So Succulent Gardens

  (Columbia Station, Ohio)
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LOVAGE AN HERB TO KNOW AND GROW



Large dramatic specimen plant used as a celery substitute in pickling, salad dressings, stir fries, stews and roasts. We often freeze some of the tender leaves in water and then use it making stock.  

The Greeks and Romans chewed lovage seeds to aid digestion and legend tells of seeds put into potion to conjure up love spells, an infusion of lovage seeds is said to erase freckles and a lovage herb bath is said to make you more beautiful.  The French call it céleri bâtard, or false celery.  Growing OVER 5 feet tall, once the flower spikes start showing, lovage becomes awfully strong,  using the leaves can be used sparingly in stock.

Lovage Butter
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of minced lovage
Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a small pan and add the salt, pepper, and lovage. Heat gently for 3-5 minutes. Serve over vegetables

Lovage Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
12 lovage leaves, minced
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt and black pepper
Melt the butter in a pan with lovage leaves for about 3 minutes. Add the wine and simmer for a minute. Stir in the mustard and season. Use sauce is nice served over pork or chicken.

Lovage Soup  
    4 Tbsp. olive oil
stale bread
    1 bunch lovage leaves, chopped
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    1/2 small bundle of parsley, chopped
    3 oz butter
    2 pints good chicken stock
    2 whole eggs and 1 yolk
Pour the olive oil over the bread and grill until brown. Sweat the lovage, garlic and parsley in butter until wilted. Pour on the stock and simmer for 2 minutes. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Place one slice of bread in each warmed bowl. Bring the soup to the boil and slowly pour in the egg, stirring gently to separate the egg into strands. Serve over the grilled bread slices.
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Secret ingrediant to your making great chicken soup

My daughter graduated from Ashland University in December and was lucky enough to get a long term sub teaching job...  But one of the side effects of working with kids is getting ill.

So today only four days on the job she was home sick with the flu.  So I made a big pot of homemade chicken soup.....   I thought I would share this my grandmothers secret ingrediant,  she would always add a bottle of clam juice into the pot.  Do not add salt to your soup of course until after you have added the juice.   Or it can end up too salty.  I find adding the clam juice adds an added depth to the soup, also do not forget to add plenty of Parsley!

I boil spaetzle noodles and add a handful to the bowl then pour on the soup.

Enjoy! Gayle

 
 

HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP - Super easy and save a few $$$$$

Ingredients:
Tap water
1/4 cup Castile bar soap, grated (Zote or fels napa soap will make it low suds).
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup washing soda (Sodium Carbonate), if you can find it at the local grocer try a pool supply.
Optional:  Essential oil 1/2 ounce.  Sweet nrange and Lemon will help a little to cut grease.
Supplies Needed:
-1 recycled gallon milk or water container with a screw top
-Measuring cup
-Funnel
-Stirring spoon
-Stove pot (6 cups or larger)
 
Using a funnel, put 4 cups hot tap water into milk container.  Set aside.
Measure 4 cups water into pan. Add grated soap; heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add borax and washing soda, stirring well.
Using funnel, transfer with measuring cup into container. Tighten screw top onto container and shake.
Add 8 more cups of water to container. Tighten top and give another shake.   Remove top and allow to cool.
 When cool, it will resembles egg drop soup. 

To use: Give a shake before pouring. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup liquid soap to machine as washer water fills.
 
 

Lavender Laundry Softener Recipe - What mom wants for christmas -- Not

This is another interesting homemade item to add to you lavender gift basket. 

Lavender Laundry Softener

  • 32 oz. white vinegar
  • 32 oz. baking soda
  • 64 oz. distilled or purified water
  • ½ oz. lavender essential oil.

Mix the baking soda into the vinegar over a sink
or other contained area, in a large plastic jar. The two materials, when mixed together, will cause a "fizzing" reaction. Add water and essential oil and stir again. *As gifts, dispense into plastic bottles and label with the following directions: Use 1/4 cup per load. Add in rinse cycle.

 
 
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