Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 29
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July 27, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 29

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-July 27,1975 What's Your Favorite Potpourri Concoction? :Anne Howard By Aue Howvi Cv4e* Editor Calling all potpourri recipes'. Do you have a favorite dried flower-herb concoction you'd like to share with our readers? .Write down the ingredients and how you recommend drying and mixing them and , send it along. We'll pub\ lish it in this space within | the next few weeks. Do you know how truly \ nice it is to keep scented jjbags, sachets, and the I like in your linen closet? ·Slip a sweet-smelling j envelope between your I sheets, pillow cases, tow| els, etc. The sachets will : last for years, the scents diminishing gradually, o f . course, but still sweet and old fashioned. ..They make delightful gifts for friends or .-relatives on special occasions or just to ·tuck into a letter or take along when you .visit. ~ Actually, the wrapper from a cake of lavender soap will retain its scent for several weeks.. .and you can slip it into a pile of sheets in your closet! j; Hanging pomander balls filled with herb and flower mixtures will keep your closets .sweet-smelling for years. You can buy ·imply balls and keep them filled from · your own garden. V We've listed various potpourri recipes "here over the years, but readers seem nev- ·;er to tire of reading, saving, and experimenting with them. We've received a ^number of requests for a repeat, so here ··goes -- and let us hear from you. * * * ';:' BEFORE WE get into the potpourri rec- jpes, here's an idea from Louise Evans .-Boole's delightful book, "Herbs.. .How to 'Crow and Use Them." Ms. Doole says that ·'many years ago the herb costmary was known as "Bible leaf" because many peo- Vple used it as a bookmark in Bibles and prayer books. · We can borrow from this old custom and ' use costmary or any large fragrant leaves · ;to make bookmarks for ourselves or as gifts. Ms. Doole suggests rose geranium, -.tansy, lemon verbena, or borage leaves. '·Originally the leaves were pressed and /mounted on cards. For permanence, how- iver, it is better to press them between plotters or tissues between pages of heavy 'books. When they're dry you can either .glue them between pieces of heavy plastic \6r punch holes around the edges of the ·plastic and lace them together. The latter "method allows the fragrance to escape, f'wnich is more to the point. r . NOW, ABOUT SACHETS. You can ': make little bags out of any pretty fabric ;-- simple or elaborate. Or you can use [small handkerchiefs or squares of materi- ..al, put some dried flowers in the center, ·tie with a ribbon and you don't have to so .'much as thread a needle! You'll want to use a thin, but nonporous material. * * * ·· · ·· ' :: POTPOURRI OR SACHETS - what's lithe difference? First of all, potpourri is a ·French word and Webster says it's pronounced poe-poor-REE. * The ingredients are identical for both .potpourri and sachet. But potpourri usually is made of broken pieces of herbs, flowers, spices, etc., while the ingredients in sachets are powdered. You keep a pot" pourri in a pretty jar, and whenever you . pass that way you lift the lid .and give it a stir with your hand to let the sweet perfume scent the room. * * * .· HERE ARE some combinations -- not strictly'recipes - suggested by Ms.-Poole: / *· Lavender flowers, rose geranium - ·leaves, roses, lemon verbena. *: »· Any fragrant leaved geranium with 'josemary. · i" Equal parts peppermint, lemon ver- ,'bena, lemon balm, rose geranium, and ·rose petals. , · Lemon thyme with verbena. ''·· *· Costmary and fragrant-leaved gerani- .'um. · »· Lavender, rosemary, a few cloves, · and a bit of lemon or orange zest, zest is " the outer layer of citrus fruit, with no .-white attached, pared from the fruit and -.dried. ·' She suggests adding a tablespoon of Apices to these mixtures: ground cloves, 'iinnamon, allspice, ginger, crushed anise, .toriander seeds -- alone or in combinations that please you. ·_ * * * ··;; HERE ARE a few of Ms. Doole's sug- Engagements Announced : Ross-Lowe ···' WINFIELD - Announcement has been jnade of the engagement of Miss Stephanie 'vLee Ross to Reginald Harris Lowe. Wed- · : ding plans are incomplete. ''-. She is the daughter of Mrs. Annabelle CRoss and Roy G. Ross, both of Winfield, "··and his parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. E. i Lowe, also of Winfield. ::· A graduate of Winfield High School, · Miss Ross has a position in the Governor's ".Manpower Office. Her fiance was grad; uated from Barboursville High School and · -'is a senior at West Virginia Institute of ·[.Technology. ; Blake-James ,"· GRAFTON. Ohio - Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ; Blake of Grafton are announcing the en- 'gagement of their daughter, Donna Jane, · 'to Lowell A. James, son of Mr. and Mrs. ' Alton D. James of Frametown, W.Va. The open church wedding will take place · at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 in the Hope Baptist :'· Church at Frametown. · Miss Blake graduated from Lorain .County Community College and is em- /'ployed by Summersville Memorial Hospi- -tal. Her fiance graduated from Braxton 'County High School and is employed by · ^Wright Constrain Co. in Clendenin. gested mixtures for the linen closet -- plus a tablespoonful of spices to each if desired: *· 4 parts lavender; 2 parts rose petals, 1 part southernwood. *· 3 parts lavender, 1 part bergamot, 1 part lemon halm. »· equal parts sweet fern, bergamot, lemon balm. » equal parts rose geranium leaves, lemon thyme, lemon verbena. FOR THE clothes closet, pomander balls, padded clothes hangers -- plus a tablespoonful of spices if desired: »· 2 parts rose petals, 1 part rose geranium, 2 parts lavender, 1 part thyme. AND HOW about a little something not- so-feminine for your husband's dresser drawer or clothes closet? For instance: *· Equal parts of pine and lavender. · * Equal parts of lavender, verbena, nutmeg, and geranium. »· Equal parts lemon balm, thyme, and lavender. The usual tablespoonf ul of spices can be added if desired. YOU MIGHT want to experiment with some old fashioned moth preventatives. Godey's Lady's Book of 1864 suggested a mixture of an ounce of coarse-powdered cloves, an ounce of cinnamon bark, an ounce of lavender, an ounce of lemon peel. Other moth preventatives were peppermint, rosemary, spearmint, tansy, sweet woodruff, any or all blended with spices of your choice. . POTPOURRI QUITE often is made from dried rose petals alone. There are many other flowers whkh may be used in addition to roses, or in place of them. Just be sure you gather only fragrant flowers. Be sure the blooms are picked when they are newly opened, before they have lost their scent. Pick flowers when the dew has dried off them but before the sun is at its How Does Your Garden Grow? hottest. Use fresh flowers only, no faded ones. And be sure to get the petals totally dry. You can add other flowers to the mixture through the season providing they're dry when you do it. Drying is important. Remove petals from flowers. Dry the petals in a single layer on a cardboard box top, sheets of paper, newspaper, cheese cloth or drying screen in an airy room or a warm, dry place -- away from the sun. It may take 24 hours or two weeks. When they are thoroughly dry, they'll be brittle, so run your hands through them- each day. * * * WHEN YOU gather herbs for potpourri, cut annual plants down to the ground and perennials about halfway down. Gather up a good-sized handful, tie stems together securely. Label each bunch, and hang them in an attic or some such place -warm, airy, dark. Actually, it's fun to hang them in your kitchen for the "at- mosphere." It may take loager for them to dry but you will have the pleasure of their company during the process! When they're crumbly, strip the leaves from the stems for your recipes. Save the stems. Next time you have a fire in your fireplace, toss on these stems. They'll make a delightful perfume. * * * HOW DO you dry citrus peel? Scrape all of the fruit pulp out, break the peel into small pieces and let them dry in a warm place until they get brittle. * * * AFTER EVERYTHING is good and dry you mix up your recipe and pop the whole thing in an airtight jar for several weeks, stirring occasionally. Then you can fill your rose jars or what-have-you. SUGAR 'N SPICE GRAPES A basket of Sugar 'N Spice grapes and other fresh fruits make an attractive and refreshing dessert that doubles as a festive decoration. Coat a 1-pound cluster of fresh California grapes with 1 slightly beaten egg white. Combine Vz cup sugar, "6 tespoon graond cardamom seed and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon; sprinkle mixture over coated cluster of grapes. * * * FAR EAST CHICKEN SALAD In a large saucepan combine 1 cup mayonnaise, Vz cup milk, (2 cup chutney, IVz teaspoons curry powder, Vz teaspoon salt and teaspoon ground ginger. Add 1 cup each shredded carrot and sliced cucumber. Stir in 8 ^ups diced cooked chicken. Chill. 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