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Herb-Marinated Grilled Bison Steak

August 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pound Bison Sirloin Steak 2 pieces, or other lean cut For the Marinade: 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard Juice of half lemon 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper 6 Branches fresh thyme whole 1 tsp rosemary 2 cloves garlic peeled and cracked Directions: Whisk together all marinade ingredients except the thyme branches and garlic. Place the steaks in a shallow glass or steel container. Place the thyme branches and rosemary on top and a cracked garlic clove on each steak. Cover with the marinade. Rub in on both sides until well coated. Cover…


Colonial Kombucha Cooler

August 10, 2020

Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Ketal One Botanical Cucumber and Mint 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped mint 1 lemon wedge, squeezed and juiced 3 ounce Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha Directions: Mash the fresh mint into the lemon juice in a glass with the spoon. Strain and add the vodka and lemon/mint juice to a chilled glass with ice. Top with the Kombucha and garnish with an apple slice and twist of lemon. Recipe Inspired from Goop


Health With Houseplants

August 3, 2020

Nowadays, most people have houseplants, because of course, the aesthetic of plants aids in your interior design! But plants are not only just visually appealing, they also provide several physical and mental health benefits. A study out of Japan by Dr. Qing Li found that Forest Bathing, or simply just spending time in nature, may reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. As well as strengthen the immune system, improve cardiovascular and metabolic health, and boost overall well-being (Berkeley Edu). So, the more you collect plants to create a forest or jungle like vibe within your home, the better! Plants act…


Herb and Lemon Salad

August 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2 medium carrots, peeled, very thinly sliced into rounds ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced, rinsed, patted dry 4 radishes, thinly sliced into rounds 2 cups torn mixed tender herbs (such as mint, parsley, and/or dill) 3 cups torn lettuce and chopped kale mixed ½ large cucumber sliced into rounds Salad dressing 1 T white wine vinegar 2 T grain mustard 2 T Dijon mustard 3 chopped garlic scapes 1 cup extra virgin olive oil Juice of 2 lemons squeezed 1 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tsp freshly ground pepper 1 T honey Directions: Toss carrots, onion, radish, cucumber, lettuce,…


Tuscany chicken with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives

July 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 8 bone-in chicken thighs (3 pounds), skin removed if desired 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, crushed ½ teaspoon fresh tri colored sage 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, drained ½ cup sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed olives 1-1/2 cups orange juice 3/4 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons honey Directions: In a shallow bowl, mix flour, garlic salt and pepper. Dip chicken thighs in flour mixture to coat both…


Watering 101

July 24, 2020

So, you spent all day at the garden center. You got some neat, amazing new plants. You spent your weekend planting and potting. But, if you’re like me, you’re not sure about watering. How much water does my plant need? When do I water? How often do I water? What are the best tools to water with? How can I remind myself to water? Worry no more, the Colonial Gardens experts are here to answer some of these questions and help your plants to look great all season long! When to Water Find a rhythm, make watering part of your…


Fire Blight

July 17, 2020

Maybe you have a fruit tree in your yard, apples or pears? Have you started to notice the leaves turning brown, or even black, and your twigs, blossoms and fruit spurs dying? You might be experiencing fire blight. Fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) is a bacterial infection that affects plants in the Rosaceae family. It is most common in pome type fruits such as apple, pear, and quince. It can also affect crabapple, Pyracantha, roses, cotoneaster, and several other plants. Fire blight begins in spring, when small cankers appear and start to ooze a light-colored tan sap. The cankers form on…


Avocado Bruschetta

July 15, 2020

Ingredients: 4 slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and mashed ¼ cup/50 ml extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling. Directions: Rub each slice of bread with ½ garlic clove. Divide and spread the avocado on each slice of toasted bread. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.


Citrus Trees

July 10, 2020

Just because you live in the Midwest doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a citrus tree inside your own home. Not only do citrus trees add an appealing look to your home, they will give you homegrown citrus fruit! As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather now, just wait a few minutes. This means that your citrus tree will fair well in a pot that you can bring in and out of the house depending on the weather. Plant in a deep pot using Colonial Gardens Custom growing mix with an organic citrus tone fertilizer. Proper planting of…


Blackberry Ice Cream

July 4, 2020

Ingredients: 8 cups washed and drained blackberries 3/4 cup sugar 1/8 tsp kosher salt 1 3/4 cup heavy cream 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp gin (optional) 1 tbs fresh lemon juice Directions: In a saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, and salt. Use a metal spatula or potato masher to crush the berries until the sugar is dissolved. Cook until bubbling hot, reduce to a simmer stirring constantly until the mixture has reduced. Strain cooked berries into a large bowl through a fine-mesh strainer. Press and stir the berries to extract all juices, leaving only the pulp and seeds. Set the…


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