Mint Apple Jelly

The mint bush continues to thrive, even with some killing frosts in the past two weeks, which just amazes me. Supposedly the plants grow best in wet soil with partial sunlight, though this bush has grown in a south-facing garden with full sun and has far exceeded my expectations. I have to trim it frequently… 

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Chimichurri

Chimichurri - Andrea Meyers

My fondness for chimichurri started back in the early 90s when I was teaching in Colombia. There’s this great restaurant called Andres Carne de Res north of Bogota, and I remember having chimichurri with a steak there. First of all, the steak was one of the best I’d ever tasted (still), the stuffed grilled tomato… 

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Fresh Mint Ice Cream

Fresh Mint Ice Cream - Andrea Meyers

In spite of our efforts to contain the mint, it spread beyond its designated area. We planted three different varieties (spearmint, chocolate mint, Bergamot mint), one plant of each in different areas, and each is staging a takeover. The plants spread by sending out shoots along the ground as well as seeding, and they expand… 

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Cilantro Slaw

Cilantro Slaw - Andrea Meyers

We like to use herbs in our green salads for the extra splash of flavor, but we prefer to make the herbs a main part of the salad rather than just a garnish. Cilantro, parsley, and basils work very well as salad flavor boosters and they also provide antioxidants and essential vitamins. Fortunately our garden… 

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New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder Recipe - Andrea Meyers

New England clam chowder ranks in my Top 10 list of comfort foods, and it’s one of my favorite things to order in seafood restaurants. Recipes for clam chowder are hotly contested, and if you get into a discussion about chowder with New Englanders you are likely to get a wide variety of opinions on… 

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Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

Summer grilling season is fast approaching, and the bug has already bitten us. We started grilling a couple weeks ago when we had a few warm days, and we’ll probably grill every weekend and a few days during the week between now and winter. We usually do at least one simple grill a week with… 

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Spinach and Basil Lasagna

Spinach and Basil Lasagna - Andrea Meyers

I can’t help but love lasagna with all its gooey richness. The flavor of the sauce melds with the pasta and mingles with the cheeses and fillings, the cheese stretches from the pan to the plate as you serve it, and the sides start to collapse slightly from the weight of the hot fillings. It’s… 

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