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Hello, from Humble Seed!

March 28th, 2010

Hello, and welcome to the Humble Seed blog. We are a family run garden seed kit business that provides premium heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to various individuals and organizations, ranging from gardening hobbyists to preppers and nursing homes to schools. Our top-quality seeds are bundled and themed into eye-catching garden seed kits—Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles, Uncle Herb’s Favorites, Veggin’ Out, and The Producer.
 
We’re blogging because we’re passionate about the many benefits that come from growing your own foods. We’re also interested in food and societal trends—as we know many of you are—and we’re excited to share what we know and learn. From specific seed varieties to food recalls that are taking place and why, and great recipes to hot topics in the garden seed world, you’ll be able to find informative and interesting information here at Humble Seed’s blog.
 
So, bookmark this blog, and forward it on to your gardening friends and colleagues then come back soon.
 
Happy gardening!

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Beet Juice

March 22nd, 2010

1/3 cup beet juice
1/3 cup carrot juice
1/4 cup cucumber juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Blend all ingredients together then serve with 1 tablespoon of yogurt, as a topping. Note: Never drink pure beet juice by itself. Beet juice should always be mixed with other vegetables and/or apple juice, because pure beet juice can temporarily paralyze your vocal chords, cause hives, increase your heart rate, and/or cause chills.

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Parsley Salad (Tabouli)

March 22nd, 2010

2 cups cracked wheat
2 cups very hot water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 medium-size cucumber, chopped
2 small tomatoes, chopped
8 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup fresh chopped mint
2 cups fresh chopped parsley
1 garlic clove, minced

Soak the cracked wheat in the hot water for about 30 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. Drain any excess water then squeeze cracked wheat dry. While cracked wheat soaks, prepare dressing by mixing the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl; set aside. When cracked wheat is ready, add cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, mint, parsley and garlic to a large bowl. Add cracked wheat and dressing; stir to combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Basil Pesto

March 22nd, 2010

2 packed cups fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season

Place basil and pine nuts in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add garlic; pulse to combine. With the food processor running, slowly add in the olive oil in a constant stream. Stop food processor then scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Add grated cheese; pulse again, to combine. Season the pesto with salt and black pepper.

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Cilantro-Lime Dressing

March 22nd, 2010

1 Conchos jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined and coarsely chopped
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
1 garlic clove
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Place jalapeno, ginger and garlic into a blender; pulse until finely chopped. Add balsamic vinegar, honey, lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cilantro leaves; pulse, to blend. Turn on blender then slowly drizzle in the olive oil until blended into the dressing; season with salt if desired.

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Oregano Pesto Fingerling Potatoes

March 22nd, 2010

1 cup fresh oregano leaves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
2 cups torn spinach leaves (fresh)
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
16 fingerling potatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place first 8 ingredients into a food processor; process until smooth. With food processor running, slowly add olive oil via food chute; process until well-blended then set aside. Place potatoes on a jelly-roll pan then place in oven and bake until tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Put potatoes in a large serving bowl, add 1/3 cup pesto then toss gently to coat.

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Bay-Thyme Scalloped Potatoes

March 22nd, 2010

2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5 medium-size russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

Adjust an oven rack in center of oven then preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, melt butter. When foam subsides, add onion; cook for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and soft. Add thyme, garlic, salt and pepper; stir and cook for 30 seconds. Add potatoes, cream, broth and bay leaves; bring ingredients to a very light boil. Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat to medium-low then simmer for about 10 minutes, until potatoes are just about tender. Discard bay leaves. Transfer ingredients to a buttered 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese then bake for about 15 minutes, until cream is bubbling and top is golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

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Grilled Chicken Breasts with Cumin

March 22nd, 2010

Cooking spray
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/2-inch thick
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Spray grill rack with cooking spray then heat to medium-high. Rub olive oil onto chicken breasts. In a small bowl, combine cumin, salt and pepper; rub mixture evenly onto chicken breasts. Place on grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, until grill marks have formed and chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from grill then let rest for 5 minutes.

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Sauteed Fingerling Potatoes with Sea Salt and Fresh Sage

March 22nd, 2010

1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes, unpeeled
3 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 fresh sage leaves

Place potatoes and 2 teaspoons of sea salt in a saucepan then add enough water to cover by 2 inches; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover pan then cook for 20 minutes; drain. Heat olive oil in a large skillet that is set over medium-high heat. Add potatoes, stirring to coat. Sprinkle potatoes with pepper and remaining sea salt. Add sage leaves to skillet then cook for about 10 minutes, until sage is crisp and potato skins are lightly golden.

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Bean Soup with Fennel

March 22nd, 2010

1 1/2 cups dried navy beans, soaked overnight
1 pound smoked ham hocks
8 cups water
2 large bunches of fennel leaves, stems snipped off
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
3 teaspoons black pepper
3 large potatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped, white parts only
1 cup chopped cabbage
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound ground pork sausage, browned and drained

Place beans, ham hocks and water in a large pot; bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer ingredients until beans can be mashed and pork is tender, about 1 hour. Chop fennel until you have about 2 cups; set aside. Add garlic, onion, bay leaf and pepper to pot; simmer 5 minutes. Add chopped fennel, potatoes, green onion, cabbage, olive oil and cooked sausage to pot. Return soup to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving.

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