Author Archives: Kathy Stevens

Peppermint- The Herb that Refreshes

When I feel overwhelmed by mental clutter and life in general,  it’s time to pick a peppermint leaf from the garden.  I rub it between my thumb and forefinger, close my eyes and inhale.  The cool, refreshing aroma clears away the cobwebs of my mind.  I’m always amazed  how one small leaf  so easily revives […]

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Orange Clove Pomanders

In November I like to make orange pomander balls to scent my home. Lemons, limes, grapefruit, and even apples can be used to make pomander balls. What is a pomander? Pomanders are a mixture of fragrant, dried herbs in cloth bags. Medieval herbalists used them to ward off illness and bring good fortune. A pomander […]

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Cloves- One of the World’s Most Aromatic Spices

Did you know that the name clove is derived from the Latin word claus,  meaning nail?  At one time I was a bit intimidated by the strong scent of this spice. Today I love to use cloves but sparingly so that they do not overwhelm the other spices and herbs.  Cloves are the still-closed buds […]

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Scents of the Season with Holidays Herbs and Spices

As I look back over the many years I have been doing these holidays gatherings, there are certain herbs and spices that always make their way into the limelight.  I find these herbs in the garden or stored in my dried herb closet. They partner so easily with many of the kitchen cupboard spices.  So, […]

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Cinnamon for the Holidays and throughout the year

  Cinnamon is the spice of home and hearth.  It is derived from the bark of an evergreen tree in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.  The best quality cinnamon is harvested from the truck and graded according to its length, breadth, and thickness.  The quills are then cut from the bark. Cinnamon’s sweet and spicy bite […]

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A Visit to My Family’s Tree Farm

  In September I visited my mother in Washington state. She lives on a 60 acre tree farm. Mom was born on this land. Both she and my father were raised in this small logging community. In their twenties they moved to California to become teachers. They continued to live in California throughout their teaching […]

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My New Favorite Breakfast Drink Celery and Apple Juice with Parsley

    Recently I read Anthony William’s special report on the Top Ten Super Foods. Celery was the first food listed. The very next day I used my Bullet to make celery apple juice with four sprigs of parsley. It was delicious and the best possible way to start my morning. I felt clean and […]

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Macaroni Garden Salad, A wonderful Summer Salad

One year I made this delicious salad with the herb garden club. The basil and parsley were harvested from our garden. Over the years I have tweaked the ingredients until my students, my family, and I were completely satisfied. You may find yourself changing a few things to better suits your taste buds. I always […]

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I Forgot the Parsley

This morning I went into the kitchen to make a green smoothie for breakfast.  I tossed the following ingredients into the blender: 1 cup kale or spinach 1/2 cup banana 1/2 chopped apple 1/2 cup blueberries ( frozen or fresh) 3 tbsps frozen orange juice 5  walnut halves about 2 cups water While sipping this wonder […]

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The Crestwood Herb Garden Club- Another great year

In a few weeks Crestwood’s herb garden club will come to a close.  This year we have learned to grow and use sage, basil, lemon verbena, marjoram, oregano, scented geraniums, and the leaves from our garden bay tree.  We have also enjoyed collecting and using the acorns from the mighty oak tree that grows in […]

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