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Old 06-12-2010, 12:41 AM   #21
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The Spice House has it. They are an offshoot of Penzey's -- sort of.

Lavender Flower Buds, Food Grade, Dried

I just spend about a million dolars there this weekend and it was all really fresh, tasty and cheap.

Like June said, it is also very easy to grow on your own.
Thanks Jenny, I ordered some things from then today,They alll looked great.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:41 AM   #22
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Mostly I just enjoy the lavender in the garden. I do use Penzey's herbes de Provence, but I don't make my own.

Just got back from visiting my son in Bloomington Indiana, and he took me to the farmers market--bought great green beans, and 9 different kinds of lavender plants. At $1 each, I couldn't resist. Also got some pretty lilies and a couple other perennials.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:07 AM   #23
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Lavender ice cream, cakes, mojitas, etc. RECIPES, please!!! Please please please!
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:12 PM   #24
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Lavender Mojito
(makes 2)

Fill iced glass with crushed ice.
Add:
3 oz Light Rum
3 oz Club Soda
1 oz Rose(or lavender)-infused Simple Syrup (recipe below)
3-5 Mint leaves muddled with the syrup
Juice from 2 Fresh Limes
2 mint sprigs (for garnish)
Fresh lavender blossoms (for garnish)
Lavender Sugar (for glass rims - recipe below)

Combine the white Rum, Club Soda, Rose or Lavender-infused simple syrup, and lime juice. Dip rim of glass in Lavender Sugar (recipe below)
Pour into glasses and top off with more ice and sparking or soda water
Garnish with mint sprig and fresh lavender blossoms
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Lavender Sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
1 small Vanilla Bean cut in half lengthwise and then cut into teensy pieces
1 TBsp dried culinary Lavender Buds

Rose (or Lavender)-infused Simple Syrup
Combine 1 Cup of granulated sugar with 1 Cup of water and boil until sugar is melted...about 3 minutes. Add culinary Rose (or Lavender Blossoms) to the mixture and let it steep for 10 or 15 minutes...then remove the blossoms.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:26 PM   #25
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Thank you, MollyAnne! That sounds so refreshing. The music is pretty. I remember the words to the song from long ago.

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Old 06-14-2010, 07:38 PM   #26
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I like lavender-spiked iced tea. Have one of those "Mr. Coffee" iced tea machines & I just sprinkle about a tablespoon of dried lavender buds over the tea bags. Gives a nice floral note to the tea.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:36 PM   #27
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Made a Lavender Mint Cheesecake, and I like it. My wife says it tastes like plants though. I know I didnt use enough mint (about equal to the lavender) so it was quite floral, and not very minty. Cest la vie, need to play more :D
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:47 PM   #28
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Mint cheese cake??? Hmmmm I have a lot if mint growing in my herb garden. Care to share the recipe?
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:09 AM   #29
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actually all i did was make a standard cheesecake, but add in finely chopped mint leaves and lavender. It didnt turn out how I wanted it flavor wise, still needs some playing.
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:42 AM   #30
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How did I miss this thread! I have some questions for you experts. I bought two lavender plants from the local nursery label read, Lavandula x Intermedia, "Grosso". I've never used it in cooking but dry the leaves for the aroma. How do I know if this if food grade? Can I save the seeds and start my own plants which I would assume would be organic at that point? And finally, are only the flowers used in cooking or can I use the leaves too?
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