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Herbs for Christmas Gifts

Tamara Huron

Santa loves to cook with fresh herbs!

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Earth Day Herbs

Tamara Huron

Earth Day Herbs

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Red White & Blue Baguettes

Tamara Huron

Red White & Blue Baguettes

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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

2014 Herb of the Year

Cate MacKrell

The 2014 Herb of the Year is the Artemisias, which is actually a large diverse group of plants rather than one herb. One of the most well-known is Tarragon. French Tarragon is a favorite and I like to be creative when using it in my recipes.

Straying from the common sauces flavored with Tarragon, my favorite way to use Tarragon is in salads and desserts. During 2014 I hope to share many Tarragon recipes with you at the cooking show and on-line.

Tarragon is a delicate herb that is hardy and easy to grow, Celebrate 2014, give it a try today.

Strawberry Cucumber & Tarragon Salad is light and refreshing.

Be well & 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

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.

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

Mediterranean Tilapia

Cate MacKrell

Tilapia is a mild fish that is easy to prepare and tastes great. Here I layered lemon slices in a pan, placed Tilapia, a sprinkle of garlic powder and Oregano on top. A nice drizzle of olive oil and into the oven to bake for 20 minutes. Healthy, delicious and simple to make for a week night dinner.

The fresh Oregano is full of anti-oxidants and vitamins and really adds to this dish.

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

Healthy Father's Day Gift

Cate MacKrell

There's still time to order your Father the healthiest natural and organic gift. Send him the Herb of the Month. Each month he will receive an organic fresh herb along with recipes featuring the herb.

Show your Dad you care and give him a gift that will do him good!

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

Father's Day Gift

Cate MacKrell

Father's Day is a time to be thankful for your Dad and tell him how much you appreciate him. How about a unique healthy gift.

Give Dad an Herb of the Month, 1 month -6 month available. Dad likes to grill...herbs add great flavor to your grill favorites.

If your Dad favors eating healthy, he will appreciate the healthy recipes included for the featured Herb.

Give the Healthy Gift of Cooking with Organic Herbs

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

 

Herb of the Month

Cate MacKrell

As we approach Memorial Day, take a moment to remember the history of the day. Memorial Day is a day to remember the men & women who died while serving our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union & Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.

I was proud of the herbs that I shipped this week. Beautiful Oregano and Thyme plants that will patriotically welcome the recipients.

Herb of the Month is a natural healthy gift. 1 month, 3 month & 6 month available. The perfect gift for Father's Day and Birthday's.

This gift is welcomed by family, friends and folks who enjoy healthy delicious cooking.

Herb of the Month

Cate MacKrell

What a wonderful time of the year! The herbs are enjoying the sun and the showers of the South. They welcome the humidity more than most.

Wanted to share a beautiful Chive plant that was sent out today as a gift. The lucky recipient received a 6 month subscription for her birthday. A couple of the recipes were Halibut with Orange Chive Marinate & Spinach Pasta with Chive Cream Sauce. Both recipes are simple and so delicious.

1 month, 3 month & 6 month subscriptions are available. Give the healthy gift of cooking with organic herbs for birthdays, anniversaries and saying thanks.

Visit organicherbalcooking.com today for your next gift.

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara

Herb Cookies

Cate MacKrell

Today I worked on creating some new Herb Cookie recipes. The results were fantastic...delicious cookies with the hint of fresh organic herbs. Cookies with the benefits of fresh herbs. Need an idea for the simple dessert, try one of my delicious Herb Cookies.

Herb of the Month Club offers 1month - 6month subscriptions. Birthdays, Anniversaries and words of thanks will all appreciate this wonderful healthy gift.

Monthly Herb includes recipes that highlight the herb.

Visit organicherbalcooking.com

Be healthy & enjoy,

Tamara