The season's most interesting dishes feature fresh flowers and herbs. From marigold cupcakes to lavender lamb chops, these ideas are fresh and fun to make.
A ripple of strawberry jam swirls through this delicately-flavored ice cream. For easy handling of fresh lavender, grasp the stems in one hand and strip the flowers with the forefinger and thumb of the other hand.
Pretty rose petals add a unique, subtle flavor to ice cream and a dreamy appeal that's perfect for outdoor gatherings. Remember: Never use pesticides on any plant you plan to eat. All roses are edible, with the flavor more pronounced in darker varieties. Be sure to remove the bitter white portion of the petals.
This 7-ingredient ice cream begins with rich vanilla custard that's infused with anise leaves and liqueur. Both the leaves and tiny blooms of anise hyssop have a strong anise flavor. Remove each tiny flower from its calyx for a delicate taste. Strip the whole florets from the stem for a larger yield of flowers and a stronger flavor.
Peppermint adds a refreshing twist to decadent chocolate ice cream, making it an ideal dessert for warm summer evenings.
A coating of dried lavender, Italian seasoning, pepper, and sea salt makes these grilled lamb chops sing.