Recipe: Herbal Cruditte Dip

Some days it is simply too hot to cook and seemingly too hot to eat a square meal. Some summer days I will opt for a plate of cold fruit and veggies. This herbal cruditte dip is perfect for those exhausted moments. This yogurt-cream cheese dip is flavored with parsley, chives and salad burnet (for…

Recipe: Herbed Tuna Salad with Parsley, Chives and Salad Burnet

It’s hot and I’ve been working on herbal recipes that are quick, don’t require heat and can be served chilled. Try this light tuna salad flavored with lime juice, parsley, chives and salad burnet (for a taste of cucumber). My uncle is an ocean fisherman so I used his catch that my aunt preserved. You…

Recipe: Roasted Garlic Bulbs

Mmmmm, garlic. This recipe is for all my fellow garlic lovers out there. Roasted garlic bulbs are delectable fresh out of the oven. Spread these little beads of caramelized garlic goodness on sourdough or toast, use them as you would in recipes or eat them straight off the bulb. Simple, quick, and so delicious. INGREDIENTS…

Recipe: Kale Slaw with Shiso and Cilantro-Lime Dressing

My garden is producing heaps of black magic kale and I needed another recipe to use it up. Inspired by the dressing from this watermelon salad (it was so good!) I decided to make a slaw with a similar flavor palette using shiso, cilantro and lime. A delicious side for any summertime meal. INGREDIENTS 8-10…

Recipe: Garlic Scape-Mint Pesto

It’s the end of garlic scape season and I used up the remaining crop to make a pesto. I tried to balance the hot, spicy flavor of the scapes with the cool mouthfeel of spearmint. It turned out great and was perfect as a spread on warm sourdough or in a pasta salad that I…

Recipe: Two Potato Salads–with Dill or Summer Savory

Where I’m from, summer picnics and barbecues always have potato salad. I love a classic potato salad with dill and pickles, which can taste so light and refreshing on a hot day. Knee deep in dill, I couldn’t help but make potato salad this week, but I decided to experiment with a new take on…

Recipe: Double Mint Lemonade / Cocktail Mixer

Try this super refreshing take on a summer lemonade. Keep it chilled for a hot afternoon pick-me-up or try it as an evening cocktail with a shot of rum and lemon wheel. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup freshly chopped peppermint 1/2 cup freshly chopped spearmint 2 cups boiling water Juice of 6 lemons (~2 cups) 2-3 tablespoons…

Recipe: Mint-Grapefruit Dressing

Try this refreshing summer dressing, perfect for green salads or grilled chicken. Emulsifying this non-dairy dressing in a food processor makes for a creamy consistency. I use the leftovers for a delicious sandwich spread. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup oil 1/4 cup fresh spearmint leaves 2 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon mustard (e.g. dijon, whole grain) juice of…

Recipe: Cilantro-Oregano Pesto

A unique take on a classic spread, try this flavor variation with fresh cilantro and oregano. Add a dash more oil if you’re after a sauce or dressing. Great on tacos, garden salads, fish and chicken. INGREDIENTS 1 bunch fresh cilantro 3 tablespoons, fresh oregano 2 large garlic cloves 1/3 cup nuts, I used unsalted…

How to keep fresh herbs fresh

I may be bias, but in my opinion there’s nothing better than bringing fresh-cut, aromatic herbs into your kitchen. They fill my kitchen with good smells and they inspire my cooking. There are several ways that you can prolong that goodness and in this post I’ll list a couple of tips and methods for how…