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Lavender Lemonade

My friend Tasha Brieger owns Hill Country Lavender which is the first, and in my obviously biased opinion, the finest commercial lavender farm in Texas. Her farm is located in Blanco, Texas which is also home to the annual two day Lavender Festival. You can also buy Tasha’s Lavender at my online herbal pharmacy

With such a close friend that has a lavender farm, you want to support them and come up with ways to use their product. One such way I enjoy is using it in lemonade…

Lavender Lemonade

Items needed:

6 lemons,

1/2 cup sugar, or two spoonfuls of Stevia spoonable sweetner

1 tablespoon lavender

enough water to make a gallon

Directions:

Boil 2 cups of water. When it comes to a boil, add the lavender, turn off the burner, cover a let it sit. If you are going to add sugar, do it now while the water is hot. Stir until sugar is dissolved, strain lavender and pore into glass pitcher once cooled.

Juice the lemons. Add the juice to a glass pitcher with the lavender mixture. Add enough water to make a gallon. Sweeten to your taste.

*We added “sugar in the raw” to our lemonade, which made the color brownish. You can add purple food coloring if you want a light purple color to be festive.


Lavender Dark Chocolate Brownies

Lavender Brownies sitting on a plate made by Hodgson & Hodgson Studio

Lavender Brownies sitting on a plate made by Hodgson & Hodgson Studio. 

These brownies came from a box, I must admit the truth.

What I did was just add 1 tablespoon of Texas grown Hill Country Lavender’s Dried Culinary Lavender (available at DrHeathersHerbs.com) to the brownie mix after it was well blended and then sprinkled some on the top.

Hill Country Lavender

Hill Country Lavender is Texas’ first commercial lavender farm and family run in Blanco, Texas.

Dried Culinary Lavender Grown by Hill Country Lavender

Dried culinary lavender grown by Hill Country Lavender

The lavender flavor complements dark chocolate brownies the best I think, because the darker the chocolate the more intense the flavor to balance the strength of the lavender.

I baked the brownies in our perfect edge brownie pan. A lot of people have told me they wouldn’t like this pan, because they love the middle. Though its difficult to imagine, this pan makes every part of the brownie taste like the middle if you watch the brownies closely while they cook. I only baked the brownies for 20 minutes, but I probably should have taken them out at 15 minutes.

All done!

The perfect edge brownie pan awaits the oven…

Lavender Brownies sitting on a plate made by Hodgson & Hodgson Studio

20 minutes later, the brownies are ready to serve!

 

 

Lavender and Tomato Chicken Cutlet Salad

Today we decided to try out a Chicken Cutlet Salad using lettuce we grew in our own garden.

Lavender and Tomato Chicken Cutlet Salad

Lavender and Tomato Chicken Cutlet Salad

Chicken Cutlet Salad

(Note, you can try this recipe hot or cold. We tried it hot, which was…interesting. For a cold salad, you’ll have to prepare everything and chill it before you serve it, so allow more time.)

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

5 or so tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

Herbs de Blanco

Herbs de Blanco is made in Blanco, Texas by my friend Tasha Brieger and available online or at Brieger Pottery in Blanco, Texas.

2 teaspoons of Hill County Lavender‘s Herbs de Blanco Spice Blend (Made by my friend Tasha Brieger, and available at DrHeathersHerbs.com) If you don’t have Tasha’s spice blend, you could make a mixture of your own. If you just want to use one herb you could choose basil, rosemary, or oregano.

salt and pepper to taste

4 or 5 tablespoons olive oil to cook the chicken in

1 0r 2 ripe tomatoes, diced

Homegrown tomatoes have so much flavor!

Homegrown tomatoes have so much flavor and color!

some diced red onion for the salad, if you like onions

You can cook the onion with the chicken, or have it raw on your salad, whichever you prefer.

You can cook the onion with the chicken, or have it raw on your salad, whichever you prefer.

 

enough salad for two salads

Fresh salad from our garden made this even more enjoyable.

Fresh salad from our garden made this even more enjoyable.

Directions:

1) I diced the chicken and tossed it with balsamic vinegar (save 1 tablespoon for later), Herbs de Blanco, salt, and peper.

Herbs de Blanco is a nice light spice blend for cooking chicken.

Herbs de Blanco is a nice light spice blend for cooking chicken.

2) Heat the olive oil in your pan, add the chicken, cook until the chicken is fully done. You can choose to add the onions and cook them with the chicken if you would like, or you can save them to eat raw on your salad later.

Cook the chicken until its well done.

Cook the chicken until its fully done.

3) Add at that tablespoon of balsamic vinegar you were holding back, the tomatoes, and some salt and pepper to taste. Cook the tomatoes until they are tender, but not mushy.

4) Arrange your salad greens on the plate, add the onions if eating them raw, the tomato mixture, and the chicken.

Lavender and Tomato Chicken Cutlet Salad

Lavender and Tomato Chicken Cutlet Salad