Preserving food is so much more than extending the year’s harvest. It’s a way to connect with the practices of our ancestors. No matter what part(s) of the world your cultural lineage descends from, your relatives preserved food in one way or another. As we begin to transition into the colder months, I channel that knowledge and dream of how my pantry will evolve throughout the harvest. As the cabbages in my humble garden begin to peak, I get excited thinking of all of the different flavors of sauerkraut I can create.Read More
All too often it’s easy to use the same spices over and over again. If they work, then why not? I sprinkle Italian seasoning on just about everything. Turmeric powder and smoked salt are two other popular staples in my houshold. But this season I was determined to bring some new flavors into my kitchen. I’m thrilled to say that these blends did just the trick!Read More
Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of Tom Kha? I’m yet to encounter such a person. I first discovered this tasty Thai soup back in college at a local Eugene, Oregon joint. The trifecta of fresh and traditional herbs completely blew my mind. Lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal root (where the “kha” in “tom kha” comes from) give this soup its incredible and unmistakable flavor.Read More
As we near the end of summer, what better way to capture the warming scents than in an organic aroma oil? This easy recipe combines pure organic essential oils with organic jojoba oil for a well-balanced blend. Its warming floral aroma is subtle yet bright, so you can carry the long summer days into the cool autumn.Read More
Summer is in full swing, and one of the things we here at Mountain Rose Herbs love to do on the weekends is take our families into the Cascadia backcountry. To start our weekend off right, we like to pack in delicious fresh food to prepare on the first evening of the trip. This allows us to enjoy the flavors of the season and get everyone excited about the wilderness adventure that lies ahead.Read More
This blog was originally published in 2014, but we noticed it was a blog reader favorite, so we decided to update it for you. Enjoy!
Combava petitgrain is a bright and uplifting essential oil that is distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Makrut Lime citrus bush, Citrus hystrix. This organic essential oil is used in fragrances and natural body care products. The oil has a soft, thick, citrusy scent with dry, woodsy back notes. It has a strong, long-lasting aroma, reminiscent of lemongrass and petitgrain.Read More
Recently, we visited Devon Young of nittygrittylife.com on her homestead in Amity, Oregon. Nestled between the rolling green hills of wine country, is her charming old-fashioned farmhouse bustling with eight children, a host of farm animals, and friendly furry pets. Devon truly homesteads (“doing things the hard way”), which means she practices subsistence agriculture as much as possible.
As a snacker, I’m always looking for new ways to create delicious treats for myself and friends around me. I find that having healthy snacks on hand keeps me focused and energized so that I don’t feel tempted to grab something last-minute that will give me that not-so-fun two o’clock crash.