One for cooking, one for health:
For Health: Garlic and Herb with Echinacea Extract
Feel a cold coming on? You will only have to start taking your new cold extract and you will feel better in no time! The herbs in this mixture are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, and specific to the lymphatic system and to the upper respiratory system. And most of the herbs are in your cupboard!
In a pint jar add 1 clove of garlic (whole is fine), 1 Tb of basil, 1/2 ts of rosemary, 1/4 t thyme, pinch of ginger. If you grow purple coneflower, aka Echinacea, then place 1 Tb of crushed leaves or a big flower of it. You can get it from the health food store or online if necessary. Fill jar with vodka, rum, brandy, or apple cider vinegar if you are averse to alcohol (the alcohol works the fastest though). Shake daily and keep in window for a week. Place in cupboard. After four weeks, strain. It is ready after a week, however. Just dip your teaspoon in there. You can put your teaspoon of ‘maybe not the yummiest concoction you ever made’ into a tablespoon of orange juice to help it go down! This works as cold medicine as well. Take 1 ts as needed. You cannot overdose!
For Cooking: Vanilla Extract
This one is much tastier. In fact I insist that you put a little in your batter and have a thimble yourself. Delicious! (And helps libido if you wanted it for health reasons!) When recipes call for a teaspoon of vanilla extract I always double it. This stuff is too good not to use plenty. When you get to the store, check out the ingredients of store-bought vanilla extract. You are making the same thing only fresher and more fabulous and you will save so much money!
In a pint jar place one whole vanilla bean (health food stores, online). Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Fill with brandy. Let sit for a week in the cupboard before using it. Don’t strain it! When it gets half way down, add another bean, a touch of brown sugar, and top with rum.
Try adding a splash of vanilla extract and orange juice while making scrambled eggs. We call them “sweet eggs”. They are very good!