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Rice & Beef-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Rice & Beef-Stuffed Poblano Peppers   Print The poblano pepper (named after the Mexican state of Puebla) is a relatively large, mild variety of chile popular in Mexican cuisine. Combining complex sweetness and subtle heat, the poblano is amazingly versatile. When roasted, its skin softens, blistering and taking on notes of smokiness. But the pepper…

cherry lavender crumble

Cherry Rhubarb Lavender Crumble

Cherry Rhubarb Lavender Crumble   Print Cook time 40 mins Total time 40 mins   Author: whisking life away Serves: 8 Ingredients for the filling: 3 cups cherries, pitted and halved 7 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1-inch pieces 2 tbsp cornstarch ½ cup sugar for the crumble: Adapted from Rustic Fruit Desserts, by Cory Shreiber…

cherry tart

Rustic Cherry Tart with Ricotta and Almonds

Rustic Cherry Tart with Ricotta and Almonds   Print Prep time 55 mins Total time 55 mins   Author: Martha Stewart Serves: 12 Ingredients 1 pound fresh ricotta (about 2 cups) 1 large egg yolk 1 tablespoon heavy cream or water ¼ cup sanding sugar 3 ounces sliced blanched almonds (about ¾ cup) 1¼ pounds…

flavored water tea

Flavored Waters and Tasty Teas

As this spring weather changes from cold to hot (and often back and forth!), flavored waters are a delightful treat. Whether you’re in the mood for a hot drink or a refreshingly cool one, adding herbs to your water makes for a tasty beverage. Infuse your ice water with fresh herbs. Use either fresh or dried herbs…

Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls with Shiso and Thai Basil

Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls with Shiso and Thai Basil

Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls with Shiso and Thai Basil   Print These copious fresh herbs come together in this deslightfully refreshing Asian dish. Highlight the distinct and delectible flavors of Shiso and Thai Basil in this easy, tasty treat. And anyone who might think that cold summer rolls are “boring” will be well taken care…

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Spring Is Here, and Lavender’s on the Menus

It’s that time of year in Colorado. After months of skiing and sledding and staying indoors, people are excited to see the sun again. And despite the tug-and-pull of cold, wet days between dry, sunny ones – the people have declared it: Spring is here. And lavender is on the menus. Yes, all of the…

Arugula Salad Lavender Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Arugula and Les Frères Salad with a Lavender Honey and Lemon Vinaigrette

  Arugula and Les Frères Salad with a Lavender Honey and Lemon Vinaigrette   Print Say hello to spring with a scrumptious salad. Spicy greens and rich cheese compliment the sweet and tangy vinaigrette, with lavender to tie it all together. Author: Executive Chef Scott Johnson Serves: 4 servings Ingredients 1 pound arugula leaves, stems…

Honey-Lavender Truffles for Valentine’s Day

Honey-Lavender Truffles for Valentine’s Day   Print These truffles combine the deep flavors of honey and lavender with the smoothness of milk chocolate to create a rich, savory dessert. The dried lavender garnish makes these truffles a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Author: Chocolates and Confections at Home with the Culinary Institute of America Serves: 48…

Josephine’s Lavender Hot Chocolate

Josephine’s Lavender Hot Chocolate   Print Keep Josephine’s Lavender Hot Chocolate recipe around for cold nights. You can add an ounce of coffee as you drink it to wake up in the morning, or add a small amount of liqueur to it for a special occasion. Any way you ammend it, this recipe is as…

Everything Mole Pepper Sauce

Everything Mole Pepper Sauce   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 50 mins   The name says it all: It’s a rich Mole pepper sauce for just about everything. Pour it over rice, smother your burrito, or roast a pre-Thanksgiving turkey. Freeze this seasonal eat to savor the mole all…

Heirloom Tomato Late-Summer Gazpacho with Roasted Jalapeño

Heirloom Tomato Late-Summer Gazpacho with Roasted Jalapeño   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 8 hours Total time 8 hours 30 mins   Beat the heat with this chilled soup. The roasted jalapeño gives this refreshing summer dish a deep flavor. Author: Adapted from MidWest Living Serves: 12 Ingredients 6 c. Heirloom tomatoes 2…

Peach and Feta Salad with Lavender Dressing

Peach and Feta Salad with Lavender Dressing   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 5 mins Total time 15 mins   Add a wonderful twist to your summer table with this grilled peach feta salad with lavender dressing. Author: Sawsan Abu Farha, Honest Cooking Cuisine: Appetiser Serves: 2 Ingredients 3 cups romaine lettuce torn…

Salsa Cruda

Salsa Cruda   Print Author: Paola Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Italian Ingredients 1½ lb. diced heirloom tomatoes or mixed cherry tomatoes sliced in half(if larger quartered) 1 tsp. sea salt ¼ c. chopped onion 4 garlic cloves 3 Tbs. olive oil ¼ c. black olives sliced ¼ c. coarsely chopped parsley 2 Tbs. chopped fresh…

Cold Lavender-Cantaloupe Soup

Cold Lavender-Cantaloupe Soup   Print Author: The Lavender Cookbook Recipe type: Appetiser Ingredients 1 cantaloupe (about 3 lb) seeded, peeled and cut into large cubes 4 yellow peaches, peeled, pitted and diced 1 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons grated lime zest 1 tablespoon lavender honey 8 oz plain yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers and…

Almond Lavender Cake

Almond Lavender Cake   Print Author: Taste of Home Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 12 Ingredients 2 cup sugar, divided ½ cup slivered almonds 1 Tablespoon plus 1 tsp dried lavender flower buds, divided 1 cup butter softened 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 1 cup sour cream ¼ cup half & half 2 ½ all purpose…

Chocolate Lavender Honey Tart

Chocalate Lavender Honey Tart   Print Author: (Bon Appetit Magazine, April 2008) Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients Nonstick vegetable oil spray 9 whole chocolate graham crackers (about 5 oz.) 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temp, divided 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup whipping cream 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender blossoms 12 oz. bittersweet or semisweet…

Honey Lavender Shortbread

Honey Lavender Shortbread   Print Author: Adapted from Milk & Cookies Bakery Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 30 cookies Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon dried or fresh lavender 6 ounces unsalted butter, softened 2 tablespoons honey ½ cup confectioners’ sugar Directions Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and…

Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon   Print Recipe type: Entree Serves: 8-10 Ingredients 3 pounds of Salmon Filet 4 Tbsp Honey 6 Tbsp Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Lavender, crushed with mortar & pestle ¼ c White Wine 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice Directions Place all ingredients, except salmon, in saucepan over moderate heat, stirring…

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade   Print Recipe type: Drinks Ingredients Lavender Simple Syrup Sugar Fresh lemon juice Water Directions To make plain simple syrup boil equal parts sugar and water(i.e. 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water) .Combine one part simple syrup, one part fresh lemon juice and four parts water. Stir thoroughly . Fill…

Lavender Margarita

Lavender Margarita   Print Author: Courtesy of: FineLiving.com Recipe type: Drinks Ingredients 2 oz. Silver Tequila ½ oz. Cointreau (Triple Sec) 1 oz. Lavender Simple Syrup ½ lime Sugar Dried lavender Directions In a shaker, combine 2 oz. Silver Tequila, ½ oz Cointreau, ½ simple syrup and the juice of half a lime and let…

Lavender Simple Syrup

Lavender Simple Syrup   Print Ingredients 1 cup water 3 Tbsp fresh or dried lavender flowers 2 cups of sugar Directions Bring water and lavender to boil. Stir in sugar until fully dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Keep in the refrigerator for three days, then fine strain the lavender. Add to mixed…

chocolate lavender shortbread cookies

Chocolate Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Lavender Shortbread   Print Lavender Chocolate Shortbread Author: Paola Legarre Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: American Ingredients 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 Tb Lavender honey (optional) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ⅔ cup Cocoa powder 1 Tb fresh or dried lavender (Folgate or Melissa is exceptional if available)…