Oh, smiling mug

I stopped by the Edible Iowa River Valley site tonight to check out the recipe of the week, only to discover that, in fact, there’s a picture of me and my armload of basil. Oh, smiling mug.

I’d been meaning to mention Edible’s weekly recipes feature on the site, and mention that they feature seasonal, local ingredients used in creative and fun ways by Eastern Iowa chefs. I hadn’t quite done it yet, but I’d meant to. So I’m remedying that tonight.

If you’re a regular recipe reader here, you won’t learn anything new from my contributions—I can only take credit for the Lavender Coolers and Feta Pesto, recipes that both appeared first here on The Inadvertent Gardener—but there are a number of other recipes out there that might be of interest, particularly if the key ingredient is available and in season where you are.

Looking for inspiration? I highly recommend checking it out.

Also, I’ve had comments from folks who wanted to read my articles in Edible itself, but couldn’t get them online. The CSA article from the Spring 2007 edition still isn’t linked up, but if you’re interested in ice cream or farmer’s markets, you’re golden.

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6 Responses to “Oh, smiling mug”


  1. 1 wayne September 29, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    glad to hear that you use lavender in your kitchen. I have done quite a bit over the last few years with my students mostly sweet– L. lemon pound cake, L. fudge, L sugar cookies– but I also have made a pilaf which included lavender.

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener October 1, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Wayne, I’ve made lavender shortbread and the lavender coolers, but not much beyond that. I love the flavor, though — definitely need to try something else this year.

  3. 3 Wayne October 2, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    the great thing about (dried) lavender is that it can be a winter time treat that came from the garden.

  4. 4 inadvertentgardener October 3, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Wayne, absolutely — I have spent a bunch of time saving the summer goodness for application in winter…when I’ll really need it!

  5. 5 Dr. Jayashree Joshi October 5, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    I’m a holistic Pediatrician in India and am always interested in herbs and all things herbal.
    I wasn’t aware that dried lavender can be used in the kitchen.
    Lavender doesn’t grow in our tropical climate, but as far as I know, nobody has though of marketing DRIED lavender in India….. someone SHOULD!
    farawaysister@gmail.com
    http://www.farawaysister.com

  6. 6 inadvertentgardener October 7, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Dr. Joshi, thanks for stopping by! Does lavender have any holistic medicinal properties? I’ve heard it’s good for skin issues (dermatitis, etc.), but what are your thoughts?


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