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Mason Food Jars

Well, the calendar might say we are still in winter, but nature itself is telling us that spring is on it’s way. The days are getting longer and the plants (the ones that long stretch of very cold temperatures we had didn’t damage!) are beginning their growth overdrive. This is the time for pruning and grooming. It is so very nice to cut back last year’s dead growth from the herbaceous perennials and see the new green growth hiding below. The time for relaxation is gone. The long lazy days and evenings of reading and making our new plant choices and purchases are history. Buds are swelling and the spring weeds (although most of these spring weeds are actually herbs/food in disguise-ask me about that) are getting a good toehold. ‘Ware, Spring! On rainy days, I have been making up some food mixes and placing them in jars with a goodly supply of dried herbs from last year. On those busy days, all I have to do is grab a mix, add the fresh ingredients needed, and I have a quick meal ready and easy.

Hot Xocolatl Mix: 1 cup powdered sugar, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ½ cup coconut milk powder or milk powder, 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder, a handful of chocolate chips (the higher the cocoa content, the healthier) or a handful of pieces from a smashed chocolate bar, 1 ½ teaspoon Vietnamese Cinnamon powder (or whatever cinnamon you like or have on hand), 1 teaspoon dried Chipotle (or another chile pepper such as ancho, or Cayenne) powder, ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt (sea salt will work). Combine all ingredients. Add 3 Tablespoons of the mixture with hot water, almond milk, coconut milk, milk or cream. Stir until dissolved. Drink!

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 6:00 AM

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