Heart Tonics, Naturally, Healthy, and Herbal

Herbs can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system functioning optimally. Your heart is the capital city at the center of your body, with an intricate network of blood vessels branching out in the form of superhighways (arteries), routes (arterioles), and winding, narrow backroads (capillaries), with your veins serving as the return route. Together, these … Continue reading Heart Tonics, Naturally, Healthy, and Herbal

The Pernicious Diaries ~ 3 Toxic Plant Lookalikes

Avoid these poisonous plants that look like garden favorites. Q. I’m afraid of mixing up edible plants with toxic ones. Any tips? A. During the winter and early spring, before plants mature in size and begin to bloom, it is easy to misidentify the green friends and foes. Even well-seasoned gardeners and naturalists can be … Continue reading The Pernicious Diaries ~ 3 Toxic Plant Lookalikes

Garlic {Allium sativum}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Clove Garlic Da Suan Garlic Poor-man’s-treacle Rashona Rustic’s Treacle Stinking Rose Tricolor Garlic The common kitchen herb, the garlic – Allium Sativum to botanists – is a familiar herb and culinary spice. This perennial herb is known for its white colored bulb that is composed of small white cloves that have a … Continue reading Garlic {Allium sativum}

Garlic {Allium sativum}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Clove Garlic Da Suan Garlic Poor-man’s-treacle Rashona Rustic’s Treacle Stinking Rose Tricolor Garlic The common kitchen herb, the garlic – Allium Sativum to botanists – is a familiar herb and culinary spice. This perennial herb is known for its white colored bulb that is composed of small white cloves that have a … Continue reading Garlic {Allium sativum}

Sweet Potato, Sage, and Parmesan Gratin.

This variation on traditional gratin showcases the tangerine hue and mellow, honeyed flavor of sweet potatoes. The tangy, salty combination of Gruyere and Parmesan offsets the sweetness, with sage adding an earthy depth. 1 cup milk {or 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup cream} 1 large clove garlic, peeled and halved 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, … Continue reading Sweet Potato, Sage, and Parmesan Gratin.

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, offers a tangy zip. For the pesto: 2 1/2 cups packed … Continue reading Lasagna with Arugula Pesto and Mushrooms.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.

While this recipe, adapted from James Beard’s famous dish, is delicious year-round, on a cozy winter’s night, there’s nothing better than smearing a hunk of crusty bread with a velvety clove of roasted garlic. This dish tastes even better the next day, after the flavors have had a chance to meld. 6 stalks of celery, … Continue reading Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.