Chervil [Anthriscus cerefolium]
This delicate, Spring herb may have you asking 'what's that?' when mentioned, but if you're a fan of French food, you are probably more familiar with it than you realize!
Here we will take a look into how to grow it & how to use it, along with some of our family’s favorite ways to enjoy it & a recipe for a tasty Warm French Potato Salad. Allons-Y!
As with any plants or flowers you are harvesting, a solid ID is
important to confirm.
The Muscari syrup makes a delicious, light cordial on its own with soda water [1 TBS in a glass with ice, topped with soda water,] but also is a wonderful addition to zero-proof & craft cocktails. I'll share my recipe for the syrup, as well as a couple of drinks here, but don't limit yourself! it can be used in many ways. These are very easy recipes to make. I think you will find Muscari blossom's unique flavor to be a new favorite if you give them a try.
The bright, sunny blossoms of the forsythia are a sure sign that Spring has arrived. They provide a welcome splash of color after the long winter, & a reliable food source for early emerging bees as well. While most people are familiar with this common neighborhood harbinger of Spring, many do not realize it is a powerful herbal ally. Widely used in Chinese medicine to treat inflammatory diseases & lung ailments such as pneumonia, flu, & bronchitis, forsythia is actually one of three key ingredients in a treatment, Shuang Huang Lian, being widely used in the Chinese COVID-19 outbreak. Forsythia is also excellent for treating boils & acne, along with tightness & redness of the skin. Furthermore, those beautiful blossoms are edible & make lovely syrups, honeys, & jellies, adding an enchanting, golden hue to each! Their flavor is unique, giving you equal parts floral & herbaceous with both sweet & slightly-bitter notes -- It tastes like sunshine!
Witch hazel [Hamamelis virginiana] has a long history of medicinal use as an antiseptic & astringent, & is an indispensable household staple. Uses of this plant were passed onto American colonists by the Native Americans, who worked with it medicinally for hundreds of years. A deciduous shrub, it grows easily in the North East. While its leaves, flowers, & seeds all have lovely properties, it is in its bark that the most useful qualities live. Through its bark we can capture the strong astringent & healing compounds, called tannins. This bark is best harvested by pruning the shrubs in late Fall or early Spring. Right now is the perfect time to prune the shrubs & use these branches to make your own witch hazel extract.
With so many of us having a bit more time on our hands, now is the time to pull out your family's favorite Spring Treat recipes & hit the kitchen. I have fond memories of my grandmother baking up a storm every Easter.
With its simple notes or star anise & orange & its brightly colored egg accents, this Italian Easter Bread, or Pane Pasquale, was always one of my favorites. Now is the perfect time to try my recipe for this this fluffy, not-too-sweet treat!
Sometimes, the simplest, centuries-old methods are still the best option.
When it comes to helping to prevent the spread of disease, washing [PROPERLY] with good, old-fashioned soap & water is still our most effective weapon -- Seriously.
As the reality of our nation’s situation begins to sink in, it is important that we all realize we are in this together & we each need to do our part to slow the spread of the devastating pandemic we are facing. We need to act together, to suppress both panic & cavalier attitudes about what we are battling.
Many people are feeling helpless in the face of COVID-19, but washing our hands properly & frequently with soap & water is public health practice each of us has control over that will significantly slow the rate of transmission-- but only if everyone does it consistently. Our hands are the most common way this virus is spread from person to person.Let's examine just how soap works.....
s most of my customers are aware, I have MS & am immuno-compromised. Therefore, in light of the first confirmed COVID-19 cases here in Maine, I have made the hard decision not to attend the Farmer's Markets this Friday Mar. 13th & Mar 20th.
I will re-evaluate our attending at that point [fingers crossed for some resolution to this dismal situation by then] IN THE MEANTIME, I am happy to offer FREE SHIPPING on any size order to all our customers in the state of Maine today through Mar 31st. I would hate to deprive anyone of soap to wash their hands with LOL!
Mainers please use code CORONAFsMe at checkout, or choose 'Pick Up' & arrange to come grab your goods from me.
THANK YOU for your understanding & support.
Be safe, take care, & for goodness sake WASH YOUR HANDS!
grab one of our Cara Cara Orange, Meyer Lemon, & 'i Tres Grandi' (The Big Three) extracts!
Each one provides the bright lift your baking needs.
Meyer Lemons, for the uninitiated, are a hybrid of citrons & mandarin oranges, providing a sweeter, intense citrus note. Delicious anywhere you would use classic lemon to flavor.
We are so excited to be a part of the first Holiday Market this season!
Come on down & knock that Holiday List out with enjoying a beverage or 2 & seeing all the AMAZING, locally made treasures.
#shoplocal & give everyone on your list something truly special. We will be there with plenty of gift sets & smiles!
It is that time of year again -- when the temperatures begin to drop & the air gets a bit blustery; time for pumpkins & apple picking. Time to start thinking about ROSES. Not the lush blooms of Summer, no!
Now is the time to think about ROSEHIPS.
Now, in fact, is the perfect time to harvest them, as they typically best after first frost.
My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine