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.

Easter Dinner Lemon-Herb Grilled Lamb Chops with Orzo

Celebrate Easter with our festive lamb chop recipe. This entree is served with orzo and is sure to please your holiday dinner guests. Plus, it’s made with fresh herbs from your AeroGarden!

INGREDIENTS:

8 (4-oz) lamb rib chops (or 4 (8-oz) loin chops)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 whole lemons, thinly sliced, ends removed
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh marjoram leaves
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 (16-oz) package orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
6 or more cherry tomatoes, chopped inhalf
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped

PREPARATION:

Combine all ingredients (except orzo, tomato and cucumber) in a large, zip-top plastic bag. Seal and chill 2 to 3 hours, turning bag occasionally. Preheat grill to medium-high. Remove lamb from marinade and discard marinade. Grill lamb chops 2 to 5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. (For loin chops, grill 5 to 8 minutes
per side.)

Meanwhile, prepare the orzo according to the package instructions. Add the tomato and cucumber, stir,and season with salt. Serve chops over orzo mixture.

Enjoy your delicious Easter dinner!

Real Easter Basket Grass!

Want to make your Easter egg hunt even more eggciting? Begin a new holiday tradition and grow your own Easter basket grass! This is a beautiful, fresh and eco-friendly alternative to plastic grass. Plus, it’s fun, easy and your kids will love it.

Supplies:

Step-By-Step: 

First, find a plastic planter saucer that is close to the size of your Easter basket and will fit nicely inside.

Then, fill the plastic plant saucer half way full with potting soil and spread it evenly.

Next, pour out your grass seed, covering the dirt. Once the dirt is covered, push the seed down with your fingers about half an inch into the dirt. Some of the seed will still be visible.

Now, add water to the dirt. Make sure the soil is wet throughout, but don’t drown the seeds! Place your saucers under your Miracle-Gro AeroGarden LED Grow Light and water your grass every day, just enough to dampen the soil.

On day 3 or 4, your grass should begin popping up!

Between day 4 and 6, your grass should be coming in nicely and should be thick.

Between day 8 and 12, your grass will be ready for your Easter basket! If it is too tall, you can always cut it down with a pair of garden shears.

Enjoy! This is a tradition we are sure you will look forward to every year. Happy growing.

How to Make Green Beer with Wheat Grass

Enjoy your Saint Patrick’s Day this year with the perfect pint of green beer! Learn how to naturally dye your beer with wheat grass juice.

How to:

First, juice your desired quantity of wheat grass. You can learn how to juice wheat grass here. Next, add drops of the wheat grass juice to your beer until you reach your desired green color. Keep in mind that as you add more drops, the beer will turn darker green, but will also have a more grassy taste.

 

 

Try growing wheat grass with one of AeroGarden’s grow lights, such as the 45 Watt Grow Light Panel.

 

 

Types of Beer:

We tested three types of beer that you could pair with your wheat grass. Here are our recommendations…

  1. Winner: Copper Kettle Brewing’s Citrus Paradasi
    • Type: Citrus IPA
    • Why: The citrus dry hoppy attributes of the IPA create a strong flavor that masks the taste of the wheat grass.
  2. Runner-up: Ska Brewing’s True Blonde Ale
    • Type: Blonde Ale
  3. Loser: Franziskaner Weissber
    • Type: Wheat Beer
    • Why: Unless you like the grassy flavor, we do not recommend pairing a wheat beer with wheat grass.

Enjoy!

 

 

Meant the Other Mint?

What’s the difference between peppermint and spearmint?

IT’S VERY HARDY

Mint is a perennial that grows with abandon, starting when the soil begins to warm up in late March or April. Grow it year-round in your AeroGarden!

TWO MAIN TYPES

Spearmint and peppermint are the two most common and widely available of the many mint species. Of the two, spearmint is the one almost always sold in grocery stores and markets. So when a recipe calls for mint, it’s generally spearmint, recognizable for its light-green, spear-shaped leaves and that classic sweet mint flavor. Spearmint is also commonly used to make gum and candy.

Peppermint leaves are darker green and smoother than spearmint. The big difference is the presence of menthol, which gives peppermint a much more potent flavor. Peppermint is typically dried for tea and made into flavoring for candy, toothpaste, and other products.

 

AeroGarden Tea Seed Pod Kits come with a peppermint variety. Try it out and let us know what you think.

Courtesy of epicurious