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Mrs. Claus' favorite gift

Cate MacKrell

Every year Mrs. Claus worries about Santa as he works long hours and eats lots of cookies along the way.  Mrs. Claus knows she must cook delicious healthy meals using fresh organic herbs. Following Organic Herbal Cooking's simple recipe cards, Mrs. Claus has dinner ready for Santa and the Elves in no time!

Santa's favortie gift for Mrs. Claus is a 3 month subscription to Organic Herbal Cooking's Herb of the Month. The Herb of the Month arrives in time for Christmas wrapped in organic burlap with seasonal raffia ribbon.

Send a healthy, organic gift today!  Give the Gift of Cooking with Fresh Organic Herbs!

Chicken Spiedies

Cate MacKrell

 

  

We did a wonderful event at the Garden the other evening called Herbs & Hors d'oeuvres.  All the hors d'oeuvres were herb themed.  So many delicous items, and what a great group of guests!

I have had many folks ask about the Chicken Skewers.  They are Chicken Spiedies and are a regional favorite in only one area of NY.  Mint and vinegar are key ingredients for the marinade.  Marinating at least 24 hours is also key.

Spiedies are always grilled and then folks like to take a slice of Italian bread and remove the chicken to create a sandwich.  Restaurants all serve this special treat and I'm glad I was able to share it with so many folks.

Chicken Spiedies

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped

1 Tbps. dried parsley

1 Tbps. dried basil

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions

Dice chicken breasts into 1" cubes. Whisk all other ingredients together to form marinade. Set some aside for basting or sauce if desired. Add marinade to chicken and refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally (the acidic nature of the marinade wll 'chemically' cook the meat partially). Thread 5 or so cubes onto metal or soaked bamboo skewers and grill for a few minutes either side, just until meat is firm (remember, they're already partially cooked by the marinade). Place skewers on a fresh Italian bread, grip the meat firmly with the bread and pull out skewers.
Be well & enjoy,
Tamara

 

 

Asian Mint Noodle Salad

Cate MacKrell

Ah, the freshness of Spring.  Walking through the herb garden, looking for signs of life, I know Mint will always remind me that Spring has arrived.  The varieties of Mint are endless and always add a freshness to recipes followed by a cool finish.

Today's herb recipe stems from my love of noodle salads.  I wanted to create a recipe that everyone could eat, including those on gluten free diets. For the noodles, I cooked quinoa noodles al dente.  Quinoa spaghetti style noodles are delicious. The dressing was traditional with rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and tamari.

To kick start this salad, I added thinly sliced baby bok choy and beautiful spring radishes. Adding fresh chopped mint cooled the bite of the radishes and rounded out the flavors.  This salad may be served immediately or refrigerated and served later.  It is a great salad to take on picnics being dairy free.

Visit the mint in your garden or plant some today.

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

Sorghum Edamame with Thyme Vinaigrette

Cate MacKrell

"What was once old is new again". So the saying goes and oh so true when it comes to ancient grains. Ancient grains are becoming popular again. Most are gluten-free and all are full of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Quinoa, Millet and Sorghum are just a few of the ancient favorites. For the cooking show, I chose sorghum because I thought it was the least popular. Sorghum originated in Africa and is still a staple in Africa and India. It has more anti-oxidants than blueberries and pomegranates! Sorghum can be popped like popcorn for a healthy snack.

Rounding out this dish is edamames, slivered almonds, green onions and shredded carrots. Shave some fresh parmesan over the salad and drizzle with a Thyme vinaigrette. This is a  delicous salad that can be refrigerated or served at room temperature.

Take some time to try ancient grains in your recipes.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

Organic Valentine Gift

Cate MacKrell

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Happy Herbal New Year

Cate MacKrell

Wishing you the healthiest happiest year in 2014. Look forward to sharing the benefits of cooking with fresh organic herbs in the upcoming year.

Start your new year off with an simple side dish. Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette is delicious, simple to make and can be served at room temperature if made ahead.

Share the benefits of cooking with organic herbs, the perfect natural, healthy organic gift to give in 2014

Send me a message if you would like the recipe.

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

The Perfect Organic Gift

Cate MacKrell

Looking for that unique gift to surprise your family and friends. Send an Organic Herb of the Month.

1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscriptions available.

Each month they will receive a beautiful fresh organic herb along with healthy delicious recipes. Each recipe card is easy to follow and includes a colored photo of the dish.

Place your order by midnight on Cyber monday, December 3 and you will receive one free additional month.

A Natural Organic Christmas gift that tops Santa's list.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

 

Natural Thanksgiving Gift

Cate MacKrell

Send your family and friends a natural organic Thanksgiving gift. Fresh organic herbs arrive wrapped in organic burlap with festive raffia ribbon.

Each order includes beautiful recipe cards with images of healthy herb dishes.

The herbs will arrive in time for Thanksgiving adding that special touch to all your Thanksgiving dishes.

Place your order today for a 3 -6 month subscription.

Your family and friends will be "thanking" you this holiday

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

Carrot & Kale Soup

Cate MacKrell

There is a hint of crispness in the air and on the ground with the fallen leaves. What better time to make a healthy soup to savor. This soup is full of vegetables and Thyme that supply vitamins and anti-oxidants.

The ingredients showcase Fall's colors with carrots, kale, onions and parsnips. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt to add richness. For a heartier bowl of soup, add some small cooked pasta.

Visit organicherbalcooking.com with questions or herb ideas.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

Pumpkin Lasagna

Cate MacKrell

This delicious and easy to make dish is so comforting. Pumpkin Lasagna has become a Fall favorite. It holds well and can be made ahead and reheated. The pumpkin and cheeses blend beautifully. This is rare that I post an entire recipe on my blog, but I love Halloween and Fall.

 

 

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 (8 oz.) white mushrooms, sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

2 can (15 oz.) solid pack pumpkin

1 cup half and half

2 Tbsp fresh organic Sage leaves, chopped

Pinch of salt pepper   No cook lasagna noodles

1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese

1 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

1 ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°. In a medium sauté pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions. Cook 4 minutes until tender. Set aside. In a large bowl combine pumpkin, half and half, Sage, salt and pepper. Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup pumpkin sauce in the bottom. Top with 1 layer lasagna noodles, overlapping slightly. Spread 1 cup pumpkin sauce over the noodles. Add ½ mushroom mixture over sauce. Top with ½ cup ricotta (placing small dollops over sauce). Sprinkle with ½ cup mozzarella and ½ parmesan. Repeat layers. Top with noodles and sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with ½ parmesan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

October Cooking Show

Cate MacKrell

Saturday October 12, 2013    Huntsville Botanical Garden   Murray Hall

Please join me for a delicous day! I will be talking about Herbal Holiday Entertaining. You will be treated to lunch as I prepare the dishes and take home recipe cards to share. My friends will be sharing some hostess gift ideas.

Show 11:30 -1:30 PM  You must register call 256-509-7918 to sign up. Talk to Dorothy Thomas for more info.

Look forward to seeing you at this fun event!

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

Lemongrass Crab Legs

Cate MacKrell

The herb of the month for September is Lemongrass. Lemongrass can be grown in the Southern part of the country. Living in the South, I am fortunate to have beautiful Lemongrass.

Lemongrass is valued for both culinary and medicinal benefits. Lemongrass contains beta carotene, an antioxidant which has been found to be useful in healthy cell and tissue growth in the body.

Lemongrass gives you the tempting aroma of lemon without the acidity. It tastes like a delicious subtle lemon.

Today I saw crab legs on sale and decided to make new dish. Adding garlic, ginger and Lemongrass to a large pot to steam the crab legs, the aroma was a wow.

These crab legs were so good, you do not need dipping butter. Give your crab legs a new twist with Lemongrass.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

 

Oregano Angel Food Tiramisu

Cate MacKrell

While Summer lingers and the heat makes us look for cool and refreshing things to eat, I decided to make a light tiramisu made with angel food cake instead of lady fingers. I also used Neufchatel cheese for some of the filling which is lighter than mascarpone. This cut down on the prep time and had it in the refrigerator chilling in a hurry.

Adding fresh Oregano to the filling gave it a touch of savoriness! Oregano is one of the culinary herbs rich in antioxidants, substances that protect your cells from damage. It also slows cell deterioration, thus slowing the process of aging. So why not have a slice of light and delicious Angel Food Tiramisu.

Don't forget the Organic Herb of the Month Club for your upcoming unique gift ideas.

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara



Organic Herb of the Month

Cate MacKrell

Sage is the organic Herb of the month. Sage is considered one of natures perfect Herbs as it is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants. Sage is a perrenial and pretty easy to grow. It loves warm weather and a good supply of water.

Many folks relate Sage to Thanksgiving and the wonderful stuffings they grew up with. Unfortunately, Sage doesn't get used in recipes as much as it deserves. Try fresh organic Sage with Seafood, Pasta or fresh Fruit Teas. Sage will lend a balance and freshness to your recipes.

Sage is a natural detoxifier! Give it a try.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

Smashed Oregano Reds

Cate MacKrell

The Oregano in the garden is beautiful. It is flowering and the bees are loving it. Anytime you can attract bees to your garden, be thankful. Lately, there has been a shortage of bees and this has made pollinating fruits and vegetables a problem.

These potatoes were fantastic, not hard to make and the Oregano added that extra level that took them over the top.

Place a dollop of sour cream on top if you like and you're going to smile.

Visit organicherbalcooking.com if you have questions about herb recipes or ideas.

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

Summer Time Herbs

Cate MacKrell

Summer is a great time to enjoy the beauty of herbs. Herbs begin to flower and add a new dimension to the garden. The flowers can be cut back to encourage new growth and revitalize the plant. Place your herb flowers in a small vase and appreciate their natural beauty.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Cate MacKrell

The Kentucky Derby is the one horse race folks watch even if they don't watch another horse race all year. The festivities are over the top to say the least.

It is tradition that Mint Julep's are served. During the two day races, over 120,000 Mint Julep's are sold!

Mint is readily available, so take a moment and make a Mint Julep in honor of this wonderful event.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Ingredients

6 Mint leave sprigs

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Kentucky bourbon

Crushed ice

Directions

In a small saucepan, simmer leaves of 2 sprigs of Mint, sugar and water until blended about 5 minutes. This will be your simple syrup.  Remove from heat and let cool. Remove leaves from 2 sprigs of Mint. Place mint and 4 Tbsp of simple syrup in each glass. Muddle leaves to crush. Add 2 0z. of bourbon and ice to each glass. Stir well to chill and blend flavors.

Mint Julep's are tradionally served in a silver cup, enjoy in your favoite glass with or without a hat!

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara
  

Celebrate Earth Day

Cate MacKrell

Earth Day is a time to reflect and be thankful for our wonderful surroundings. Today, plant a seed, dig a hole in the dirt, water a plant.

My passion is Herbs and cooking with fresh Herbs. I celebrate by sharing recipes that focus on Herbs and their benefits.

Organic Herbal Cooking, Inc. offers the Herb of the Month Club. Send 1 month, 3 month or 6 month Herbs. In honor of Earth Day, receive One Free Additional Month. Order today and thank the Earth.

Visit organicherbalcooking.com.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

 

Easter Gifts

Cate MacKrell

Hippity Hop...Fresh Herbs on Their Way....

Healthy Natural Easter Gift

1 month, 3 month & 6 month gifts available

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Delicious Recipes Included                    Fresh Herbs to Your Door

 

 

 

 

Tarragon Lemonade

Cate MacKrell

The weekend's here and it's time to relax!  How about a healthy homemade Tarragon Lemonade. Simple to make and oh so refreshing. First, make a simple syrup. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add 1 cup water, 1 sprig Tarragon and 2/3 cup Agave syrup or honey. Heat for 4 minutes to blend flavors. Remove from heat and cool.

To a large pitcher add juice of 6 lemons, 5 cups of cold water and 4 sprigs of Tarragon. Add ice to your favorite glasses and get ready for a great refreshing drink.  Celebrating something fun, this recipe is fantastic with a touch of Gin or Vodka.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara