DIY Ginger Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup

The elder tree is known to many herbalists as a sacred tree. While we’re sure it has its own stories to tell, there’s already an abundance of recorded folklore. In Scandinavian and Danish myths, this tree was thought to be guarded by a forest spirit named Hyldemoer, also known as Elder Mother. Before anything was … Continue reading DIY Ginger Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup

Cocktail Recipe: Borage Fizz

Borage flowers, according to sixteenth-century herbalist John Gerard, "exhilarate and make the minde glad." One look at the vivid, star-shaped blue flowers and I tend to agree. Gerard wrote that a syrup of the flowers could "comforteth the heart" and "purgeth melancholy." It also captures the plant's lovely cucumber flavor. So we have gorgeous edible … Continue reading Cocktail Recipe: Borage Fizz

Homemade Chocolate Recipes for Decadent Herbal Chocolates

Let’s be honest here. Chocolate is awesome. I could sit and eat chocolates until every last one is gone and everyone is wondering who ate all the chocolates. I never realized how easy it could be to make my own chocolates until I found a simple recipe in one of my mom’s chocolate cookbooks. I … Continue reading Homemade Chocolate Recipes for Decadent Herbal Chocolates

Ricotta Cheesecake

8 - 10 Servings 2 15-oz. containers whole milk ricotta 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature 1 Tbsp. plus 1 cup sugar 3 Tbsp. unseasoned dry breadcrumbs 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature, cut into cubes 2 large eggs 2 Tbsp. salt-free matzo meal 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 1/2 tsp. lemon zest … Continue reading Ricotta Cheesecake

Lettuce and Sorrel Salad Recipe with Parsnip

Sorrel leaves give this salad a lemony bite, which is augmented by a lemony dressing. Use any lettuce, but the red-leaf types contrast well with sorrel’s green. Homemade parsnip croutons are semi-crisp, butter-poached nuggets that take the place of croutons made of bread. You’ll find the parsnip version absorbs much less butter than bread croutons … Continue reading Lettuce and Sorrel Salad Recipe with Parsnip

DAYLILY GREENS GARLIC BUTTER SAUTE

Lime-green succulent spears of winter’s released slumber, daylily greens are a relished early spring wild green. Daylily’s pleasant mild flavor is excellent paired with the more pungent creasy greens or wild turnip. To prolong the season, cut the greens right at the ground, and daylily will send up tender new growth. You can cut your … Continue reading DAYLILY GREENS GARLIC BUTTER SAUTE

Sautéed Dandelion Greens with Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic

When we think of herbs in the kitchen, we usually think of the spices that impart the wonderful variety of flavors to our foods that let our taste buds – and brains – know when we’re eating Italian, Mexican, Indian, or Ethiopian fare, for example, each so unique in taste. Spices have played such an … Continue reading Sautéed Dandelion Greens with Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic

Vegan Kimchi – Plain and Simple

Fermented food is good for the gut. And in my opinion, the soul, particularly when you make it at home. Why? Because in our ancestry, most of us have some tradition of eating fermented foods. My tradition includes sauerkraut and pickles – everything from cucumbers to beets and onions to herring (though I must admit, … Continue reading Vegan Kimchi – Plain and Simple

Cacao Dusted Peanut Butter Cookies

"Mmmm", the warm, cozy smell of peanut butter cookies baking in the oven. What other scent is more beloved? Don’t let these healthy, almost raw cookies fool you – they spent not a nanosecond in the oven. They are also gluten and wheat free, without flour, refined sugars, eggs, or butter. What?? Not exactly like … Continue reading Cacao Dusted Peanut Butter Cookies

Benefits Of Cinnamon And Honey

Since ancient times, people have been using a blend of cinnamon and honey to heal several ailments. While honey is readily available in most countries across the globe, contemporary scientists also acknowledge the benefits of honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ or extremely useful medication for almost all types of maladies. What is more significant is the fact that ingestion … Continue reading Benefits Of Cinnamon And Honey