Recipes and DIY

  • Make Your Own Dukkah Spice!

Make Your Own Dukkah Spice!

Have you ever tried Dukkah? I became infatuated with this spice blend after tasting it for the first time a few years back. A warming combination of toasted nuts, seeds, and spices all whirled together and then swirled in extra virgin olive oil…sooo good. This wonderfully nutty, herby, aromatic blend is a delicious condiment found in traditional Egyptian cuisine, and can be paired with warm crusty bread, tossed on roasted veggies, added to salads and rice dishes, sprinkled on baked potatoes, spread on pizza dough, used to crust tofu and other proteins, or mixed in yogurt as a savory sauce. You can use a variety of ingredients to create different flavor profiles in your Dukkah creations. I like hazelnuts, because that's what grows prolifically around here, but you could use pistachios, cashews, almonds, or walnuts as the base too. You can also play with different spice combinations like cardamom and rose, or cinnamon and citrus, try different mints […]

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The Sunday Steep!

This tea has a little zip, a little zing, and a bit of sweet. I love every herb in this recipe and stumbled upon this creation when I wanted something to drink in the morning after a night of festive eating. The Yarrow leaf & flower, Lemon peel, and the Ginger powder have some nice bitters qualities, helping to stimulate my sluggish appetite or to give my digestive system a boost. I can't seem to get enough Oatstraw and Nettle leaf and I always feel like I'm doing something good for myself when I find a way to include them in my teas. Feel free to adjust the amounts if you want a bit more bitter or a bit more sweet.   Bitter Sweet Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Yarrow leaf & flower 1 teaspoon organic Rosemary leaf 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1 teaspoon organic Nettle leaf 1 teaspoon organic […]

  • Free Download: Herb Fairies Cookbook

Free Download: The Herb Fairies Cookbook

Spring flowers are blooming and that means the Herb Fairies will be returning soon… To celebrate their arrival, they're sharing a free cookbook with us. You can find it here! Let's create one of their favorite recipes from the book, made with organic astragalus, burdock, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom, and cloves:   Rooty Chai Tea Recipe   Want more recipes from the Herb Fairies? Click here for a FREE download of their cookbook!      

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Adventures in Herbal Home Brewing

My love of home brewing is over a dozen years old. From my first novice attempt with a beer-making kit, it was a quick trajectory to all grain brewing and some grand experiments (not all of which resulted in delicious masterpieces, mind you!) Now, I grow my own hops on three established hop plants along the edges of the garden, and this provides plenty of plump hops to dehydrate and freeze for use in my creations. While my brewing adventures started with modern-ish beer recipes, I also love experimenting with meads and herbal fermentations. For me, the joy of home brewing is creating beverages that I can’t get anywhere else! Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers is a dense book of almost endless inspiration for a home brewer like me. I picked it up because I wanted to learn more about brewing with fresh and dried herbs and decided to give […]

  • Herbal Tea

The Sunday Steep!

Some weeks are busy weeks full of long days and late nights! While I am not really a caffeine junky, I do like my cup or two of coffee brewed with cacao nibs every morning. On weeks like this past one, however, where we are visiting with lots of people, going to events far and wide, and still putting in a good day's work, I tend to reach for tea more than coffee throughout the day. I think my nerves and senses respond well to the calming ritual of tea, it helps to keep me hydrated, and it's a small way to pay attention to my body's needs when the wild world is calling! This tea recipe is made up of some of my very favorite herb friends… The Extrovert's Balancing Tea Blend 1 Tablespoon organic Skullcap 1 teaspoon organic Lemongrass 1 teaspoon organic Raspberry Leaf, Strawberry Leaf, or Blackberry […]

  • Coconut Cardamom Granola

Snack Recipe: Coconut Cardamom Granola

Heading out for a hike now that the sun is shining and flowers are blooming around every turn? You need a delicious power snack to fuel your adventures, and this granola recipe is the best! Spicy, sweet, and salty with a hint of honey and maple syrup paired with cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut, the flavor reminds me of these delicious chai oatmeal cookies, but with healthy nuts and seeds. Make a big batch for camping trips, picnics, or those afternoon munchies.     Coconut Cardamom Granola Ingredients 2 cups organic whole oats 1 cup organic coconut flakes 1 cup organic pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup organic whole almonds 1/3 cup organic hemp seeds 1/3 cup raw local honey 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup 1 ½ tsp organic cardamom powder 1 tsp organic cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract Directions Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Mix […]

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The Sunday Steep!

I have a secret to share, a tip, if you will…you do not need to wait until summer to enjoy delicious, nature-made sun tea! In fact, it does not even need to be a hot, sunny day for you to make a tasty jar of herbal tea. You can steep the herbs in fresh water on a counter-top, in a sunny windowsill, or on the front stoop. It may take a little longer to get a good steep if the sun isn't out, but it will still work just fine. In fact, you could put this tea together in the morning, and let it steep for several hours to be enjoyed in the afternoon or at the end of a busy day…     Rose and Berry Sun Tea These are the quantities for 1/2 gallon of sun tea. Feel free to multiply for a larger amount! 2 Tablespoons organic […]

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DIY: Purely Spring Essential Oil Blend Recipe

Here in the Pacific Northwest, winters tend to be damp, cold and…damp. Rooms can get a little heavy on the moist and stuffy after a few rainy months. Opening the windows only tends to let more of the wet stuff inside! I created this blend to use in both our nebulizer and the aroma mist diffuser, but it works great in a small diffuser or diluted in water for a room or linen spray. Since, I don't have any formal aromatherapy training, I like to combine what I think of as different "families" of oils–something herbal, something fruity, something spicy, and something from the wonderful world of trees. These scent combinations are fresh and garden-like, without being too floral and the combination has a very rounded scent–making one want to take nice deep breaths of the fresh air! The Lemongrass is fruity and citrussy, but not the slightest bit […]

The Sunday Steep!

We recently started offering organic Moringa leaf here at Mountain Rose Herbs and, like many of you, I'm not always exactly sure how best to consume some of the herbs that are new to me. I wanted to give this one a try because it sounded so wonderful and good for me, but I wasn't sure exactly what to do! With a little experimentation and a tiny bit of courage, I created this delicious tea recipe and it makes for a perfectly lovely Sunday Steep! With the addition of Holy Basil, Spearmint and Lemon peel, it has a leafy-fruity flavor, with enough spice to keep it interesting. A nice pick-me-up for a groggy afternoon… Mystic Moringa & More Tea Blend 1 Tablespoon organic Moringa leaf 1 teaspoon organic Holy Basil Rama 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon Peel, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Cinnamon Chips 3 organic Cardomom […]

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Book Giveaway: The Herbal Kitchen + Red Powder Recipe

Herbal Sprinkles are one of the most simple and satisfying ways to incorporate more herbs into your cookery. The key to using herbal sprinkles is to take them out of the cupboard and keep them next to where you cook and eat. I have several herbal sprinkle combinations right next to my stove and blender and on the kitchen table. If the herbs are readily accessible you get into the habit of using them every day, pretty soon you wonder how you lived without such a pleasing array of herbal food enhancement. I have an entire chapter on herbal sprinkle recipes in The Herbal Kitchen. I have to tell you that by far the most popular sprinkle that people have loved the most is Red Powder. It didn’t start out with the name Red Powder; my family would just say, “Hey, pass the red powder, would ya?” So the name stuck. […]

  • Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

When I think of spring, of course I think of flowers.  As a spring baby, the smell of flowers blossoming in the rains was a part of my annual celebration. The field behind our house was filled with daffodils in white and yellow and I picked a fresh bouquet for my mother every day when she got home from work. When we moved from that house, spring became a celebration of my mother's hard work the year before as her transplanted bulbs regained their outward life and popped into the spring breeze. The air filled with sweet calming scents from the floral rainbows that surrounded us. This recipe was inspired by these sweet spring memories and made with beautiful neroli essential oil (orange flower blossom). This precious essential oil can also be used to make incredible perfumes and body sprays that are perfect for the season – light, sweet, and floral. Instead of using vanilla absolute oil, I infused organic jojoba oil […]

The Sunday Steep!

It's time to get moving! Not only am I spending more time outside, but my body systems can also use a little inspiration, as well. I tend to naturally reach for lighter foods as the days get longer and I find it makes me feel better to start with a day or two of rooty infusions as the seasons change. I think of it as tonic for my tummy and beyond! A decoction is stronger than a tea–usually using larger quantities of herbs, often roots, barks and dried berries, and simmered and steeped for longer than a typical cup of tea. These are roots I like, and I love the extra zip and digestibility the cinnamon gives the beverage, but feel free to create your own spring "tonic" decoction using the roots, barks and herbs that work well with your body and needs.   Echinacea, Dandelion, & Cinnamon Spring Tonic […]