Garden Herbed Butter

As Summer comes to an end and we get underway with Fall, I'm still on a quest to try to use as many of the fresh herbs in my garden as I can. I am constantly trying to come up with new ways to preserve the flavor far beyond the season. 

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Garden Herbed Butter, which I absolutely love atop a slice of Skillet Cornbread or Buttermilk Biscuit. A dollop of this butter on a big juicy steak is also a big win for the Mr. I must say I am 100% #teamsavory if given the option and this dish hits all the right notes.

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fresh garden chives and herbs / heirloomed
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Garden Herbed Butter

1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened

3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

1 bundle of fresh chives

Kosher salt

Allow your butter to soften to room temperature (or use our recipe for Homemade Butter here). In a small bowl, spread and stir until creamy with a large spoon. On a chopping board, pull off needles from your rosemary and add chives into a pile, chopping into small pieces. 

Add chopped herbs and salt to butter and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture onto a small sheet of waxed paper and roll into a ball or log, twisting the edges of the waxed paper to seal. Place in refrigerator until chilled. 

Serve and enjoy!

chopped rosemary for herb butter / heirloomed recipe
homemade herb butter in waxed paper / heirloomed recipe
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You can certainly substitute any fresh herbs you may have here, like tarragon or thyme, and get creative with using them atop your favorite dish. I'd love to know your best combination. #HEIRLOOMED


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HOW TO MAKE : Family Photo + Recipe Book.

Like many of us, I have a whole shelf in my kitchen loaded with big, beautiful cookbooks. But the one book that people ask me about the most is the tiniest one on the shelf.

Flipping through old family photos and recipes / heirloomed

That book -- handmade and so obviously a stand-out among the large books on the shelf --  is full of photos and recipes that define my life, lives of relatives before me, and now the lives of my own children. I was so fortunate to have inherited stacks and stacks of my grandmother and great grandmother's recipe cards. Some are handwritten, some were written by typewriter. Almost every one of them is faded, stained and spilled upon. They contain some of the family's favorite recipes along with others that I'd never even heard of. 

Nana's Pie Crust Handwritten Recipe Card / DIY Recipe Book / heirloomed

I love looking through them and seeing the old, beautiful ink handwriting. You can tell which recipes were favorites just based on how dirty they are, and the little notes my grandmother left on the card show you the process she went through to perfect them. 

This project began as a way to celebrate my grandmother's life after she passed. I made one of the books for every member of our family, along with a jar of her signature chocolate sauce, to ensure that everyone had a little piece of her + her favorite things after she was gone.

Creating this recipe and photo book is a unique way of celebrating family traditions and is so much fun to put together. You often hear the stories of family recipes like these, but seeing the recipe side by side with photos of the family member who perfected it makes for a special experience and a meaningful connection. I love thinking that my own kids will inherit this book one day, and hopefully add their own stories, recipes and photos to it. 

old family recipe card and DIY photo book / heirloomed

This project makes a great gift around the holidays, or for a special occasion like a wedding (or a funeral!) when words just aren’t enough. Although it may seem like an undertaking to create and compile, it's an undertaking that I loved doing and learning from.

One tip: I recommend doing this “early” in the sense that it's important to talk to your grandparents or parents when they are around to tell you the stories, share the recipes and their memories of them, and write them in their own handwriting. This is especially essential if a recipe doesn’t already exist in writing. Let them sift through their old photos with you so that they can connect the dots between the people, the stories and the recipes. Hearing their tips and tricks for making the recipe is a crucial part of the process as well, and it truly allows these heirlooms to live on as you'll be able to recreate the dishes exactly as you remember them.

I recommend this project to anyone looking to explore and preserve their family traditions + stories. My book sits neatly next to my cookbooks and my recipe card box in the pantry and brings a smile to my face every time it catches my eye.

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French Sage Dressing Recipe for Thanksgiving.

When it comes to the most basic Thanksgiving feast, many people have the same staples upon their table - green bean casserole with those little crispy onions, sweet potato casserole loaded with mini marshmallows, cranberry sauce still molded with those little rings straight from the can. But there are few things with quite as much variation as stuffing (a.k.a dressing) and that is generally the dish that "makes" it Thanksgiving, at least in my mind.

French sage dressing for Thanksgiving recipe / heirloomed
cubing bread for Thanksgiving dressing / heirloomed
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Preparing Thanksgiving stuffing

Straight from the box stuffing, apple + cornbread stuffing for a sweet touch, oyster dressing, and the list continues. In my house, we always had the same delicious dressing and it is a coveted recipe that has been passed down from my Grandmother's side of the family for generations and generations. It is a meat based stuffing, traditionally made with equal parts beef and pork, though these days I must admit I make mine with ground turkey and either chicken or turkey sausage but I truly don't think it makes much of a difference.

cubed bread with measuring cups / Thanksgiving Stuffing prep / heirloomed

The hero in this stuffing is the fresh sage, which I know grow in two large galvanized tubes in our garden, and the highlights of dry, rubbed sage. You almost think it's a typo when you're making this for the first time and you see just how much sage goes into the recipe. But don't skimp on it, it's what makes this a standout dish. And of course the crusty cubes of day-old bread make this a truly juicy and delicious side dish.  One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to have our Stuffing Sandwiches the next day for lunch, with purely white sliced bread, a mound of stuffing and a little dab of cranberry sauce or gravy on top to keep it interesting.

This is the one dish that I can't do Thanksgiving without. To me, it makes the holiday so even if I'm dining out with family or my in-laws each year, I always tend to make a side dish of my Grandmother's French Sage Dressing to bring along for the hostess (and me) to enjoy with our meal. I hope you will give it a try and that you enjoy it as much as I do!

fresh sage and onion for Thanksgiving stuffing prep / heirloomed

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French Sage Dressing

The day before : Open a loaf of crusty french bread. Lay out slices on a breadboard to dry overnight. Cube bread in 1/2" cubes when dry and set aside.

  • 2 parts ground beef
  • 1 part ground pork
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 3/4 loaf of dried French bread cubes (see above)
  • Salt + pepper
  • Fresh sage leaves (several bundles)
  • 1/2 bottle of ground rubbed sage

In a heavy cast iron pan brown meats and onion. Stir until cooked through and no pink remains. Drain excess fat. Add dried bread cubes, stirring to absorb liquid. Slowly add enough water to get mixture to a moist consistency, but not soupy. Season freely with salt and pepper. Add sage to taste. It will take several bunches of fresh sage, as well as about half a bottle of ground rubbed sage to get the rich taste.

Loosely stuff bird cavities or spoon into casserole dish. Cover and bakealong with bird. Uncover the last 10-15 minutes to get a bit of crust.

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classic french sage dressing for your thanksgiving turkey / heirloomed

I would absolutely love to know what kind of dressing you love for your Thanksgiving feast. #HEIRLOOMED

Sasha Nicholas handwritten recipe oval platter

We teamed up with our good Instagram friends at Sasha Nicholas to celebrate the true meaning of the Thankgiving holiday - the traditions, the made-from-scratch recipes, and the heirloom pieces from each of our collections that you are sure to bring out year after year.

Cynthia was generous enough to gift me this amazing Monogrammed Oval Platter that features my mother's handwritten recipe for this French Sage Dressing, straight from the recipe card. It features our last name monogram on the front of the platter and I truly can't imagine anything more wonderful and special to have as a part of our Thanksgiving table each year while serving this dish to our guests around the table. You truly must take a peek over on their site and soak up all the beauty and all of the thoughtful ideas they have for using their dinnerware pieces.

Pictured above is a stack of my Grandmother's recipe cards, and a photo of my Great Grandmother, her mother, who also made this dressing so many years ago. The fact that this recipe has been passed down so many generations is truly special for me, and makes the importance of serving it to my own children even greater.

handwritten recipe printed on oval platter from Sasha Nicholas

The Splattered Recipe Card.

When I use the term heirloom it extends far beyond a tangible thing. Quite literally it is defined as a person or a thing that carries on some tradition or circumstance. It could be a vintage piece of jewelry, a family recipe or even a skill, like learning to sew. To me, the heirloom quality is the storied past, full of meaning, memories and craftsmanship.

As I often mention, I have been fortunate to have been passed down a big stack of my Grandmother and Great Grandmother's handwritten recipe cards. There are some I've never heard of and certainly never eaten, and some that are treasures I grew up enjoying around our table.

handwritten recipe cards

I love when someone says that they have "no recipe" because it means they cook from the heart, and from a learned skill that has been passed down to them. Terms like dash, pinch + splash give nod to the inclusion of an ingredient but hint at the secret fact that you must truly listen, learn and practice these family recipes to truly master them in your own kitchen one day.

To spend an entire day baking alongside your mother or grandmother, learning what they dough should feel like or how the cake should feel or when the sauce should boil, is the most invaluable time you will spend. Anyone who has ever tried to re-create their Grandmother's biscuits will know this to be true. And I guarantee you'll hear stories you've never heard before, as she recalls memories of making the same dish years ago, of when she learned to make it as a child.

Much like the stories that Native Americans pass down through their tribes, the details may change slightly over the years but at the heart of the tale, or recipe, is a storied past rich in history. It are these nuances that bring a well-loved, splattered, handwritten family recipe card to life.

To not take the time to celebrate and learn to make these treasured family recipes from scratch, the way they've always been made, marks the end of an heirloom. My challenge to you today is to pick one of your childhood favorites and learn to make it for yourself. It seems a simple challenge but it means this recipe will live on for another generation.

Love if you'd share your favorite handwritten recipe cards, your try at recreating a recipe or your time spent mastering this challenge with #heirloomed.

I'll be sharing a special new project with you that was inspired by this very notion, so stay tuned!

Grandma's Chocolate Sauce.

I'm one of those people who prefers a 95-degree, sunny day to any other day in the world, but even I can admit that it's been a long, hot summer. Another fun fact, I'm not a super chocolate fan. If given the choice, I always go vanilla or citrus. But there is one exception ... my Grandmother's (top secret) Chocolate Sauce.

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I went back and forth as to whether I should even share this family recipe, but it's truly too good not to. And, I know Grandma would have loved doing the same. The recipe actually may have originally come from my Great Grandmother's collection, but that I cannot confirm for certain. It originated as part of a delicious frozen Calypso Pie recipe (that I'll also have to share) but I love it alone much, much more.

On the night of my Grandmother's funeral, we gathered for dinner with our family and a few very close family friends and we each shared a few memories and kind words. I couldn't quite find the words so I instead made several batches of this recipe and bottled up a jar, along with a copy of the original recipe tied to the lid for everyone to enjoy.

Grandma's Chocolate Sauce

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract

Melt butter and chocolate squares in a heavy saucepan on low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in sugar and salt to form a thick mixture. Slowly add in evaporated milk, blending well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and almond extracts. Cool to room temperature and enjoy over ice cream, or bottle and keep refrigerated.

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grandmas recipe for hot fudge sauce to top ice cream / heirloomed

A few quick tips, remember to cook this recipe slowly, on low heat and pouring the milk in splash by splash for the best results. Otherwise you'll end up with a more glossy sauce that is clumpy instead of a smooth and flowing sauce.

Also, it's meant to be enjoyed hot over ice cream but my favorite way is to sneak a spoonful when it's cold and fresh out of the fridge.

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Grandma's Hot Fudge Sauce / ice cream topping / heirloomed

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com