Jayme Henderson

Jayme is an aspiring wine-maker and Certified Sommelier, and when away from the restaurant, she can be found in the garden or the kitchen. She blogs at Holly & Flora, where she writes about cultivating, cocktailing, and creating, from garden to glass.
5 Best Red Wines for Sangria
Keep it fruity and dry.
3 days ago
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Parsley at Home
It's pretty simple — you just need to know a few things first.
Apr 30, 2024
How to Grow Basil in Your Kitchen (It’s So Easy!)
Tips from The Kitchn
Get ready! May is the perfect time to start growing your own basil!
Apr 30, 2024
The Only White Wines You Should Use for Cooking, According to a Wine Expert
Do you remember your first bite of linguine with clams, French onion soup, or chicken scallopini? Cooking with white wine brings balance, fruit, and acidity to so many of our favorite recipes. As a Certified Sommelier and award-winning wine maker, I advise you to move past grocery store “cooking wine” in favor of moderately priced white wine for cooking (leave that $40 Chardonnay in the wine fridge for drinking).
Mar 7, 2024
Why Freezing Is the Best Way to Preserve Cilantro
Whether it’s the ongoing debate that a dislike of cilantro is determined by genetics or the recent stir caused by cilantro imported from Mexico, cilantro certainly seems to be a hot topic right now. While some crave its fresh, spicy flavor, others find it utterly unappealing. For me, I can’t get enough of it. Not only can it be tricky to grow, but it also proves challenging to preserve.
Dec 8, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Thyme
Tips from The Kitchn
The more you trim your thyme, the more it grows!
Sep 2, 2022
4 Ways to Preserve Fresh Rosemary
If you’re one of the lucky ones who lives in a hot climate, preserving rosemary might not be an issue for you, since rosemary is evergreen in warmer growing zones. If you live in a colder climate, like I do, you know rosemary doesn’t survive the winter, so learning ways to preserve your harvest is necessary.
Aug 27, 2022
How to Grow Mint
Tips from The Kitchn
It's super easy to grow! It's just a little harder to keep it where it belongs. We can help!
Aug 16, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Chives at Home
You'll thank us in about 30 days.
Jun 4, 2024
How to Preserve Chives
Who doesn’t want a dollop of melted chive butter on their grilled steak or a dash of zesty chive vinegar on their salad in the dead of winter? I love blowing my guests away at a dinner party in December with flavors that evoke the smells, memories, and tastes of summer. Chive is a garden staple that can be preserved and used in many ways. Finding ways to enjoy the vibrant flavors of summer all year-round is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening.
Aug 4, 2022
6 Essentials for the Perfect Mimosa
You may think that crafting a mimosa requires nothing more than simply splashing cheap bubbly wine into orange juice, but if you take a little extra time, source quality ingredients, and embrace a creative spirit, you can very easily take this brunch staple to the next level. When shopping for a dry, sparkling wine to use in my mimosas, I tend to stay in the $10 to $25 range. I like to provide a delicious option for those brunch guests, who might want to simply sip on sparkling wine, sans juice.
May 2, 2019
A Guide to Setting up a Simple Backyard Compost System
Over the past five years, working with Denver Urban Gardens, I came to understand why so many gardeners call compost “black gold.” Now that I have been able to transition to a personal home garden, finding a way to easily compost was essential. Just this week, my boyfriend and I installed a two-bin compost system in our backyard, and we are already in love with it.
May 12, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Oregano
Tips from The Kitchn
It's super low-maintenance (promise!) and can be grown inside or in a garden.
Jul 4, 2021
12 Creative Ways to Preserve Sage
Sage is an intensely aromatic herb, and unlike its tender cousins — basil and parsley — its leaves are sturdy and resinous. Because of sage’s powerful aroma and oily texture, a little goes long way, flavor-wise. The preserving possibilities are numerous, so we get to be creative with this potent perennial. Infuse honey with dried sage leaves to add flavor to hot or iced tea, sweeten baked goods, add to a citrus-y marinade, or serve on a cheese plate.
Jul 16, 2020
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: Red Wine, Blackberry & Ginger Cocktail
This may be the easiest of this week’s boxed wine pitcher recipes to craft, as it’s based solely on purchased ingredients. If you have a box of light, fruity, or even sweet red wine, this recipe is the one for you. Basing a cocktail on this style of wine assures a vibrant, deeply hued sangria-like flavor profile. Fruity, fresh, and tart, with a swift kick of ginger — this blackberry and pomegranate cocktail may also be the most crowd-pleasing of the pack.
Jan 29, 2020
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: Red Wine, Spiced Apple & Bourbon Cocktail
From a citrus and white wine cocktail to a peppery rosé cocktail, we’ve covered a lot of ground this week, as far as flavor profiles go. We’ve also covered the major boxed wine styles. We’re finishing up our series on boxed wine-based pitcher cocktails with a dark, brooding drink based around a bold, red wine. A fiery touch of bourbon makes this cocktail perfect for both lovers of red sangria and Manhattans.
Jan 29, 2020
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: White Wine, Rum & Apple Cider Cocktail
Watch the video to learn how to make this boxed wine cocktail.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Frozen White Wine Sangria with Stone Fruit & Mango
Sangria is one of the oldest forms of cocktails on the planet. We’ve been mixing wine, spirits, and fruit for thousands of years. There’s no wonder sangria has survived this long: it’s delicious. This particular sangria blanca is a twist on the southern Spanish classic, Zurra, a white wine-based sangria mixed with peaches or nectarines. Sangria is nature’s bounty in a glass. It conjures up summertime memories and it’s packed with fruit.
Jan 29, 2020
Pitcher Drink Recipe: Spiced Pear & Ginger Cocktail
Thanksgiving is arguably the most highly anticipated culinary day of the year. While some people may resort to beer and football on this day, I personally enjoy leading the charge in the kitchen. I like to ease those pre-dinner jitters and possible family tensions by making a shareable, seasonal punch that gets everyone into the holiday mood. Here’s a fall-inspired cocktail that you can share and enjoy all morning while you’re prepping Thanksgiving dinner.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Start Seeds Indoors
We are all fascinated by the process of watching something grow from a small seed to a mature and productive plant. I fondly remember receiving a packet of green bell pepper seeds, when I was in the fifth grade. My first ripe pepper was the centerpiece for a memorable dinner I still recall vividly today. I think we have all forgotten how easy and thrilling it was to germinate a seed between two wet paper towels way back in grade school (we all did an experiment like this, right?).
Jun 8, 2019
Caitlin and Jed’s Next-Chapter-Together Denver Kitchen
After dating for three years, Caitlin is moving into Jed’s two-story Highlands home just west of downtown Denver, Colorado. I happened to catch them as they were combining their belongings and officially meshing their lives together. The couple’s focus is readily apparent by the fact that although there were boxes and clutter around the house, the kitchen was already organized!
Jun 5, 2019
From Ground to Grape: How Pinot Noir is Grown and Harvested in Oregon
Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery What: Small production boutique winery Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon One of the most rewarding experiences you can have is the understanding and the following amazement of truly discovering where your favorite things come from. These answers are sometimes shocking and, at times, much more complex than you had initially imagined.
May 30, 2019
From Grape to Bottle: How Pinot Noir Wine Is Made In Oregon
Who: Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co. Winery What: Small production boutique winery Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon As an intern with EIEIO & Co. Winery this past harvest, I experienced the frenetic energy and controlled chaos that is associated with small-production winemaking. Winemaker and owner Jay McDonald, along with only three assistants, amazingly cranks out the 1,500 cases that represent EIEIO’s yearly production.
May 30, 2019
What to Expect the First Time You Drink Kombucha
Who: Happy Leaf Kombucha What: Organic, small-batch kombucha and taproom Where: Denver, Colorado’s River North Art District Read the series: Part One Do you remember your first impression of kombucha, that famous fermented tea? Or perhaps you haven’t tried it yet and have a few questions: What’s it made of? What does it taste like? And — what everyone always wants to know — what exactly is that hazy blob suspended within the drink?
May 30, 2019
How Denver’s Happy Leaf Kombucha Brews Its Booch (Warning: Massive Scoby Ahead!)
Who: Jenni Lyons and Mike Burns of Happy Leaf Kombucha What: Organic, small-batch kombucha and taproom Where: Denver, Colorado’s River North Art District Read the series: Part One and Part Two Maybe you haven’t tasted it, but at least you’ve heard about kombucha by now. Some of us are even brewing it at home. Emma shared a detailed tutorial on how to make kombucha that gave me a little more confidence to try making it myself.
May 30, 2019
5 Things I Learned About Kombucha from Visiting a Kombucha Brewery
Who: Happy Leaf Kombucha What: Organic, small-batch kombucha and taproom Where: Denver, Colorado’s River North Art District Read the series → Part One, Part Two, Part Three Last week I visited Happy Leaf Kombucha, a small-batch kombucha brewery in Denver. Over the course of my visit I learned a few things about kombucha that I hadn’t known before, including the fact that you can eat scobys! (Say what? Yes, it’s true.) Here’s what I learned from visiting the pros.
May 30, 2019
7 Tips for Pairing Kombucha with Food
Advice from: Mike Burns and Jenni Lyons of Happy Leaf Kombucha Read the series → Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four I sat down with Mike and Jenni of Happy Leaf Kombucha and asked them how they creatively use kombucha in their kitchen. Which foods naturally pair best with its flavor profile? How did they incorporate kombucha into recipes? Their eyes immediately lit up as they shared their favorite ways to use kombucha. Kombucha-braised chuck roast? Kombucha frozen yogurt floats?
May 30, 2019
How To Read a French Wine Label
You’re strolling through your favorite wine shop, comfortably perusing the domestic section. You turn the corner, and the French wine aisle presents itself. Intrigued, you venture in, where a bottle catches your eye. Frustrated by the foreign language and deterred by no mention of anything you recognize (Cabernet? Merlot? Hello?) your insecurity quickly leads you back to familiar territory. Does this situation sound familiar?
May 24, 2019
Chardonnay Is Not Just Chardonnay: A Quick Guide to the 3 Styles of White Burgundy
Who hasn’t tried Chardonnay? While it is the first wine that many of us ever taste, at its pinnacle, it is also the wine that many connoisseurs consider the single greatest white wine in the world. Think of Chardonnay as a set of pearls: versatile enough to wear with your favorite pair of jeans and elegant enough for the most formal, black tie affair. Over the past century, no other white grape has captivated the world’s attention as Chardonnay has.
May 24, 2019
What You Should Know About Red Wine from Burgundy
Red Burgundy is synonymous with Pinot Noir, yet no other region conjures up so much confusion to novice drinkers, while providing so much fascination for wine lovers. What is it they know that you don’t? And how can a region that revolves around primarily one red grape seem so intimidating? A few weeks ago, I broke down the styles of white Burgundy (Chardonnay).
May 24, 2019
5 Types of Wine to Bring to a Party When You Have No Idea What’s for Dinner
Are you nervous about an upcoming dinner party, where you’ve been asked to bring wine? Or have you failed in this situation in the past? If you are completely in the dark about what to bring, here are a few styles that are food-friendly, versatile, and drink well with or without food. The key is to select wines that can be flexibly paired with almost any dish and are not overpoweringly dry or too weighty. The best part? Most of the favorites listed here are under $25. 1.
May 2, 2019
Pink is the New White: Why (and How) to Drink More Rosé Wine This Summer
It’s summertime, and that means that it’s officially rosé season, a bright, sunny window of time where pink wines make their appearance. This seasonal specialty pops up around March and lingers well into the sweltering summer months. Rosé has rightfully earned its position as white wine’s summertime partner in crime: it is crisp, refreshing, and a versatile pairing for warm weather cuisine.
May 2, 2019
5 Ways to Pair Wine with Summer’s Fresh Tomatoes
Tomato season is upon us! Brightly colored, flavorful, juicy tomatoes are spilling over farmers’ market boxes and store shelves. Romas, Black Krims, and Brandywines are making appearances at almost every meal at my house. But what to drink with these perfect summer fruits? Pairing wine with tomatoes can be challenging, but it is definitely not impossible.
May 2, 2019
6 Tips for Hosting a Wine Tasting Party
One of the pivotal moments when wine finally began to make sense to me was the first time I tasted an array of wines alongside each other. This situation provides a perspective that is extremely difficult to achieve if you only ever taste one wine at a time. But when was the last time you opened five bottles of wine for yourself? What is the solution to this quandary? Grab a few bottles and invite some friends over!
May 1, 2019
The Best Way to Preserve an Open Bottle of Wine
If you are anything like me or my friends, deciding what to do with an unfinished bottle of wine is a problem that rarely arises. But maybe you had a few people over for a dinner party, or maybe you are a light drinker, or maybe you just wanted to open both a red and a white for pairing options. Regardless of the scenario, we all want that opened bottle of wine to taste as fresh and delicious tomorrow, as it does this evening. Here’s how to make sure that happens.
May 1, 2019
8 Bold Red Wines for Winter Cooking
I will be the first to tell you that drinking by season is a little overrated. While I won’t crack a bottle of Cabernet on a 105-degree afternoon, I am all about enjoying a crisp, dry Riesling from Alsace alongside my turkey while it snows outside. As the weather turns colder, however, many of us crave rich, savory recipes, and bold red wines such as these are natural matches.
May 1, 2019