Authors in Bloom

4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

Including a grand prize ereader and $$!! Yep, it’s time for the 4th Annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop and that means sharing great recipes and gardening tips.

AIB LogoThis year I’m sharing a favorite recipe. With Brussels sprout season closing down in Central Florida, it’s time to consume the last of your harvest and this dish does that with savory flair. How about we call it Savory Brussels? More

Bloggers in Bloom!

Taking part this year in the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop where you’ll find ten days of gardening tips, recipes and giveaways! Decided the more the merrier and why not? Gardening is merry and fun. 🙂

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Better yet, creating scrumptuous dishes with our produce makes it all the better. For new gardeners, herbs are a great way to begin the adventure and lend themselves to all types of recipes. A simple way to use herbs are by making pastes and freezing them. Not only will you lock in the flavor, but you’ll make it easy to enjoy the fresh taste of herbs all year round.

For a simple basil paste, I use about 4 cups of basil (or 4 oz. stemmed) and approx. 1/4 cup olive oil. Place the leaves in a food processor and drizzle with olive oil. I pulse to begin and then hit a steady high if need be. Transfer paste to freezer-safe bags, flatten to remove all air and place in freeze. That’s it! Fresh herb paste ready to use when you’re ready.

basil paste

Variations include oregano and parsley. Use other herbs that don’t keep their same bright flavor when dried such as the mints, lemon basil, lemon balm or lemon verbena, and use cold-pressed nut or seed oils. Be sure to label the containers. More

Celebrating Spring with my Author Friends

Today begins a 10 day blog hop, Authors in Bloom.  The tour includes 100 authors from all walks of fiction who have come together to share their favorite gardening tips and/or recipes (phew, that’s a lot of gardening goods!) and includes prizes and giveaways at each stop.  For those willing to stop at every site over the entire 10 days, you’ll be entered to win a grand prize ereader and gift card from the vendor of your choice:  Amazon kindle or Barnes & Noble nook.

Wow.  There will also be a second and third prize of …

Interested?  Then hop on over to my author website, Dianne Venetta and begin this minute!  I’m giving away a goodie garden basket that includes….

Happy Hopping!