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, April 15, 2016

My Five Favorite Herbs . . .

I was asked to do a program yesterday on herbs
for our Pioneer Kiwanis

When I give a program, I always come with treats . . .

Orange rosemary cupcakes
(for it is a luncheon meeting and everyone needs dessert)

The recipe?
Just a regular cupcake that I make all the time (which makes an even dozen cupcakes)
with a tablespoon of chopped rosemary added as well as the grated peel of one orange.   Frosted with a buttercream to which I added the grated peel of another orange and enough orange juice to make the icing spreadable.
(You could even make them with a box mix -- adding the rosemary and orange zest to the batter and then adding orange zest to the canned frosting)

I always like to bring "show and tell" when I give a program

Herbs (to be planted in the garden)
Some gardening books (my favorite is the Betty Crocker Kitchen Gardens -- it is my herbal bible)
and a couple of herbal cookbooks (these by Nicole Richardson -- a cookbook author I adore (she's right up there with Anna Pump and Ina Garten and her basil ice cream with chocolate sauce --
pure nirvana)

I have a hard time talking about just five herbs
But, if I had to have only five . . . these would be my choice:


But then, I can't imagine living without parsley, garlic chives, lavender, bay, fennel, tarragon

It was a fun meeting and I always love to share my love and knowledge of herbs!


Francie Newcomb said...

What a wonderful talk, Martha, and we are so much looking forward to your herb program for our Garden Club later this summer!

Angela McRae said...

As an herb lover, I would have very much enjoyed this program. And your cupcakes sound delicious!

Pat said...

Love the dessert you chose for your luncheon!
I was wrong when I tried to guess your top five herbs.
I thought tarragon would have made the list!
I still have all the information you shared with me
when I took an Herb Class at Fort Scott Community College!
Years before our blogging friendship!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Ooooh, those sound so yummy! Rosemary and orange are two of my favorite flavors though I've never put them in cup cakes. I'll have to try that soon. It sounds like heaven!