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Mugwort Soup Recipe (Artemisia vulgaris)

The first time I saw mugwort in my garden I thought it was a chrysanthemum. I left it in place, expecting a riot of bloom in autumn, but alas, all I got was more mugwort. The foliage isn’t unattractive, and it smells terrific, but it’s a thug in the garden and not something you want to let run rampant among your perennials. It is, however, a tasty herb, so while you might not let it live in your garden, you should definitely make a place for it in your kitchen. Read more

serve rose hip soup hot or cold

Rose Hip Soup Recipe (the Swedes call it Nyponsoppa)

Americans don’t eat a lot of dessert soups, but a smooth fruit soup makes an elegant ending to a special meal. In Sweden, nyponsoppa is a traditional dessert. Here, we call it rose hip soup. Many rose hip soup recipes call for spices like star anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but my recipe highlights the sweet/tart flavor of rose hips and calls for no additional spices or flavors. Read more