If everything has gone well, this is the time of year when our garden is practically exploding with the season's harvest. This nicely coincides with the kind of weather that makes eating a cool salad the only viable option. This simple grilled chicken salad is made mouth-wateringly zesty with herbs from our Herb Heirloom Seed Kit.
Thyme Marinated Grilled Chicken & Arugula Salad with Pesto Dressing
2 organic chicken breasts
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
Place the chicken in a plastic bag or shallow dish with the paprika, olive oil, garlic and 1 tbsp thyme. Be sure chicken is fully covered with marinade and refrigerate, preferably overnight.
Combine the feta, remaining 1 tbsp thyme, lemon juice, lemon zest and black pepper in a bowl and set aside. Season the marinated chicken with salt and pepper. Grill until fully cooked and slightly charred. When cooled, cut the chicken into strips and combine with the feta mixture. Serve over Arugula Salad with Pesto Dressing (recipe below).
1 cup packed purple basil leaves
1/4 cup lemon mint leaves
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
5 cups arugula
2 large tomatoes, preferably heirloom
Combine garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and pine nuts in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the basil, lemon mint and parmesan and pulse again until smooth (do not over process). Add cold water 1 tsp at a time to the mixture until it reaches a loose consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the tomatoes into 1/2-inch slices, fan out on one side of each serving plate and season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl dress the arugula with the pesto dressing and place beside the tomatoes. Top with the chicken and feta mixture (recipe above).
T Magazine featured a recipe for "A Revitalizing Summer Face Mask Recipe — From the Garden" that uses homemade Calendula Oil:
Place six to eight ounces of dried calendula flowers in a clean, dry 16-ounce glass jar and cover with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil until the jar is almost full. Put the jar in a sunny place to infuse for three to four weeks. Drain the petals from the oil with cheesecloth and return to the jar. The oil will keep for 10 to 12 months, when stored out of direct sunlight.
Calendula is known to have healing, anti-inflammatory properties.
Grow your own with our Edible Flower Seed Kit.
This Valentine's Day, look beyond that same bouquet you sent last year. Give all your favorite people something they can use every day, but still meet that flower quota everyone secretly wishes for.
A Edible Flower Kit
For the foodies, send a grow-your-own edible flower kit, so they'll have flowers for years to come (to look at, and carefully place on their handmade pastas!)
B Heirloom Seed Kit
For the wannabe green thumb looking for instant gratification at any time of year, this starter kit of cherry tomato, globe basil, lemon mint and zucchini sprouts within a week. Spoiler: the zucchini flowers get huge!
C CHEER Flower Tincture
For your bud in need of a little comfort, four drops of this mix of rose, chamomile, holy basil, lemon balm and hyssop essences are a sweet and uplifting treat on their own or add a little zing to water, tea or a glass of cabernet.
D DASEIN Winter Unisex Fragrance
This hand-blended scent is perfect for embracing the season, with notes of blue spruce, black cardamom, forest pine and french lavender.
CHEER is an herb and flower tincture custom blended by Hannah Garrison of Calm-A-Mama. In addition to being an expert in pant healing, Hannah is a successful entrepreneur, designer and business consultant so it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about stress and how to manage it. Hannah’s tinctures are organic botanical water extracts combined with flower essences, designed to provide emotional and physical balance.
We were a little skeptical about flower remedies at first, but after hearing rave reviews and tasting Hannah’s delicious blends we became loyal fans. Can you argue with taking two minutes for yourself to sample a yummy tincture?
Hannah created the CHEER blend to help us fight off the winter doldrums (hello fatigue, overwhelm, burnout) and so far it’s definitely helped us feel pretty OK about the brutal New England cold.
This week, Hannah chatted with us about the drops she creates for her company, Calm-A-Mama.
What are herb and flower tinctures?
Our tinctures are liquid herbal nutritional supplements — that means that they are drops that you take on your tongue or mix with a cold or hot drink. We make them from all US grown USDA Organic certified herbs and flowers. And they taste really good!
Do they really work?
They do! The amazing thing about combining two types of plant extracts is that you get one that works on the physical on one that works on the emotional. The two layers mean maximum impact!
How are the Cheer drops made?
Calm-A-Mama Cheer Drops are made by creating a herbal hydrosol of Tulsi or Holy Basil and then adding flower essences (or remedies) to it. The herb part is the hysdrosol — which means we extract from the herb using water (as opposed to alcohol or something else). After we make that we add the flower essences, which are scent-free tinctures made from the flowers only, and then diluted in a homeopathic type process. Cheer Drops use the flowers of Hyssop, Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Rose.
How did you start making tinctures?
I started playing with flower remedies when I was NINE YEARS OLD! I love that there were remedies safe enough that I could be charged with taking them and combining them myself. And that was just the beginning...
Any advice for beating the winter blues?
Get some sun. Your body needs Vitamin D, even when it’s cold outside.
Hydrate. The winter is so dry! Go get another glass of water.
Move. Even if you only get up RIGHT NOW from your desk and stretch your arms.
Breathe. Deep breathing moves around stuck energy. Even 5 minutes per day can be life changing.
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