Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2004
Regional Report

Recipes

Orange-Calendula Drop Cookies
Ingredients
6-8 fresh calendula blossoms
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
grated zest of 2 oranges
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flower
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond halves

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Rinse calendulas. Pull off petals and set aside. In a bowl, cream butter, sugar, and orange rind until fluffy. Add orange juice concentrate and vanilla. Mix in eggs, stirring until blended.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Blend calendula petals and dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Press an almond half into each cookie. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Makes 3-4 dozen.

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Ural Falsespirea
Ural falsespirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia) is a shrub that's not for the faint of heart. It will grow to 10 feet high and 10 feet wide, and has a reasonably coarse texture, with leaves much like mountain ash and huge clusters of creamy white flowers in late June and July. It is an effective plant in the shrub border, in a spot where it is okay to sucker. Because it will sucker. Best of all, it tolerates almost all conditions and will grow in partial shade, blooming just as well as in sun.

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