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Lavender - Peach Cooler

Fresh fruit is the perfect thing to enjoy during the summer months.  This recipe uses peaches for a refreshing summer drink.


Here are the steps:

  1. Make a simple syrup by dissolving ½ cup of sugar in a ½ cup of water in a saucepan over low heat. 
  2. Add ¼ cup dried lavender to hot syrup and let cool. 
  3. Puree ½ cup of the syrup with 1 ½ pounds of peaches and 1 cup water, strain. 
  4. Stir in a tsp. of lemon juice and serve on the rocks.


Dressings - August 2010 RofM

Making Homemade Dressings       Use a ratio of 2/3 oil to 1/3 acid (or 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar or lemon juice).  I sometimes take the edge off with a tablespoon of water too. 


Lemon Vinaigrette
  • good olive oil
  • freshly squseezed lemon juice
  • add about 1 to 2 tsp. lemon thyme or lemon basil, crumbled dry or minced fresh. 
  • To add texture, drop in some slivered almonds or plain roasted nuts.  To give it strenght mince in some fresh garlic.  This blend is great on lettuce and vegetable salads. 


Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Olive oil
  • balsalmic vinegar (you may want to use less than 1/3)
  • a Tbls or less of Dijon Mustard
  • with 1 to 2 tsp oregano or tarragon and salt & pepper to taste.   
  • This is perfect on a Mesclun Mix, especially with some added chopped walnuts. 
 Yogurt Salad Dressing
  • Use plain unsweeted yogurt with a bit of salt and pepper
  • Add some chopped herbs like savory, dill, thyme or parsley 
  • This is great for those who prefer a creamier dressing and is a better medium than mayo.  You can add some roasted nuts for crunch and you can use it not only on lettuces, but in coleslaw and potatoe salads as well. 


Chili/Soy Dressing
  • Use canola oil or seasame oil with a combination of soy sauce and lime juice for the acid
  • Then mix in some cilantro and chopped chilies.
  • If you are not a fan of chilies, use thinly sliced ginger instead.   
  • Peanuts go well in this too.  This adds great oriental flavor to salads and goes with lettuces, beans and even noodles. I like to add some crush ramen to my salad when I use this dressing.