One of the ways folks preserved their fresh fruits in Colonial times was by making shrubs, a fruit, sugar and vinegar drink they could spike with brandy or rum. It's time for these old-fashioned drinks to make a delicious comeback.
WesternGardener, contributor | July 11th, 20166 comments
After all those hours planting and tending the vegetable and herb garden, it’s finally time to start enjoying it. C.L. Fornari’s newest book offers ideas for putting garden-fresh herbs to delicious use – with a twist.
WesternGardener, contributor | July 5th, 20161 comment
Cuban oregano is an easy-to-grow herb that goes by many names and has an especially distinctive flavor. Besides being a tasty replacement for regular oregano, the succulent leaves can be used as a natural insect repellant.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | July 3rd, 20163 comments
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.
WesternGardener, contributor | June 27th, 20163 comments
Fans of the country lifestyle flock together every year to celebrate a simpler way of life. The fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in early June offered vegetable gardeners something old, something new, something edible that’s blue.
WesternGardener, contributor | June 20th, 20163 comments
A vegetable garden isn’t complete without a good selection of culinary herbs growing side-by-side. In Susan Belsinger’s new book, VegetableGardener.com’s own flavor artist helps gardeners find ways to grow and preserve 97 flavorful herbs.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | June 19th, 20162 comments
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.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | June 15th, 20164 comments
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.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | June 13th, 20164 comments
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.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | May 31st, 20164 comments
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.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | May 25th, 20165 comments
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.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | May 21st, 20164 comments
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?
WesternGardener, contributor | May 16th, 20163 comments
At a recent vegetable gardening event, guests sampled a variety of recipes meant to stretch a gardener’s creativity and a food lover’s palate. Here are new ways to enjoy some of your favorite garden vegetables, with a twist.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | May 4th, 20164 comments
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.