syrups that can be used in cooling cocktails or drizzled over summer fruits or shortcakes. These scrumptious flavor-packed syrups can be refrigerated to have on hand or they can be frozen so that you can enjoy them year round. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Exotic Ginger Syrup with Lemon Herbs and Vanilla Bean ]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2009 14:13:17 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6692/exotic-ginger-syrup-with-lemon-herbs-and-vanilla-bean http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6692/exotic-ginger-syrup-with-lemon-herbs-and-vanilla-bean Exotic Ginger Syrup with Lemon Herbs and Vanilla Bean Posted by cookinwithherbs
This syrup is very good for a sore throat, cold, or flu. It is delicious stirred into tea, lemonade, or other juices to make a fruit punch, tossed with fruit salad, and drizzled over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. It also makes an exceptional homemade ginger ale. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6692/exotic-ginger-syrup-with-lemon-herbs-and-vanilla-bean
<![CDATA[The Gardeners' Exchange]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2009 11:11:26 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6608/the-gardeners-exchange http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6608/the-gardeners-exchange The Gardeners' Exchange Posted by cookinwithherbs
We gardeners know without a doubt that besides reaping the harvest and spending time outdoors in nature, there are many benefits to being a gardener. We may not always realize this when we are... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Garden Gazpacho]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2009 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6626/garden-gazpacho http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6626/garden-gazpacho Garden Gazpacho Posted by cookinwithherbs
When tomatoes are ripe and in season this simple, savory soup is the perfect way to begin a meal, or to enjoy for lunch, perhaps with some bread and cheese. This is not a ho-hum, cold, watery soup; it is packed full of flavor. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6626/garden-gazpacho
<![CDATA[Hot Hot Hot! Get Ready to Preserve the Chile Harvest]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2009 15:53:58 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6581/hot-hot-hot-get-ready-to-preserve-the-chile-harvest http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6581/hot-hot-hot-get-ready-to-preserve-the-chile-harvest Hot Hot Hot! Get Ready to Preserve the Chile Harvest Posted by cookinwithherbs
About midsummer, peppers mature and begin to ripen, and chiles become more pungent. Right now in my Maryland Zone 7 garden, my chiles are coming on strong and we are eating them morning, noon and night. Some of them are almost fiery hot, while some are crisp, slightly sweet with just a hint of heat, and full of flavor. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Roasted Chile and Herb Sauce]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2009 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6593/roasted-chile-and-herb-sauce http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6593/roasted-chile-and-herb-sauce Roasted Chile and Herb Sauce Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a recipe using roasted chiles in a delicious South-of-the-Border green herb sauce. It has similarities to both pipián verde from Mexico and pesto from Italy, with a Southwestern touch. It is delicious on pasta, potatoes, squash, fresh sliced tomatoes, or with grilled chicken and fish, on sandwiches and wraps. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6593/roasted-chile-and-herb-sauce
<![CDATA[The Tomato Sandwich: Summer's Ultimate Food]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6314/the-tomato-sandwich-summers-ultimate-food http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6314/the-tomato-sandwich-summers-ultimate-food The Tomato Sandwich: Summer's Ultimate Food Posted by cookinwithherbs
What's better than garden-fresh tomatoes on sandwich bread slathered in mayonnaise? ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6314/the-tomato-sandwich-summers-ultimate-food
<![CDATA[These Basil Varieties Shine in the Kitchen]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6207/these-basil-varieties-shine-in-the-kitchen http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6207/these-basil-varieties-shine-in-the-kitchen These Basil Varieties Shine in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
If you like to use basil in your cooking, consider growing the ones listed here. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6207/these-basil-varieties-shine-in-the-kitchen
<![CDATA[Basic Pesto Recipe]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:36:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6194/basic-pesto-recipe http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6194/basic-pesto-recipe Basic Pesto Recipe Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many of us use a food processor to make pesto since it's quick and easy. But for centuries, Italians have made pesto using a mortar and pestle. Pesto prepared in this manner is by far the best, as it... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6194/basic-pesto-recipe
<![CDATA[Tea Party Gardening in Containers]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2009 15:08:22 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6030/tea-party-gardening-in-containers http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6030/tea-party-gardening-in-containers Tea Party Gardening in Containers Posted by cookinwithherbs
A few years ago, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens contacted me to see if I had any ideas for chapters for a new book Designing an Herb Garden. Tina Marie Wilcox and I proposed and wrote two chapters for... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6030/tea-party-gardening-in-containers
<![CDATA[Growing Basil]]> Sun, 14 Jun 2009 16:45:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6189/growing-basil http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6189/growing-basil Growing Basil Posted by cookinwithherbs
For the best harvest, give plants full sun, ample water, and regular pruning ]]>
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<![CDATA[One More Report--Writing from the Road: Spring Extravaganza at the Ozark Folk Center]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2009 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5831/one-more-report-writing-from-the-road-spring-extravaganza-at-the-ozark-folk-center http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5831/one-more-report-writing-from-the-road-spring-extravaganza-at-the-ozark-folk-center One More Report--Writing from the Road: Spring Extravaganza at the Ozark Folk Center Posted by cookinwithherbs
Sometimes, in the spring with all of the traveling, I do feel disconnected, longing for some garden time. However, once back home, I leave my suitcases unpacked and head outside to commune with... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Egg and Cheese Puff with Greens]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2009 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5828/egg-and-cheese-puff-with-greens http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5828/egg-and-cheese-puff-with-greens Egg and Cheese Puff with Greens Posted by cookinwithherbs
A great brunch dish, or quick lunch or supper, this recipe is easily put together and can actually be prepared a few hours ahead of time and refrigerated. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5828/egg-and-cheese-puff-with-greens
<![CDATA[Video: Make a Flower Salad]]> Sat, 16 May 2009 16:50:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5371/video-make-a-flower-salad http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5371/video-make-a-flower-salad Video: Make a Flower Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
Many flowers are as delicious as they are beautiful. In this video, culinary herbalist Susan Belsinger makes a gorgeous flower salad. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5371/video-make-a-flower-salad
<![CDATA[Writing from the road continued]]> Mon, 04 May 2009 06:09:06 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5175/writing-from-the-road-continued http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5175/writing-from-the-road-continued Writing from the road continued Posted by cookinwithherbs
Still out on the road, this traveling gardener experiences different stages of spring in gardens around the country. This trip begins with summery weather at the Epcot flower and garden festival in Orlando, Florida, then back to spring in Maryland and then a drive south through Virginia, North and South Carolina. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Writing from the Road]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:56:30 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4965/writing-from-the-road http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4965/writing-from-the-road Writing from the Road Posted by cookinwithherbs
Lecturer and author Susan Belsinger reports from the road as a traveling gardener--it is springtime everywhere--in varying stages. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Five Flowers to Dine On]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2009 11:25:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4756/five-flowers-to-dine-on http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4756/five-flowers-to-dine-on Five Flowers to Dine On Posted by cookinwithherbs
Daylily, nasturtium, monarda, viola, and squash blossom are more than just pretty faces. Handled with care, these tasty beauties travel gracefully from garden to plate. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Chocolate Pudding with Bay]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:55:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4455/chocolate-pudding-with-bay http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4455/chocolate-pudding-with-bay Chocolate Pudding with Bay Posted by cookinwithherbs
This chocolate-rich pudding is redolent with the aroma of bay that lingers on your palate. Fresh bay leaves give the pudding a wonderful fragrance that you don't get when you use dried bay leaves. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4455/chocolate-pudding-with-bay
<![CDATA[Bay (Laurus nobilis): From Legend and Lore to Fragrance and Flavor ]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 09:51:10 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4457/bay-laurus-nobilis-from-legend-and-lore-to-fragrance-and-flavor http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4457/bay-laurus-nobilis-from-legend-and-lore-to-fragrance-and-flavor Bay (Laurus nobilis): From Legend and Lore to Fragrance and Flavor Posted by cookinwithherbs
Hello gardeners! This year, bay is Herb of the Year and it's being celebrated internationally. The following article appears in Bay, Herb of the Year 2009, published by the International Herb Association. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Bay Syrup]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2009 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4459/bay-syrup http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4459/bay-syrup Bay Syrup Posted by cookinwithherbs
Herb syrups are wonderful flavor essences that can be added in place of the liquid in cakes, pie filling, and drizzled over all type of baked goods. They are good on all kinds of fruits and fruit salads, used in beverages, and to make sorbets. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Fresh Pea Soup with Mint]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2009 16:07:51 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4071/fresh-pea-soup-with-mint http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4071/fresh-pea-soup-with-mint Fresh Pea Soup with Mint Posted by cookinwithherbs
This simple soup can be made with frozen peas, if necessary. For added richness, use half-and-half instead of milk. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Chocolate Mint Brownies]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:58:11 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4069/chocolate-mint-brownies http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4069/chocolate-mint-brownies Chocolate Mint Brownies Posted by cookinwithherbs
You can use spearmint in these chocolate brownies, but peppermint works best with chocolate. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Blondies with Orange Mint and Apricots]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:52:15 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4067/blondies-with-orange-mint-and-apricots http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4067/blondies-with-orange-mint-and-apricots Blondies with Orange Mint and Apricots Posted by cookinwithherbs
Orange mint endows these blondies with a citrus flavor and scent. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Tabbouleh with Mint]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:43:42 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4065/tabbouleh-with-mint http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4065/tabbouleh-with-mint Tabbouleh with Mint Posted by cookinwithherbs
This is a traditional-style Middle Eastern tabbouleh with the added flavors of garbanzos, pine nuts, and currants. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Grow Chives]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:35:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2450/how-to-grow-chives http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2450/how-to-grow-chives How to Grow Chives Posted by cookinwithherbs
Flowers are only one of the reasons to grow chives. Their flavor, with the sweetness of an onion and the hint of new garlic, adds a pleasing touch to many dishes. Here's how to grow them well and use them in the kitchen. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Cooking with Lavender]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3581/cooking-with-lavender http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3581/cooking-with-lavender Cooking with Lavender Posted by cookinwithherbs
Lavender is an edible flower. Used judiciously, it can enhance the taste of a wide variety of dishes, both sweet and savory. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Grow Delectable Lemon Basils]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3547/how-to-grow-delectable-lemon-basils http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3547/how-to-grow-delectable-lemon-basils How to Grow Delectable Lemon Basils Posted by cookinwithherbs
Rich soil and sunny spaces yield citrus-sparked flavor. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Lemon Basil Ice Cream]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:43:56 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3545/lemon-basil-ice-cream http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3545/lemon-basil-ice-cream Lemon Basil Ice Cream Posted by cookinwithherbs
This velvet-textured ice cream leaves a delightful perfume on the palate. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Buttermilk Cream Scones with Lemon Basil]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:32:01 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3543/buttermilk-cream-scones-with-lemon-basil http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3543/buttermilk-cream-scones-with-lemon-basil Buttermilk Cream Scones with Lemon Basil Posted by cookinwithherbs
These delicious scones can be prepared for a special breakfast, brunch, tea party, or even served as dessert. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Pasta with Summer Vegetables and Lemon Basil]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:15:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3541/pasta-with-summer-vegetables-and-lemon-basil http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3541/pasta-with-summer-vegetables-and-lemon-basil Pasta with Summer Vegetables and Lemon Basil Posted by cookinwithherbs
This dish is the perfect summer supper: simple, quick, easy, and light. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3541/pasta-with-summer-vegetables-and-lemon-basil
<![CDATA[Peach Crisp with Lavender]]> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3657/peach-crisp-with-lavender http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3657/peach-crisp-with-lavender Peach Crisp with Lavender Posted by cookinwithherbs
Serve up a tempting summer dessert that combines the sweetness of fresh peaches with the perfume of lavender flowers. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3657/peach-crisp-with-lavender
<![CDATA[Cream Cheese with Herbes de Provence and Garlic]]> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3653/cream-cheese-with-herbes-de-provence-and-garlic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3653/cream-cheese-with-herbes-de-provence-and-garlic Cream Cheese with Herbes de Provence and Garlic Posted by cookinwithherbs
This versatile spread can be served on sandwiches and crackers; thinned with a little milk, it makes a tasty dip for vegetables. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3653/cream-cheese-with-herbes-de-provence-and-garlic
<![CDATA[Chives in the Kitchen]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:45:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3459/chives-in-the-kitchen http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3459/chives-in-the-kitchen Chives in the Kitchen Posted by cookinwithherbs
Chives and their flowers find many uses in the kitchen. Susan Belsinger offers suggestions for using common chives and garlic chives in your cooking. You'll also learn how to infuse chive blossoms in vineger. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/3459/chives-in-the-kitchen
<![CDATA[Wilted Greens with Garlic]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2008 11:35:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7103/wilted-greens-with-garlic http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7103/wilted-greens-with-garlic Wilted Greens with Garlic Posted by cookinwithherbs
Use any of your favorite greens in this dish—spinach, chard, kale, beet, collards, dandelion—even a bit of arugula. These are good served as a vegetable accompaniment to roast meats or... ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/7103/wilted-greens-with-garlic
<![CDATA[Mashed Potatoes]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2008 16:15:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6968/mashed-potatoes http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6968/mashed-potatoes Mashed Potatoes Posted by cookinwithherbs
This basic recipe can be served as mashed potatoes or used to prepare other Irish side dishes: root vegetable mash, colcannon, and champ. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6968/mashed-potatoes
<![CDATA[Mashed Potatoes, Irish Style]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 12:10:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6982/mashed-potatoes-irish-style http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6982/mashed-potatoes-irish-style Mashed Potatoes, Irish Style Posted by cookinwithherbs
This basic recipe can be served as mashed potatoes or used to prepare other Irish side dishes: root vegetable mash, colcannon, and champ. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6982/mashed-potatoes-irish-style
<![CDATA[Garlic Croutons]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2008 11:15:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6628/garlic-croutons http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6628/garlic-croutons Garlic Croutons Posted by cookinwithherbs
These are garlic croutons so good, you'll want to make extra to snack on while you're cooking. I like to use a good, hearty, country-style bread to make these, but you can use leftover baguettes, wheat, or even rye bread to make croutons--I often mix them. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/6628/garlic-croutons
<![CDATA[Garlic Chive and Rice Salad]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:44:43 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2452/garlic-chive-and-rice-salad http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2452/garlic-chive-and-rice-salad Garlic Chive and Rice Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
This make-ahead salad includes peas, peppers, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2452/garlic-chive-and-rice-salad
<![CDATA[Spring Flower Salad]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:40:33 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2451/spring-flower-salad http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2451/spring-flower-salad Spring Flower Salad Posted by cookinwithherbs
A lovely mixed salad with colorful edible flowers topped with a light vinaigrette. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/2451/spring-flower-salad
<![CDATA[Baked Stuffed Eggplant]]> Wed, 14 May 2008 13:20:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5331/baked-stuffed-eggplant http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5331/baked-stuffed-eggplant Baked Stuffed Eggplant Posted by cookinwithherbs
Cheese, breadcrumbs, rice, onion, and herbs make a savory filling. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5331/baked-stuffed-eggplant
<![CDATA[Sautéed Eggplant]]> Wed, 14 May 2008 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5328/sauted-eggplant http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5328/sauted-eggplant Sautéed Eggplant Posted by cookinwithherbs
Make an elegant sauté by cutting long, slim eggplants into sticks. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/5328/sauted-eggplant
<![CDATA[Tea Cake with Candied Flowers]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2008 11:10:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4794/tea-cake-with-candied-flowers http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4794/tea-cake-with-candied-flowers Tea Cake with Candied Flowers Posted by cookinwithherbs
Tea Cake with Candied Flowers tastes as good as it looks. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4794/tea-cake-with-candied-flowers
<![CDATA[Summer Fruit Salad with Monarda]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2008 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4782/summer-fruit-salad-with-monarda http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4782/summer-fruit-salad-with-monarda Summer Fruit Salad with Monarda Posted by cookinwithherbs
Red monarda's tealike flavor is a lovely complement to the summer stone fruits. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4782/summer-fruit-salad-with-monarda
<![CDATA[Daylily Petals with Pesto Dip on Cucumber Slices]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2008 10:20:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4779/daylily-petals-with-pesto-dip-on-cucumber-slices http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4779/daylily-petals-with-pesto-dip-on-cucumber-slices Daylily Petals with Pesto Dip on Cucumber Slices Posted by cookinwithherbs
This dramatic appetizer offers the double crunch of cucumber and flower. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4779/daylily-petals-with-pesto-dip-on-cucumber-slices
<![CDATA[Fried Squash Blossoms with Goat Cheese and Herbs]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2008 10:05:00 -0500 http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4776/fried-squash-blossoms-with-goat-cheese-and-herbs http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4776/fried-squash-blossoms-with-goat-cheese-and-herbs Fried Squash Blossoms with Goat Cheese and Herbs Posted by cookinwithherbs
Make a savory treat from squash blossoms. ]]>
http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4776/fried-squash-blossoms-with-goat-cheese-and-herbs