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Put aside any lingering associations you may have with lavender and your grandmother’s favorite soap, perfume or sachet. When used judiciously in cooking, this aromatic herb can add an elegant, sophisticated and surprising note to both sweet and savory dishes. 

My lavender lemon quick bread is subtly sweet, with a kick of spice from the white pepper glaze—enjoy a warm slice for breakfast with coffee or tea. And a touch of lavender in the buttermilk pancakes transforms an ordinary Sunday brunch dish into something truly special.

This versatile herb lends its heady scent to the sweet/tart hibiscus lemonade; top it off with some gin and you’ve got yourself the perfect cocktail for spring. And why stop at sweets? Lavender, rosemary and garlic play beautifully with the grassy notes in medium rare lamb lollipops.

Note: Make sure to buy culinary lavender to use in your cooking, available from online retailers.

Lavender & Rosemary Lamb Lollipops

Lavender Lemon Quick Bread

Lavender & Cardamom Mini Buttermilk Pancakes

Spiked Lavender Hibiscus Lemonade

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