Archive for 'Herbs'

Simply Adorable Basil

Egglings are adorable little seed bombs that make it easy to grow your own herb garden.

Eggling - Crack & Grow - Basil

Simply crack the little egg, add some water, and start planning your next plate of pesto pasta. Or at least that is the concept. Growing basil within eggs may not be what it’s cracked up to be.

To me it was a waste of money time and resources. DO NOT BUY. Get a plant from a florist or even from Home Depot- it’ll be better than this piece of crap.
Arielle Gray

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J.A. Henckels Mezzaluna Makes Mincing Magic

There are lots of methods for cutting up herbs and nuts. You could grab one of those slap-chopping-mushing devices that feature a cup with blades that slam down when you hit the lid. You could pull out your food processor. You could use a good old knife and chopping board. Or you could do it in style with a mezzaluna.

J.A. Henckels 2-Piece Mezzaluna Set

This two-piece mezzaluna by J.A. Henckels will help you mince herbs and nuts cleanly and safely. The curved, double-bladed stainless-steel knife slices and chops as it rocks gently in the bowl of the hardwood cutting board. A two-band brushed-stainless-steel handle gives the super-sharp knife a sure grip and a stylish, contemporary look. Measuring 8 inches square and 1-1/2 inches thick, the wooden board features four rubber feet screwed into the bottom, so it won’t slide around on the table or counter.

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10 Christmas gifts for the green thumb

While the ground may be cold, the garden may be dormant, the gardener’s imagination is fertile. These Christmas gifts will have the green thumb in your home happier than a chipmunk chucking wood

1. Garden inspired silicon trivet

Andreas 8-Inch Silicone Trivet, Organic Fruit

Andreas silicone trivets are made by encapsulating fabric within highly heat resistant silicone. These durable trivets are designed to protect your kitchen counters, dining room tables and other surface areas from heat – up to 600-degree-Fahrenheit!

2. Organic wheatgrass kit

The Wheatgrass Growing Kit w/ the heavy duty Hurricane Manual Juicer is everything you need to grow healthy thick-bladed wheatgrass. Perfect for growing grasses even in small kitchens or apartments. Each kit comes with simple easy to follow growing and harvesting instructions that will have you juicing healthy super-nutritious juice within ten days!

Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit w/ Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheat Grass Juicer- Everything to Grow & Juice Wheatgrass

3. Organic farmer‘s apron

You can’t get any more tree hugger than this organic apron. It’s made of recycled cotton.

Ritz 100-Percent Recycled Adult Apron, Tree Hugger

4. Kitchen sized compost container

Oggi’s Stainless Steel Counter Composter with Charcoal Filter converts leftover food into nutritious soil for the garden. The counter compost pail is made of stainless steel. It has a replaceable two-part odor filter built into the lid and it features a convenient carry handle.

Oggi Stainless Steel Counter Composter with Charcoal Filter

5. The Bible for Organic Gardeners and Chefs

This highly detailed book provides all of the information needed for an organic kitchen. While it covers all types of ingredients: meat, fish, vegetable, fruits, nuts…., vegetables and fruits are the center of attention.

The Organic Cook's Bible

6. Magnificent Tomatoes

This beautiful book follows the tomato from garden to the table. It’s sure to draw a gasp of joy when unwrapped. You’ll find advice for growing as well as superb recipes, all illustrated with lush photography.

The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World's Most Beautiful Fruit

7. Playtime for the Young Gardeners

This fun play set encourages kids to play in the garden. However, they can handle these heirloom tomatoes without bruising them. The toys can even be peeled.
Mompie, has given a nice review of the toys

These are hard plastic, not soft as the heading states. Having said that, my two year old has hardly stopped playing with it in the last few weeks and even my seven year old boy will play along. You can play the obvious shopping and cooking games but you can also learn colors, practice counting, group according to categories and many other creative ideas.
Mompie –

Garden Fresh Fruits and Veggies play set

8. Personalized Gardener’s Coffee Mug

Gardeners, like the recipient, know the best dirt. Order this early so it can be customized.

Gardeners Know The Best Dirt Coffee Mug

9. Snippers for Garden Fresh Herbs

Scissors make it much easier to cut fresh herbs. This is especially true with dill, basil, and chives. These scissors will be used often in fresh herb kitchens.

Zyliss Herb Snippers

10. Garden Inspired Serving Knife

This decorative serving knife is perfect for serving cake during a garden side tea party. It even comes gift wrapped.

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Cake Server (Gift-boxed)

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Passover horseradish pot

This horseradish pot is ready for Passover. It’s made of earthenware and features English and Hebrew decoration.

Horseradish Bowl

Bitter Herbs: are traditionally made of Horseradish and grated by hand by the man of the house till he sheds a tear. This makes up for the ones shed by the wife during the year. It’s perfectly OK to use store bought Horseradish sauce. You need about 1/4 cup per 4 to 6 participants. If you grate your own cut a wedge shape piece of the root to place on the Ceremonial Seder plate, if not place Horseradish sauce in small glass dish on Seder plate. See recipe pages for making your own.
Preparing for a Passover Seder

These guys illustrate, rather painfully, how horseradish is used with other bitter herbs during the Passover celebrations:

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Herb keeper preserves fresh herbs in the fridge

I thought I had seen everything in the kitchen gadget world. Actually, I never thought that. There are far too many wacky things available; but it sounds like a good way to start off this blog post.

But going back to the “I thought I had seen everything…” thought. I was in Williams Sonoma today lusting over a coffee maker that costs close to 1/3 of a smart car. I finally left this prize and found this nifty gadget for keeping your herbs fresh in the fridge.

Prepara Herb Savor

The Prepara Herb Savor has a small reservoir for water at the bottom and an open space for the herbs. This makes the basil think it is still a happy camper growing in the sun.

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Salad dressing maker and emulsifier

It’s easy to make healthy salad dressings with this special blender. Simply pour in your ingredients: oil, vinegar, herbs, and then squeeze the handle to mix everything together.

Chef'n Emulstir, Emulsifier and Salad Dressing Maker, Arugula

Use this to make some Green Goddess Dressing or a nice French Vinaigrette.

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