Category Archive: Herb

Growing and Using Basil

  Purple and Green Basil A Guide To Growing Basil Harvesting and Preserving Basil for its Many Uses Here’s an article I wrote for Countryside Magazine. It’s timely since right now my basil is flowering like crazy! I’m willing to bet that if you start an herb garden, growing basil (Ocimum Basilicum) will be high …

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Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro

Cilantro leafing out before flowering and going to seed

Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro I have a love/hate relationship with cilantro. I love the flavor but I don’t like the way cilantro behaves, like a mischevious little boy. He likes to bolt to seed if it gets too hot, and this can happen seemingly overnight. So I have to make successive plantings every couple …

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Spearmint or Peppermint for Mint Julep Recipe?

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Mint Julep Recipe Peppermint for Mint Juleps Spearmint or Peppermint – which is best for Mint Juleps? There’s always a debate about this. Spearmint is traditional, and sweeter than peppermint. Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which makes it taste stronger. Peppermint is used in a lot of medicines, and also in toothpastes, peppermint candies …

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow As we “grow along” together, I’ll share in depth some good information on my favorite individual herbs. But today I wanted to give you a quick list of my  top 10 healing herbs that you can grow yourself. I love the fact that herbs not only taste good, they’re …

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Two plants NOT to pick this spring (hint: one was Socrates downfall)

Two plants NOT to pick this spring (hint: one was Socrates downfall) Over the past few years, a couple of poisonous weeds have invaded our natural areas as well as the landscapes. And with warm weather just around the corner, these will be popping up and look so appealing you may be tempted to pick: …

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Cinnamon for Health: Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon, almonds, walnuts in Baklava

Cinnamon for Health Cinnamon for Health: cinnamon is a brain booster.  Yes, it’s true – simply breathing in that aroma can make you sharper! Yet it also has a calming, soothing, homey effect. You can also make a wonderful hand and foot massage oil by mixing a bit of cinnamon in canola or grape seed …

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Ancient Grains: Everything Old is New Again

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Ancient Grains I’m amazed at the number of recipes that call for ancient grains in the latest magazines, blogs and newspapers. And I love how many of these ancient grains show ups as “new” in the local grocery store. Wonderful grains that are becoming more readily available – not just at health food stores any …

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Vinegar Recipe: Delicious Vinegar and a Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

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Vinegar Recipe with Herbs When I was a kid, the two kinds of vinegar most people used were cider made from apples and clear made from grains. Boy things have changed. Today we have all kinds of vinegar, from apple cider, clear, to trendy Sherry vinegars and Balsamic vinegars. This is a wonderful vinegar recipe …

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Vanilla Recipe: Easy How To Make Vanilla Extract

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Vanilla Recipe: Easy How To Make Vanilla Extract Creating your own vanilla from this easy to follow vanilla recipe is simple – but does take a bit of patience. After putting the easy ingredients in a small bottle, the flavor of vanilla needs time to infuse and share it’s delicious sweet and rich flavor. In …

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Shiso

Shiso (pronounced SHEE-soh) is one of the most popular culinary herbs in Japan. Perhaps best known in the United States for its use as a sushi wrapper, the leaf has a number of uses in the kitchen.bn  It comes in two varieties: green and reddish-purple. Shiso is also called by different names. It’s ohba (pronounced OH-ba) at the sushi bar; …

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