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Herbs for Christmas Gifts

Tamara Huron

Santa loves to cook with fresh herbs!

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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

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