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Lavender

The husband and I bought our first house in the Fall of last year. We were super excited to start a garden. I was super excited to plant some lavender in the herb area of the garden. So................ What do I do with it? Ha! It grew nice and big and bushy. Any ideas? I just love the smell of it! Aside from the obvious- scent your rice or your lamb with it, what else can I do? Will tea work? Do I have to dry the leaves first for that? Does anyone know an easy way to make soap or any other household-y type things? What else can I use it for?
Thanks!

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  1. I don't know of anyone using leaves; one usually uses the flowers. There is another thread on lavender just above this one.

    1. Here's the link to the other thread on lavender cookery. It kind of got lost down the page!

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552628

      1. Mark Bittman has an article about cooking with lavender in this week's New York Times. Check out the links to his recipe and video, too.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/27/din...

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          1. re: mrspvr

            I just made delicious lavender filled cupcakes with pink grapefruit (or any citrus) cream cheese frosting with my son. You can use the lavender leaves and stems to make the simple syrup for the whipped filling. (I could not find the flowers) I have the recipe if you want. They are awesome!!!

        1. A natural foods store I went to used to make the most delicious lemonade that they infused with lavender. It was so delicious! I would definitely recommend that for a great drink.

          1. Tried a lavender & honey yogurt last week. Almost too sweet but the flavors were otherwise very nice together.