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Halloween Herbs

Tamara Huron

Trick or Treat - Halloween Herbs

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French Tarragon Lemonade

Tamara Huron

Healthy delicious fresh lemonade made with Tarragon or Basil

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Earth Day Herbs

Tamara Huron

Earth Day Herbs

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Toasted Walnut & Lemon Thyme Pasta

Tamara Huron

Walnuts and kale create a delicious power house pasta with a touch of fresh herbs!

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Holiday Herbs

Tamara Huron

Favorite natural, organic gift to send this season! Start their 2016 off with a fresh organic herb!

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Cantaloupe Basil & Mozzarella Salad

Tamara Huron

Refreshing summer salad with cantaloupe and basil. Easy to make and delicious!

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Happy 4'th of July

Tamara Huron

Happy Independence Day!

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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

 

 

Organic Mother's Day Gift

Cate MacKrell

Mother's Day is 9 days away, no stress... send your Mom a healthy organic gift. Each month your Mom will receive a beautiful fresh organic herb wrapped in organic burlap accented with a natural raffia ribbon.

6 photo recipes are included that highlight the featured herb.  Healthy easy to make recipes your gift recipient will love to make. Appetizers, sides, entrees and desserts all featuring the herb of the month.

Herbs are full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, show your Mother's you care!

Send 1 month, 3 month or 6 month gifts.  Your Mom will appreciate the best natural organic gift for Mother' Day.

 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

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

 

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

There's still "Thyme" for Christmas Gifts

Cate MacKrell

Organic Herbal Cooking's Organic Herb of the Month Club is still available for Christmas delivery! Send the healthy, natural organic gift.

Each month receive a beautiful fresh organic herb along with healhty recipes that highlight the featured herb.

You will feel good that you have sent an organic gift that your family and friends will love.

"Give the Gift of Cooking with Organic Herbs"

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

Herbs to Highlight Thanksgiving

Cate MacKrell


What a beautiful day in the South today! Temperatures around 70 degrees, couldn't ask for better weather for our Herbs to Highlight Thanksgiving cooking show. Today I prepared a light Sage vinaigrette for a hearty Fall salad. Next dish was a Potato Kale and Rosemary Gratin. The cooking show was a feature for folks to attend during their lunch hour. The group had fun, sampled a few delicious herb dishes, enjoyed the weather and returned to work. Happy Day!

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

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

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