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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Hibiscus

In the Victoria language of flowers, hibiscus symbolizes “Delicate Beauty.” So,  if you want to tell someone you think they are delicately beautiful (like my lovely daughter in this photo) give her a hibiscus plant. Hibiscus flowers come in many colors, but it is the dark pink or deep magenta…

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Why detoxification is important and simple steps you can take.

I recently read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, considered one of the greatest science books of all time. Published in 1962, this book launched the environmental movement, and it is still relevant today (sadly, not much has changed). According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG): “When Congress enacted the Toxic…

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