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4 chicken breasts, or do 6 for 6 people
Orange ; organic-the skin has a lot less pesticides in
One garlic clove
One tablespoon fresh basil
Black pepper to taste
Grate the orange skin using a grater and juice the remaining orange. Add, garlic, chopped basil and pepper. using a sharp knife make cuts in the chicken breasts, then lay them on a baking tray. Pour the orange mixture onto them, rubbing into the cuts as well. Leave to marinade for 10 mins, then grill the meat. serve, if you have left over sauce, add it or leave as a sauce for something else.
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Four Quarter Harmony

Ingredients:
1-cup diced quince (Earth)
1-cup mulberries (Air)
1 orange, peeled and sectioned (Fire)
1 large apple, diced (Water)
1-qt. vodka
2/3-cup honey
1/8-tsp. cinnamon and ginger

Method:
Place the fruits in a large oven-proof crock with vodka and allow to soak for 4-5 hours. Mix in the honey and spices next, covering the crock securely. A flour and water paste over the edges helps to keep flavor, aroma and alcohol content at a good level. Place the entire mixture in the oven at 200 degrees F for 10 hours. Cool and strain, serving either hot or cold.

Alternatives: If you can not readily find quince, feel free to substitute fresh or canned pears (in juice, not syrup).

from 'Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions' by Patricia Telasco
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Melinda Pappa’s Salsa with Lime Juice
3 lbs of Roma tomatoes
2 bunches scallions
1 medium sized white onion
5 Anaheim Chilis (or 2 cans of diced green chilis)
2 bunches Fresh Cilantro (also known as Coriander) 10
cloves garlic or the equivalent dried garlic powder
2 Fresh limes (Do not use bottled lime juice)

In large bowl, press garlic through garlic press, and mix with the juice
of the 2 limes. Finely chop onion and then add 1 teaspoon of black
pepper. Coarsely chop cilantro, tomatoes and scallions (including half
of the tops) and add to the bowl. Chill and serve.

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2 T. Grated Orange Rind 1/2 c. Unsalted Butter, at room
temperature
3 T. Powdered Sugar 1 T. honey

Combine the orange rind, powdered sugar, butter and honey in a small
bowl and blend until well mixed. Chill slightly and serve with scones or
biscuits.
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This salad is filled with yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
arranged to look like the sun.

2 sweet yellow peppers, cut into rings...cook rings in a covered
skillet in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, drain and cool.
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
3 Tablespoons orange juice
2 t. fresh snipped chives
1/2 t. honey
1/8 t. salt
1/8 t. fresh ground pepper...stir together orange peel, juice,
chives, honey, salt and pepper to make marinade. Set aside. Set
pepper rings in a plastic bag and add marinade to coat. Chill for 4
to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
lettuce leaves
6 to 9 plum tomatoes or 2 to 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 medium orange, sliced
1 cup red cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)
freshly ground pepper (optional)...

To serve, line a large platter with lettuce leaves. Arrange tomato
and orange slices around the edge. Drain pepper rings, reserving
marinade. Arrage pepper rings in an overlapping circle inside the
circle of tomatoes and oranges. Fill center with red cherry
tomatoes. Garnish with yellow tomatoes and extra ground pepper, and
drizzle with reserved marinade.
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Mediterranean Fruit Salad -- Cooking the Mediterranean Way by Alison
Behnke in consultation with Anna and Lazaros Christoforides

A wealth of fresh fruit is one of the Mediterranean's greatest
treasures, and dessert in many of the region's countries can be as
simple as a bowl of berries or a fig plucked right from the family's
tree. This recipe is just a guideline - feel free to create your salad
in the true Mediterranean spirit by using your favorite fruits of the
season.

1 melon, such as honeydew or cantaloupe
2 pears
2 apples
2 oranges
1/2 lb strawberries
1 medium bunch of red or green grapes

1. Wash all fruit well
2. Cut honeydew or cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds with a small
spoon. Slice melon, pears and apples into bite-sized pieces. Peel
oranges and divide into sections. Remove the green top and center core
from the strawberries and cut in half. Remove grapes from stem.
3. Combine all fruit in a large bowl and mix gently.

For a Middle Eastern flavor, try sprinkling 1 or 2 tbsp finely chopped
almonds over fruit. Or for an Italian taste, toss fruit with 3 tbsp
lemon juice and 1 tbsp sugar. For a Greek or Turkish flare, add 1 tsp
cinnamon and 1 tbsp honey

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serve 4 - 6
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Lemon balm is an easy to grow perennial that grows
similar to mint. It likes some shade during the hot part
of the day or it will wilt slightly. I find it very drought
tolerant and rarely give it extra water unless we go
quite awhile without rain. In fact, it doesn't like wet
feet, and prefers a loose, fairly fertile soil. It will
tolerate dry soil as well. I harvest my plant at least
3 times each summer and still have more than I
can use with just one plant. It can be harvested
within 2-3 inches from the base of the plant each
time and it comes back with vigor! I've read that
in some parts of the United States it's becoming
known as a pest, but I've found that if you keep it
harvested and don't allow it to go to seed it stays
under control.

You can divide lemon balm in the spring or fall. You
can also take cuttings in midsummer to bring in for
the winter. It can be grown from seed in the spring,
or started indoors in late winter and transplanted.

Lemon balm is not considered an ornamental herb,
but I think the leaves are pretty, and I can't resist
grabbing one each time I pass it to smell the lovely
lemon scent. My daughter is three and it's her favorite
plant. I have mine located next to my sage plant, which
is great for snipping both herbs quickly to stuff the cavity
of a roast chicken before cooking. I use it in my herbal
vinegars and teas as well. Cut the whole stems within a
few inches of the base of the plant, gather into groups of
5-6 stems, tie and hang in a warm, airy location. When
dry, strip off the leaves, store in a covered container
and use as needed.

Roasted Lemon Balm Chicken

Ingredients:
Handful of fresh lemon balm leaves, stems removed
1/4 cup or so of fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 large roasting chicken
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°. Trim herb leaves from stems; wash
and pat dry. Set sprigs aside. Chop two-thirds of the leaves,
and combine with the butter, salt, and pepper. Rinse chicken
and pat dry. Loosen the skin in several places and insert the
herb butter underneath. Rub chicken with salt, pepper, and
garlic powder. Insert the remaining herb sprigs into the cavity
of the chicken. Place breast-side-down in a roasting pan. Bake
30 minutes, then turn chicken over. Bake about 20 minutes
longer. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Lemon Lovers Tea

Ingredients:
1/4 cup dried lemon balm leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon thyme leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon verbena leaves
1/4 cup dried lemon geranium leaves
2 tablespoons dried lemon grass leaves
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Mix all together and use a tsp. or so per
cup of boiling water. If you are missing any
of the lemon herbs, just use more of the
ones you do have.

Lemon Mint Sun Tea

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup lemon balm
1/2 cup chamomile flowers
3 black tea bags

Place in a gallon container and add cold water
to fill the jar. Set in the sun for several hours.
Strain our tea and herbs. Pour over ice and
refrigerate the leftovers. Sweeten with honey
or sugar if desired.

Rose and Herb Tea

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried red rose petals (make sure no sprays were used)
2 tablespoons dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon dried rosemary

Mix well. Use 1 teaspoon for each cup and
pour boiling water over the herbs, then strain
after 5 minutes or so. Sweeten as desired.

Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons light olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
6-8 leaves lemon balm
Fresh black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons wine vinegar


Stack the lemon balm leaves together and
roll, then with a very sharp knife cut thin strips,
and then chop finely. Combine with the other
ingredients and serve with steamed vegetables
or mixed salad greens.

Lemon Orange Cheese Spread

Ingredients:
2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
1 tsp. orange zest
1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh lemon balm

Blend the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Mix in the other ingredients. Chill overnight and
serve at room temperature.

Lemon Astringent

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon balm
1 cup witch hazel

Combine the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Allow to steep for 1 week. Strain. Use 1 teaspoon
per application with a cotton ball. Refrigerate if you
wish.

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