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Monday, January 16, 2012

dreaming of spring

Last week I went to Michael's and found the cutest little garden stakes for a $ 1.00.  little chalk board ones.  So over the weekend I was thinking spring, dreaming about all the those fresh greens from the garden. and a new herb bed we are going to put in this year.  Then I knew exactly what I would use the  little marker stakes for.  My new herb garden.   They are not painted perfectly, But I did enjoy the painting.

I guess I'll be looking at these till the real deal comes up!
        And it snowed on my parade today. oh well spring is
         coming. right after winter is over.

Using Herbs in Recipes

Quick guide to some common potherbs and their culinary uses and the foods, dishes, and vegetables they enhance.


(Ocimum basilicum)
Tomatoes, soups, salads, pizza, salad dressings, chicken dishes, egg dishes, salmon, tuna, spaghetti, meatloaf, dips, herb sandwiches, green beans, wax beans, cauliflower, corn

Bay leaves

(Laurus nobilis)
Meats, stews, steamed fish, sauces, soups, pickling, casseroles, stocks, syrups, garnish, pâté and terrines


(Anthriscus cerefolium)
Eggs, salads, vegetables, soups, chicken, fish, herb butter, cottage cheese


(Allium schoenoprasum)
Dips, sauces, spreads, garnish, cold chicken, barbecued meats, baked and mashed potatoes, egg dishes, cheese soufflés, salads, carrots, soups, vichyssoise, herb sandwiches


(Coriandrum sativum)
Salads, guacamole, soups, stews, salsas, chutneys, dips, beans, soups, used in Asian, Mexican, Indian, Tex Mex, Caribbean, and North African cuisines


(Coriandrum sativum)
Ginger cookies, curry, Indian dishes, Greek dishes, Asian cooking, pickles, veal, fish, fruit puddings, tea cakes, apple crumbles

Dill weed

(Anethum graveolens)
Seafood and shellfish, salads, herb butter, dips, sauces, soups, vegetable stews, fish dishes, vinegars and oils, breads and sandwiches, egg and cheese dishes, green beans, wax beans, cabbage, seeds are used in pickling, coleslaw, cakes, breads, teas


(Foeniculum vulgare)
Salads, fish, duck, pork, veal, sauces, stuffings / dressings, mayonnaise, flavored butters, salad dressings, seeds used in breads

Lemon grass / Lemongrass

(Cymbopogon citratus)
Soups, sauces, stirfry, chicken, tomatoes, fish, seafood, beef, Caribbean and Asian dishes (Thai and Vietnamese)


Carrots, lamb sauce, pea soup, soft cheeses, herb sandwiches, egg dishes, vegetables such as buttered peas, mashed potatoes, mint ice, cold drinks, mint juleps, mint jelly, sauces, tea, garnish, desserts (Peppermint)


(Origanum vulgare)
Meat sauces, tomato sauces, breads, Italian dishes, veal, egg dishes, vegetables, pizza, salads, casseroles, soups (tomato, pea), pates and poultry dishes, beans, rice, cabbage


(Petroselinum crispum )
Fish and meat sauces, salads, soups (vegetable, tomato, fish), dips, vegetables, omelettes and other egg dishes, breads and sandwiches, sausage, stuffing, hamburgers, tuna loaf, potatoes, salad dressings, garnishes


(Rosmarinus officinalis)
Lamb, chicken and poultry sauces, beef and mutton stock, vegetables in particular cauliflower, breads and scones, dumplings, liver pâté, stews, dressings


(Salvia officinalis)
Stuffing / dressing, soups (Minestrone, chicken), sauces, pork, meatballs, meatloaf, Welsh rabbit, pizza, fish, goose, duck, sausage, casseroles, omelettes, vegetarian stews, salads, Brussels sprouts


Vegetables, dried bean dishes, soups, lentils, eggs, stuffings / dressings, condiments, hamburger, gravy


(Rumex scutatus)
Cold soups, salads, vegetables, fish, white sauces, cream sauces, eggs, poultry and white meats, goat cheese

Sweet Marjoram

(Origanum majorana)
Peas, stuffings / dressings, soups, salads, sauces, egg and cheese dishes, stews, fruit salads


(Artemisia dracunculus)
Chicken / poultry, fish sauces and soups, tarragon tartare sauce (tartar sauce), mushrooms, meats, liver, pâté, seafoods, egg dishes, green salads, mayonnaise, cream and butter sauces, salad dressings, vinegars and oils, vegetables (green beans and cauliflower in particular), butter, cottage cheese


(Thymus vulgaris)
Chowders, cheese, salads, chicken and fish marinades, beef broth, soups (vegetable, chicken), liver, pâté, meatballs, meatloaf, braised rabbit, chicken, stuffing, egg dishes, broccoli, beans, lentil stew, tomatoes, butters, cottage cheese, vinegars and oils

       what spring dreams do you have? Nancy

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nancy,

    Your herb markers are just divine! I can't wait in a few months to plant my indoor herb garden again. I miss the sound of the birds chirping. Wishing you a blessed day.