Mmmm. Ice cream. There are endless ways to enjoy this frozen treat — in a bowl with berries, on a cone with sprinkles, with exotic ingredients like blue cheese and olive oil, or simply with a spoon straight from the tub — just let your imagination roam. Ice cream has a magical appeal during the summer months, so on July 9, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law two resolutions — one declaring July as National Ice Cream Month and the other declaring the 3rd Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Continue reading
To celebrate World Vegetarian Day, we’d like to introduce the new 2019 Super Foods wall calendar. Filled with mouthwatering photos by Lynn Karlin, this calendar will serve up a full year’s worth of cooking inspiration.
World Vegetarian Day is a day of celebration observed annually around the planet on October 1. Established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, its purpose is “To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” This celebration is intended to raise awareness of the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. Continue reading
The Kitchen Art 2018 wall calendar features the charming illustrations of Barbara Dziadosz. The lighthearted 1950s-style illustrations featured in this calendar lend a retro feel to today’s whole-foods movement. Bright colors and fresh textures showcase imaginative food combinations that will have you experimenting with even your tried-and-true recipes — and will encourage you to include the most important ingredients of all: joy and love. Continue reading
On the seventh day of the first month, the Japanese prepare and eat a rice porridge containing seven herbs—a custom which is believed to bring longevity and good health. Traditionally the seven herbs are water dropwort, shepherd’s purse, cudweed, chickweed, nipplewort, turnip, and daikon.
Since the herbs used are some of the first greens to appear in the year (and some of them are edible weeds like chickweed), you might adapt this custom by looking at what is seasonally available in your area and making a salad. Continue reading
We’re thrilled to introduce our new contributor Waverly Fitzgerald. We look forward to sharing her wealth of knowledge about holiday and calendar lore with you here on our blog. ~ Amber Lotus Publishing
Most Americans know the semi-mythological story of the first Thanksgiving, how the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony after a successful harvest in 1621 shared a meal with members of the Patuxet people, who had helped them plant their crops. But what many do not realize is that they were both acting out long-standing cultural traditions. The harvest festival, although it is celebrated at different times of the year and with different foodstuffs, is part of every culture around the world. Continue reading
With Fall in the air, we seem to be nesting more — wearing comfy, warm clothes and spending hours in the kitchen. So we’re exploring recipes and ways we can enjoy the harvest. And maybe entertaining our sweet tooth just a bit, too.
From the Herb Gardens 2015 wall calendar by Maggie Oster —
Coconut-Lavender Panna Cotta
Providing a sense of calm and balance, the fresh, sweet aroma of lavender has been beloved for centuries. Used for its beauty, singular scent, and medicinal properties, lavender continues to be a favorite. The use of flowers and leaves of lavender in cooking is growing in popularity. With a flavor that melds floral, piney, and camphor, fresh or dried lavender flowers are most often added to desserts, but they sometimes find their way into savory dishes. Lavandula angustifolia, with its sweet, mild flavor, is the best choice for cooking. Of the dozens of true lavender varieties, Hidcote and Munstead are the most widely available, hardiest, and easiest to grow. Harvest lavender midmorning on a dry day when almost all the buds are open. Tie stems in bundles and hang upside down in a dry, dark place. When dry, gently strip the flowers from the stem. If buying, be sure the flowers are for culinary purposes. Quickly and easily made, panna cotta is a sweet and creamy pudding that is among the most versatile of desserts and readily flavored in innumerable ways. Continue reading
From The Organic Kitchen Garden 2015 wall calendar by Ann Lovejoy — Crisp, crunchy, and flavorful, cool-season greens have been winter staples for centuries. With the protection of cold frames or plastic tunnels, kale, chard, and cabbage can be harvested all winter, even in the snow. For variety and good looks, plant rainbow chard or Bright Lights Swiss chard, both of which produce vividly colorful stems in shades of raspberry, coral, peach, and salmon. The crinkled foliage holds up well into the cooler months and can be sautéed, steamed, or stir-fried.