Sunday, December 4, 2016

What The Heck Is Mincemeat?

I have always wondered about mincemeat pie. Here is the answer.  It's interesting.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Recipes and Celebrations

Well it is almost Thanksgiving when we celebrate on the fourth Thursday in November by consuming all kinds of food.  I celebrate it by serving a wonderful dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravey, scalloped corn, green bean casserole, cranberries and pumpkin and pecan pies.  Oh yes, and in our house we celebrate with our family, fur family a/k/a pets, friends, parades and lots of football.  I'm getting hungry just thinking about Thanksgiving.

This morning I ran across a very interesting article in the New York Times entitled "The American Thanksgiving". " The Times asked 15 families from across the country to show us the holiday dishes they make that speak most eloquently about their heritage and traditions."

If you are a "foodie" like me, be sure to read it.  I found it very interesting.  

The following is courtesy of The New York Times:

Also for some really good Thanksgiving Day information and recipes be sure to check out our Rockport Herbies Blog November 2010, November 2013 and November 2014!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!  🦃🍁🍽 

I just found this on the New York Times!  Enjoy!  🦃🦃🦃

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lemongrass Recipes

Since I grow lots of lemongrass, I'm always looking for more recipes that use it.  I found this Epicurious website with some dynamite recipes.  Check them out. 

Most fresh herbs have you at hello with the beguiling shape of their leaves, their singular texture, their tempting fragrance. But lemongrass (also called citronella root) is different. It’s tough, but hidden within each fibrous, foot-long stalk of this Southeast Asian grass lurks incomparable character: It’s floral without being cloying, lemony without being tart—those lemony notes come from the same compound in lemon zest. Lop off the spiky tops (use them to infuse a pot of rice or as grilling skewers) and peel away the tough outer layers of white bottom stalk. Crush, slice, or mince those four inches of pale bottom, and lemongrass will reveal itself. It plays especially well with garlic, onion, and ginger, the flavors that often partner it in Southeast Asian recipes. Lemongrass is like no other herb in the world, and in cooking, here’s just no substitute.

Health Matters:

Practitioners of natural medicine prize lemongrass for its ability to relieve fever, muscle spasms, and muscle cramps. It’s also reputed to help cure an upset stomach and headaches. Lemongrass is used as an antiseptic, as well. It’s thought to help relieve oily skin and to promote healthy-looking hair.

How to Buy and Store:

Choose whole, firm stalks that are as unblemished as possible, with a good four inches of thick white bottom stalk. Avoid dried or pre-packaged (some stores mistakenly wrap and sell the green part, tossing the white bit). Wrapped in plastic and kept dry, lemongrass will last for at least ten days in the fridge.

3 Quick Ways to Use Lemongrass:

Salad: Toss minced lemongrass with lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, minced shallot, hot sauce, and sliced Napa cabbage.
Soup: Simmer sliced lemongrass in chicken broth with garlic and ginger. Strain; add shredded chicken, rice noodles, lime juice, and cilantro.
Shellfish: Combine white wine, chopped lemongrass, chopped shallots, and crushed red pepper. Add two pounds of mussels; cover and steam until all shells have opened.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lemongrass is Good


Click on the following links for information about our lemongrass program that was presented in September 2016.

Also I just found a recipe for a lemongrass drink that looks yummy!

Here's another link for upcoming programs!

Hope to see everyone at our next program on October 12.  


Monday, September 19, 2016

Upcoming Programs

At our last meeting we discussed some ideas for our upcoming programs.  The following is what we have so far.  We will be adding more programs for 2017 with our April program being a field trip to The Herb Cottage in Hallettsville courtesy of proprietor Cindy Meredith! 

October 12 "All About Bamboo" presented by Cindy Meredith

November 9 "Come and Make Herbal Vinegar" 

December 14 "Combined Christmas and Birthdays Luncheon" 

January 11 "Program by Mimi Baugh

The remaining programs will be listed soon!  

We are open to anyone that wants to know about herbs and their many uses!  We have no rules, no dues and we are a relaxed group! So come on by for a fun time.  

Mission Statement

The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to increasing public knowledge and awareness about herbs and roses.

Come and learn everything you ever wanted to know about herbs. Do you know that there are over 2,000 herbs and that roses are herbs too? Do you know that many of our Texas Native Plants are also herbs? Herbs are used not only for culinary purposes, but also for medicinal, cosmetic and craft purposes.

We meet the second Wednesday of every month at the ACISD Maintenance Department Formerly Rockport Elementary, 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, Texas at 10:00 a.m. to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs including the historical uses of the herbs and tips for successful propagation and cultivation.

We are open to the public. Some members of the group are available as speakers to other audiences. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Hello Herbies!

I am writing you early so you will be prepared (and hopefully get the emails) that our next meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept 15th.  It will be at 10 AM and we will meet at my house.  My address is 117 El Cid Dr.  That is the corner of Spanish Woods Dr. and El Cid. It is on the north side of the street.

The program will be on lemongrass.  I hope you can all make it.