Green Pea and Mint Soup

Directions: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Add the leek, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and a pinch of pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and measured pepper and bring to a boil. Add the peas and bring to a boil again. …

Kumquat Marmalade

Directions: Finely chop the kumquats and oranges, combine, and measure into a large pot. Add 2 cups of water per each cup of fruit. Let stand in a cool place for 12 hours, or overnight. Bring the fruit mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the rind is very tender. Remove from heat, and measure cooked fruit. Add …

Herbed Butter

Directions: Mix together the butter and herbs in a medium bowl. Turn out onto parchment or plastic wrap, and roll into a log, 1 1/2-2″ in diameter. Chill until firm, or freeze for up to one month. Ingredients: 1 lb unsalted butter, room temperature 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped …

Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese Bacon Vinaigrette

Directions: Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a saute pan over high heat. Add the onions and bacon and cook until the bacon is crispy.To the same pan add the balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside. Brush the romaine lettuce with the remaining 2 tablespoons …

It’s all in the Form, for Gorgeous Container Combinations!

Upright (thriller, vertical) plants add vertical interest and a sense of height to planting arrangements, making them more lively and dynamic. Mounding (filler, anchor) plants are used to create stability in planting arrangements. They bring a sense of balance to even the boldest combinations. Trailing (spiller, spreading) plants are the final “accessory” in planting arrangements. They fill in gaps, soften …

Mint Fruit Salad

Directions: Scoop out cantaloupe with melon baller and place balls in a bowl. You should have about 2 cups. Pour any cantaloupe juice in to the bowl. Peel kiwi, cut crosswise into thin slices, then quarter the slices. Add to bowl. Hull and slice enough strawberries lengthwise to make 1 cup and place in the bowl. Add raspberries/blackberries. Sprinkle fruit …

Lychee and Lime Yogurt Lassi

Directions: Blend all in a blender till smooth and frothy. Ingredients: 1 cup yogurt (lime, lemon) 1/2 cup chopped lychees juice of 1 lime 1/2 tbsp honey 6 ice cubes 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (fine powder)

Mixed Green Salad with Grapefruit & Cranberries

Directions: Remove the skin and white pith from grapefruit with a sharp knife. Working over a bowl, cut the segments from their surrounding membranes. Cut the segments in half on a cutting board and transfer to a large salad bowl. Squeeze the grapefruit peel and membranes over the original bowl to extract 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Whisk oil, scallions, vinegar, …

Make room for ‘BIG’ color in your garden this year!

Hot, bold hues and diversified shades of foliage are all the rage. From Tangerine Tango, the new Pantone color of the year, to rich jewel tones galore, make this seasons’ garden space your own tropical paradise. Dramatic foliage plants such as Black Lace™ Elderberry or ‘Black Magic’ Colocasia help create that relaxed island feel. Plant them in lively colored glazed …

Parsley Cilantro Marinade

Directions: Combine the parsley, cilantro, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor and process for about 25 seconds. Add the lemon juice. Process for 15 seconds. Rub the marinade over the surface of fish, shrimp or chicken and refrigerate, the fish or shrimp for 30 minutes, and the chicken for several hours or overnight. Ingredients: 1 c fresh parsley …

Nature’s Support System

For all those who garden, it is common knowledge that gardening is truly therapeutic.  However, there may be some folks out there that are unaware of the many impacts that a simple plant can have on one’s state of mind.  There have been many studies linking the health benefits of plants in the work place and at home. What happens …

Mint Marinade

Directions: Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Useful marinade for beef, pork or lamb. Ingredients: 1/3 c molasses 1/4 c minced fresh spearmint 1 Tbsp gingerroot; peeled & grated 3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce 2 Tbsp water 2 minced cloves garlic