Slow-Cooked Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are an edible mushroom with medicinal properties. They are mainly in Asian cuisine and are  very fragrant. They are the 2nd most popular mushroom in the world, right after the standard white button mushroom!   Dried shiitake mushrooms have more flavor and aroma than their fresh counterparts. Dried shiitakes are rehydrated  by letting them soak in water for several … Continue reading Slow-Cooked Shiitake Mushrooms

Lemon-Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavandula, more commonly known as "lavender," is a flowering plant that belongs in the mint family.  The exceptionally fragrant and versatile flowers are used in medicines, aromatherapy, bath and home products, and food. When used as an essential oil, it has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties and has a calming, soothing effect.  The sight and smell of lavender always make … Continue reading Lemon-Lavender Shortbread Cookies