Chive Blossom Pasta

Chive Blossom Pasta Homemade pasta can be such a fun way to explore various herbs, flowers, and tastes! Once you have a basic pasta recipe handy, the sky is the limit. Last year, I found myself making some stinging nettle pasta. It was fun to play around with the green color of nettle.  However it…

Stinging Nettle Soup

Stinging Nettle Soup This is a perfect summer soup made with fresh nettles and roasted vegetables. Today was cool and rainy, the best kind of day to make summer soup. The day before, when it was warm and sunny, I had gathered some fresh nettle tips. The tender young leaves at the top are delicious…

Stinging Nettle Crepes

Stinging Nettle Crepes Crepes are very nostalgic to me! My grandmother taught me how to make them when I was young and I continued making them for many years after. I made them every father’s day for years. Since then, I have strayed from the basic recipe by adding spinach, stinging nettle, and turmeric to…

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic (Allium sativum) Family: Amaryllidaceae Genus: Allium Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent Plant Properties: circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant, antimicrobial, carminative, immune modulating, vermifuge (parasites) Plant Uses: Hypertension, fungal & bacterial infections, colds, influenza, bronchial congestion, small intestinal bacteria growth, digestion, asthma, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance Garlic has been approved by the Commission E as…

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage (Salvia officinalis) Family: Lamiaceae (mint) Genus: Salvia Common names include garden sage, common sage, culinary sage Comes from the Latin word salvere meaning “to feel well and healthy, health, heal” Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent, bitter Plant Properties: aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, antiseptic, blood moving Plant Uses: Sore throat, excessive sweating, infections, stagnant digestion,…

Shortbread Herbal Cookies – Violets

Shortbread Herbal Cookies I have come to a point in my life that I can’t imagine making cookies without adding flowers or herbs. I was first inspired by Lori Stern, a private chef and caterer in California, who adds loads of eye-popping color to all her dishes with the use of flowers. It was around…

Burdock (Arctium lappa, A. minor)

Burdock, also known as Gobo, is one of those plants that’s been calling to me for a while now. Sometimes when you need a plant, they find a way into your life and make their presence known. A year or two ago I began gathering Stinging Nettle from a local farm. They considered this plant…

Homemade Minty Ice Cream

Homemade Minty Ice Cream Aside from watermelon, ice cream has most definitely become a kid staple in our home this summer. So when I rediscovered my old Donvier Manual Ice Cream Maker in the basement, I knew what had to be done. I scoured the internet looking for easy recipes because I have kids and…

Buchujeon – Garlic Chive Pancakes

Buchujeon Garlic Chive Pancakes A few days ago, while strolling through my yard, I noticed one of my onion chive plants flowering again. Instead of the puffy purple flowers that sway in the breeze in early summer there were white star-like flowers! I quickly realized I was growing garlic chives and didn’t know it! As…

Elderberry Breakfast Syrup & Crepes

Elderberry Breakfast Syrup & Crepes Crepes were the first dish I made as a child. Years ago, my Latvian grandmother taught me to make them the plain ol’ simple way – flour, eggs, milk. Through the years I have made them for my family, Fathers Day for my dad, and now for my children. Crepes…