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.
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
How to Grow Basil in a Container Herb Garden
Tips from The Kitchn
Get ready! May is the perfect time to start growing your own basil!
Sep 21, 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
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Sage
Mention the beautiful, hazy, pale green leaves of garden sage, and I immediately envision scenes in my grandmother’s kitchen at Thanksgiving. Sage’s pronounced pine-like aroma capitalizes on our most memory-evoking sense: smell. All I want at that moment is savory sage stuffing or sage-studded breakfast sausage to suddenly appear in my kitchen. I’d even settle for a sour cherry and sage bourbon smash.
Aug 26, 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
So, you might not consider yourself much of a home gardener, but you love to cook, and you go crazy over seasonally fresh flavor. This is where growing culinary herbs comes into play. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to show you how easy it is to grow your own herbs, whether you’re limited by time, space, money, or that highly coveted green thumb. Let’s start this series with chives.
Aug 12, 2022
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
The 5 Best White Wines for Cooking
Sauvignon Blanc, Marsala, and a bonus tip on how to use up that extra bubbly.
Oct 13, 2021
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
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Parsley
Tips from The Kitchn
It's pretty simple — you just need to know a few things first.
Apr 19, 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 20, 2020
The 5 Best Red Wines for Sangria
Most recipes just call for "dry red wine" — we're taking the guesswork away.
Jun 18, 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
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
Cocktail Recipe: The Pomegranate Storm
Kelli and Ariel recently hosted a dinner party inspired by The Kitchn Cookbook, and this week they’ve been sharing all the recipes and tips! Every party deserves a good cocktail, and for this one, we decided to make something new, inspired by the Mediterranean appetizer and dessert — both of which included pomegranate. This complex and vibrant cocktail is perfect for one and easily adaptable for a gathering.
May 1, 2019
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: White Wine, Clementine & Vanilla Cocktail
Don’t you especially love the parties and get-togethers that happen just after Christmas? I do. The stress is lower, the gifts have been given, and the vibe is all about hanging out with family and friends and welcoming in the new year. I’ve already picked up a few boxes of wine for the holiday season — some for sipping, some to cook with, and some to use as a cocktail mixer.
May 1, 2019
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: Rosé, Gin & Pink Peppercorn Cocktail
Rosé has everyone’s attention, and now that it has finally received the praise it deserves, I thought one day of this week’s series on wintry boxed wine pitcher cocktails should be dedicated this wine that’s so often associated with summertime. You can tell by the gorgeous holiday color why I thought it was an appropriate fit this week. This serious pink cocktail is for those with a slant toward the bitter side.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Raspberry Sorbet & Elderflower Sparklers
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with all things pink, sparkly, and festive. Whether you plan on sipping something fruity and bubbly first thing in the morning with your sweetheart, enjoying a small round of tipples with friends at brunch, or serving an entire tray of libations at an evening get-together with your closest, I’ve got the perfect cocktail for you. It’s sweet, straightforward, and uncomplicated. And isn’t that all we really want on Valentine’s Day?
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Frozen Negroni
Mention a Negroni to me, and I’ll try to get out of whatever I’m doing and meet you for one. I’m not alone on this obsession; there’s even an entire week dedicated to this Italian classic cocktail. Equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, the Negroni is a serious cocktail that carefully balances slightly sweet with boldly bitter.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Frozen Hemingway Daiquiri
If there is one cocktail that is synonymous with blenders, it is the daiquiri. For many of us, this style of cocktail conjures up summertime memories of a thick, sweet, frozen strawberry concoction, but to writer Ernest Hemingway, the daiquiri was something both different and special. Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time in Cuba, specifically at the famed El Floridita bar, where he developed a love for daiquiris.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Frozen Pineapple, Banana & Coconut Daiquiri
So far in this series on blender cocktail recipes, I’ve put a twist on some classics and given a couple of serious cocktails a frozen makeover. To wrap up the week, I thought I’d finish with a tropical cocktail that will transport you back to that dreamy island vacation or remind you that the lazy, summer days spent by the pool are soon to come.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Frozen Peach Bourbon Mule
I feel fortunate to live here in Colorado, where the peaches from Palisade are among the very best in the world. Every summer at my house, we go through cases of these juicy, sweet fruits. We’ve tried it all — galettes, pies, jams, sauces, salads, salsas, and glazes — but the biggest stroke of genius that arose from last season’s haul was this frozen, bourbon-laced peach mule. Peaches, bourbon, and ginger are natural pairing companions.
May 1, 2019
6 Simple Tips for Making Better Blender Cocktails
In my kitchen, the blender does it all — soups, sauces, jams, stocks, sorbets, smoothies, milkshakes, and, best of all, frozen cocktails. Who’s with me in celebrating the revival of blended drinks in the craft cocktail scene? It was only a matter of time. The blended cocktail format simply offers too many possibilities to be ignored.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Galentine’s Day Pitcher Cocktails
This Galentine’s Day, celebrate with a pitcher cocktail that’s easy to make, sophisticated, and crowd-pleasing. It’s a little sweet, a little fruity, a little bubbly, and a little bitter, which pretty much sums up my thoughts on what this day is all about. It’s not too boozy, either, so it’ll fit in whether you’re in for a girls’ night or up for a lazy brunch.
May 1, 2019
Why You Should Be Using Boxed Wine in Your Big-Batch Cocktails
You most likely have a cocktail mixer on hand that you’re not using: I’m talking about boxed wine. We already agree that it is totally deserving of a place in your fridge, but we often overlook its potential as a cocktail mixer — especially for large pitchers and punches. Making your pitcher cocktails with wine will take them to a level beyond the standard booze and juice combination.
Dec 27, 2015
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Cilantro
We’ve finally reached the last herb in our Herb Gardening 101 series, and we’ve definitely saved the trickiest for last. Cilantro was one of the earliest herbs ever cultivated for culinary use — dating back over 3,000 years — and over that period of time, it has found its way into almost every major cuisine.
Aug 1, 2015
Why You Should Give White Zinfandel Another Chance
Yep, I said it. No other words in the world of domestic wine seem to generate the same intensity of reaction as white zinfandel. Virtually everyone has a strong opinion on this pink wine and, although still one of the most popular wine styles in the U.S., it has become an object of finger-pointing to many wine enthusiasts. Thankfully, a new generation of winemakers is taking a twist on this American classic.
Jul 30, 2015
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Rosemary
When I think of rosemary, I imagine the rolling hillsides in the south of France, peppered with wild rosemary bushes. I just want to pour myself a glass of rosé, sit poolside, and take in its resinous aroma. Rosemary is not only about aesthetics, though — it adds a flavorful finishing touch to many a savory dish, like grilled lamb, roasted chicken, or toasty focaccia. Rosemary is easy to grow, evergreen in many climates, and it thrives in containers.
Jul 25, 2015
Break the Rules: 10 Wines to Drink with Ice Cream
Who says you can’t drink wine with your ice cream? Ask most wine professionals, and they’ll tell you, “Pairing wine with ice cream is one of those ‘impossible pairings.’ Go with beer or have a sip of whiskey, instead.” But what if you are presented with a situation where wine is your only option, or what if you simply love wine and ice cream together? Adaptability is a positive quality, so let’s break some rules.
Jul 22, 2015