The Basics: Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice in the Cupboard

INGREDIENT GUIDES FROM THE KITCHEN Ever get coriander confused with cumin? Or wonder just what exactly curry powder is made out of? As much for our benefit as for yours, we've put together this quick reference guide to all the most common (and some uncommon) herbs and spices! Saffron For any herb or spice listed … Continue reading The Basics: Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice in the Cupboard

Calendula – A Golden Herb for Garden and Kitchen

Known also as the poet’s marigold or pot marigold, calendula brightens garden beds, pots, vases and culinary creations from spring to frost {or beyond} with its sunny flowers. The flowers smell like honey, slightly spicy and woody- reminiscent of fresh rhubarb or angelica flowers- and their flavor is pleasantly mild and vegetable-sweet. Traditionally, the golden … Continue reading Calendula – A Golden Herb for Garden and Kitchen

Cooking for Health

Serving medicine for dinner may not seem terribly appetizing, but most cultures traditionally eat much of their medicine. It may not be a coincidence that nature has provided so many of our medicinal needs in herbs that taste good. When you want to take herbs over a long period of time - either to treat … Continue reading Cooking for Health

Edible Spring Greens {Recipes}

Spring Green Salad It’s time to renew. This applies to our outer worlds as well as to our inner worlds. Spring has traditionally been a time to jump-start the liver and gently cleanse our bodies.  The natural world, with its infinite wisdom, provides us with every opportunity to do just this. Bitter and nutrient-packed greens come … Continue reading Edible Spring Greens {Recipes}

Mexican Mint Marigold

This very ancient herb goes by a variety of common, but somewhat confusing names. ‘Mexican mint’ marigold is the most common, but you’ll also find it listed as ‘Texas’ tarragon, ‘Mexican’ tarragon, cloud plant, Coronilla, winter tarragon, sweet mace, sweet marigold and ‘Spanish’ tarragon. It isn’t, however, related to ‘French’ tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus ‘Sativa’) at … Continue reading Mexican Mint Marigold