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August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus

What’s in a Name:  The genus Gladiolus comes from Latin word “gladius” meaning sword, for the plant’s sword-shaped leaves. Some myths say the flower sprang forth where ever there was bloodshed during battles of Roman Gladiators. A more charming story attributes the name to a Prince named Lolus who rescued and fell in love with a maiden named Glad…the twist being that the evil wizard she was destined to marry turned them both into the flowers we know as Gladiolus! Continue reading August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus

August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus

What’s in a Name: The genus Gladiolus comes from Latin word “gladius” meaning sword, for the plant’s sword-shaped leaves. Some myths say the flower sprang forth where ever there was bloodshed during battles of Roman Gladiators. A more charming story attributes the name to a Prince named Lolus who rescued and fell in
love with a maiden named Glad…the twist being that the evil wizard she was destined to marry turned them both into the flowers we know as Gladiolus! Continue reading August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus

July Flower of the Month – Larkspur

What’s in a Name: The common name Larkspur comes from the resemblance of the blooms to a Lark’s spur or claw. Consolida ajacis is the scientific name and the genus derives from Latin meaning to consolidate or “make firm” as it was used to stop bleeding and speed wound healing. The species comes from the Greek Ajax, for legend says the flower bloomed where the blood of Ajax was spilled in the battle of Troy. Continue reading July Flower of the Month – Larkspur

June Flower of the Month – Rose

What’s in a Name: some say the genus name of Rosa is derived from the Celtic rhos or rhod (meaning red) others from a Roman beauty named Rhodanthe

History: The most popular story of the rose’s origin centers around a
beautiful Roman woman named Rhodanthe, who traveled to the Temple of Diana, seeking refuge from persistent suitors. The suitors broke down the temple gates, infuriating Diana so much that she turned the suitors into thorns and Rhodanthe into a beautiful flower – the Rose. Continue reading June Flower of the Month – Rose

June Flower of the Month – Rose

What’s in a Name: some say the genus name of Rosa is derived from the Celtic rhos or rhod (meaning red) others from a Roman beauty named Rhodanthe

History: The most popular story of the rose’s origin centers around a beautiful Roman woman named Rhodanthe, who traveled to the Temple of Diana, seeking refuge from persistent suitors. The suitors broke down the temple gates, infuriating Diana so much that she turned the suitors into thorns and Rhodanthe into a beautiful flower – the Rose. Continue reading June Flower of the Month – Rose

Cherry Pepper Poppers

Directions:

Slice tops off peppers and remove seeds. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around a cheese cube, and stuff into a pepper. Repeat with remaining peppers. Place stuffed peppers into a 1 quart jar and sprinkle with salt. Pour in enough olive oil to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit for 1 hour before eating.

Ingredients:

  • 12 fresh cherry peppers
  • 6 oz sharp provolone cheese, cubed
  • 6 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 1 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Cheese Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Boil, drain and peel the potatoes. Pass them through a sieve and put the puree in a bowl. Scald the zucchini and pass them through a sieve or mash with a fork. Add them to the potatoes, along with the egg, grated cheeses and oil. Season with marjoram, salt and pepper. Add garlic if desired. Mix thoroughly
and stuff the flowers. Fry the flowers in boiling oil, then drain them, put them in a baking dish and bake in a 400° F. oven for 10 minutes before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 10 squash blossoms
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and Grana Padano
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • marjoram
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped (optional)

Cucumber Salad

Directions:

Combine tomatoes, cucumber, carrots and onion in large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, oregano and parsley. Whisk in oil, salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables and toss lightly. Sprinkle with feta before serving.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 4 cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 c crumbled feta cheese