Posts From Pat Crocker

Spring Cleansing with Herbs – Bitter Tonics Herald Ancient Rite of Spring

February 17, 2024

Cleansing tonics are an ancient rite of spring that reflects the season’s central theme of self-renewal. By definition, a tonic is an infusion of herbs...

The Mighty Ginger Root: Health Benefits and 6 Thirst-Quenching Recipes

January 12, 2023

The dried root of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used “as a condiment and aromatic stimulant from ancient times”2. And from the 15th century, ginger...

Gifts From The Kitchen: How to Create Homemade Gifts That are Fun and Budget-Friendly

November 21, 2022

I’m a cook, I’m a foodie, and I’m a herb whisperer. My life is seasonal and revolves around the only two places I love to...

Lemon Chutney

November 21, 2022

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN‘. (Makes 4 cups) 8 organic lemons, scrubbed 2 Tbsp kosher or pickling salt 4 large cloves...

Polynesian Spice Blend

November 21, 2022

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN‘. I use cinnamon as a sweet flavouring in both sweet and savoury dishes. It imparts an...

Mediterranean Pesto

November 21, 2022

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN‘. (Makes 2 cups) Ingredients 4 large cloves garlic ½ cup pine nuts or sunflower seeds 3...

My Top 10 Superfoods: Fresh Summer Recipes to Supercharge Your Diet

May 31, 2022

While many organic and natural foods could be considered superfoods, it is handy to have a short list of must-have foods that we know we...

The Joy of Juicing – Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs to Detox and Revitalize

April 8, 2022

If you work, breathe, eat and drink, you will most likely benefit from cleansing, detoxification fasts, and supportive juicing. Cleansing diets and health fasting may...

Green Magic in the Kitchen: Cooking with Spring Plants

April 1, 2022

From ancient times, the spring season has been greeted with ceremony and rituals along with the gathering of all fresh, wild edibles, which were inevitably...

Fire Up Your Winter Meals with Immune Boosting Chile Peppers

November 19, 2021

Chile Pepper Medicine Turns Up the Heat The mighty capsicum (botanical name for pepper) has been named 2016 Herb of the Year by the International Herb Association.

Herb of the Year: Parsley – A Nutrient Powerhouse

July 1, 2021

It may come as a surprise to learn that the ubiquitous herb we call parsley was the favorite pasture cover of the Greek gods, who...

Cooking with Cannabis: Strategies and Recipes by Pat Crocker

November 16, 2020

(Updated Nov. 16, 2020) It is a different experience ingesting Cannabis than smoking it, but certainly not a new one. Legend has it that the...

Bitter Tastes of Spring – Refreshing Greens from Dandelion to Radicchio

March 10, 2020

Herbalists and other healers have long championed the bitter taste of certain herbs and garden greens. Yet the majority of North Americans still shun these essential foods, preferring salty and sweet over the equally important sour and bitter.

Lemon Balm

September 1, 2017

Revered by Herbalists from Ancient Monasteries to Modern Kitchens Relax and take cheer; Lemon Balm is here. This refreshingly humble member of the Mint family,...

Recipe: Dandelion Pasta

April 4, 2017

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘The Bitter Tastes of Spring‘. Gather dandelion in the spring when the leaves are young and tender and the bitter...

Recipe: Sautéed Radicchio & Other Bitters

April 4, 2017

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘The Bitter Tastes of Spring‘. Simple, healthy, and a great way to start a meal, use just radicchio or a...

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