Chef Sandra's Blog

The Amazement of Swiss Chard

Did you know that Swiss chard is known for being one of the most nutritious vegetables in the world? Now that’s definitely a good reason to think about adding Swiss chard to your diet. Growing up, we had a lot of different types of leafy green vegetables in our family garden including mustard, collard and turnip greens, and a variety of different types of lettuces. I can remember eating salads that included everything that came from our garden (the soft butter lettuce, the tomatoes, the onions, the cucumbers, the radishes, a couple of different kinds of parsley, fresh dill, rosemary, garlic,...
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Thai Basil

Thai food is by far one of my favorite cuisines, and Thai Basil is one of my favorite types of basil. Thai Basil looks a lot different than Sweet Basil. It has small narrow leaves, purple stems, and pink-purple flowers. I still have a very nice Thai Basil plant that I planted in a medium-sized pot this Spring that is still growing strong right now – that is, until our first frost hits here in Texas shortly. That means I have to make full use of my Thai Basil now! As a personal chef I really like the way Thai Basil holds...
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BEE-cause I Love You Honey

(Lessons from a Beekeeper Master, aka my Dad) I became accustomed to eating really good honey (you know the kind with the honeycomb in it?) when my dad was actively involved in beekeeping when I was growing up. We had the best honey for years. I used to think all honey was as good as Dad's, but boy have I learned differently. Dad was named “Beekeeper of the Year” by the Texoma Beekeepers Club in 1984. I still have that Denison Herald article. This reward was voted on by secret ballot and was based on interest, enthusiasm and progress made during the...
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Let’s Make a Conserve

I have an extensive library of both old and new canning books, magazines and recipes that I have collected over the years, and I still refer to several of my old books from time to time for a good throwback recipe. I discovered several of my favorite conserve recipes in some of these classic canning books. One of my books is titled “Putting Food By” – which is what they used to call it back in the day when my Great Grandmother, Mother Dear, we called her “Mu-dear” was growing grapevines and canning all sorts of things from her garden....
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