Calendula

Do you have any of these growing in your garden? Calendula (calendula officinalis) is the common flower we call calendula or pot marigold, but it should not be confused with decorative marigolds (genus, tagetes) that you often find in summer gardens. As you can see, their appearance is not the…

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European-style lemonade for hot summer days!

This summer has been a scorcher, and on a trip we took in June to Eastern Europe, the heat followed us. We were out walking and sightseeing all day, so whenever we had the chance, we’d stop for lemonade made from scratch–not the yucky powdered stuff. Every city we visited had…

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Mint

In my mind, spring and mint just go together. We combine fresh spring peas with mint, and serve Easter lamb with mint sauce. What would Derby Day be without mint juleps, but just another horse race? Here in North Carolina mint is in its full glory in May and June. I…

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Zucchini with Mint

When you have a plethora of zucchini and fresh mint in your garden or produce box, why not combine the two? It makes a refreshing early-summer side dish, roasted in the oven or cooked on the grill. Even if you don’t like zucchini, you might like it prepared this way—my husband can vouch for that!

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Arugula and Cucumber Salad with Mint

Arugula is a spicy little green that can be easily grown at home or purchased year round. If possible, use baby arugula, which is typically more tender and mild. If you can find watercress, it’s a wonderful substitution, and is actually my preferred green of choice. However, it’s only available…

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