Herbs

Freezer Pesto

Here's all you need to make & freeze Pesto: Two hefty handfuls of fresh Basil, shredded (not grated) Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts, fresh lemon juice, olive oil and 1 ice cube tray for freezing.  A few great fresh ingredients that pack a punch!  If you have to buy your Basil, I am partial to [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Cooking Techniques, GARDENING, Herbs, Recipes|2 Comments

Fresh BASIL, the gentle giant of fresh herbs

Who doesn't love fresh Basil? Pesto in the works Pesto comes to mind immediately, as does fresh mozzarella and tomatoes topped with Basil chiffonade and a really nice dark Balsamic drizzle.  Aka as a Caprese salad.  Mmmmm.  Summer.   This is a gorgeous photo and delightfully unique presentation of a Caprese salad using [...]

Make Dad a fresh Herb Grill Brush for Fathers Day!

Triple Herb Grill Brush                 Give your Dad something he'll always remember because it was made by you.  Follow three simple steps and you can have the perfect gift for grilling.  Rosemary, Thyme & Oregano are a terrific fresh herb combination for a grill brush.  The herb aromas and flavors will impart any cut of beef, [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|FLAVORING, GRILLING, Herbs, MISCELLANEOUS|0 Comments

Parsley, Go from ordinary to extraordinary

Parsley, the flat leaf variety This is my first in a series on fresh herbs.  I chose parsley to start~ seems to be the most commonly known.  Fresh parsley is available year round in grocery stores, yet it’s easy enough to grow.  It can even winter over here in NC in an uncovered raised bed.  [...]

By | May 18th, 2017|FLAVORING, Herbs, Kitchen Fundamentals|0 Comments

How do you make Simple Syrups?

Why Simple Syrups? Simple Syrups are sooo easy to make and don't take much in the way of ingredients.  They're a great way to use up fruits that may be too sour, are on their way out and losing their freshness.  How about adding that last bit of fresh herbs you don't know what to [...]

Fresh Herbs or Dried?

Is there a difference between fresh & dried herbs? You betcha. Fresh herbs add a wondrous flavor & color to any recipe while imparting freshness from the get go.  Whereas dried herbs are much more concentrated and stronger.  When substituting with fresh herbs, you'll need 2-3 times the amount called for in the recipe.  For [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|An Efficient Kitchen, FLAVORING, Grocery Store, Herbs, SUBSTITUTIONS|0 Comments

Flavored butters

Butter makes everything better. Compound butter simply means butter mixed with other seasonings to be used as a flavor enhancer.  It will also add an element of color and texture.  Particularly when blended with fresh herbs, this butter can raise the ante on any steak or chops.  Add a fat slice of shallot butter to [...]

7 reasons to buy Scallions

Scallions Your Go-To Vegetable When I think scallions, I think salsa. A little black bean, a little corn, a little fire-roasted tomatoes, and a little scallion... yum.  Keep them on the weekly grocery list! But in summer, I find myself breaking out the scallion for more than just my tortilla chips. Scallions are great [...]