Herbal Education, Research, and Business Services
Welcome to HERBS by Sarah, provider of herbal education, research, and business services. Whether you’re looking for a speaker on herbs for your club or study group, classes on cooking with herbs, help finding hard-to-locate herbal products, advice on planning an herb garden, or have other herbal requests, HERBS by Sarah can fill your needs.
I am Sarah Liberta, a retired English professor, author, and editor who chose to reinvent myself as a culinary herbalist and turn my favorite hobby into a home-based business. Having experienced firsthand the transformative power of herbs, I enjoy teaching others to grow and use fresh herbs in their cooking (and many other aspects of their lives). I created and ran a popular series of culinary garden seminars for Chef John Folse’s White Oak Plantation. For many years, I’ve written columns for Louisiana Cookin’ and The Essential Herbal magazines and contributed to numerous cookbooks and other publications. I’ve edited cookbooks for chefs and edited the translation (from French) of the first book on gardening in Louisiana for LSU Press.
I’m currently working on two book projects: a collection of my Louisiana Cookin’ herbs columns, and a cookbook/survival guide for people with limited mobility, another subject with which I am well acquainted as a result of childhood polio and, more recently, post-polio syndrome.
A recent award I received by me was the 2017 Helen de Conway Little Medal of Honor in the
As a lifelong educator, I can’t stop teaching. Read on for my newest project.
HERBS by Sarah Classes
Schedule for 2016
Although the recent
flooding and consequent relocation of OLLI Lagniappe Chapter
classes for this fall presented serious logistical problems and
caused me to cancel my original plans to teach for OLLI, I am
happy to announce a revised schedule for another location that I
can readily access.
Beginning in October, I
will return to Red Stick Spice Company, now comfortably settled
in their beautiful new shop at 660 Jefferson Highway, for a
series of monthly classes in the fully equipped kitchen
I look forward to
continuing our herbal journeys with you. Hopefully, OLLI will
return to Broadmoor in the spring, and I’ll be teaching for both
The new schedule is below.
Class space is limited. For further details and to register, go
HERBS by Sarah Classes at Red Stick Spice Company
Schedule for 2016
FALL FOR HERBS Thursday, October 13, 1-3 PM
Explore the robust flavors
of fresh herbs from the fall garden to enhance your cooking for
family and friends with quick and easy Herbal Compound Butters,
Spreads, and Dips. Each student will receive a live herb plant,
recipes, and a copy of Louisiana Cookin’ featuring an
HERBS by Sarah column.
SPICE UP THE HOLIDAYS Wednesday, November 9, 1-3 PM
Holiday entertaining is
always better with fresh herbs and aromatic spices. Our menu
might include Pumpkin Spice Cake, Sweet Potato Pone, Yummy Yam
Muffins, Mulled Cider, and more. Each student will receive a
live herb plant, recipes, and a copy of Louisiana Cookin’ featuring
an HERBS by Sarah column.
HERBAL HOLIDAY GIFTS Wednesday, December 7, 1-3 PM
Brighten your holiday gifts with flavorful and fragrant herbs and spices. Learn to make such favorites as Rosemary Walnuts, Five-Minute Lemon Curd, Flavored Sugars, and Herbal Syrups. Each student will receive a live herb plant, recipes, and a copy of Louisiana Cookin’ featuring an HERBS by Sarah column.