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Ninth Edition Recipe List

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(p.356)
Butter
Candied leaves/flowers
Crystallizing
Dried herbs
Freezing herbs
Dye plants
Dying fabric w/herbs
Saving seeds

(p.357)
Extract
Citrus Extract
Clover Rose Honey
Ground herbs and spices
Hand lotion
Jelly-Modern and Old-time

(p.358)
Oil- sun-extracted
Oil-cooked
Oil-evaporation
Oil-alcohol-extracted
Oil-citrus oil
Oil-oil into oil
Pastilles
Pomander
Potpourri

(p.359)
Poultice
- Linseed poultice
Powder
Sachets/ Herb Pillows
-Headache pillow
-ease melancholy
-herb sachet

(p.360)
Salve
-chickweed ointment-balm of gilead
Shampoo
Spirit for seasoning soups
Syrup
Teas
Sun Tea
Health Tea
Herbed Lemonade

(p.361)
Tincture
Tisane
Vinegar, herb flavored
-Basil Vinegar
-Caraway, cardamom, celery seed or mustard vinegar
-Garlic vinegar
-Mint vinegar
-Plain onion, garlic or celery leaf vinegar
-multi-spiced vinegar

(p.362)
Hot, Hot vinegar
Packaged seasoning mixtures
Spice bag
Salty Herb Salt
Low-salt Herbed Salt
Herb salt mix for hamburgers
Low salt seasoning salt
Sesame Salt
Salt/Pepper mix
Herb bags to season soups and stews
Bouquet Garni
Fines Herbes
Herbs and Pepper
Poultry seasoning
Best No-salt seasoning
Dessert spice blend

(p.363)
Homemade pumpkin Pie Spice
Pickling Spice 1
Pickling Spice 2
Curry Mix 1
Curry Mix 2
Favorite Curry Mix
Spiced Lemonade
Mulled Red Wine
Mulled Cranberry Cider
Spiced Cider
Cider Punch for a crowd
Mulled Grape Juice
Hot Spiced Tea for a crowd
Worcestershire Sauce
Ketjap Manis

(p.367)
Chinese 5 spice blend
Bee Balm Fancy Tea

(p.368)
Party Balm-mintadde
Pesto

(p.369)
Borage Tea
Candied Borage Flowers
Pickling Capers
Caraway stuffed celery

(p.370)
Chamomile tea
Chervil Vinegar
Herb Soup
Sour Cream and Herb dressing

(p.371)
Coarsely crushed cinnamon
Cinnamon sugar
Alaska Honey
Clover Bloom Vinegar

(p.372)
Cilantro Chicken Tomato Soup
Dill Vinegar
Dill Soup

(p.373)
Eucalyptus Cold Remedy
Fennel Seed Tea
Bengali Crackers

(p.374)
Geranium Potpourri
Geranium-Rose potpourri
Rose geranium cake
Rose Geranium jelly

(p.375)
Ginger Sugar
Ginger Ale
Another Ginger Ale
Unfermented ginger ale
Mint Gingerade
Ginger spiced Apple
Ginger Grape
Ginger Grape, Grapefruit
Ginger Mint Lemon
Ginger Punch

(p.375)
Zhedahooblo
Horehound tea
Horehound Candy

(p.377)
No-tears Horseradish
Simplest horseradish spread
Sour cream horseradish
Fancy Sour cream horseradish
Horseradish sandwich filling
Horseradish sauce
Horseradish milk sauce

(p.378)
Lavender bookmarks


(p.379)
Lavender sachet powder
Lavender water

(p.381)
Basic Peppermint Tea
Mint Syrup
Mint Jelly
Iced Mint Tea
Minted green peas or potatoes
Pineapple mint drink
Mint vinegar sauce
Mint jelly sauce
Baked pears with mint
Fruit salad dressing
Ruth’s minty tabouli

(p.382)
Mustard Plaster
Homegrown mustard
Basic wet mustard
Sweet-hot mustard
Spiced mustard
Dijon mustard

(p.383)
Pickled Nasturtium Seeds
-Spiced
-Sweet
-Fancy
-Capered
Nettle Rennet
Cream of Nettle soup

(p.384)
Parsley Ice Cubes
Parsley Butter
Parsley Dill Potato Salad
Quick Parsley Flavor
Parsley Salad Dressing
Parsley Tabouli

(p.385)
Poke Salet Dumplings

(p.387)
Rose Hip Tea
Doris' hip mix tea
Rose pear granita
Rose hip syrup
Rose hip Jam
Rose hip extract
Ann Marie's Extract
Rose hip jelly

(p.388)
All-rose potpourri
A damp potpourri
Attar of roses
Rose extract
Rose water
Rose brandy
Rose vinegar
Rose petal honey
Rose petal jam
Sam's rose petal jelly
Rose petal bread
Petal-scented tea
Rose and rhubarb syrup
Crystallized rose petals

(p.389)
Rosebud ice cubes
Pure petals bead dough
Petals/salt bead dough
Petals/flour bead dough
Herbal hamburger
Roast potatoes with rosemary
Rosemary tea/hair rinse

(p.390)
Sage Bread
Sage Tea

(p.391)
Sassafras beef gumbo
From scratch old-time sassafras gumbo

(p.392)
Shaker Closet Bag

(p.393)
Tarragon Eggs
Tarragon vinegar

(p.394)
Old-time vanilla extract
Easy vanilla extract
Nonalcoholic vanilla extract

(p.395)
Hot fudge sauce
Basic Mocha
Spiced Mocha
Cocoa Insecticide

(p.396)
Roasted grain coffee
Acorn coffee
Dandelion root coffee
Chicory coffee

(p.397)
Making green tea
Making Black tea
East Indian Tea
Homemade spiced orange tea

(p.398)
Egg white mask
Oatmeal mask
Honey/Lemon mask
Brewer's Yeast mask
Instant Skin Cleanser
Yogurt cleanser
Cleansing Cream
Fruit Cleanser
Herbal Steaming Facial
Astringents
Skin freshener
Peaches and cream moisturizer

(p.399)
Treatment for large pores
For oily skin
Homemade lip gloss or rouge
Herbal bath salts
Healthier hair
Vinegar hair rinse
Herbal Hair rinse
Balsam Hair rinse
Chamomile shampoo
Homemade toothpaste
Breath freshener


What follows is the list of recipes that only those with pages from the upcoming tenth edition can test. Those of you with this edition need to consider these recipes.

RECIPES ONLY FOUND IN THE 10TH EDITION:

Pressed Flowers p.9
Mint Mix Potpourri p.12
Flower Potpourri p. 12
Spicy Rose Potpourri p.12
Christmas Potpourri p.13
Basic Potpourri p.13
Mystery Vinegar p.14
Salad Vinegar p.14
Taco Seasoning p.15
Pickling Spice #3 p. 16
Sloppy Joe Sauce p. 16
Spaghetti Sauce p.16
Spaghettie Seasoning
Barbecue Sauce p. 17

Aloe Hair Rinse p. 20
Raspberry Star Anise Tea p.21
Arrowroot Thickening p.21
Basil Butter p.22
Basil Cream Sauce p.22
Tomato Basil Bread p.22
Basil Salad Dressing p.22
Calendula Salve p. 24
Cardamom Tea p. 24
Cardamom Coffee p.24
Chamomile Hair Rinse p. 25
Cattail Pillow p. 25
Chive blossom vinegar p. 26
Taco Beef p. 29
Dandelion Buds p. 30
--- dandelion was in the 9th edition under Garden Vegetables
Dill Tea p.31
Yogurt-Dill Smoothie p.31
Insect Worm Repellent p.32
[Eucalyptus Steam Remedy= Cold Remedy]

Bengali Eggplant p. 32
Ginger Tea Mix p. 34
Ginger Tea p.34
Hop Tea p.38
Horehound Saltwater Taffy p.38
Horseradish Sauce p.39
Balmy Fruit Salad p.42
Licorice Anise Root Beer p.42
Herby White Sauce p.43
Mint Shake p.45
Lime Mintade p.45
Minty Fruit p. 45
Dried or Frozen Parsley p.48
Parsley Sauce p.49

Poppyseed Salad Dressing p. 50
Tuna Juice p.51
Prickly Pear Jelly p.51
Frozen Prickley Pear Puree p.51
Cactus Candy p.51
Nopalitos p. 51
Basic Rose Hip Juice p. 53
Dried Rose Hips p.53
Frozen Rose Hips p.53
Old Tyme Rose Junket p.55
Crystallized Rose Petals p.55
Classic Saffron Rice p.56
Root Beer p.58
Classic Root Beer p.58

Sesame Seed Bread Crust p.59
Tahini p.59
Tahini-Yogurt Salad Dressing p.59
Stevia Extract p.60

Aftershave Lotion p.64
Basic Cocoa Bean Processing p.65
Making Cocoa Powder p.65

Kvass p.71
Colonial Lemon Ginger Molasses Fizzy p. 71
Cream Soda p.71
Citrus Soda p.71
Fruit Juice Soda p.71
Flower Blossom Bubbly p.71
Sunday School Picnic root Beer p.71
Poultice for Skin Infection p.72
Treatment for Cuts and Scratches p.72
Chapped Hands p.72
For Itching Hives p.72
Remedy for Slivers p.72
Acne Lotion p.72
Cough Remedy p.72
Stuffy Nose p.72
For Asthma...p.72
Fever p.72
For a cold p.72
For Tired Eyes p.72
Eye Treatment p.72
Earache p.72
Nosebleed p.72
Gargle p.73
Remedy for Motion Sickness p.73

Insomnia p.73
Diarrhea p.73
For Anxiety p.73
Lemon Honey p.73
Gentle Milk-Lassie p.73
Hot Toddy p.73
Barley Water p.73
"Tea" for Sick Child p.73
Jam Tea p.73
Custard p.73
Flannel Cakes p.73
Onion-Honey Milk p.73
Lollipop Tongue Depressors p.73

To Get Rid of Skunk Smell p.73
Accident on Rug p.73
Fresh Paint Removal p.73
Garlic Wormer p. 73
Coal Wormer p.74
Mosquito Repellent p.74
Pennyroyal Repellent for poultry p.74
Tobacco Juice Insect Repellent p.74
Salve to keep off bugs p.74

Drive off Yellowjackets p.74
Silverfish p.74
Remedy for pet fleas p.74
Louse Control p.74
Roach Killer 1 p.75
Roach Killer 2 p.75
Repel Chiggers p.75
Reduce Goat Flies p.75
Scabies Remedy p.75
Bug in your Ear? p.75
Moth Control p.75

Quick Paste p.75
Library Paste p.75
Homemade Modelling Clay p.75
Clay for Jewellry and Toys p. 75

Homemade Silly Putty p.76
Face Paint p.76
Rainy Day Entertainment p. 76
Growing Crystals p.76
Deodorant p.76
Baby oil p.76
Eye Shadow/Blush p. 76
Shaving Aids p.76

Herbal Milk Masks p.77
Janina's Deep Pore Cleansing Treatment p.77
Cucumber Cold Cream p.77
Complexion Cream p.77
Bubble Bath p. 77
Vinegar Bath p.77
 

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we found some spearmint growing in our woods

Harvesting page 381
When I found the mint, I came to get the book to see when and how to harvest. Instructions are very clear. 5

Preserving
I washed, dried and put on a cookie sheet until frozen (about 10 minutes) then put them all in a ziplock bag. I have not used any of the frozen mint yet rated 5

Basic Peppermint tea rated 5
ours was very strong. We ended up diluting it quite a bit but loved it.

Mint syrup rated 5
this was so easy to do and very easy to use. I find I like mixing it into honey for biscuits in addition to adding it to apple juice and iced tea

Iced Mint tea rated5
we also enjoyed this one a lot. Maybe its the season?

MInted green peas or potatoes rated 5
we preferred the potatoes but would consider serving minted peas for a side dish for company if I felt the meal needed interest

Pineapple mint drink
rated 4
I liked it. My family would prefer that the green specks not be in the pineapple juice. next time, I will use the mint syrup with the pineapple juice. That will probobly be to sweet though.

Mint jelly sauce rated 5
we used cranberry sauce though. We liked it alot

Baked pears with mint rated 5
this is easy to do and my family really liked it. As soon as our pears come ripe, I will do more of this.

Parsley butter page 384
rated 5
we found that we liked this with boiled potatoes

Parsley dill potato salad page 384 rated 5
I fixed this when I didnt have dill pickles for the potato salad. we did like it. with the left overs, I added peas to it and it was better

Hot fudge sauce page 395 rated 5. WE added sugar.
we did this for our 7 year olds birthday this year he loved it.

wild foods
We had a wild foods walk done on our property this year. Fortunately, I had read your wild foods section on page 400 and reread it before disposing of our hemlock :)
we bagged it and put it in our paid trash (we can buy bags and fill them and drop them off at a pick up site) we did not burn it!

we bought elderberry plants and couldnt find how to plant them from your book!

page 449
Banana popsicles rated 4
the children liked them but the honey was sticky and a mess for them to eat. I have also done it with a carob sauce and had the same problem though

Asparagus page 265
none of ours made it to the kitchen. It seems to be a raw garden munchie at out house

Sweet potato slips page 301
growing slips rated 4
planting slips rated 5
planting cuttings rated 5
planting and growing outdoors. In the process
we put our sweet potatoes in water wth the top half out. It took several months for green tops to grow. We then sp[lit them off trying to get the roots too. On the ones that were plants only, no roots, we put the plants in a cup of water and rooted them. We are now at the planting stage. you do need the plant with the root before you plant. This is a new project for us, we have never grown sweet potatoes before.

this is a good farmers market item for early May in our area. I only know of one person selling sweet potato slips ready to plant and it is more than an hour away from us.
 

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Poisonous Plants
Page 78, 10th Edition

More info to follow re: those I believe can be removed from this list. Please note the same plants were mentioned under several names and I have placed them together for ease in identifying for you/your readers. If I have no comments otherwise, I agree with your designation of poisonous.

Do you want to keep ornamental/houseplants on the list?

Please note that I will post these as follows:

Your Title for Herb: Also Known As (AKA) Names, Followed by Latin/scientific Name;
Comments from my references: either Foster and Duke’s “Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants” (F/D) published in the Peterson Field Guide series or “A Modern Herbal” by Grieves.

Aconite: add monkshood from list here, Aconitum napellus

American False Hellebore (spelling corrected): Veratrum viride, include Christmas Rose, AKA “Black Hellebore” Helleborus niger, here from later in your list

Anemone: Anemone nemorosa has long ago medicinal use, with no reference to poison in Grieves. Windflower, Anemonella thalictroides is noted as only possibly toxic in F/D book.

Angel’s Trumpet: include names Datura and JimsonWeed here-same plant, Datura stramonium, may be white or violet/blue flowered.

Arrowgrass: What else does this go by…I can’t find info.

Azalea:

Baneberry: Actaea rubra (red type) Actaea pachypoda (white type)

Black Locust: Robinia pseudo-acacia My info says all parts toxic. Wouldn’t recommend flowers. F/D also says honey from these locusts is suspect. I will say that this locust yields my favorite honey-very clear and bright tasting. This plant makes great fence posts and I just cut two small trees down to make a headboard for my niece. Very hard wood.

Bleeding Heart:

Bloodroot: Sanguinaria Canadensis

Bouncing Bet: AKA Soapwort, Saponaria officinalis. Large doses may cause poisoning because of saponin content per F/D. I might consider removing this from the list.

Butterflyweed: Asclepias tuberosa. See my prior report on this on-line-I would recommend removing this from the list.

Castor Oil Plant: Ricinus communis

Celandine Poppy (spelling correction): Chelidonium majus

Chokecherry: Prunus Virginia

Cockle (Corn-cockle): Agrostemma githago, seeds toxic per F/D

Columbine: Aquilegia Canadensis. My info says “caution, potentially poisonous” per F/D
May warrant removal from list.

Crocus:
Daffodil:


Daphne: What else do you know about this plant? I have no record of it.

Daylily: Hemerocallis fulva, roots and young shoots potentially toxic

Deadly Nightshade:
1. Common Nightshade: Solanum nigrum
2. please move European Bittersweet, Solanum dulcamara to this heading. Both contain steroids, can be toxic.
3. Horse-nettle: Solanum carolinense

Death Camas: need more info re: this plant

Desert Rose: Any more identifying info for this plant?

Dieffenbachia:

Digitalis/Foxglove:
Digitalis purpurea

Frangipani:

Garland Flower: Any more info?

Hemlock: see prior info I posted re: this plant and others named hemlock that are benign.

Horsechestnut: Aesculus hippocastanum, outer husks particularly poisonous

[Horse-nettle: a kind of nightshade-please add to nightshade heading]

Horsetail: Field horsetail: Equisetum arvense, toxic to livestock and may affect thiamine metabolism in humans per F/D

Jack in the Pulpit: Arisaema triphyllum, rates a caution only as intensely irritating per F/D, may warrant removal from list.

Jessamine: Gelsemium sempervirens, deadly poison, can also cause dermatitis per F/D

Larkspur: Delphinium consolida

Larsonia: need more info here.

Laurel: Sheep laurel: Kalmia angustifolia Mountain laurel: Kalmia latifolia, both highly toxic per F/D

Leafy Spurge: Euphorbia esula

Lily of the Valley: Convallaria majalis: I cannot find any poisonous warnings-it is a valuable heart treatment for herbalists. F/D say it may cause skin irritation and potentially toxic. May warrant removal from this list.

Lobelia: Lobelia inflata, has strong effects and is a valuable relaxant. Used medicinally. May warrant removal from this list.

Wild Lupine: Lupinous perennis, seeds are poisonous

Marsh-Marigold: AKA Cowslip, Clatha palustris “all parts may irritate/blister skin” F/D, not considered poisonous/toxic that I can find. May warrant removal from this list.

Marvel of Peru: AKA Heart Leaved 4 O’Clock, Miribilis nyctaginea

Matrimony Vine: More info?

Mayapple: AKA American Mandrake, Podophyllum peltatum

Meadow Saffron: AKA Naked Ladies, Colchicum autumnale

Mistletoe: Phoradendron serotinum, may cause dermatitis, considered poisonous per F/D

Morning Glory:
Narcissus:


Oleander: AKA Periwinkle, Vinca Major, I can find no supporting evidence for this to be listed here.

Pennyroyal: Hedeoma pulegiodes. Do not ingest essential oil. Avoid during pregnancy, otherwise ok.

Poinsettia:

Poison Ivy: Toxicodendron radicans

Poison Oak: I do not know this plant—some references report it as being the same plant I know as poison ivy.

Pokeweed: Phytolacca Americana In 9th edition you included the common use of these early greens as salad. It may cause dermatitis per F/D which I have never seen/experienced. May warrant removal from the list.

Poppies:
Privet:


Rhododendron: Rhododendron maximum, leaves toxic, avoid use. Deer will eat this over winter when they are very hungry.

Rhubarb: There are many rhubarbs. If you mean Garden Rhubarb AKA English Rhubarb(and I think you do): Rheum rhaponticum

Rosary Pea: need more info onthis plant.

St. Johnswort: Hypericum perforatum. I do not believe this eeds to remain on the list, see prior notes placed on-line.

Skunk Cabbage: Symplocarpus foetidus. Roots toxic per F/D

Snowdrops:more info please

Solomon’s Seal: Polygonatum biflorum. Can find no warnings re: this plant in any info I have about it. May warrant removal from list.

Star of Bethlehem: Which one do you mean?
1. Ornithogalum umbellatum is not poison.
2. Ornithogalum divaricatum AKA California Soaproot” might be considered poison due to the saponins that can cause vomiting per Grieves. I’m not sure this belongs on this page.

Tobacco: This is a bit confusing since you discuss cultivation, etc. earlier in the book. Incongruent, yes?

Wisteria:

Yew: AKA American Yew, Taxus canadensis


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Chokecherry? which part(leaf, stem?), because we use the berries all the time for jelly and syrup.
Rhubarb- the leaf and root are the poisonous parts.
It may be a good idea to list which parts are poisonous. Thanks for all the information, it's a handy list to have posted with your poison control #.
 

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Thats the problem with common names Kelle....I bet you are talking about a different species alltogether, but with the same common names. There is a lot of that going on. Use a tree ID book and be certain.
 

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> Poison Oak: I do not know this plant—some references report
> it as being the same plant I know as poison ivy.

They are different. I grew up in MA with poison ivy, which
has the 3 reddish pointed leaves. Poison oak leaves look more
like oak leaves and are redder (less green), and seem to grow
taller and more isolated, unlike the low-flowing rivers of
poison ivy. I've only seen poison oak in CA but I believe it's
around in OR too; never saw it in MA.

There's also poison sumac but never seen that.
 

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> Pennyroyal: Hedeoma pulegiodes. Do not ingest essential oil.
> Avoid during pregnancy, otherwise ok.

Recently I've been reading on this and my sources
are pretty vehement not to injest this at all. I seem to
remember using it in tea when I was a teenager and
seem to have survived...
 

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Lisa, could you please find the botanical name for me for poison oak?

I have heard many people say it is different, but as I said, my references all say it is the same plant. Personally I have seen tall poison ivy and some that is larger leaved and some that enjoyed staying on the ground and some that liked climbing trees. Many habits.

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Toxicodendron radicans - eastern poison ivy
Toxicodendron rydbergii - western poison ivy
Toxicodendron toxicanium - eastern poison oak
Toxicodendron diversilobum - pacific poison oak
Toxicodendron vernix - poison sumac

Quoting from one of the sites I found:

Poison Oak - In the West, this plant may grow as a vine but usually is a shrub. In the East, it grows as a shrub. Hair grows on its fruit, trunk and leaves, which have three leaflets.

Poison Ivy - In the East, Midwest and South, it grows as a vine. In the far Northern and Western United States, Canada and around the Great Lakes, it grows as a shrub. Each leaf has three leaflets.

Poison Sumac - Grows in standing water in peat bogs in the Northeast and Midwest and in swampy areas in parts of the Southeast. Each leaf has seven to 13 leaflets.

See leaf pics at this site:
http://www.dermik.com/skin/rashes/sri-ivy.html#c

More than you wanted to know, probably :)
 

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(This is an interesting subject).

I had heard lily of the valley was highly toxic so I did a web
search. Reports varied but this is the most balanced opinion.
(http://www.toxi.ch/eng/news_884797421_2645.html)

"Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) has a traditionally bad record and is considered as highly toxic by many textbooks. It contains cardiac glycosides in all parts of the plant. The main signs reported after the ingestion of several leaves are vomiting and diarrhea, as well as a slow or irregular pulse. Such poisonings occur mainly when the leaves are confused with crow garlic and consumed as a salad." ... "In Switzerland, no severe poisoning has been reported during 30 years" ... "In the United States, among 2639 exposures to any part of this plant, there were no fatalities and only 3 patients suffered major effects"

I don't know what the best way to distinguish between seriously toxic and don't-eat-this. I'd guess Lily of the valley
falls in the later category (as does Pennyroyal).
 

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From what I gather, it looks like Black Locust is toxic but
Honey Locust is okay.

I don't have the 10th ed. but I noticed a couple of possible
gaps, this may not be relevant depending on how toxic plants
are listed:
- Kentucky Coffeetree, raw beans are toxic. One says roasting the beans destroys some of the toxins.
- Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) "the seed is highly poisonous and all parts of the tree are somewhat toxic."
- Golden chain tree
- Patchouli
 

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p. 363 ketjap manis #5 I needed this for another recipe and made it. I added ginger & pepper...it was more like a sweet/sour sauce. Dorothy
 

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Anne, just noticed Arrowroot Thickening on page 21 (10th Edition) is listed as not tested. I use arrowroot to thicken most everything -- use instead of cornstarch or flour. Sometimes, it's easier to get smooth with warm water instead of cold, like in gravies.

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Oops, forgot what I was going to post. . . made mustard yesterday. 10th edition, page 46 -- made spiced mustard and Dijon style mustard -- both excellent, rate 5. In the Dijon, I used olive oil instead of "cooking oil."

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Good to see you posting, sbucknervp (where did you ever come up with that handle??)!
Greg posted two kim chee recipes for me on another topic thread. The stuff seems to be a sort of Japanese sauerkraut.
 

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Pretty easy -- sbuckner was already taken, so the "vp" stands for Vanderpool (not vice president) ;)

So how was your visit with Debbie Burns? Are you home now? Yes, I told you I'd start posting when my world settled down some. . . but am trying to eat low-carb, so glad you switched me from grains to herbs. :)

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recipes beginning on p.54 10th Edition

All-Rose Potpourri: rated 5; good description and easy to follow. I like it as well without the orris root.

Attar of Roses: good instructions but TEDIOUS in the extreme. I rate this a -1, but I am frustrated by these methods of extracting the oils. I would prefer to use my rose petals another way. Maybe someone else can try this and will have greater success. I have little patience with such tiny work.

Rose Extract: Rate a 5. However, please note that this is really a tincture and not an essence (see my long-winded explanation from earlier on these pages). I am not sure what this is best used for but since I used vodka (40% alcohol) I can use it to add to a beverage easily enough.

Rose Brandy rated a 5, this is pleasant and I only steeped it 20 days, just under 3 weeks. I think this might be nice in a hot tea on a cold day--dreams of summer.

Petal Beverages Rated a 5: Tried both the ice cube trick (pretty, but when melted it does leave a floating plant in the drink-I don't mind, but someone out there might) and the tea.


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Poisonous Plants
p. 78 10th Edition

I have been thinking about it a great deal. Perhaps an intro paragraph similar to the following will honor each person's level of concern:

"This list is not exhaustive. For the best information relating to your area of the world, purchase a reputable regional guidebook. Take woods-walks with local herbalists or naturalists to gain real-life experience in identification. Do not use a plant for any purpose unless you are certain of its identity. Plants and herbs can provide a fascinating lifelong study for a willing learner. There is no reason to fear plants, but great reason to respect them."

Anne
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