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Tarragon

Tarragon

The history of tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)stretches back to ancient times, where it was used for its medicinal properties. The herb made its way across continents, valued by various cultures for its ability to stimulate the appetite and aid digestion. In the medieval era, tarragon found its place in the gardens of monasteries, used by monks to produce remedies.

Chives

Chives

Chives, (Allium schoenoprasum), are a member of the onion family. They stand out in the culinary world for their delicate flavor and vibrant green touch. These slender, grass-like herbs are not only a favorite garnish but also a powerhouse of nutrition and history

Bread Machine Baking: Herbed Green Onion Bread

Bread Machine Baking: Herbed Green Onion Bread

Herbed Green Onion Bread is the perfect addition to any meal. It’s soft, flavorful, and compliments many soups and main dishes. I would make it as a loaf, then make it as a dough and create rolls or breadsticks! This one is a keeper.

Lemon Rosemary Coffee Cake

Lemon Rosemary Coffee Cake

Remember when you were a child and woke up to the scent of something delicious baking? This is a lovely herbal twist on a more traditional coffee cake, and rosemary with lemon makes a delightful pairing.

Violets

Violets

As the snow starts to recede, I am anxious to see where my spring plants will pop up. I have lived all over the country and violets are one of the wild plants that seem to survive wherever we go. Usually found along the edges of yards and gardens, many people consider them a weed, while I think violets simply need better marketing.

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), is known in traditional and modern herbal medicine for its nutritional content and health benefits. Although there is an entire industry devoted to destroying these beautiful and useful plants, their bright cheerful blooms endure. Dandelion has so many uses that anyone with a clean patch available to them should take notice.

Make Your Own Pasta

Make Your Own Pasta

I love noodles. They are incredibly easy to make from scratch, are super filling, and far surpass anything you can buy in a store. I began making noodles years ago when I received a pasta roller for Xmas. I followed the specific directions and after one meal, was hooked. There is something liberating about wanting to make ravioli for dinner, and only needing flour, eggs, salt, and water to do so. This also makes pasta night even easier if you don’t have any boxed pasta in the pantry. The ingredients are simple, and many of us have them on hand.

Sunrise Serenity Tea Blend Recipe

Sunrise Serenity Tea Blend Recipe

During the winter months, I spend more time inside. I like to create tea blends that help me find that calmness and focus that I get I can get out to the green things. It’s not surprising that this recipe works well for my morning routine. Enjoy!

National Dog Biscuit Day

National Dog Biscuit Day

Dog biscuits have a pretty interesting history. They originally started out as hard, dry, and unsavory biscuits for dogs way back in the mid-19th century. The idea was to provide dogs with a healthy, hard snack that could promote dental health, much like the benefits we see in dog biscuits today.

Good News to Share

Good News to Share

I am so excited to share that two of my articles were published in the March-April 2024 issue of The Essential Herbal! This is so meaningful to me and I wanted to share. If you have little bitty hamsters or gerbils, I wrote about foraging herbs that are safe for them. I also wrote a Spring Revival Herbal Tisane recipe that I think you will enjoy.