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Food Loves Herbs

And herbs love food. They are a match made in heaven on Earth.

Lately I've been trying to get back to really nutrient dense meals and it's been a challenge due to also being quite busy. Since my dear friend moved away, I just don't have the same desire to cook amazing meals!

This is a call back to my self, to treat myself as she would - as my own best friend - and feel nourished by deeply good food.

I'm doing fair so far :) and herbs sure help!

How do you like to add herbs to your meals?

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From my kitchen to yours.....

There are so many good recipes out there, that sometimes I just don't know what to offer you, my dear readers. And I know you all are infinitely creative in your own right, too!

So, I simply come here this week to share, connect, and spend a moment with you at our kitchen tables.

When my son awoke this morning with a (bummer!) case of pink eye to accompany the impending snow, I knew it was going to be a soup and herbs kind of day.

Into soups that will be simmering on the stove for a while, I like to add a few slices of astragalus root to support the body. My son's schedule this winter has found him sick more than usual, so he needs the extra support.

I'm sure I'll hear from the TCM folks on this one - not to use astragalus during acute stuff, but I am anyway. One reason being the soup (recipe below) is very spicy, promoting plenty of circulation. Two, because I'm just rogue like that. I break the rules a lot.

If you'd like a more complete look at astragalus, Rosalee has an exceptional profile here.

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Easy Snow Day Spicy Soup

1 - 11/2 lb ground sausage of choice. Today I used dark meat turkey sausage.
1 large yellow onion, cubed
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stick butter
2 bunches collards, cut as you wish
4 two inch pieces dried astragalus
3 quarts stock/bone broth of choice

Spices:

1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
1 - 2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp chili powder
If you really like it hot, you can add some crushed chipotle or a little cayenne

Directions:

Have your sausage open and ready to use.

Measure out your spices into a little ramekin so they're also ready to go.

Chop your onion and garlic. Turn your stove on about 7, close to high. Place the stick of butter in your soup pot, and add the onion and garlic to it when the butter is mostly melted and begins to froth.

Sweat the onion and garlic a bit while stirring, about 2 minutes. Add your spices and stir them in.

Plop in your pieces of sausage, and give it a couple stirs. Not too much, as you do want to let some pieces get to the bottom of the pot so they can brown.

When there's not much pink left in your meat, add in the stock, stir and cover.

Chop up your collards and add them. Stir and cover again, and

Reduce the heat to medium.

Let cook until the collards darken in color. This shows they are cooked and tender.

Enjoy with some nice sourdough bread and cheese, and some good music.

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Pink Eye Herbal Cure

So if you're also dealing with pink eye past the point of your breastfeeding years, break out a few herbs and make an easy tea remedy.

What's nice is there are many herbs that work wonders on pink eye (conjunctivitis) and with some rest and good soup added, it is not worth fretting over. It will likely go away in less than two days.

In general, pink eye is usually viral, though it can also be bacterial. It's also an "itis" - in other words, inflammation.

(You probably already know that it's very contagious, so it is indeed important to have your child avoid touching his/her eyes and encourage them to wash their hands frequently.)

So, we're looking for herbs and proportions that are gentle enough to use on tender mucous membranes, as well as being cooling, astringent, antiviral, and antibacterial.

There are a million herbs that fit this profile! But yes, I've got ones I think of first for pink eye, so I'll tell you what is in the tea I made for my boy today. But know that you could pick a ton of other ones that you might have on hand or in your yard.

Sage's Butterfly Kiss Tea:

1 tsp goldenseal pwd
1/2 cup calendula flowers
1/4 cup ea: roses, sage, lavender, chamomile
1/8 cup ea: echinacea rt, comfrey lf

Add herbs to a quart size mason jar, and add boiling water to about 3/4 full. Cover and steep one hour.

Strain using cheesecloth to avoid small particles in the liquid that could irritate the eyes.
Make sure the tea is room temperature or cool before using.

Apply by saturating a cotton ball or tissue with the tea and letting the liquid sit on the eyelids allowing some of it to leak into the actual eyeball area.

Apply as often as your child will comply.

If they complain of their eyes getting dry feeling, make another tea of something demulcent like comfrey, linden, or marshmallow, and use a mixture of the two teas.

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My crabapple tree in the snow today.....

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