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shaogo Nov 10, 2009 08:56 AM

Shopping at our favorite Chinese apothecary in Flushing, New York, I spotted a lovely jar of very fragrant lavender blossoms. It was remarkably cheap; on sale. For $5 I got a *huge* baggie of the stuff.

I seek recommendations. Not the usual culprits like tea or infused vodka. (I put some of the blossoms into a pot of Pu-Erh tea and was in heaven!) What do 'Hounds do with lavender?

To get the party started I'll tell you what I made for lunch today:

A pound of boneless skinless chicken thigh meat, cut into 1" cubes.
1/4 lb. smoky sausage; I used smoked German wurst.
1 cup diced onion
At least a cup of mushrooms, sliced
1 cup coarsely chopped celery
1/4 cup Olive Oil
A couple cloves of garlic, smashed
A few bay leaves
A little chicken stock
A little white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
Saute everything (but stock & wine) in the olive oil until lightly browned.
Add stock and wine and simmer until the sauce is somewhat thick. Season with salt & pepper. We served with some sticky rice.

  1. tcamp Nov 10, 2009 09:02 AM

    First thing I would do is make a batch of lavendar salt. Last time I was at the Charleston farm market I bought some from a vendor who uses salt she buys in France (she's a flight attendant). We brought it back to the house and sprinkled over freshly sliced farm tomatoes. So delicious my sister was forced to go get more tomatoes so we could do an encore. Later that day, we used it with butter on corn and rubbed into grilled steaks. Entire (small) jar gone in 3 days.

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      aguacate Nov 10, 2009 09:59 AM

      Lavender shortbread. Put some blossoms in with the sugar you will use, bruise gently, cover, and let sit at least overnight before using. Drizzle the shortbread with dark chocolate.

      1. sunangelmb Nov 10, 2009 10:03 AM

        I do a lavendar filled cupcake. Delicious!! LMK if you want the recipe.

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        1. re: sunangelmb
          shaogo Nov 10, 2009 10:15 AM

          I don't generally make cupcakes. Could the cake/filling be adapted to make a large cake, or perhaps small cakes with intense lavender icing? Do tell, and thanks for the idea!

          1. re: shaogo
            sunangelmb Nov 10, 2009 10:31 AM

            sure, i suppose it could be used anyway. just make a lavender simple syrup (sugar water lavender) and infuse away. Cakes, icings, it's ALL good!!!!!

        2. fmcoxe6188 Nov 10, 2009 10:15 AM

          I recently purchased a bottle of lavender balsamic vinegar for my mother (who loves lavender). Its a delicious flavor combination for dessert- Im sure that it would be easy to make as well by steeping lots of lavender in the vinegar....

          1. LindaWhit Nov 10, 2009 10:18 AM

            Some previous threads:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552647
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/410570
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/631173
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552628
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/496510
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/491136
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/430362
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/328098
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/279478

            And some sites:

            http://www.purplehazelavender.com/
            http://www.sonomalavender.com/culinary.htm
            http://whatscookingamerica.net/Lavender.htm
            http://www.capecodlavenderfarm.com/
            http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipes...

            Doing a search on the Home Cooking board will bring up many more threads. (This thread might get moved there as well, as it's more appropriate over there.)

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            1. re: LindaWhit
              shaogo Nov 10, 2009 05:05 PM

              Oh, boy!

              Thanks, LindaWhit! Now, I'm ashamed that I didn't SEARCH this board first. Thanks for a very, very comprehensive list. I've sure got my work cut out for me.

              1. re: shaogo
                LindaWhit Nov 11, 2009 05:30 AM

                It's always easier to ask then search, but the search function has gotten a lot better. I was surprised at the number of threads on HC with "Lavender" in the title as well - not all are listed above.

                Have fun! I also love using culinary lavender, but a little can definitely go a long way. :-)

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              nas9211 Nov 10, 2009 10:28 AM

              Lavender ice cream! Make a custard, infuse with lavender. (I suppose you would need an ice cream machine, but I imagine it would be nice as a custard as well).

              I also really like making lavender infused maple syrup--a unique addition on top of the usual pancakes/waffles.

              1. MMRuth Nov 10, 2009 05:10 PM

                Would you mind giving me the name/location of the place? That's a great deal.

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                  gardencub Nov 10, 2009 06:12 PM

                  Here are a few ideas
                  Lavender Panna Cotta with candied lemon peel
                  Lavender creme brule"
                  Lavender pound cake w/fresh berries
                  Lavender simple syrup for infusing cakes, mixing in cocktails, etc.

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                  1. re: gardencub
                    ursy_ten Nov 14, 2010 12:17 AM

                    I just made some rose panna cotta and sprinkled lavender sugar over the top. It's wonderful! Will be trying lavender panna cotta next, maybe with a curl of dark chocolate on top.

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