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Herb Weekend 2024 Recipes:

Blueberry Lavender Iced Cream
A smooth and creamy herbal dessert. Easy to make the morning of a dinner party, or make with the kiddies. You know it's healthy because you made it with ingredients from your garden. Substitute coconut cream and coconut milk for a vegan dessert. (You can use mixed berries if you'd like instead of all blueberries.)

Mix 1/2 CUP WHOLE MILK milk and 1 CUP HEAVY CREAM in a small sauce pan. Add 1/3 cup of sugar or honey and heat over medium heat until a skin forms on top. Stir in 1/2 TEASPOON ORGANIC LAVENDER BUDS. Let cool. While the milk mixture is cooling, stir 1/4 CUP OF BERRIES with 1 TABLESPOON SUGAR; HONEY OR AGAVE. Stir and cook over med-low heat, until berries break down and sugar is melted. Take off heat and cool completely.

Mix both mixtures together and place in an airtight freezer container with a tight lid. About every hour or so, take it out and give it a good shake to keep the blueberries suspended in the liquid. Until frozen. (If you use a shallow dish, use a spoon to stir). Freezes solid in 4 to 6 hours. Makes 3-4 small servings.

Blueberry Basil Ice Cream
This is a thick and creamy ice cream. Try it with a different basil each time for a variety of flavors. The herbs add an umami flavor to the mix.

Add a 12 Oz. package of Frozen Wild Blueberries to a non-reactive medium saucepan with 1/2 Cup sugar; honey or Agave syrup and cook over medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes to cook berries through and dissolve sugar completely. Remove from heat and add 1 Oz. fresh sweet Basil leaves. (Thai basil is great, too!) Place in a food processor all together and run on high until smooth. Chill in fridge.

In a clean glass bowl Place 2 Cups of HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM and whip until stiff peaks form (it's ready if you can turn the bowl over and it doesn't run or drip from the bowl.

Fold in one 14 Oz. can of cold SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK, 2 TEASPOONS of Natural Madagascar or Bourbon Vanilla extract, and the chilled blueberry mixture.

Add the mixture to a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 6 hours. Can be made in Ice Pop forms, a bread pan, or plastic container.

Strawberry Thyme Sorbet
Sorbet is one of the easiest and healthy sweet treats. A great way to get kids to eat healthy, and fun to make in the summer with all the fresh fruit that is available.

Take 1 - 1/2 Cups of the ripest strawberries you can find (just not over-ripe!), 2 Tablespoons of honey or Agave Syrup, and ? Teaspoon Dried Thyme or 1 Tablespoon loosely packed fresh thyme leaves. I like lemon thyme in this recipe, but English thyme adds an umami flavor to the strawberries, too.

Place everything into a food processor and zip until a very smooth puree. Do not liquify it, just puree.

Refrigerate for4 several hours or overnight to let the flavors marinate, then transfer to a freezer safe container or ice pop molds. Freeze until firm or place in an ice-cream maker to freeze.

Kids love this with a banana smoothed into the mix, too.

When the weather changes and the cool winds of autumn start to blow, our thoughts tend to turn towards the harvest.  Following are some of  the Triple Oaks families favorite recipes.

Lorraine's Cranberry Cake 

(Always served at Garden Club teas at the shop)

2 3/4 Cup Sugar                               1 Cup dairy Sour Cream

3 sticks of unsalted Butter             1/2 tsp Brandy extract

6 eggs room temp                           1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/4 C all purpose flour                 3 Tbsp. Cranberry Liquor

1/2 tsp. salt                                       1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries

1/4 tsp Mace                                     1/2 Cup Nuts (optional)       

Cream Sugar and room temp butter until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each.  Add liquid flavorings. In another bowl, sift together the remaining dry ingredients. Add to mixture alternately with the sour cream, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. 

Pour into a well-greased and floured tube pan or 2 small "Turk's Head pans. (Loaf pans will also work) Bake 325* for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake has pulled slightly away from the sides. Cool 15 minutes then remove from pan.

Frosting for Cranberry Cake:

1 stick butter beaten with 1 lb. cofectioner's sugar, 3 Tbl Cranberry Liquor, and enough milk to make desired consistency.  If you want a drizzled effect spread while still warm. Stores well in fridge. 

Another Fall favorite of Lorriane's is her buttery Ginger Snaps. These are always served for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Open-House.

Ginger Cookies

3/4 Cup room temp unsalted Butter    2 Cup flour

1/4 Molasses                                       2 tsp. Baking soda

1-1/3 Cup granulated sugar                1 tsp Cinnamon

1 large Egg                                         1 tsp ground Cloves

1 tsp Vanilla                                        1 tsp Ginger

                                                            1/4 tsp salt

Cream together the first 3 ingredients until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. (Do not over-beat, you will have tough cookies)

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before pinching off 1 inch balls of dough.** Roll into balls, dip in sugar, then place 2-1/2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 375 oven. Cookies have a crinkle look. Delicious served with hot stewed apples.

** Alternately, dough can be stored in the freezer, wrapped in plastic in tube shape. While frozen, you can slice a few as needed then throw back in the freezer. Can last in the freezer for 3 months. Great to make ahead, then pull out to bake for any unexpected holiday company!


An unexpected delightful treat is a blonde brownie flavored with the aromatic herb, Rosemary. This is one of our employees favorite sweet treat, and she highly recommends them!

Rosemary Squares

2 eggs                                                  1/2 tsp powdered Rosemary

1 Cup firmly packed Brown Sugar         (I prefer using fresh but it needs 

1 Cup Flour                                            to be chopped very fine)              2 tsp. vanilla                                        1 Cup sweetened dried 

1 Tbl Baking Powder                              fruit/candied fruit/ or 

1 tsp. Salt                                               Golden Raisins, Chopped

Beat eggs, til light yellow, Add sugar gradually, and beat together, then add vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients, then add into the wet mixture.  If using dry rosemary, add with the dry ingredients when sifting, if using fresh, add with the wet ingredients. Add the chopped fruit and nuts and fold into the mixture. Bake in a buttered and floured 8x8 inch pan at 350* for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from pan while still warm. Cool and cut into bars. Absolutely delightful!

Herb Weekend 2022 Recipe from Susan Belsinger: Making Wild Weeds Vinegar

In Juliet Blankespoor's chapter on Violets in The Healing Garden, she recommends making a "mineral-rich springtime fairy vinegar" using the leaves and flowers of other spring edibles like chickweed, dandelion and nettles. This is my version of her recommendation. I use this in vinaigrettes - it can be taken by the teaspoonful or mixed in water, tea or other beverages.

1 quart organic apple cider vinegar
Generous 1/2 cup each of the following: fresh violet leaves, fresh violet flowers, fresh chickweed tips with flowers, fresh dandelion greens, fresh dandelion flowers, fresh nettle leaves, 1 (one) fresh green garlic (optional)

Wash and dry leaves and flowers. Wash garlic, remove root end and cut in half. Layer leaves and flowers into a clean quart jar. Stick the green garlic into the jar. Pour vinegar over all to fill the jar. Cap with a non-metallic lid, label and date. Leave in a place out of direct sunlight, where you will see and shake it everyday to activate the ingredients. I leave mine to macerate for 4 to 6 weeks and then strain out the botanicals. Use within 6 months - up to a year.

Makes one quart.