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Cooking with Lavender


Both my mother and father were amazing cooks, and with eight children to feed, they knew the value of making use of a season’s abundance. When apples were ripe, we ate apple pie and apple crisp. When strawberries were in season, jam and shortcake were on our table.

My own passion for fresh food and the discovery of lavender paired up like long-lost lovers in the summer of 2004. I indulged my love for cooking by assisting at cooking classes.  A chef I met that summer shared her enthusiasm for cooking with lavender. Her inspiration set me off on an exploration of cooking with lavender that resulted in my publishing a cookbook in 2010 called Discover Cooking with Lavender

Along the way, I've learned a lot about cooking with lavender, and I'm learning more all the time. For instance, here's a picture of some sweet potatoes fries topped with blue cheese and lavender buds that I ordered in a local restaurant.


They were FANTASTIC! Something about the sweetness in the potatoes, the salt, and the sharp taste of the blue cheese with floral taste of the lavender made the plate of fries a real treat. I figured out how to make these at home—check my blog for the recipe.

Lavender Sugar is a main ingredient in many recipes for lavender flavored beverages or sweets. You can buy it ready-made at most lavender farms or from culinary stores, but it's easy to make your own. Make up a batch to keep on hand, then use it to flavor berries, fruit drinks, whipping cream, and more. Or package it in a decorative bottle for a delightful hostess gift.

Click here for illustrated directions for making your own Lavender Sugar.

You can also learn more about cooking with lavender by watching me demonstrate a few of the recipes from my book on TV:

You can find more information about cooking with lavender on my blog.



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