Tag: Basil

Plan a Hydrosol Garden

This year, I plan on using the plants from my garden in an entirely new way by making hydrosols or “floral waters.” Hydrosols are steam distilled water-based plant essences that can be used in body care products, flavored waters, baked goods, aromatherapy sprays, and…

Witches Gossip Corner ~ January 16, 2017

Appreciate a Dragon Day! Date When Celebrated: Always January 16 All of us, young and not so young, can appreciate dragons. You’ll find good and bad dragons in legends, folklore, children’s books, songs, and top movies. According to Donita K. Paul, the creator of…

Corn Bread with Parsley and Basil.

Corn bread is quick to make and it’s best eaten hot as an accompaniment to the main dish. Ingredients 1 cup {125 g} cornmeal 1/3 cup {50 g} all-purpose flour 1/2 cup {50 g} oatmeal 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons…

Bittersweet Chocolate Basil Tart with Honey Grapefruit Sauce

The sauce is a zesty complement to the tart’s rich chocolate filling.   LEVEL: MODERATE SERVES: 20 INGREDIENTS TART SHELL: 6 tbsp. butter ¼ c. granulated sugar 1¼ c. cake flour (not self-rising) 1 egg FILLING: 1 c. heavy cream ⅓ c. whole milk…

Eggplant “Parmigiana” with Saffron Custard.

Adapted from Deborah Madison, this recipe gives a face-lift to an old standby. Meaty eggplant slices are bathed in a zippy tomato sauce and then blanketed with a velvety saffron-scented custard. Tasty? Yes. Eggplant Parm “just like Grandma used to make”? Not exactly! About…

Lasagna with Arugula Pesto and Mushrooms.

This lasagna does away with the red sauce and relies instead on a pesto made from fresh arugula and basil to make the dish pop. A combination of dried and fresh mushrooms lends texture and flavor, and pecorino, a cheese derived from goat’s milk,…

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