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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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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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Red White & Blue Baguettes

Tamara Huron

Red White & Blue Baguettes

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Bay Leaf Roasted Reds

Cate MacKrell

Looking for a special side dish for the holidays that looks great, tastes great and is healthier? Try Organic Herbal Cooking's Bay Leaf Roasted Reds.  Bay Leaves add a subtle herb touch to the potatoes along with olive oil, italian seasoning, salt & pepper.

As you roast the potatoes, baste them often with the herb oil from the pan. They will add a festive touch to your holiday table. Bay Leaves are often overlooked in the herb world often only being tossed into a soup or stew. Bay Leaves compliment meats, vegeatables and dessert recipes.

Visit Organic Herbal Cooking's site for the perfect natural Christmas gift!

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

Fruit & Nut Fall Salad

Cate MacKrell

November is here and we all want to continue eating healthy through the holidays.  Comforting food is wonderful, but a healthy delicous salad with an herb vinaigrette is always welcome at the table.

I love fall salads with fruit and nuts.  A nice blend of mixed greens or a bed of romaine is the perfect base for an herb dressing.  Fresh sage worked well in this recipe with olive oil, champagne vinegar and a touch of mustard.

It may be getting cold out, but there's always room for an organic fresh herb on your kitchen counter to take your recipes to the next level.

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

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

 

 

Natural Pest Control

Cate MacKrell

It's time to relax on the patio, sipping your favorite cool herbal drink.  Grow some Rosemary near your porch or patio for a natural mosquito repellant. 

Plant Rosemary in a pot or in the ground near areas you like to relax or entertain.  Filling a vase with Rosemary stems for a center piece is both beautiful and effective!

Mosquitoes hate Rosemary and will stay clear for an itch free summer. 

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

 

            

Father's Day 2014

Cate MacKrell

Does your Dad like to cook or maybe garden.  Maybe you would like to see your Dad eat healthier.  This would be the perfect Father's Day gift for him. 

Send Dad an Organic Herb of the Month.  You can choose 1 month. 3 month or 6 month.  I will send him a beautiful fresh organic herb along with recipe cards that feature the herb.  He will be encouraged to use fresh herbs in his cooking and eat healthy and enjoy cooking the easy to make recipes.

This is the perfect natural gift for the Dad who has everyting and it's environmentally friendly.

Send me a message and I will be glad to talk about our Organic Herb of the Month!

Be well & enjoy,

Tamara

Memorial Day Salad

Cate MacKrell

As we prepare for our Memorial Day gatherings, try this healthy patriotic salad.  Quinoa is one of my favorite ancient grains.  It is gluten free and is considered one of nature's perfect foods.

Add some blueberries, strawberries, a touch of olive oil and orange juice to liven this salad. This salad is vegan and works well perfect for a picnic.

This Memorial Day take a moment to remember those who sacrificed for us.  Although Memorial Day is dedicated to those who have passed, it is also fitting to remember our veterans who have served for our country.  Thanks to all the Veterans out there!

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

 

 

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

Strawberry& Cucumber Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette

Cate MacKrell

It's that time of year again when the grocery stores are getting huge shipments of strawberry's and selling them at awesome prices. This salad is light, refreshing and can be made in about 20 minutes.

The Tarragon vinaigrette is delicous, even if you're not a fan of Tarragon. Make the vinaigrette in a jar so you can keep the extra in the refrigerator for up to a week. It will be delicious on salads or some steamed green beans.

Tarragon is my favorite Artemisia, the 2014 herb of the year. Fresh Tarragon is one of the highest antioxidant value food sources among the common herbs. It is known to help fight off fatigue and calm the nerves. Give Tarragon a try in your recipes.

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

 

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

Santa's favorite healthy gift....

Cate MacKrell

Bet you didn't know what Santa gets Mrs. Claus for Christmas? Santa sends Mrs. Claus a 6 month subscription to Organic Herbal Cooking's Fresh Organic Herb of the Month Club. Santa doesn't have alot of time, so he visit's the website and places his order in a matter of minutes.

Mrs Claus is trying to cook healthier for Santa and the Elves. She loves the easy to follow recipe cards and beautiful photos of each dish.

These fresh organic herbs were shipped today and know they will brighten any gloomy day upon arrival.

Send the healthy gift of cooking with fresh organic herbs...a holiday favorite.

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!

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.

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