Blossom Butter – Making the Most of Edible Flowers

borage, july 9I am a huge fan of edible flowers, but truth be told, they often lack a strong defining flavor. More often, it’s a subtle note that is not easily distinguished unless your trying. Flowers, however, are part of a typical crop rotation and an important plant in any garden, as they attract pollinators and offer some height and color.

I plant borage in damn near every garden I have and love it. The small, tender leaves have a juicy cucumber flavor that is unmistakable. It’s no wonder people don’t use the leaves more in cooking. The blossoms, too, offer a fragrant note though it is more delicate. Use blossoms in a compound butter and melt a pad over steamed fish for a gorgeous late spring dinner. Continue reading

Wine Without Worry Interview – Getting Schooled by Jameson Fink

Food connects people, this is a given, and I was very fortunate years ago to meet wine blogger Jameson Fink at the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle. Since that festive and booze-filled night, we’ve become friends. What I value most about Jameson is his wine intelligence and ability to distill a confusing world of wine down to digestible information anyone can appreciate. If you like vino, you should mos’def check out his website, JamesonFink.com, which was just nominated by Saveur Magazine as one of the best wine blogs of 2013. I recently joined him for his fast-growing wine podcast, Wine Without Worry & you can listen here. I’m warning you now, I swear like a sailor and poke at my friends. He titled the interview “Wine Anxiety, Anti-Juiciness, and Wanton Vintage Disregard,” which (like everything he writes) is pretty brilliant and on point. Jameson says “I wouldn’t characterize my … Continue reading

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP + Apartment Gardening

  Two years ago this week, gPal included Apartment Gardening on her spring garden round up. At the time, I was over the moon and then of course, promptly forgot about it. In digging through her site today for clean-eating recipes, I came across this post and was reminded of the endorsement. Bragging rights? You betcha. I’m happy to say, this IS a great book full of basic gardening principles. If you really want to know why you’re not successful with your container garden, it’s here, along with some of my favorite garden-inspired recipes.

Foraging for Nettles

 

_MG_6078Stinging Nettles (aka Nettles) are hot hot hot these days. Everyone wants to get their hands on some.Known for their superfood properties (nettles are rich in vitamins A, C, and D and loaded with calcium and even protein), raw nettles will sting you if they come in contact with your skin. The leaves and stem have tiny plant hairs that penetrate your skin and result in welts that sting and burn slightly and are sometimes itchy. Luckily, the welts don’t last for long on most people.

Nettles grow along Continue reading