In the Kitchen

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Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves

Hot Cross Buns and Fresh Bay Leaves

Today I got a hankering for hot cross buns, which I have not made in quite awhile--it is that time of year that we see them for sale. Well, the recipe I use is an old one, from my first book Cooking with Herbs co-authored with Carolyn Dille. The ingredient that makes these buns unique is fresh bay leaves. Really, you will have to try them; I have made a few updates in the recipe which you can read below.

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Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter!

Dandelions--Welcome this Spring Bitter!

I enjoy bitter--bitter herbs, bitter foods and bitters, the magic digestive elixirs. They are spring tonics and dandelions are one of my favorites--I've been harvesting the leaves, flowers and roots since they first emerged and using them in soups, sauces, egg dishes, with pasta and grains and stuffing them into quesadillas and enchiladas. Get out there and harvest some goodness for your health and well being!

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Book Review: Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme

Book Review: Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme

I recently received a copy of Beyond Rosemary, Basil and Thyme: Unusual, Interesting and Uncommon Herbs to Enjoy from author Theresa Mieseler; it is hot off the presses. This book contains some of the herbs that you might not grow--or even know about--that are worth investigating.

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Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style

Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style

Recently, someone gave me a bag of farro. I have cooked farro, which is a type of wheat berry, as well as kamut and spelt in my past, however not in a long time. So I read about farro and cooked up a pot of it and then I made the following delightfully tasty recipe for Farro Salad, Mediterranean-Style.

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Wild Weed and Seasonal Green Recipes

Wild Weed and Seasonal Green Recipes

In our recent wild weeds class, we made a soup, salsa verde and salad. Here is a recipe for a soup featuring wild edibles and seasonal greens, a short video and links to salsa verde and green goodness soup. Happy foraging!

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Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens

Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens

Just finished teaching a folk school class on Wild Weeds and Seasonal Greens at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. We foraged for weeds and combined them with some seasonal herbs and greens to make tasty edibles: Spring Greens Soup, Salsa Verde and Salad of Wild Weeds, Seasonal Herbs and Salad Greens.

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Enjoy a Cuppa: Blending Teas

Enjoy a Cuppa: Blending Teas

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Cold weather inspires drinking hot beverages. When you come in from being out-of-doors on a frigid day, what do you want to drink?

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Celebrate Spring and Agastache, Herb of the Year 2019!

Celebrate Spring and Agastache, Herb of the Year 2019!

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I am gearing up for upcoming spring programs and I will be kicking off the gardening season at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in Little Rock, from March 1 to March 3. There is a great lineup of...

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Combine Some Botanicals with Chocolate for Your Valentine

Combine Some Botanicals with Chocolate for Your Valentine

While flowers are the number one choice of gifts for Valentine's Day, chocolate follows as a close second. Instead of a box of store-bought chocolates, why don't you make something scrumptious,simple and unique for the one(s)you love?

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Elderberry Syrup on the First Day of February

Elderberry Syrup on the First Day of February

I love it when happenings in everyday life inspire me to write a blog. This blog's inception came about due to the freezing weather, which caused me to clean out my freezer...

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January Ponderings

January Ponderings

The cold weather is upon us and we are doing things to keep warm. These winter months are supposed to be a time of respite. What are you doing to keep warm and nourish yourself? Here are a few subjects that i have been contemplating...

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Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

This is the time of year when we want to nestle in and stay at home and eat warming comfort foods. At our house we eat lots of soups and stews, beans and rice, grains and pasta. this pasta sauce first appeared in Cooking with Herbs in 1981! It has been prepared countless times and with many variations and still remains a family favorite.

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Winter Solstice Wedding

Winter Solstice Wedding

The winter holiday season has begun--yesterday was the winter solstice--and today the full cold moon shines bright in the night sky. Yesterday, we celebrated the marriage of my daughter Lucie to Matt, the love of her life. We used the herbs and greenery of the season with lots of candlelight and sparkly fairy lights to add to the magic of the day.

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Make your own Calendula Salve

Make your own Calendula Salve

Today is the last day of November (already!)--it's that time of year where we need to think about holiday gifts--and what better than a useful, homemade gift? Calendula salve is easy to make once your calendula petals have infused in oil and it makes a wonderful herbal salve. As a gardener, I use it regularly, however it is great for chapped lips, hands and dry skin and it is gentle enough to be used in preparations for babies. Give a gift that will be appreciated and used--this one is thoughtful, homemade and healing!

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Awesome Easy Cranberry-Orange Relish

Awesome Easy Cranberry-Orange Relish

Cranberries are a staple of the Thanksgiving table. I am not one to appreciate a quivery, jelly-like mass. I go for the gusto--texture, flavor and freshness. This is the best cranberry relish that I have ever eaten--has three simple seasonal ingredients-- and it takes just 5 minutes to make!

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5 Ways to Veg Out for Thanksgiving

5 Ways to Veg Out for Thanksgiving

It’s time to give thanks for vegetables! Here are five simple ways to give vegetables a special place at the Thanksgiving table.

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Hoecakes are Better than Cornbread!

Hoecakes are Better than Cornbread!

Many folks have asked me to share this recipe, which Tina Marie Wilcox and I prepared at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival. They are great hot off the griddle. Quite honestly, I like them better than cornbread--they are fun to eat--and they travel well and are less crumbly than cornbread. You can make them large or small depending upon what you are doing with them They make a killer grilled cheese sandwich with a slice of onion and/or tomato!

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Infused Vinegar is a Simple Garden Gift

Infused Vinegar is a Simple Garden Gift

November ushers in the season of giving. From giving thanks to giving gifts, vegetable gardeners can use their fruits, vegetables and herbs to create something simply delicious.

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Gardener’s Guide to Winter Squash

Gardener’s Guide to Winter Squash

Pumpkins may be popular this time of year, but there’s a wide wonderful world of winter squashes waiting for you. Here’s a helpful guide on which squashes to choose and how to use.

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Citrus Hop Bitters

Citrus Hop Bitters

Nearly everyone who tastes these bitters, asks for the recipe. So I am sharing it here so you can make your own--they are easy to make and store for years (if they last that long). This recipe is published in Hops, Herb of the Year 2018 by the International Herb Association.

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