THE GARDEN BUZZ
As a kid, my dad was always in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals. One of my favorites is the Dutch Baby. It’s a large, fluffy pancake that can be served with fresh ricotta, berries, fruit, maple or ginger syrup- the tasty options are endless! It’s perfect for a lazy Sunday breakfast on the porch. What I love about this recipe is it’s so easy and takes just a few minutes to prepare. Just throw all the ingredients in a blender and pour into a skillet or muffin tray with sizzling butter and voila 20 minutes later you have a little slice of heaven on your plate.
This video shows you how to propagate herbs. Herbs are easy to grow for new gardeners. They're low maintenance and save you money by having your own herb garden. They're excellent for adding flavor to your meals and beauty to your home or garden!
How to Make Bath Salts!
Relax in the tub with easy to make essential oil bath salts.
Bath Salt Recipe
What You’ll Need:
-1 large ceramic or glass bowl. (Not plastic because it absorbs the oils.)
-measuring cups and spoons
-big metal mixing spoon
-pretty jar or bag to store salts in
-1 cup of Epsom Salts.
-10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Some great options are lavender, grapefruit, rose, and mint.
- 1/4 cup baking soda and sea salt.
- dried flowers or leaves such as lavender, rose petals, or mint.
- 1 tsp almond oil
- 6 drops off food coloring.
1.Measure your salts and baking soda in the bowl and break up any clumps.
2.Add essential oil and almond oil (optional) until completely mixed.
3.Gently mix in food coloring (optional).
4.Spoon into a jar or bag, add a few petals or leaves to the top.
According to Greenpeace, “Scientists know that bees are dying from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. Many of these causes are interrelated. Seventy out of the top one hundred human food crops — which supply about ninety percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.”
According to https://savebees.org/ here are 10 tips for what you can do to save bees:
1. Don’t use pesticides.
2. Plant native wildflowers and flowering shrubs in your backyards, communities, and workplaces.
3. Grow trees such as apples, pears, plums, and cherries (and shrubs like blueberries). These trees are excellent food sources for pollinators, as are many vegetables and herbs.
4. If you have a lawn, stop mowing some portion… you’d be surprised what flowers will drop in over time.
5. Sow clover (white clover may even be mowed at highest setting).
6. Let dandelions live! They’re one of the first pollen-rich sources to spring up, and also one of the last to go. Because of the shape and structure of dandelions, their pollen and nectar are especially accessible to a great diversity of bee species throughout the year.
7. Even small balcony gardens help pollinators passing by. Try adding hanging baskets, potted native plants, veggies/herbs, and a small dish of water with pebbles.
8. In summer, place a shallow dish of water out with some pebbles in it, so that bees (and other insects) can easily drink without drowning (bees get thirsty too, and honey bees use the water to help cool their hives on hot days).
9. Buy certified organic cotton (even though you don’t eat it!) Cotton ranks among the highest in pesticide usage on crops, including a mix of pesticides and fungicides known to be dangerous to bees.
10. Love honey? Buy from local beekeepers who care about their honey bees (find them online or at farmers’ markets).
For more information visit and https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/sustainable-agriculture/save-the-bees/.
How to Make Kale Pesto Pasta
by Elena Rossi
This is one of my all time favorite healthy, delicious recipes that the whole family is sure to love! My dad made it for us growing up served with brown rice pasta and as a kid I had no idea we were eating such a nutritious meal. Kale is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and potassium. Studies show it helps with diabetes, cancer, and heart disease prevention and promotes bone, eye, hair, skin and digestive health.
For more information on the benefit of kale visit:
Kale Pesto Recipe:
Yield- 4 servings
1 bunch of kale (Tuscan or Dinosaur Kale work great)
2 cups of water
1 tsp Kosher salt
¼ cup of parsley
1 garlic clove
¼ raw pine nuts or pistachios
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan plus more for serving
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
12 oz brown rice or whole wheat pasta.
1. Rinse and wash kale and remove rib and stems.
2. Blanch the kale by putting the water and salt in a large pot and bringing it to a boil. Then add the kale and cook for 2 minute until bright green and wilted.
3. Strain the kale in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the kale from cooking. Squeeze out the water from the kale with your hands. You’ll end up with a large golf ball size of kale. Set aside in colander.
4. Cook pasta in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Set pasta in a large serving bowl.
5. Dry roast pine nuts on medium heat until golden brown.
6. Place kale, parsley, garlic, roasted pine nuts, Parmesan and oil in a blender, food processor, or mezzaluna and blend or chop until very smooth. Add more olive oil depending on the consistency you prefer.
7. Pour pesto on pasta and blend. Top with fresh grated Parmesan and a few grinds of pepper. Bon Appétit!