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Lavender Butter And Citrus Lavender Herb Butter

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I love to add this Lavender Honey Butter to my toasted rustic wholegrain breads, that I make!  The delicate flavor of the lavender honey butter combined with the robust flavor of whole grains is amazing & heavenly! 🙂

Lavender Butter

1/4 lb unsalted butter room temp
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon dried culinary “Provence lavender buds, finely
ground in a spice grinder

Place the butter, honey and lavender in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until just combined. Transfer to a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Roll into a 1-inch-wide log. Refrigerate or freeze. I’ve made this butter w/o the honey, and it’s wonderful too 🙂

Citrus Lavender Herb Butter

6 oz (1 1/2) unsalted butter
1 tblsp grated lime zest
1 tblsp grated lemon zest
1/4 c fresh lime juice
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbls lavender vinegar or raspberry vinegar
1tblsp honey mustard
1/2 tsp wasabi powder
1/4 c fresh celantro leaves chopped
1/4 c minced chives
2 shallots minced
1 tblsp grated fresh ginger
1 tblsp minced garlic
In a food processor, combine the butter, lime zest, lemon zest,juices, vinegar mustard, and wasabi. Blend until smooth. Add the cilantro, chives, shallots, ginger, and garlic. Blend until mixed well.

These recipes adapted from The Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley.

Lavandula angustifolia (common, or true lavender) is often used in the kitchen, an ingredient in blends of Herbes de Provence and our own Hood River Spice Blend.

Whole Grain Bread with Lavender Honey Butter



Winter storm cleanup

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Windstorm damage
Windstorm damage

Today before I ran outside to work, I mixed up some Rustic Whole Grain Herb Bread. I mixed 2 Tbsp of our Hood River Spice Blend (Herbs de Provence) into my basic whole grain bread recipe, and I’ll let it rise all day, while I’m busy doing other projects outside.

Outside at our Lavender Farm, Joe and I cleaned up the damage from the winter snow, rain, and strong winds.  We had one six foot wide strip of ground cover pull up from the strong winds. It just happened to be a section where I had planted 2″ lavender plants in October, so I hope we don’t loose any. They are extremely hardy though, and we just placed the ground cover around them and tacked it down with 6″ staples. There were also a lot of branches that fell around our house and a neighbors house, so we picked up and raked the debris.  So far we got off pretty easy from the winter storms. Now I’ll go indoors, and bake my bread for dinner. We need some warm comfort food!! 🙂