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Cooking with Herbs for Health

Willamette Valley Herbalist Shares Recipes for Improving Wellness

Devon Young, a practitioner of medicinal herbs and founder of the holistic lifestyle blog Nitty Gritty Life, shows you how to use specific ingredients for promoting whole-body wellness in her new cookbook, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen: Use the Power of Food to Cook Your Way to Better Health, out Oct. 29, 2019. Whether you are trying to avoid the flu or improve your cardiovascular health, her collection of 75 recipes help design meals to nourish and strengthen your body. The recipes from this Oregon-based author invigorate your immune system, promote good digestion, strengthen heart and blood vessels, restore hormone balance, clear your skin, and more.

Savory Pumpkin-Sage Panna Cotta

Serves: 4 to 6

1 1/4 ounce envelope unflavored gelatin
1 1⁄2 cups milk, divided
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup pureed pumpkin or squash
1 tbsp minced fresh sage leaves
Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


In a medium-sized bowl, sprinkle the packet of gelatin over 1⁄2 cup of milk and allow it to bloom for about 10 minutes. Add the cream and pumpkin (or squash). Whisk until it’s completely smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds—you may need to blend the mixture in a blender to get it perfectly smooth. In a small saucepan, add the remaining milk and sage. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat just until steam starts to rise, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk the milk mixture into the pumpkin mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into four to six individual serving bowls or ramekins. Chill the panna cotta in the refrigerator 4-6 hours until set and serve cold.