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Peppermint Know Your Herbs and Spices

mint slushie

mint slushie

Peppermint is a big part of Holiday drinks and desserts but do you know why? My guess would be the fact that peppermint is soothing; calming the stomach and settling nerves. Calming, peaceful like Christmas. The flavor was first added to candy canes to symbolize purity since mint is a member of the hyssop family. Hyssop has biblical ties to purification rites.

No matter the reason, peppermint is a fast growing herb. This mint is cultivated for its oil. Commercially its used in everything from cosmetics to insect repellents. Foodies can find it in just about anything.

Here are some peppermint recipes to enjoy one of the popular tastes of the season.

Mint Tea Slushie
Strawberry Pineapple Chicken Salad
Mint Condition Cupcakes

Learn more about other types of mint HERE .


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Cindy's Recipes and Writings

As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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