Chimichurri Sauce

This garlicky sauce from Argentina is great spooned over beef or chicken.

YIELD
Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro
    • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

PREPARATION

    1. Puree all ingredients in processor. Transfer to bowl. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.)

Courtesy of epicurious

Ultimate Caprese Salad

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INGREDIENTS

    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, preferably heirloom, halved
    • 7 tablespoons (or more) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • Flaky sea salt
    • 2 mixed medium and large tomatoes, preferably heirloom, cut into thin slices and/or wedges
    • 8 ounces buffalo mozzarella or mozzarella, room temperature, torn into pieces
    • Coarsely ground black pepper
    • Small basil leaves and toasted country bread (for serving)

PREPARATION

    1. Toss cherry tomatoes with 1 Tbsp. oil in a small bowl; season with salt.
    2. Arrange tomato slices on a platter, slightly overlapping; season generously with salt. Arrange mozzarella over tomatoes; lightly season mozzarella with salt. Spoon cherry tomatoes over salad and drizzle with 6 Tbsp. oil; season with pepper. Let stand 30 minutes to let flavors meld and release juices from tomatoes and mozzarella.
    3. Top salad with basil and additional salt and oil, if desired. Serve with bread alongside.

Cover photo and recipe credit to: Epicurious

 

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Calendula Bath Bombs

For this Mother’s day we decided to try a fun, unique DIY craft- Bath Bombs. They are a ton of fun to make and satisfying to drop into the bath. These petal-laden bath bombs are exploding with essential oils, and our very own Calendula flowers. So grab your Mom or a friend and get ready to get your hands dirty making these unique, relaxing, and entertaining bathroom essentials.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Tsp Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 5-10 Drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Calendula Petals
  • Bath Bomb Molds

*Makes 3-6 Bath Bombs (depending on size of mold)

Instructions:

  1. Gather two bowls. In one bowl combine all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. In the other bowl combine all the wet ingredients and mix.
  2. Slowly pour the liquid mix over the dry ingredients and whisk.
  3. Test the texture by grabbing a handful and squeezing. If it holds, then move on. If too wet or dry add additional baking soda or water until desired firm consistency. *Note-do not overdue extra water-it will cause an early fizzy reaction, and the bath bombs will not form to the mold properly.
  4. Add Calendula petals and mix with hands.
  5. Fill each side of the molds, making sure there is no extra space.
  6. Add a little extra to one half of a mold, and then firmly press the two halves together for 10-30 seconds.
  7. Gently pull off the molds, one half at a time, and place on wax paper to dry for 24 hours.
  8. Drop into your warm luxurious bath, and enjoy the fizzle of your hand-made bath bomb.

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Blueberry Lavender Prosecco

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This beautiful mimosa not only looks fun to make, it’s also fun to drink! Packed with healthy blueberries and calming lavender, this beverage is great for summer. Use your very own lavender to make the drink more personable. Get the full recipe at Parsnips + Pastries. 

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Not growing Lavender?

Start a Lots of Lavender Kit in your garden this month and have a relaxing fragrant flower in no time.

 

 

 

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Want to grow Lavender but don’t have a garden yet? Check out our Harvest collection to start growing! My personal favorite is growing lavender out of the Harvest Touch Eggplant.

Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita!

Many margs are far too sweet with their added artificial lime flavoring or too much fake sugar. A good margarita should be light, refreshing and fresh. This recipe not only gives homage to an authentic margarita but it has the perfect hint of cilantro and jalapeno for a fresh and spicy kick.

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 lime wedge
    • 1 to 3 thin slices jalapeno (stemmed, seeded, sliced lengthwise)
    • 2 cilantro sprigs
    • 1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila
    • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
    • 1 oz. Countreau
    • 1/2 oz. agave syrup or simple syrup
    • 6 to 10 ice cubes

PREPARATION

  1. Muddle jalapeno and one of the cilantro sprigs. Add the tequila, lime juice, Cointreau, agave, and ice. Cover and shake.
  2. Run the lime wedge around the edge of the rim and dip in salt (or spicy salt.)
  3. Pour and enjoy!

Recipe from Epicurious

Flavored Water Ideas

Looking for a healthy way to stay hydrated? Take out the sugars, syrups, or artificial flavors and naturally flavor your water instead! You can add fruits, veggies, and herbs you’re already growing in your AeroGarden to make basic H20 more exciting. Here are a few ideas for some delicious flavors…

Strawberry-Cucumber: This is quite a refreshing infusion. Use strawberries grown in an AeroGarden Grow Bowl for that fresh taste.

Tomato-Basil Water: Veggie infusions are the perfect way to achieve healthy hydration. Plus you can use garden-fresh tomatoes and basil from your AeroGarden.

Pineapple-Mint Water: Looking for a tropical flavor? Pineapple and mint are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Watermelon-Rosemary: This sweet combo will add plenty of color to your drink. And you can take rosemary from your AeroGarden!

Blackberry-Sage: This sage infusion has a perfect subtle, refreshing flavor.

Infusion Tips: There is no single “correct” way of infusing fruits, veggies and herbs into your water. Just fill a pitcher or large glass with your favorite ingredients and let it sit for a few hours. You can muddle your ingredients for a stronger flavor. Infused water stays good for about two to three days and you can always top off your water. After a few days, start again with fresh ingredients!

 

 

White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Enjoy fresh, juicy strawberries with a delicious white chocolate coating topped with citrus sugar. This sweet treat is fast and easy to make. Plus, you can grow your very own strawberries right in your AeroGarden Grow Bowl!

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
16 ripe strawberries

PREPARATION
Line your baking sheet with foil. Mix sugar and citrus peels in small bowl until sugar is moist. In a separate small bowl, stir white chocolate set over a saucepan of barely simmering water until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from over water.

Hold strawberry by the stem end and dip 2/3 of the berry into the white chocolate; shake excess back into bowl. Turn strawberry dipped end up and sprinkle with citrus sugar. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries, chocolate, and sugar. Chill until chocolate sets (about 30 minutes).

Yield: Makes 16

Recipe from epicurious.com

Strawberry Lemonade

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What’s more refreshing than lemonade? Strawberry lemonade. I’m talking fresh strawberries, none of that powdered pink sugar drink. And what makes it even more refreshing is knowing that the strawberries used are ones from your very own Aerogarden Grow Bowl. So go ahead and pluck those juicy red berries and enjoy them in this delicious drink for that hot summer day.

INGREDIENTS

    • 1/2 lb strawberries (1 1/2 cups), trimmed and halved
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 5 lemons)
    • 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 3 cups cold water
    • Ice

PREPARATION

    1. Purée strawberries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a blender until smooth, then force through a fine sieve into a bowl to remove seeds. Stir together strawberry purée, remaining lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and water in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Taste, then add more sugar if desired. Serve over ice.
YIELD: Makes about 1 1/2 quarts
Recipe from: Epicurious 

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Strawberry shortcake is such a delicious dessert, especially when you are using fresh strawberries from your AeroGarden Grow Bowl. With the added chocolate flavor, this recipe is sure to make your taste buds happy!

INGREDIENTS

Biscuits

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberries

  • 2 pounds small strawberries (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 8 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chilled sour cream

PREPARATION

Biscuits: Can be made 6 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Whisk flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat cream and vanilla until firm peaks form. Combine cream with dry ingredients and stir until moist clumps form. Place mixture on lightly floured surface and knead gently until you have a doughy texture. Pat dough out to 3/4-inch thickness. Using 3-inch cutter, cut out biscuits. Gather dough, pat out again, and cut out total of 6 biscuits.

Place biscuits on baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake biscuits until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean (about 15 minutes). Let the biscuits cool.

Strawberries: Stir strawberries, 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, orange juice, Grand Marnier, orange peel and salt in medium bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours.

Using electric mixer, beat chilled whipping cream, sour cream, and remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Place large spoonful of berries with juices atop biscuits. Top with whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Serves 6

Why Strawberry Crowns?

 

We were wondering… why do we sell strawberry crowns instead of seeds? We asked Anne in the grow lab.

Strawberry seeds are hard to germinate. The ones that do germinate are wild and they’re very small. Alpine strawberries get started from seed. A lot of plants start more readily from cuttings. Crowns are bare roots that take less time to grow and produce!

-Anne

Interested in trying the Strawberry Crown Kit? Click here to check it out!

Note: This kit can only be used with the AeroGarden Grow Bowl.