My folks used to have a little cottage in Friendship, Maine. I spent many summers there growing up and subsequent visits have always included a road trip (only about an hour's drive) to gorgeous Camden, Maine on the bay filled with sailboats. I recently discovered the fragrant Glendarragh Lavender Farm on the main street. Yes, all things lavender--from soaps to sachets and lotions as well as all-natural goods such as pillows and scarves! I picked up a packet of lavender recipes there, courtesy of Jadyne Reichner and Lynette Brown from Purple Haze Farm, out of Washington State. The packet contained a little bag of organic dried lavender, which I delighted in, when making Lavender Lemonade this summer. Also included was a bag of Herbs de Provence, for roasting potatoes. I have yet to delve into the recipe for grilled salmon with lavender and basil or the garden greens mixed with lavender-ginger dressing. So look into lavender and do enjoy!
1 qt lemonade
1 TB dried lavender
1 cup boiling water
Pour boiling water over lavender, steep 20 minutes, strain, add to lemonade, serve chilled, garnish with lemon slices and lavender.
Roasted Potatoes with Herbs de Provence
6 medium baking potatoes, peeled
1 TB Herbs de Provence
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the potatoes into 1" wedges. Place the cut potatoes into a baking dish large enough to hold them in a single layer.
Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle herbs and salt, then toss mixture with your hands to coat evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until lightly browned.
Options: Mix in root vegetables such as parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, yams and carrots!
After weathering a soul-shredding career as a theatrical agent that lasted entirely too long, Mr. Sherwood left his stable of actors from the stage and screen and went on to pursue his literary aspirations. He is currently the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he writes a weekly restaurant review column which also features Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chef's and bartenders on the island. In 2010 he was published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. He toiled as web editor for industry leader Interior Design magazine for several years and has also written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, one of the nation’s top drinking schools, Mr. Sherwood also studied voice and theater abroad at Regent’s College, in London’s historic Regent’s Park, and at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Mr. Sherwood recently published his first novel, the pale of memory, available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and iUniverse.com. He is in the midst of writing a second.
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