Herbs

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Season With Dill for Tangy Flavor and an Immunity Boost

In addition to adding flavor to fish dishes and pickles, dill boosts our bone health and immunity. Learn more about this versatile herb that's essential to have in your herb garden or on your spice rack.

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9 Ways to Use Mint Leaves From Your Garden

Given that I have an abundance of mint in my garden, I thought I would share some ideas for using the fragrant leaves.

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Cool Mint's Uses and Benefits, With Iced Sun Tea Recipe

Mint spreads out and graces our gardens all summer long. From mint juleps to garnishing iced sun tea and salads, mint helps us celebrate these longer days and sultry nights by adding a cooling touch to all the foods and drinks we set out on our tables.

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Cook Calming Food With Rosemary

Any food prepared with rosemary is a comfort food. It has a distinct flavor with a calming essence. Find out more about the history and nutritional value of this herb, and try the recipe at the end.

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Thyme for Inspiring Courage and Saving Lives (Plus Recipe)

Thyme has been a symbol of courage since ancient history, carried into battle by Roman soldiers. It was also used to heal people touched by the Black Plague. Included in this article is a recipe for a tasty side dish of mushrooms sauteed with butter, thyme, and lemon juice.

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Making Your Own Dried Parsley at Home

This article will give you the information you need for making your own dried parsley at home. Homemade items are always better, healthier, and cheaper than the grocery store. With a simple dehydrator, you can do so much for your family and their diet, including drying your own herbs.

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How to Make Crispy Fried Garlic Bits

Follow my step-by-step procedure on how to make crispy fried garlic bits. These flavorful bits enhance the aroma and the texture of many kind of dishes.

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The Real Reason Why Cilantro Tastes Like Soap

If you think cilantro (coriander) tastes bad, then you are part of the 20% of the population that is genetically offended by the herb. These people have a variation of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to detect aldehydes—a compound found in cilantro that is also a by-product of soap.

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How to Freeze Fresh Basil

If you want to preserve basil from your garden, one of the easiest ways is to freeze it. That way, even when winter draws in, you'll still be enjoying the benefits of a summer harvest.

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How to Harvest and Store Fresh Culinary Herbs

This is a quick, step-by-step guide for harvesting and storing basil, oregano, cilantro, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, and chives with pictures.

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How to Easily Create Your Own Fresh or Dried Bouquet Garni

If you've never used a bouquet garni, you're in for a treat. Rather than one herb, these are a collection of herbs. Here's an easy recipe on how you make it and use it.

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Five Essential Herbs in the Kitchen

Cooking with essential herbs Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Chives, Coriander, including recipes and ideas for healthy meals using herbs for home cooks.

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Exploring Cilantro: The "Love It or Hate It" Herb

Cilantro: Most love it; some abhor it. I can't promise to change your mind, but it is used in so many cuisines that I think it's worth a closer look. Join me as we explore the history and use of this herb.

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Substitute Dried Rosemary for Fresh: How to Dry Rosemary

This post discusses how to substitute dried rosemary for fresh, with great tips on how to dry rosemary.

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Flavors of the World: Oregano of Greece

Native to Greece but hardy in much of the world, oregano is bold and pungent, but also delightfully floral. Let me show you how to grow and use this lush green herb.

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Flavors of the World: Dill of Europe and Western Asia

This native of southern Russia, the Mediterranean, and western Africa is sweet, fragrant, versatile, and easy to grow. Join me for hints on how to cultivate and use dill in a variety of dishes.

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Exploring the Exotic Flavor of Cumin (Plus Recipes)

Curries and couscous, tagines and tacos—foods with very distinct flavors. But they all share one common element—cumin. Learn how this fragrant herb has become central to cooking throughout the world.

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Flavors of the World: Tarragon of France

Abundant in France, tarragon has been deemed the "king of herbs." Although its robust anise taste is best used sparingly, you will love the flavor it imparts to salads, chicken, and mild fish dishes.

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Flavors of the World: Fennel of Italy

Native of Italy, fennel has it all—this cousin of carrots and parsley is crisp, sweet, fragrant, nutritious, and easy to prepare. I will share soup, salad, and main dish recipes you are sure to enjoy.

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Exploring Basil: A Simple Plant With a Complicated Story

Basil is a simple plant with a complicated life story. Let me tell you about the history of this fragrant deer-proof herb, and I'll share some recipes with you along the way.

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Exploring Sage: It's Not Just for Thanksgiving Day Stuffing

Sage—it's not just for the Thanksgiving Day stuffing. Let me tell you about the history of this hearty, deer-proof herb, and I will share some recipes with you along the way.

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Exploring Parsley: The Lonely, Unappreciated Herb

Parsley is much more than a pretty garnish on your plate. I will tell you how to grow and cook with this most popular herb.

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Exploring Garlic: How to Grow and Cook With This Wonderful Herb

It's a simple herb with a complex personality. Garlic can be sweet and mellow or sharp and pungent, and it can enhance almost all of your savory meals. I will tell you how to tame and grow this culinary treasure.

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How to Grind Up Fresh, Organic Rosemary And Greek Oregano

How to grind up fresh organic rosemary and Greek oregano. Works with non-organic herbs too!

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I Bought a Chocolate Mint Plant... What Now?

What exactly can you do with a chocolate mint plant? I've provided some recipes and ideas for you!

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Candied Mint Leaves Recipe

Candied mint is easy to make and use—as a festive garnish for desserts or a sparkly addition to floral decorations and holiday gifts.

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How to Use Juniper Berries in Cooking and More

Juniper grows in abundance in many parts of the country. They can be used in cooking as well as in natural remedies. Learn what they are good for and how to dry them at home.

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25 Flowers You Can Eat

Peruse this list of 25 common edible flowers to see if any grow in your garden. This includes videos, gorgeous images, nutritional information, and recipe links.

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Are Coriander and Cilantro the Same Thing

Learn what separates coriander from cilantro. Also included are a few unexpected applications of the coriander plant. Learn when was it first found and where is it from, and enjoy a quick and simple spicy harissa recipe as a bonus!

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How to Make and Use Herbes de Provence

Learn how to make herbes de Provence and how to use this traditional French herb blend to enhance your favorite dishes. I have included a recipe for fresh tomato soup.

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Tips & Tricks for Drying Herbs in a Convection Oven

Drying herbs with a convection oven or stove is easy and gives the most aromatic and flavourful oregano. In under 12 hours, the herbs from your garden will be ready for your cupboard so you can use them year-round!

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How to Make Candied Rosemary, a Sweet Garden Treat

Making delicious, refreshing candied rosemary is easy with this old-fashioned recipe. Use candied rosemary in mixed drinks, as a garnish for desserts, or have it with a hot cup of tea. Rosemary is easy to grow, especially in pots.

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How to Easily Roast Garlic

Roasting garlic takes only a few steps, but the results are stunning. Garlic becomes sweet, subtle, and nutty. Using it really elevates your dishes to restaurant quality. Check out how easy it is!

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Using Fresh Parsley as a Garnish

Using parsley as a simple garnish can add a lot to your plate as an eye-pleasing detail and a nutritional perk.

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Coriander and Cilantro: What's the Difference?

Is there a difference between coriander and cilantro?

Yerba mate comes as bunch of very small pieces, much like fannings in low-quality tea. The bits are varying colors of green, tan and brown.

What Does Yerba Mate Taste Like?

Yerba mate, a South American herb related to the holly whose leaves are drunk much like tea elsewhere, has a taste that is different from tea, even green tea.