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Lavender with attitude!

No doubt about it, spring is here, and with spring comes the bursts of colorful wildflowers, blossoms and plenty of intoxicating fragrance filling the air; its enough to make you want to spend the whole day outdoors.

In fact, spring is my favorite time of year, when there is such an abundance of herbs and flowers to look at, and I cant help but be mesmerized by the beauty and fragrance of the lavender. This incredibly versatile herb not only looks good, but also adds great flavor and color to just about any culinary dish. In fact, most upscale restaurants use fresh, edible flowers to enhance the appearance and taste in their cuisine.

As most of you know, I am somewhat of a spice-nerd as I love to experiment with making different exotic blends using spices and herbs from all over the world. I am happy to say that our lavender salt and lavender sugar are two of my favorite combinations. The things you can do in the kitchen with lavender salt and sugar makes for wonderful table-talk during dinner.

Imagine the perfumed essence and sweetness of lavender and sugar sprinkled on cakes, cookies or on any dessert for that matter. Its impossible for me to bake lemon cookies without using lavender sugar. I also love adding a touch of lavender sugar in my tea; it actually tastes more flavorful than if you brewed your own lavender tea. This is the perfect way to accentuate any beverage, especially ice-cold lemonade. Or, use lavender-sugar to rim a champagne glass and spend the afternoon sipping champagne while basking in the spring air.

The subtle taste of sweet lavender combined with sea salt is without a doubt one of the most versatile flavor enhancers to use in your cooking. Just a dash of this perfect combo goes a long way and it definitely elevates the taste of grilled meat. I love using it to season poultry and fish as well as adding a dash of lavender salt on fresh veggies, or for making wonderful salad dressing. Sometimes I like to use the whole lavender flower with heirloom tomatoes when I just want a fresh side salad - see recipe below:

Try out these fabulous ways to use our lavender salt and lavender sugar, but more importantly, be adventurous and create your own recipes using these perfect condiments.

Heirloom & Lavender Salad- click link