Calendulas

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from George Hirsch's Garden "Calendulas" Edible Flowers

Calendulas have beautiful daisy-like flowers that are tasty in salads and teas. As a "pot marigold" they were used during Tudor times as a poor man's saffron in cooking.

Aztecs introduced marigolds to Spanish and Portuguese explorers. Once the seeds made it to Spain, they quickly spread throughout Europe and North Africa. In Europe the plants were called "Mary's gold," referring to the brightly colored flowers and the Virgin Mary. 

As you see they bring color to a vegetable and herb garden. Pick as edible flowers for salads, cakes, and teas. Marigolds and calendulas are easy to dry and store for later use. Spread the flowers on a screen to dry in a well-ventilated, shady location and store in glass jars. 

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Making of a Great Salad

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Les Salades Composées

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George's Garden Mesclun Greens

The best salad is not complicated at all, but made with the freshest possible greens and garnishes. Les Salades composées or mixed green salad can be made with from an infinite list, the only consideration is freshness. But you say you bought it fresh. Just because you purchased from the fresh bin at the market does not guarantee the pick date. Consider the source and how far did that head of lettuce travel? 

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George's Garden Sweet and Neat Cherry Tomatoes

Substitute ingredients at will when shopping or picking fresh. 

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George's Garden Snap "Sugar Daddy" Peas

My dad was a Master Gardener, and fresh veggies was always steps away. Here’s inspiration for a salad I prepared today and served from my garden-to-plate in under 5 minutes.

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Chef George's Salad Simples

Salade Simple

Sugar Snap Peas, steam 30 seconds, shock in cold water

Mixed Mesclun Greens

Arugula

Red Kale

Sweet and Neat Cherry Tomatoes

Juice 1/2 lemon

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 

pinch sea salt + a few sprigs fresh mint leaves

Add lemon juice, olive oil, mint and salt in bowl. Mix well. Add all above ingredients, toss and serve immediately.

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Vision of Spring

With spring now upon us it's the perfect time to plan the early spring herb garden.

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PLANNING YOUR OUTDOOR HERB GARDEN

Nothing compares to the flavor of fresh herbs in cooking. Now is the time to plan your fresh herb garden for an abundance of flavorful herbs at your fingertips. But before you start digging, there's a little bit of planning to take into consideration.  

First consider the amount of time you have to spend and tend to your garden. If you're a weekend gardener, then a little patch of kitchen herbs is a great start, you can always increase the size of your garden next year. But if you're an avid gardener, go crazy! Add more exotic herbs and fragrant ones such as lemon verbena, lemon grass, pineapple sage and Thai basil. 

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Find a good location for your garden. Most herbs need five or six hours of sunlight and a soil slightly on the dryer side. Plant close enough to your back door for when you're running from the kitchen to the garden.

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Lay out your garden on paper. Think about style. Do you like a formal orderly appearance to your garden, or a more natural style? Keep in mind when planning to include walking paths so you can reach to weed and harvest your herbs and keep your feet dry when the ground is wet.  

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What to plant?  If you intend to cook with the herbs make a list of the ones you use most common.  If you like fragrant herbs or colorful herbs, ask your local garden shop what grows well in your area. And, herbs like a fairly neutral or slightly alkaline soil. If you know your soil is acid, add some lime when preparing your soil. 

When planting, try to keep the annuals and perennials separate so when the end of the season comes you won't disturb the roots of the perennials when you pull out annuals. Try to keep taller plants to the back of the border or in the center of your bed and smaller ones near the edges to form borders.  

Enjoy my Green Goddess aka. Sauce Au Vert Recipe with fresh spring chive and parsley.

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Honey Glazed Acorn Squash as seen on George Hirsch Lifestyle

 

As sweet as candy! This is one of my long time favorite dishes! Seasonal, simple and a wow for your guests. I've prepared acorn squash several ways throughout the years on my TV shows, both indoors and outdoors. However, squash is just perfect for the grill. Wow your friends on your next tailgate with my candy like acorn squash. A sure winner!

Tune-in to George Hirsch Lifestyle on your local PBS, public television and CreateTV episode titled --Good Eating when I take the acorn squash to the grill, a perfect dish to go with my grilled Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf!   

Honey Glazed Acorn Squash

Makes 6 Servings | George Hirsch Lifestyle  

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3 Acorn Squash, split in half lengthwise, remove seeds

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

2 Tablespoons, honey melted

pinch of fresh grated nutmeg

Brush six halves with olive oil and place upside down on a low to medium temperature grill. Cook for 10 minutes or until the inside begins to lightly brown. In a small bowl mix melted butter, nutmeg and honey. Turn over squash and baste with butter mixture. Close cover of grill and continue to cook on a low temperature for 15 – 20 minutes or until inside is tender. 

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