Basil simple syrup is a flexible condiment to have on hand. In this simple syrup recipe, I have used turbinado sugar (raw cane sugar). The less processed sugar maintains some of the original nutrients of the plant & naturally adding color to the syrup, making… [read more]
This wheat berry salad recipe with zucchini, tomato and lemon is the result of me getting back on track with my own healthy eating regime, after the recent culinary upheaval of switching Lil’ Foodie to a gluten and casein free diet. Cookies, cakes, breads and… [read more]
This week my garden finally started to kick in, and this Creamy Light Arugula Basil Almond Pesto recipe is the result. The sauce is quick to toss together and pretty healthy too. I love pignoli (pine nuts), but they are pricey, so I rarely have… [read more]
Lemon balm is an under utilized herb in the kitchen. It has a relatively mild flavor, but lovely lemony perfume to it, which is perfect for infusing into seafood, poultry and pork. It is an easy to grow and attractive herb, which is readily available… [read more]
I started some seedlings in the Expand n’ Gro planting mix a few days ago. I filled the tiny planting cells a little less than half full, then added plenty of water. In a few minutes the soil had swelled enough for me to set the seeds (pic above). The next morning, when I checked the planter, the soil was right up to the top. the expansion of the planting soil is no joke. It will also hold water better over time, so pots and garden beds will be less likely to dry out on you. Consistent water levels paired with Miracle Gro’s excellent plant food is a recipe for healthy vigorous plants.
After many years of wanting one, I finally have a tumbling composter. I’ve tried home composting in the past, without a lot of success. I was notorious for forgetting to turn the pile, and my dogs also found it a great spot to dig. I… [read more]