Recipe from Celebrity Chef Luciano Valadez

Herbaceous Pesto
Yield 1 quart

10 oz. fresh basil
4 oz. fresh cilantro
2 oz. fresh Hoja Santa
1⁄2 cup toasted pine nuts, cooled
1  c. grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 de-seeded fresh Jalapenos
3 Cloves crushed garlic
6 oz. olive oil


  • In a food processor add all ingredients except the olive oil and pulse until you have a course texture.
  • Continue to pulse and slowly add  olive oil through the feed tube until a paste has formed.
  • Reserve pesto in food safety storage container, use in desired application.

Beer Bread Recipe from Festival of Flowers, Cindy Wilson-Ferris

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F

Total prep time:  20 minutes


​3 cups of self-rising white flour

1/2 cup sugar

​12 ounces beer

​2 tablespoons melted butter


Butter a loaf pan and set aside.

​In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and beer.  Mix well.  The mixture is sticky.  Pour into loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush top of loaf with butter.  Return to oven for 5 additional minutes for a total bake time of 1 hour.

​Yield:  5-6 servings

Herbal Teas

Elderflower, lemon thyme & basil tea

​Place clean fresh herbs (or dried) into a glass measuring cup - about 1 handful is about right.  ​Pour almost boiling water over herbs, steep 10 minutes or so, strain into teapot and serve with raw local honey to sweeten.

Rose Infused Simple Syrup

1 cup of water + 1 cup of sugar or honey.

Bring to a boil  take off the heat and cool.  When cool add 1 teaspoon of Rose Essential Oil.  Keep bottled in the fridge.  Add to all your teas and iced teas for a hint of sweetness.


Recipe from Celebrity Chef Joshua Schwenke

Gastronomy Live Events

2018 Festival of Flowers Food Demo Recipes

​Dr. Connie Sheppard - Texas AgriLife

and the Herb Market Team, Cindy, Marilyn, Leslie & Katy


​Beer Bread & Buttermilk Beer Biscuits with Herb Butter

​Dill Tuna Salad

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

​Elderflower, Lemon Thyme & Basil Tea with rose infused simple syrup

Herb Butter

1 lb. unsalted organic butter

​1 cup chopped herbs - your choice of 3 is best so flavors are not too strong.  Try Thyme, Rosemary & Chives or Dill or what is in season.

​Juice & Zest of 1/2 lemon

Mix in blender or food processor.

​Roll up in plastic wrap & freeze if not using immediately.

​Can be used on bread, rolls, and sandwiches.  Or, in mashed potatoes or on pasta.

Dill Tuna Salad

​1 - 6 oz. water packed tuna, drained

1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced

2 small green onions, thinly sliced

2 TBL fresh chopped dill

1 TBL chopped parsley

​1 hard-boiled egg, chopped

​1 carrot, finely chopped

​4 TBL mayonnaise

1/2 TBL Dijon mustard


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and chill.  Serve with sandwich bread, crackers or fresh cut veggie tray.

By enjoying this delicious salad you will also get in your daily diet, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.- all from the delicious, hopefully local and fresh ingredients!

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes


​1 1/2 lbs. of Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and cut into pieces

​1 TBL olive oil

1 TBL butter (you could use herb butter)

1/2 cup half-n-half

salt & pepper to taste

3 garlic cloves minced

​2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

1/2 cup chives, chopped


​Simmer potatoes until fork tender strain & set aside.  In same pot add olive oil, rosemary and garlic; saute over medium heat.  When garlic is slightly brown, add potatoes back to pot and mix.  Take off heat add butter and half-n-half.  Season with salt and pepper and mash potatoes.  Add more butter or half-n-half if needed.  Serve topped with chopped chives.

From  The Oblate Center - Basil Fest Chef's Challenge Winner, Jenny Mattingsley and her team of talented chefs brought us

"​BASIL Sweetness"

Basil Syrup


1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

​2 cups fresh basil


​Bring water & sugar to a boil.  Remove from heat & add basil.  Allow mixture to cool.  After cooling puree mix in blender.  Allow to sit overnight for flavors to strengthen.

Macerated Berries

1 pint of blueberries & diced strawberries, mixed

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Method  sprinkle sugar on berries and allow to sit together for 1 hour.

​​Chocolate-Basil-Pecan Cookies


1 cup butter

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup white sugar

​1 cup brown sugar

2.5 cups oatmeal

12 oz. chocolate chips


​In food processor puree basil & white sugar.  Transfer to bowl.  Cream this mixture with brown sugar and butter.  Add oats and egg and the remaining ingredients, creaming only when all of the ingredients are combined.  Scoop into small balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes. 

Jenny recommends baking a test cookie to find the ideal time.


​1/2 gallon of your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Scoop ice cream into serving dish, drizzle with basil syrup and spoon macerated berries over.  Serve with a cookie & enjoy!

What is Hoja Santa?

Piper auritum is sometimes referred to as pepperleaf, sacred pepper, or root beer plant. 

The herb’s unusual flavor is hard to pin down, but it has been compared to licorice, sassafras, mint, tarragon, and eucalyptus.

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

1.5 cups of chopped pecans

1 tsp vanilla

​4 oz. (1/2 cup) fresh basil leaves chopped