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Herb of the Year

Hops,  Humulus lupulus, are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer. They impart a bitter taste to beer, while malt imparts sweetness. The plant is a vigorous, climbing, herbaceous perennial, usually trained to grow up strings in a field called a Hopfield, a hop garden, or hop yard. There are many different…
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Baked Peppers with Herbs

Yield: 4  servings 3 large red or yellow bell peppers 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup tomato sauce 3 tablespoons cheese (Gruyere, Gouda, or Cheddar) Heat oven to 375°. Clean and…
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Arugula

Arugula (Erica sativa, Family: Brassicaceae also Cruciferae) has a unique, unmistakable flavor which reminds us of other savory and piquant herbs, as well as those with similar, but less peppery flavors. Here are some to look for and try, if you aren’t familiar with them: mizuna, mitsuba, red and green mustards, the cresses (garden, curly, rock,…
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Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum, Family: Lamiaceae), also known as St. Joseph’s Wort, originated in Asia, but just where in Asia is not known. It could have been as far east as the Hunan region of China. The most ancient record we have of it refers to cultivation in the Ganges Valley in India over 5000 years ago.…
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Bay, Sweet

The beautiful evergreen Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis, Family: Lauraceae) tree may grow in its native Mediterranean area as tall as 40 to 60 feet. Its thick, glossy, smooth, elliptical leaves measure from one to four inches in length and up to one inch in width. They are both the plant's beauty and its use. The…
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Arugula with Watermelon and Feta Cheese

2 Servings 1 cup watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 ounces firm feta cheese, crumbled 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 cups arugula or mixed greens Salt to taste 2 tablespoons chopped toasted almonds In a medium bowl, combine watermelon, feta…
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Chives

Those who are so fortunate as to have a grandmother, aunt, mother or sister who dashed from her kitchen to chop a few chives to add to your salad, will hold forever one of those cherished memories which is often recalled as the inception of the interest and fervor of herb gardening. Grown close to…
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Clove

The Clove we use in cooking is the unopened bud of a fragrant, evergreen tree (Eugenia caryophyllata, Family: Myrtaceae or myrtle), that European explorer-traders first discovered growing in the Moluccas or Spice Islands. There it was the custom to mark the birth of every child by the planting of a clove tree. lf the tree thrived, the child…
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Basil and Strawberry Gimlet

Yield: 1 cocktail Equipment needed:  a cocktail shaker; a muddler or wooden spoon; a martini glass. 6 basil leaves 2 strawberries, hulled Juice of 1 medium lime 2 ounces vodka or gin 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup (recipe below) Put basil leaves in bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add strawberries and lime juice. Muddle by mashing…
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Dill

Anethum graveolens A member of the Apiaceae (also Umbelliferae) Family and an annual, dill is a light and airy delight for any garden, in the soil or in a pot on your balcony. Grow from seed in early spring and keep the plants fed and watered or they will quickly bolt. Periodically sow seeds for continual growth.…
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