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The Art of Cooking with Tarragon©

One of our email questions this week asks, “What can you tell me about Tarragon?"

The easiest answer is that its smell is wonderful and a little bit goes a long way.  I also know that tarragon is a native to Siberia and western Asia.  However, tarragon is primarily used in France. When it is added to white wine vinegar it gives it a sweet, delicate licorice-like perfume and flavor. It is now being accepted in the USA especially when one gets a whiff of some very good dried French Tarragon and you can find it at our site link 

Tarragon pairs well with fish, omelets, and chicken cooked with mustard, and it's a crucial component of béarnaise sauce. Fresh tarragon isn't always easy to find, but when you get it, you'll love the bittersweet, peppery taste it imparts. Heat diminishes its flavor, so add tarragon toward the end of cooking, or use it as a garnish.

Yet you can do wonders with good dried, organic FrenchTarragon and that is what we grow at Home Farm Herbery.

One of my favorite recipes is Baked Brie with Mushrooms and Almonds and it makes quite a sensation for special occasions.  It is easy to make and is ready in 30 minutes.

2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 (8 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 tablespoon brandy
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 (8 ounce) wedge Brie cheese, coating removed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Mix in garlic and almonds, heating until almonds are lightly browned. Stir in mushrooms and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Cover with brandy and sprinkle with tarragon.
Place Brie in a small baking dish. Pour the mushroom and brandy mixture over Brie. Bake in the preheated oven 20 minutes, or until bubbly.

May the Creative Force be with you,

Arlene Wright-Correll

Home Farm Herbery’s favorite recipes for Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers

You are getting ready to plant your garden and you are considering Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers and you look and at them and think what do I do with a bumper crop of Sweet Yellow Banana Peppers?  

Here are some of Home Farm Herbery’s favorite recipes.

Of course the obvious is to try canning your sweet yellow banana peppers.  Here is the typical pickling recipe for banana peppers. You can always add ingredients to customize it -- some people like to add jalapeno peppers for a kick of heat; some add garlic. Be creative.

First you'll wash about three pounds of peppers, and then remove the stem ends. Slice them into rings about a quarter inch thick. In a saucepan, bring 5 cups cider vinegar, 1 1/4 cups water, 5 tsps. canning salt, 2 tbsps. celery seed  , and 4 tbsps mustard seed to a boil. Put some dry celery and mustard seed 
 into the jars. Then fill up the jars with your peppers and cover with the boiling liquid. Can according to instructions.  We use them in salads, on burgers, sandwiches and more.

Since Banana peppers are tangy and sweet, so their flavor mixes well with cheese and other toppings; think cured meat or a green leafy vegetable, like spinach or arugula. Here's a quick recipe: Make your own pizza dough and sauce (or buy some at the grocery store). Roll out your dough, leaving a border around the edge for your crust. Ladle on a thin layer of sauce, spreading it around with the back of the ladle. Sprinkle on grated mozzarella cheese. Next, place a layer of torn arugula leaves on the pie. Top with small sliced pieces of cured Italian salami or pepperoni. Top the whole thing off with sliced rings of banana peppers. Bake on a baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes at 450 degrees.  I bake on a stone so I only bake for 10-12 minutes. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Delicious!

Because Banana peppers have a much milder taste than bell peppers, and bring a different flavor to the traditional dish of stuffed peppers. You can make stuffed peppers meaty or meatless, depending on your preference. If you don't eat meat, think about using rice, quinoa    or some other meat alternative.  Use about a pound of meat for every four good-sized banana peppers. Use mild or spicy, whatever your preference. Slice the top of the pepper, making it into a sort of flip-top. Brown sausage or ground beef in a skillet and set aside. In a large bowl, mix bread crumbs, Romano cheese, an egg, and some salt and pepper together. Stir in the meat and add more bread crumbs/cheese or another egg, depending on how moist or dry you want the stuffing. Gently fill the peppers with the stuffing and close the tops of the peppers. Fry the peppers in olive oil until each side is browned. Serve with a bit of marinara sauce and some grated cheese on top, if desired.

Fried banana peppers are a Southern favorite, served as an appetizer or as a side dish next to roasted ham or fried chicken. You can fry fresh banana peppers, pickled banana peppers, mild peppers or spicy peppers -- whatever you like best. The recipe is super simple and everyone loves them. Here's how to make deep fried banana peppers:

The secret to the Southern recipe is saltine crackers. Wash the banana peppers and slice lengthwise. Remove seeds and pat dry with a paper towel. Soak the peppers in milk, then dip in a mixture of flour and crushed saltine crackers. Fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown. Remove with tongs, drain on paper towels, and serve while still warm.

Fried banana peppers taste great on their own, with cocktail sauce or even with ranch dressing for dipping. Give your family a variety of dips to choose from!

A very popular appetizer, poppers are peppers split open, filled with cream cheese and deep fried. If you like poppers but don't like the spiciness of jalapenos, why not try some banana pepper poppers? You can get the yummy taste without the heat, and you can make them at home.

Wash the banana peppers and pat dry. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Fill each half with cream cheese. Here comes the good part. Wrap a small (about a third of a slice) piece of bacon around each pepper and stick a toothpick through to hold. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees until the bacon is crispy. Warning: These are addictive!

For variations on the theme, mix in shredded cheeses like parmesan, Gouda or Monterrey Jack. Forgo the bacon altogether if you don't eat meat or don't like bacon. Or, top the cream cheese mixture with bread crumbs. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder  , paprika -- whatever tickles your palette's fancy!.


Two More Good Reasons to Grow Haricot Vert Beans, try these recipes today

Two More Good Reasons to Grow Haricot Vert Beans

Haricot Vert with Shallots

1/2 pound of haricot vert, trimmed hopefully that you grew yourself.
2 teaspoon butter (Please not margarine)
1 Tbsp Dried Shallots,
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons diced tomato
Wedge of lemon

Bring a pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil haricot vert for 3.5 minutes (yes, I honestly believe that this level of timed precision will be rewarded). Plunge them into an ice bath and drain the beans.

In your empty pot (because we’re always looking to save dish-washing time in the smitten kitchen) melt two teaspoons of butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté them until they’re just translucent, not browned–about one to two minutes. Add the drained and cooled haricot vert back into the pot and reheat them in the butter and shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Spread haricot vert and shallot onto a plate, throw the diced tomato over them and squeeze a few drops of lemon juice* over the dish. Serve immediately.

Haricot Vert Beans with Butter and Herbs


1 pound thin green beans (haricot vert), trimmed
1/4 cup red onion, chopped fine
3 Tbsp butter

Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon wedges


1 Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Boil the beans for 2 minutes. Plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking and set the color. Drain the beans and pat dry on a cloth or paper towel.
2 Heat the butter over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan. Cook the onions until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
3 Add the green beans and sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
4 Add all the herbs and some salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cook for 1 minute more.
Serve hot or at room temperature, with lemon wedges.


How to Make Herbal Infused Honey

How to Make Herbal Infused Honey


You will need Honey (preferably raw honey from a local bee keeper),

Fresh or dried herbs such as Lavender, Rose Petals, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Basil, Ginger, Sage, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans, Star Anise, or Thyme just to name a few and a Glass jar.


Fill a clean glass jar halfway with fresh herbs or a quarter ways with dried herbs

Top with honey, stir and cap with a tight fitting lid

Place in a sunny windowsill and turn the jar over once per day

Add more honey if the herbs swell and rise above the honey

Allow to infuse for 1 week or longer and strain once the desired flavor has been achieved

Enjoy drizzled over desserts, fresh fruit, ice cream, oatmeal, on toast with or without butter, on biscuits, in salad dressings, marinades, sauces, cordials, syrups, or as a sweetener for tea or lemonade.

 Our sample just shows lavender, but you can use others including our suggestions below.  Get Creative!




Oregano Italian

Oregano Italian

Chemical free Organic Italian Oregano from Home Farm Herbery is grown in our own hot, sunny part of Kentucky. We harvest it when it is ready, dry it and pack it for delivery to your kitchen.
Oregano is used on pizza, in sauces and almost every Italian dish. Its aromatic flavor makes it an excellent addition to pot roast, veal and liver. When adding to cooked meals, add near the end of the cooking period.

Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb in the mint family.

Oregano with its sweet, fresh and lemony flavor goes well with thyme, bay leaves, black pepper, and juniper berries.

It is a must in any good cook's kitchen or pantry.

0.25 oz. resealable package $2.98,  

1 oz. resealable package $6.95

4 oz. resealable package $10.95

8 oz. resealable package $19.95

16 oz. resealable package $35.95

We thank you for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.



Dragon Mix Salt (Organic, Chemical-Free)

Dragon Mix Salt (Organic, Chemical-Free)

Our Dragon Mix Salt is loaded with our Home Farm Herbery chemical-free dried herbs and has a long shelf life.

At Home Farm Herbery we love our special Dragon Mix Salt as this mixture is terrific as a dry rub for steaks, chicken, and pork chops, and even sprinkled on hot popcorn.  However, we love it most of all on hot buttered corn on the cob! We use our organic course grain sea salt and add some black pepper and all our chemical free herbs such as ground red pepper, dill, paprika and basil and celery seed.

Ingredients: Sea salt, black pepper, red pepper, dill, paprika and basil and celery seed.

6 oz. resealable package $10.95

12 oz. resealable package $16.95

Either purchase comes with free shipping within the USA, plus we will send you a free, complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice.  Buy some today.

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Place Your order today.


Shallot Powder (organic)

Shallot Powder (organic)


At Home Farm Herbery we believe our dehydrated organic shallot powder delivers an onion like flavor with garlic undertones, but more subtle, sweet and complex giving it the best taste and aroma you can add to eggs, fish, soup, steak, pasta, chicken, vegetables, sauces and salad.

The flavor of shallots is preferred over onions by many professional chefs, because of the more subtle and sweet flavor shallots provide and some of our loyal customers refer to it as ground Shallots or Eschallot Powder and it is a good substitutes for Shallots Freeze Dried, Onion Powder, Chives, Toasted Onion, Garlic Powder Pure and Garlic Minced..
Ingredients: Organic Shallots dehydrated and ground into powder 
1 oz. resealable bag $12.99 with free shipping, plus a free, complimentary herb or herbal blend of our choice so buy some today and make your life and your food a little spicier!

We thank you in advance for your purchase as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Place your order today and get free shipping and a free herb or herb blend of our choice.

Dandelion Leaf Medicinal

Dandelion Leaf Medicinal


Our Home Farm Herbery Dandelion Leaf Medicinal is Dried, Organic, Pesticide-free, cut & sifted.

Used by people who have problems with water retention, dandelion root is commonly used as a diuretic. In fact, many people in the West use it as part of a weight loss regimen to battle excess water weight. It can also be used to help you improve your digestion and detoxify the liver. Good for chronic urinary tract infections and because of its diuretic properties dandelion can also be used to lower blood pressure. Dandelion helps to relieve a stomachache and help you to regain your appetite if you’ve lost it due to illness.  It is good for joint pain, gout, rheumatoid arthritis and is an effective as a treatment for acne, eczema, and psoriasis of the skin. It’s even known to help build up the blood and reduce problems that occur with anemia.

Dandelion can be taken in many forms. You can use the leaves, the flowers, or the roots depending on your problems. You can also take dandelion in many preparations – from infusions to capsules. Powders can be purchased as well. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA


1 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Dandelion Leaf $6.95


4 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Dandelion Leaf $24.95


8 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Dandelion Leaf $39.95


16 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Dandelion Leaf $69.95


All orders are shipped free and come with a free complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice so order today.


We thank you in advance for you order as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Hyssop Medicinal Herb for sale

Hyssop Medicinal Herb


Our Home Farm Herbery Hyssop Medicinal Herb is organic, pesticide-free, dried, cut and sifted.

This is one of Herbalists favorite herbs and has been used for centuries.  Hyssop has expectorant, diaphoretic, stimulant, pectoral and carminative properties. Hyssop Tea improves the tone of a feeble stomach and cures asthma. The infusion of its leaves relieves muscular rheumatism, bruises and discolored contusions.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA

1 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Hyssop Medicinal Herb $6.95

4 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Hyssop Medicinal Herb $24.95

8 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Hyssop Medicinal Herb $39.95

16 oz. resealable pkg. of organic Hyssop Medicinal Herb $69.95

All orders are shipped free and come with a free complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice so order today.

We thank you in advance for you order as all our net proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Place your order today  


What to do with Leftover Panettone?

What to do with Leftover Panettone?

by Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery

Panettone (pronounced paene-toune) is a type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, but you do not have to go to Italy for the best Panettone for your holiday bread because we make it right here at Home Farm Herbery with all our Kentucky Proud local ingredients including our own dried fruit. It is overloaded with 8 eggs, lots of local chemical/pesticide-free honey and butter making it very rich dessert bread.

At Home Farm Herbery we use the following ingredients: Unbleached flour, water, salt, yeast, Local honey, Local eggs, Local butter, Home Farm Herbery dried fruit (raisins from our own grapes, currents, lemon peel, citron, orange peel) and lemon juice plus we add a big dollop of LOVE.

Most of the time this item is purchased around Christmas time and it seems to be a Christmas desert. It sort of is an Italian thing and most North Americans are missing out on a good thing because you can make lots and lots of great deserts with leftover panettone. Over the years we have amassed several good recipes at Home Farm Herbery and we would like to introduce you to some of them.

Recipes from Home Farm Herbery

Panettone French Toast and Bacon

Slice a thick cross-section of the cake. Soak it thoroughly in 2 eggs beaten with cream and a pinch of salt. Cook it over medium low heat in butter until golden brown and both sides. Dust with confectionary sugar and swerve it with maple syrup and/or a dollop of mascarpone and some slices of good quality crispy bacon. This cross section will serve 3 to 4 people. Of course for you vegetarians you can have just plain Panettone French Toast.

Panettone Pudding

Ingredients: ½ large Panettone sliced 1” thick

½ c mixed dried fruit such as cranberries and sultanas. 2 cups milk, ¾ cup heavy cream, 2 tsp. pure vanilla, ¼ cup sugar, 2 range free eggs plus 6 extra egg yolks

Directions: Lightly grease a 2.5 qt. baking dish. Slightly overlap the panettone in the dish and sprinkle each layer with the dried fruit. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, yolks, cream, milk, vanilla and sugar and pour it over the panettone. Let it stand for 30 minutes, pressing down on the panettone every 10 minutes until it soaks up all the liquid. Sprinkle the top with extra sugar and bake in a pre-heated oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown. If browning to quickly cover loosely with a piece of aluminum foil. Remove from oven and let it stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm with extra whipped cream.

Panettone French Toast with Mixed Berries

Ingredients: 3 eggs, 1/3 cup pure un-thickened cream, 1/3 cup milk, 1 tbsp. sugar, ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract, 2 rounds of panettone cut across horizontally about 1 inch thick and quartered, about 9 ounces of mixed frozen berries thawed or fresh ones, 2 tbsp. of confectionary sugar plus extra to dust. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter.

Directions: In a wide shallow bowl mix cream, milk, sugar and vanilla. Add the panettone slices one at a time, turning each one until coated and leave for 10 minutes pressing down from time to time until all the liquid is soaked into the panettone.

In the meantime, put half of the berries, 1 tbsp. water and the confectionary sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and add the remaining berries and set aside.

Melt half the butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Drain excess egg mixture from half the panettone slices and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Keep warm while you melt the remaining butter and cook the remaining slices of panettone in the same manner. To serve, place two slices on each plate, dust with some confectionary sugar and top with the berries and a dollop of cream.

Panettone, Berry and Mascarpone Trifle

Ingredients: 2 egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, 9 oz. of mascarpone, 8 slices of panettone, and 11 oz. of mixed berries.

Directions: Use a balloon whisk to whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Add 1 tbsp. of the Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and whisk until smooth. Add the mascarpone and use a metal spoon to gently fold until just combined. Use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut discs from the panettone slices. Brush the four discs with a little of the remaining Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. Place in the base of four 1 cup serving dishes, add a layer of mixed berries, a layer of mascarpone, dividing evenly among the dishes and build each one up until all are layered and top with a layer of mascarpone. Sprinkle some remaining berries and cover with some plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

Panettone, Ricotta and Nectarine Cake

Ingredients: (1) 24 oz. panettone, 20 oz. fresh ricotta cheese, 2 oz. of bitter chocolate coarsely chopped, 2 oz. blanched almonds, roasted and coarsely chopped, 1 & ¼ tsp. Glacé orange, confectionary sugar plus extra for dusting, 2 tbsp. Grand Marnier, 4 fresh nectarines halved, stoned and sliced into thin wedges.

Directions: Using a serrated knife, cut the top off the panettone to make a nice cylinder shape, and then trip the crust from the cylinder and cut widthwise into 4 thick slices. Reserve trimmed panettone for another use. Push the ricotta through a fine sieve into a bowl and then add chocolate, Glacé orange, almonds, confectionary sugar and half the liqueur and mix well. Spread 1/3 cup ricotta mixture over the bottom slice of the panettone, press another slice over the top, then repeat spreading and layering, finish with a layer of ricotta. Combine nectarines with remaining liqueur and then top with 1/3 of the nectarines. Serve cake cut into wedges and serve with the remaining sliced nectarines passed separately. This cake is best on the day it is made and peaches can be substituted for nectarines.

Apricot Panettone Pudding

Ingredients: 5 to 6 oz. of apricots, 9 oz. panettone, sliced, butter, 10 oz. plus 1 tsp. milk, a piece of vanilla pod, split open with a sharp knife, 1 tbsp. caster or superfine sugar, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, 2 oz. of chopped almonds and some powdered sugar.

Directions: Place apricots in a small pan bring to a boil, then cook gently for 5 minutes or until very tender. Drain, reserving the juice. Mash the apricots into a puree. Spread most of the apricot over the panettone and arrange in a buttered oven proof dish. Spread the remaining puree over the top, along with any juices. Put the milk, the split vanilla pod and sugar into a sauce pan and heat slowly until the milk just comes to a boil, then set aside for 10 minutes. Beat the egg and egg yolk together in a bow, and then pour on the heated milk, stirring to make custard. Pour the custard around the edges of the panettone, NOT ON TOP. Sprinkle the top with the almonds, dot with butter and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees F. or until all the custard has been absorbed and the pudding is golden on top. Remove from the oven and cook 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Chilled Panettone with Poached Spiced Cherries

Ingredients: 8 slices of panettone, 3 tbsp. butter (softened), 2 tbsp. orange marmalade, 2 eggs slightly whisked, 1 cup milk, ½ cup light cream, ¼ cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste.

Spiced Cherries: 9 oz fresh cherries, (note you may or may not stone or pit the cherries. I usually do) 1 cup rose wine, ¼ cup sugar, 2 whole star anise and 1 cinnamon stick.

Directions: preheat oven to 320 degrees F. Grease four 2/3 cup capacity ramekins. Use a round pastry or biscuit cutter to cut 8 discs from the panettone slices, Spread the discs with butter and orange marmalade and place two discs in each ramekin. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla bean paste in a jug or jar until well combined. Pour evenly over the panettone slices and set aside for 15 minutes to soak. Place in a roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven, removing the ramekins from the water and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill.

Meanwhile make the spiced cherries, place the cherries, wine, sugar, star anise and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and poach for 15 minutes or until the syrup thickens and the cherries are tender. Remove from heat and transfer to a heat proof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill. Serve the chilled panettone with the chilled cherries and if you have not stoned or pitted your cherries, alert your guests to the presence of pits in the cherries!

Right now, while writing this the Home Farm Herbery Kitchen is awash with the aroma of Panettone as three of them are being baked on our stone hearth and once they are cooled down they will be shipped to 3 anxiously awaiting customers in different parts of the good old USA!

Try these recipes today and enjoy Happy Eating!

And may the creative Force be with you.

Arlene Wright-Correll

P.S. here is the link to order your own Home Farm Herbery Chemical Free, organic Panettone.


Cucumbers and Tarragon, a Nifty Combination©

Cucumbers and Tarragon, a Nifty Combination©

by Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery

We all know how to prepare cucumbers. When our organic garden starts producing lots of them we put them in salads, we prepare pickles, we make relish, we eat them raw, we have cucumber sandwiches and we start to give them away to anyone who will take a few off our hands.

However, have you ever made soup with them? No! Why not? You can eat it hot or cold and either way it has the most delicate of flavor.

I used to serve this at our restaurant on the river at Laurel Creek Lodge when we owned it. It was quite a hit, especially to the Appalachian hikers coming off the trail to stay in our hostels.

Cucumbers are mostly water and their nutritional value includes sodium, iron, Vitamins A and C, plus Calcium which was all things these hikers needed after spending 3 to 6 months on the Appalachian Trail eating mostly trail food.

Arlene's Elegant Cucumber and Tarragon Soup.

This soup serves 8, but you can halve it easily to serve 4 or you can serve half of it hot one meal and 24 hours later serve the other half chilled at another meal.

Using vegetable stock when I have it or water when I do not, I put 9 cups of either into a large sauce pan adding 2 peeled and chopped large cucumbers, 2 medium sized onion chopped, 2 cloves of peeled garlic and 8 to 10 sprigs of fresh tarragon. I bring this all to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes and once the cucumbers are tender, I remove the pan from heat, allow cooling slightly and then carefully pouring this warm mixture into my blender or food processor. I now puree it all and then pour it back into my saucepan and bring back to a boil and then let stay warm over medium to low heat.

Taking a small bowl I mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/3 cup of light cream until smooth. Now I add 1 cup of light cream to this mixture and gently pour into the soup, stirring constantly over medium heat until the soup thickens.

Now I add about 8 springs of chopped fresh tarragon, or 2 tsp. of Home Farm Herbery Organic dried tarragon,

2 tablespoons of lemon juice, some freshly grated nutmeg, a pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper stir gently.

I serve this immediately if I am serving it hot and any I am serving chilled I transfer to a bowl and store covered in my refrigerator.

"Tread the Earth Lightly" and in the meantime… May your day be filled with…Peace, Light and Love

Arlene Wright-Correll

Home Farm Herbery

Where you can get the best organic dried tarragon all year round. http://www.localharvest.org/tarragon-french-organic-C25245

Author's note: This article was originally written for GreenThumbArticles.com

Another Great Recipe Using Herbs From My Mediterannean Herb Garden

Another Great Recipe Using Herbs From My Mediterannean Herb Garden

by Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery

We don't eat a lot of meat around our home any more. Old age, being smarter, less family to cook for, no longer living on the dairy farms where meat was required at all 3 daily meals and a general change of eating habits is the reason why, at least for us.

So when we do decide to eat meat, I usually cook it when we have special company in to dine. When that time comes I want to do something dazzling and I want to use the dried herbs from my Mediterranean herb garden so I pull out my old standby of Herbed Beef in a Salt Crust.

First I make a marinade of 1/3 cup good olive oil, cup of grated fresh onion, 1 tsp. of dried basil leaves,

1 tsp. garlic salt, tsp. dried thyme leaves, tsp. of dried marjoram leaves and tsp. of black pepper. To make things quicker I put all these into a large zip lock plastic bag. I next add 1 eye of the round roast of beef which is usually between 2 & to 3 pounds and will nicely serve 6 to 8 guests. Zipping up the zip lock I put it into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but I prefer it to be overnight thus letting all my herbs and olive oil "marry" well and penetrate the meat.

When I am ready to cook the roast I remove it from the marinade, pat dry and let it sit on a paper towel while I line my roasting pan with a good heavy aluminum foil.

Next I take a 3 pound box of course kosher salt and pour it into a large bowl and I gradually add1 cup of water to make a thick paste. If I need to add more water I do, but never more than a total of 1 & cups of water.

Now I take 1 cup of the paste and pat it into my foil lined roasting pan to about inch thick. Again I pat my roast with paper towels just to make sure it is dry all around and I lay it on top of the salt paste in the bottom of my roasting pan.

At this point you may insert your meat thermometer in the event you use one. Since I have been doing this for so long I fore go this part of the recipe.

Now pack I the remaining salt paste around the meat to cover and seal it well.

I put this into my preheated oven which is set at 350 and I bake it until my thermometer registers 140 which is my over is for about 80 minutes as we like it medium rare. Carl or any other guests gets the ends which are usually well done.

If your salt crust is cracked don't worry because it is usually caused by steam escaping during the roasting period.

Remove the roast from the oven and let it stand 10 minutes. NO LESS! Remove and discard salt crust, place your roast on your favorite serving platter. I like to slice about half of it up in slices first on my wooden cutting board and arrange them and the remaining whole roast on my favorite platter which I then surround with either roasted organically grown potatoes, which I added to the oven in a separate pan during the last 40 minutes of the time for roasting the meat and/or some quickly blanched, hot, al dente fresh organic green beans which I cooked while the roast was resting.

Since my guests can see my cooking island from the dining table in the great room, they get to witness all the "theater" which comes with removing the roast, letting it sit, cracking the crust, slicing and serving while they enjoy a nice glass of good red wine with the cook!

"Tread the Earth Lightly" and in the meantime May your day be filled with

Peace, Light and Love,

Arlene Wright-Correll

Home Farm Herbery where you can find my organic herbs at http://www.localharvest.org/store/M48630

Author's note: This article was originally written for http://www.GreenThumbArticles.com where you can also be an author for them.

Let’s Talk About Cauliflower©

Let’s Talk About Cauliflower©


Cauliflower is great raw or cooked even though most North American cooks tend to overcook it and render it almost useless.  It is a great raw snack and really is easy to grow.  Fresh cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g provides about 48.2 mg or 80% of daily recommended value. Vitamin-C is a proven antioxidant helping to fight against harmful free radicals as it boosts immunity and helps to prevent our bodies from infections and cancers.


Packed with rich nutrients, cauliflower or cabbage flower is one of the commonly used flower-vegetable. The flower heads contain numerous health benefiting phtyo-nutrients such as indole-3-carbinol, sulforaphane etc., that help prevent prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers.


Botanically, it is a member of the cruciferous or brassicaceae family. It has got a similar nutritional and phyto-chemistry profile with broccoli and cabbage. Several cultivars exist other than common snow-white variety, including green, orange, purple, and romanesco heads.


Though Cauliflower is available all year round it is best when purchased during the winter months and when shopping choose fresh heads featuring snow/creamy white, compact, even heads that feel heavy in hand.  Do not choose heads with grainy surface and separate heads as it indicates over maturity while green coloration may be due to over exposure to sunlight. Always avoid heads with bruised surface as they indicate poor handling of the flower and those with dark color patches as they indicate mold disease known as downy mildew.


Upon returning home, store in the refrigerator set with higher relative humidity. They stay fresh for about a week if stored properly.


Here at Home Farm Herbery we love cauliflower and we grow several varieties of the common white variety and the purple.


Cauliflower, like broccoli is made up of tightly clustered florets that begin to form but stopped at bud stage. This cool-season vegetable prefers fertile rich adequate moisture in the soil to flourish and to keep the flower heads creamy white, they should be protected from sunlight. This is done by tying the close-by leaves together over the heads when the heads are the size of a quarter. Over-maturity makes the heads get loose and grainy surfaced, and lose much of their flavor and tenderness.


For those dieting it is very low in calories. 100 g of the fresh cauliflower head provides only 26 calories and it is very healthy as it comprises of several health-benefiting antioxidants and vitamins in addition to be very low in fat and contains no cholesterol.


Cauliflower florets contain about 2 g of dietary fiber per 100 g; providing about 5% of recommended value and it contains several anti-cancer phyto-chemicals like sulforaphane and plant sterols such as indole-3-carbinol, which appears to function as an anti-estrogen agent. Together these compounds have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.


It seems to me that maintaining good health really is in what you eat since my research shows that Di-indolyl-methane (DIM),a lipid soluble compound present abundantly in Brassica group of vegetables has found effective as immune modulator, anti-bacterial and anti-viral compound by synthesis and potentiating Interferon-Gamma receptors. DIM has currently been found application in the treatment of recurring respiratory papillomatosis caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and is in Phase III clinical trials for cervical dysplasia.


Just when you think Cauliflower cannot get any better we learn that It contains good amounts of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as folates, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3) as well as vitamin K. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.

Further, it is an also good source of minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium. Manganese is used in the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Potassiumis an important intracellular electrolyte helps counter the hypertension effects of sodium.


After all this health information why not try some of Home Farm Herbery recipes using this wonderful vegetable.


Roasted Cauliflower



2 tablespoons minced garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets

1 tbsp Dragon Mix Salt (Organic, Chemical-Free)

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley



Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a large casserole dish.

Place the olive oil, Dragon Mix Salt (Organic, Chemical-Free) and garlic in a large resealable bag. Add cauliflower, and shake to mix. Pour into the prepared casserole dish and Bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley, and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown.


On a cool wintery day there is nothing better than cream of cauliflower soup severed with some great home made Artisan bread.  The nice thing about this soup is you can make it and freeze it in individual servings and it will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months.


Cauliflower Soup (Serves 8)




3 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion (6 ounces), sliced thin

1 head very fresh cauliflower (about 1-1/2 pounds), broken into florets

Salt, to taste

5 1/2cups water, divided

Extra virgin olive oil, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Warm the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Sweat the onion in the olive oil over low heat without letting it brown for 15 minutes.


Add the cauliflower, salt to taste, and 1/2 cup water. Raise the heat slightly, cover the pot tightly and stew the cauliflower for 15 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Then add another 4 1/2 cups hot water, bring to a low simmer and cook an additional 20 minutes uncovered.


Carefully working in batches, purée the soup in a blender to a very smooth, creamy consistency. Let the soup stand for 20 minutes. In this time it will thicken slightly.


Thin the soup with 1/2 cup hot water. Reheat the soup. Serve hot, drizzled with a thin stream of extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.


Cauliflower Crudités are wonderful with any of our Home Farm Herbery dips.


How to Prepare the Cauliflower
using a chef's knife cut the head of cauliflower in half vertically to reveal the core. Using a paring knife, cut out the inner core and trim away any green leaves. Cut the cauliflower head into florets, each about 1 3/4 inches long. If the floret stems seem tough, peel them with the paring knife.


Cauliflower is a great stir fry additive so don’t forget to try that also.


If you are a gardener and have yet tried to grow cauliflower, why not consider a small patch this year.  You will be pleasantly surprised.


Tread the Earth Lightly



Arlene Wright-Correll

Home Farm Herbery

P.S.  Get your cauliflower organic seeds now as we only have a limited supply.

Purple cauliflower seeds


Cauliflower white year round http://www.localharvest.org/cauliflower-all-year-round-seeds-non-gmo-C24565

Cauliflower early snow ball




A Little History of Coriander ©

A Little History of Coriander ©


Every year at Home Farm Herbery we plant a new annual crop of Cilantro in order to get our coriander seeds from which we either sell the seeds whole or grind them into coriander powder.  

The seed of the cilantro plant is known as coriander. Although cilantro and coriander come from the same plant, their flavors are very different and cannot be substituted for each other.  Coriander is the dried, ripe fruit of the herb Coriandum sativum. The tannish-brown seeds have a sweetly aromatic flavor which is slightly lemony. A zesty combination of sage and citrus, coriander is actually thought to increase the appetite.


Not a lot of people in the USA cook with coriander and Cilantro is used in many Mexican dishes especially salsa.  Coriander is used in lentils, beans, onions, potatoes, hotdogs, chili, sausages, stews and pastries.


According to Wikipedia Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or dhania, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft, hairless plant growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are borne in small umbels, white or very pale pink, asymmetrical, with the petals pointing away from the centre of the umbel longer (5–6 mm) than those pointing towards it (only 1–3 mm long). The fruit is a globular, dry schizocarp 3–5 mm (0.12–0.20 in) in diameter.


Most coriander is produced in Morocco, Romania and Egypt, but China and India also offer limited supplies. Moroccan coriander has the boldest appearance, followed by the Egyptian and Indian varieties. Romanian and Chinese coriander is typically darker in appearance than other types.


Many people do not know that all parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. Coriander is common in South Asian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Tex-Mex, Latin American, Portuguese, Chinese, African, and Scandinavian cuisine as well as in spice blends including curry powders, chili powders, garam masala, and berbere. (You can find all of these at our Local Harvest store


Coriander's has a long history and it can be traced back for thousands of years. Folklore says it was grown in Persia 3,000 years ago and used to fragrance the hanging gardens of Babylon. There is mention of coriander in the Bible where manna is described as being "like a coriander seed, white" (Exodus 16:31). As civilization spread, so did the popularity and uses of coriander. It has been used as a condiment and as an ingredient in medicines. It is still widely used in tonics and cough medicines in India. The leaves of the plant, cilantro, are also a popular flavoring in many Indian, Latin American, and Southeast Asian dishes.Though used in North American cooking many cooks in this country do not think culinary herbs are not high in many cooks pantry. However, I also think that over the past 10 years and especially with all the cooking channels that is changing.


Planting some Cilantro is really easy and you can have a small kitchen garden near your back door in the event you have the room to do so.  Even a 4 foot by 4 foot raised bed will give you room for several different herbs.  For those who have no room then consider small pots of herbs and especially Cilantro.  For those who cook, but have no desire to garden then you can simply go to LocalHarvest.org, search up Home Farm Herbery, click on it and then search Cilantro and you will get a bunch of stuff on it since we sell all the culinary cilantro and coriander one would want included a limited amount of seeds. http://www.localharvest.org/coriander-seed-C23730 


However, what would one cook with coriander?  Why not try this Coriander, Barley, Leek Soup

I think you might enjoy the exotic flavors that add pungency and depth to this hearty soup which is delicious all year round but especially on a cold wintery day.


This recipe makes 10 servings, the prep time is 15 minutes and the cooking time is 1 hr & 45 min.  Complete time is 2 hrs.


Ingredients: 3 c water

1 c uncooked pearl barley

2 tbsp olive oil

2 med. onions, chopped

1 bunch leeks, chopped

1 1/4 lbs ground turkey or chicken

2 ½ qts. Chicken stock

1 ½ c Chinese rice wine

2 ½ tbsp ground coriander

Freshly ground black pepper to taste


In a saucepan, bring the 3 cups water to a boil. Stir in the barley. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a stock pot over medium-high heat and sauté the onions and leeks until tender. Mix in the chicken, and cook until heated through. Pour the chicken stock into the pot, and stir in the cooked barley. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Mix the rice wine into the soup, and season with coriander. Continue cooking about 10 minutes.

Season with pepper to serve.

You can get Home Farm Herbery Coriander seeds at


or ground coriander at


Or Cilantro slow bolt seeds at


Buy today!


How to Prepare EggPlants©

Recently three of our local farmers have brought Kentucky Proud eggplant to the Hart County Farmers Market to sell. These wre all locally grown, beautiful purple skinned vegetables with green stems and they catch everyone’s eye.

However, none of the sellers really know how to cook them and practically all of the buyers have never cooked them and ask how does one prepare them? Some people just fry them up as they would prepare fried green tomatoes. Some people make roasted eggplant soup out of them. Eggplant can be cooked in a variety of ways and most eggplants are used in ethnic recipes.


Eggplants, long prized for its deeply purple, glossy beauty as well as its unique taste and texture, are now available at our Hart County Farmers Market, but they are at their very best from August through October when they are in season. Eggplant by itself is low in calories and it contains a lot of antioxidants while being an excellent source of digestion-supportive dietary fiber and bone-building manganese. It is very good source of enzyme-catalyzing molybdenum and heart-healthy potassium and a good source of bone-building vitamin K, magnesium as well as heart-healthy copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and niacin.

It contains phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid and also contains phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid.

Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers and potatoes. They grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height. While the different varieties do range slightly in taste and texture, one can generally describe the eggplant as having a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture. Here are a couple of my recipes.

Cheese Filled Eggplant with Tomato Pepper Sauce is a great way to prepare them. Just remember to use small eggplants and make sure your slices are cut thin. Eggplant slices are broiled then rolled up with a ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese filling. Feel free to use your favorite fresh tomato sauce or a purchased sauce in place of the tomato and roasted red pepper sauce.

Another favorite is Eggplant Parmesan and besides needing 3 eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced you will need 2 eggs, beaten, 4 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs, 6 cups spaghetti sauce, divided, 1 (16 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil. Next preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Dip eggplant slices in egg, then in bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes on each side. In a 9x13 inch baking dish spread spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom. Place a layer of eggplant slices in the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the cheeses. Sprinkle basil on top. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

One can even freeze eggplant. Just wash and peel; slice, dice or cut in strips, depending on how you plan to use it. There's no need to peel very young eggplant. Steam to blanch. Steam 2 minutes for diced eggplant and thin slices and up to 5 minutes for thick slices. Have a cold water/lemon juice mixture ready (1 teaspoon lemon juice to each quart of water). Chill eggplants in the cold water-lemon juice mixture; drain and pat dry and pack leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. 2 medium eggplants = approximately 2 pint frozen. The next time you are at the Hart County Farmers Market feel free to purchase some delicious and healthy Kentucky Proud eggplant and go home and experiment with them.

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Arlene Wright-Correll

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