Herbs and Spices

Christmas Recipes by Mrs. Claus

Christmas Recipes Round-up

I love cooking for Christmas!  I obviously love to write about it as well, since I’ve posted several articles of Christmas Recipes over the years.  I even published a little cookbook called “Mrs. Claus Cooks For Holiday Entertaining“.  I thought I would go back and revisit some of those posts, especially because I want to …

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Ask Chef Christy Showcase

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Ask Chef Christy first started because of all the calls I get at this time of year.  As soon as Turkey Day looms on the horizon, my phone heats up with calls from friends saying “I have a cooking question for you!”   I’ve written many posts over the past few years concerning Thanksgiving foods, …

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Floral Ice cubes made using nasturtium petals, borage flowers, violas and pineapple sage blossoms during Chef Christy's Herbal Drinks and Snacks class

Snacks From the Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are one of life’s great pleasures, with the variety of flavors, textures and scents they offer both in the garden and on our plate.  I recently taught a class for the Herb Society of America’s local  Chattahoochee Herb Guild chapter, and they chose the topic of Herbal Drinks and Snacks. Making up Snacks …

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Profiles in Flavor - Africa Cooking Class

Profiles in Flavor – Africa Cooking Class

Exploring new cuisines can be intimidating, especially if the spices and flavorings are unknown to you.  Profiles in Flavor – Africa is one of a series of classes I created to help take the mystery out of several wonderful cuisines.  We look at a ‘shopping list’ of staples you would need to cook foods from that area, and taste lots of new flavor combinations.  Once you know the typical protein, carb and veggies found in an area’s cuisine, you can enjoy eating and cooking it much more often!

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Finding Urban Food Forests

A food forest is a gardening technique made up of layers of edible trees, shrubs and groundcovers. It contains perennial, diverse and multilayered landscaping. An established food forest can have up to 9 active layers including roots, herbs, ground cover, understory, shrubs, vines, and canopy. It should provide sustainable features for healthy cities, diverse and healthy foods, and good public space. The food forest should be flexible, have varied spaces, be well-connected (such as bike paths), and be centrally located. There is an emphasis on long-term sustainability through perennials, along with annual plantings such as spaces for community garden plots.