Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Herbal Pantry

Herbs are a big part of life at Linderhof
Half of the back garden is the herb garden
(the other half is patio!)

But I'm not an herb dryer
(except for the lavender)
preferring to buy fresh grocery store herbs in the winter
relying heavily on parsley
and also a few snippets from the herbs I keep on my kitchen windowsill.

But I do "save" herbs for winter
Just not dried!

And last week I taught a class on 
The Herbal Pantry
at life+style

Loaves of bread were perfect to spread with herbal butters, herbal honeys and herbal jams
Biscuits made two ways -- with the same recipe
one with herbal flour/the other with herbal butter
The class said there was a difference!

And no class is complete without a sweet treat

My fairy cakes made with rose geranium sugar
and decorated with a rose geranium leaf.

Foods from my herbal pantry included:
rosemary salt
chive butter
mixed herb flour
(it's where those little snippets of herbs go when I pick too many for my dish)
tarragon vinegar
blueberry basil jam
lavender honey
basil pesto

Attendees got to take home some herbal salt and some herbal butter
they made themselves!

I had so much fun teaching this class
that next Saturday
September 7
I'm going back to Fire Lake Camp
for an Herbal Pantry Luncheon

We'll talk about and demonstrate some of the items from
The Herbal Pantry

Then we'll enjoy a Herbal Pantry Luncheon
A salad of mixed greens, Farmer's Market tomatoes with purple ruffles basil vinegar
Pasta with pesto
Carrot salad with a lemon verbena dressing
Herbal biscuits
Blueberry Basil Jam Cake

There's still room and I'd so like to meet you
Call Julie at  913-544-9260 or email her at

It should be a fun and tasty afternoon


Bernideen said...

Looks wonderful. I would love your class!

Southerncook said...

I would be interested to know which of the biscuits did your class prefer? I have never made herbal flour but it sounds interesting. Wish I could attend one of your classes.


Martha said...

Carolyn -- it was the one with the herbal butter -- probably because the herbal flour had a lot of herbs while the butter just had one flavor.

Pat said...

Your class presentation looks divinely delicious, dear friend!!!
The menu for your upcoming class is quite inticing, indeed!!!
Thanks for reminding us to USE our herbs!!!