250 Ideas for Cooking with 10 Fresh Herbs

It’s no secret in today’s world that our mental and physical capacities are highly interconnected. Perhaps especially in southern California, I often encounter people with dietary restrictions, whether self-imposed or doctor-dictated to enhance health. Personally, I am a happy omnivore. I like everything in moderation, including, occasionally, moderation. I prefer a less-processed, plant-focused approach to food – that’s still full of flavor. Enter fresh herbs.

Herbs liven up dishes tremendously, elevating flavor profiles while providing health benefits, such as boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation. Not to mention, they are easy on the wallet! (Maybe not saffron, but that’s another story.) Live plants provide a constant supply, while a fresh bunch of common herb varietals can be sourced from most markets.

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In the US, our cuisine seems to rely heavily on sauces for flavor. Pre-cut vegetables with Ranch dressing, McDonald’s salad dressings with more calories than the burgers, fries with ketchup containing high fructose corn syrup. Desserts with heavy cream. Boston clam chowder, Chicago hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, Memphis barbecue, New York pizza (which can all be tempting, but moderation is key!) Look at kids’ menus in many restaurants – mac and cheese, chicken ‘fingers’? These foods are often heavily processed with extreme amounts of salt and/or sugar, which are linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

Healthier Alternatives, Enticing Flavor

I believe a world of flavor exists beyond the American tendency toward processed, salted, sugary foods. It is increasingly possible to achieve health benefits while still enjoying a delicious and satiating meal. It takes some experimenting to expand your palette, and find fresher alternatives you can not only live with, but that just might grow on you. You may not like the first alternative that you try, but if you remain open and find something you can genuinely appreciate, then new habits can form. These habits can serve us well over the course of a lifetime, whether begun in response to a health concern or as a proactive measure of health.

As with most aspects of life, the best way to gain knowledge and confidence is to practice, again and again. For instance, rather than Ranch dressing, try tzatziki as a dip (comfortingly creamy and spiked with the freshness of dill and mint), or quality olive oil and vinegar accented with dill, mustard and spices as a salad dressing. Discover how the delicate earthiness of dill dresses up a light fish dish or roasted vegetables, or how hand-torn pieces of different varietals of basil brighten a pasta sauce or bowl of pho. Fresh herbs enhance countless dishes, rounding out flavors while adding a subtle interplay of depth and complexity.

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Culinary Uses for Fresh Herbs (And How to Harvest and Store Them, Too)

In experimenting more with fresh herbs, I was so excited to have them on hand that I accumulated more than I could readily cook and eat before they started to go bad. But when I considered how many options truly exist for their consumption, I realized I didn’t need to worry about wasting anything. Here are some ideas, from the obvious to the less-ordinary. With all the delectable recipes around the globe, this is just the tip of the iceberg, but I figured 250 ideas would be plenty to chew on. I hope this can be a resource for inspiration in your kitchen.

Note: I did not provide 250 linked recipes for the sake of maintenance as links will change, but an online search of any entry should yield inspiring results! Also, some dishes may involve multiple herbs, but I listed each dish only once and attempted to categorize the entry under the prominent herb, while noting the others involved. Feel free to jump directly to the herb you’re interested in from the list below.

  1. Basil
  2. Chives
  3. Cilantro
  4. Dill
  5. Mint
  6. Oregano
  7. Parsley
  8. Sage
  9. Rosemary
  10. Thyme

Basil

(more than 40 known varieties including sweet basil, Genovese basil, Thai basil and holy basil)

Harvest: Harvest from the top down to encourage continued growth and bushiness. Snip the stalk directly above a leaf cluster/junction, so that the node may yield new growth. This should also help leaves and stems to remain tender. Periodically trim the tops of stems and cut or pinch off any flowers, as basil produces fewer leaves and loses flavor if allowed to flower.

Storage: Stack in a glass or jar filled with one inch of water and cover the protruding stems/leaves with a loose/damp paper towel and bag over it. Do NOT refrigerate. To quick-freeze basil, dry whole sprigs of basil and package them in airtight, resealable plastic bags, then place in the freezer.

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Photo Credit: Alice Henneman. https://www.flickr.com/photos/alicehenneman/5873400949/

Food:

  1. Pesto (alternate varieties with cilantro, mint or parsley)
  2. Bruschetta
  3. Caponata (Sicilian sweet and sour eggplant dish)
  4. Minestrone soup
  5. Italian (cold cut) sandwiches
  6. Bagel sandwiches with cream cheese and veggies or lox
  7. Caprese salad or sandwiches with tomato & mozzarella
  8. Tomato quiche
  9. Mediterranean tilapia baked with tomato, onion, celery, olives and breadcrumbs
  10. Ratatouille (French Provençal stewed vegetable casserole)
  11. Grilled vegetables (use cinnamon basil)
  12. Okra and tomatoes (sauteed with garlic and onion)
  13. Taiwanese braised eggplant (use Thai basil)
  14. Vietnamese pho (use Thai basil; also with cilantro)
  15. Thai green curry (with your choice of protein; use Thai basil)
  16. Spicy sesame noodles (use Thai basil)
  17. Pad Krapow Gai (Thai chicken basil stir-fry – use Thai basil)
  18. Pad Kee Mao (Thai drunken noodles – use holy basil)
  19. Chutney (serve with baked brie – use cinnamon basil)
  20. Infused in olive oil (can also apply to rosemary or thyme)
  21. Salad dressing or marinade for fish or poultry (use lemon basil)
  22. Watermelon salad with feta and champagne vinaigrette
  23. Blended with fruit in sorbet
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Photo Credit: http://www.templeofthai.com/recipes/thai_green_curry_chicken.php

Drink:

  1. Martini or mimosa with grapefruit
  2. Peach julep
  3. Gin gimlet with strawberry and/or rhubarb, or watermelon and cucumber
  4. Daiquiri with white rum, simple syrup and lime (use Thai basil)
  5. Honeydew spritzer
  6. Hot tea (use holy basil [tulsi] or lemon basil)
  7. Iced tea (use lemon basil)
  8. Wellness shot with ginger and lemon (Ayurvedic drink for digestion – use holy basil)
  9. Herbed mango lassi (Indian yogurt drink – use holy basil)
  10. Pineapple smoothie (use holy basil)
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Photo Credit: Jayme Henderson. https://hollyandflora.com/2013/08/21/garden-to-glass-watermelon-basil-cucumber-gin-cocktail/
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Photo Credit: Sommer Collier. https://www.aspicyperspective.com/gin-cocktail-watermelon/2/

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Chives

(varieties include ‘common’ chives, garlic chives and giant Siberian chives)

Harvest: Cut all scapes in the chive plant down to 1-2 inches above ground level, using sharp scissors or a knife. Begin harvesting the chives at maturity, at least 60 days after sowing seeds or 30 days after transplanting young plants.

Storage: Roll loosely within a slightly damp paper towel, place inside a sealable plastic bag or plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Can also be frozen in ice cube trays with a small amount of water or olive oil, or vacuum-sealed or stored in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible.

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Photo Credit: https://www.gardenia.net/plant/allium-schoenoprasum-chives

Eat:

  1. Honey glazed chicken wings
  2. Vichyssoise (French creamy leek and potato soup)
  3. Trini (Trinidadian) oxtail soup (also with thyme and parsley)
  4. Trini cowheel soup (also with thyme)
  5. Hand-torn pasta with yuzu, brown butter and parsley
  6. Spaghetti with sardines, garlic and crushed red chile
  7. Egg salad, deviled eggs or deviled egg salad
  8. Chinese-style eggs with Shaoxing wine and sesame oil (use garlic chives; serve with rice)
  9. Frittata with asparagus and crushed red chile (also with basil)
  10. Buchujeon (Korean pancakes; use garlic chives)
  11. Bean sprouts stir-fried with soy sauce (use garlic chives)
  12. Crab salad with mayo (or equivalent) and spicy brown mustard
  13. Tuna salad with wasabi mayonnaise
  14. Potato salad or mashed potatoes (also with parsley)
  15. Herb-coated chèvre (goat) cheese log or goat cheese soufflé (also with dill and parsley)
  16. Cashew cheese (and/or with dill, thyme)
  17. Smoked salmon spread
  18. Yogurt dipping sauce (or with mint)
  19. Latkes
  20. Bread rolls (pull-apart)
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Photo Credit: Marisa Asmesini. https://marisasitaliankitchen.com/sardine-spaghetti-with-chives/
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Photo Credit: Angie Tan & Fabian Boeddecker. http://bit.ly/2DQDaEH

Drink:

Polish buttermilk
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Cilantro

Harvest: Harvest from the top down to encourage continued growth and bushiness. Snip the stalk directly above a leaf cluster/junction, so that the node may yield new growth. This should also help leaves and stems to remain tender.

Storage: Stack in a glass or jar filled with one inch of water and cover the protruding stems/leaves with a loose/damp paper towel and bag over it. Refrigerate.

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Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/henriquev/41333668

Eat:

  1. Vietnamese-style ground turkey stir fry with crushed red chile and garlic
  2. Trini (Trinidadian) stewed chicken
  3. Chicken wings with lime and chile
  4. Coconut curry mussels
  5. Fish cakes (mixed with potatoes, bread crumbs and spices)
  6. Gormeh sabzi (Persian stew of meat, spinach and kidney beans, also with dill and parsley)
  7. Tortilla soup
  8. Thai duck noodle soup or tom yum soup
  9. Poh tak (Thai spicy seafood soup)
  10. Canh chua (Vietnamese sour soup with tamarind, pineapple, tomato and fish (cá) or siken tofu as a vegan option)
  11. Bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwich)
  12. Tacos of all kinds (fish, shrimp, carne asada, al pastor, potato, lengua, cabeza, etc.)
  13. Ceviche (fish, shrimp, scallop, etc.)
  14. Mexican shrimp or mixed seafood cocktail
  15. Salsa, pico de gallo, or Caribbean ‘mother in law’ (spicy, fresh hot sauce)
  16. Guacamole
  17. Zhoug (Yemenite sauce with hot peppers and garlic)
  18. Shakshuka (Middle Eastern / North African dish with eggs, peppers and tomatoes)
  19. Bengan bhartha (Indian-style eggplant)
  20. Hummus (pairs well with jalapeño; can also be made with parsley, thyme, basil, chives, etc.)
  21. Seaweed salad
  22. Zucchini slaw
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Photo Credit: http://www.cilantroandcitronella.com/vietnamese-sour-soup/
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Photo Credit: Kevin Lynch. http://www.closetcooking.com/2014/07/cilantro-lime-shrimp-tacos-with-roasted.html

Drink:

  1. Green juice with celery, cucumber, romaine, bell pepper, lemon and apple
  2. Smoothie with pineapple, mango, spinach, peach and lime or with pineapple, orange, cucumber, kale, avocado, jalapeño, nopales, lime and chia
  3. Watermelon caipirinha with red pepper
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Photo Credit: Sylvia Fountaine. https://www.feastingathome.com/mexican-green-smoothie-recipe/

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Dill

Harvest: Cut the upper third of the plant above a node or junction, or more as needed. Pinch off top buds to keep the plant from getting too leggy or tall.

Storage: Wrap in a damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Can also be frozen in a storage bag after being washed, trimmed and thoroughly dried.

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Eat:

  1. White fish dishes (such as sole)
  2. Oven-poached salmon with lemon
  3. Smoked salmon (lox) with bagels
  4. Danish smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) with Nordic gravlax (cured salmon)
  5. Kulebyaka (Russian savory hot pie typically with salmon and mushrooms, also with parsley)
  6. Zucchini and haloumi fritters
  7. Herbed feta tart
  8. Afghani rice
  9. Matzo ball soup
  10. Vegetable soup with dumplings and navy beans
  11. Lemon chicken & orzo soup
  12. Borscht (Ukrainian sour soup with beets)
  13. Shchi (Russian cabbage soup)
  14. Agurksalat (Norwegian pickled cucumber salad)
  15. Roasted carrot salad
  16. Grilled fingerling potatoes
  17. Mustardy potato salad
  18. Stuffed grape leaves
  19. Sauerkraut
  20. Pickled cucumbers, green beans, beets or red onion
  21. Tzatziki (also with mint)
  22. Spinach, sour cream and scallion dip
  23. Creamy smoked trout spread
  24. Salad dressing with mustard and shallot
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Photo Credit: http://thewanderlustkitchen.com/authentic-greek-tzatziki/
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Photo Credit: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/149/moms-oven-poached-salmon/

Drink:

  1. Gin fizz or gin & tonic with cucumber
  2. Paloma (tequila, grapefruit soda and lime) with cucumber
  3. Margarita with cucumber or with orange, lime and agave (also with cilantro)
  4. Martini with pickle brine
  5. Aquavit (Scandinavian spirit)
  6. Infused gin
  7. Bitters
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Photo Credit: Ingalls Photography / https://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/dill-g-and-t-cocktail

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Mint

Harvest: Harvest from the top down to encourage continued growth and bushiness. Snip the stalk directly above a leaf cluster/junction, so that the node may yield new growth. This should also help leaves and stems to remain tender. Right before flowering, cut stalks down to 1 inch from the ground.

Storage: Stack in a glass or jar filled with one inch of water and cover the protruding stems/leaves with a loose/damp paper towel and bag over it. Refrigerate.

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Eat:

  1. Turkey zucchini burgers (also with cilantro)
  2. Lamb meatballs
  3. Vietnamese spring rolls with shrimp and pork
  4. Creamy pea soup
  5. Frittata with kale and pecorino romano
  6. Fava bean toast with lemon and parmigiano reggiano
  7. Pea, walnut and parmesan spread, served with cauliflower fritters
  8. Roasted eggplant pita sandwiches with tomato and feta
  9. Apricot ricotta tartine
  10. Pudina rice (South Indian mint spiced rice with peas and carrots, also with cilantro)
  11. Larb (Thai salad with ground chicken – also incorporates cilantro and Thai basil)
  12. Nom banh chok (Khmer noodles)
  13. Lap Khmer (Cambodian lime-marinated beef salad, also with Thai basil)
  14. Quinoa salad with tomato and cucumber (also with parsley)
  15. Cabbage, pea and parmesan salad dressed with olive oil and lemon (also with parsley)
  16. Greek salad with feta and olives
  17. Fattoush salad with dry pita pieces (also with parsley and cilantro)
  18. Chutney or jelly (served with lamb)
  19. Pineapple relish with bell pepper, red onion and lemon peel (serve with ham, grilled fish or chicken)
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Photo Credit: http://www.recipetineats.com/pea-cabbage-parmesan-mint-salad/

Drink:

  1. Mojito
  2. Pineapple caipirinha
  3. Mule (variation with your alcohol of choice, ginger beer and lime)
  4. Raspberry smash with gin and rosewater
  5. Blackberry julep
  6. Pineapple kombucha
  7. Maghrebi-style tea with green gunpowder, lemon verbena and sugar or honey
  8. Raw smoothie with cacao, avocado, honey and coconut milk
  9. Herbal lemonade (and/or with basil)
  10. Infused water with lime and cucumber
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Photo Credit: https://www.caligirlcooking.com/raspberry-mint-gin-smash/
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Photo Credit: Diana Johnson. https://eatingrichly.com/lime-cucumber-mint-water-recipe/

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Oregano

Harvest: Harvest from the top down to encourage continued growth and bushiness. Snip the stalk directly above a leaf cluster/junction, so that the node may yield new growth. This should also help leaves and stems to remain tender.

Storage: Woody stems – dry, place in sealable bag with air pressed out of it and close. Refrigerate or freeze.

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Eat:

  1. Marinara sauce for pasta or pizza (also with basil and/or thyme)
  2. Pizza dough
  3. Penne all’arrabbiata (also with basil)
  4. Faccia di vecchia (Italian bread with ground beef, sausage, anchovies and parmesan)
  5. Veal with vodka sauce
  6. Garlic-rubbed pork tenderloin (also with thyme and/or rosemary)
  7. Shrimp in tomato sauce with feta
  8. Chili
  9. Menudo (Mexican stew with tripe and chile, also with cilantro)
  10. Pozole (Mexican stew with pork and hominy)
  11. Breakfast eggs (e.g. scrambled, poached, omelet – also with basil, chives, parsley, thyme, etc.)
  12. Baked stuffed tomatoes
  13. Grilled vegetable skewers (zucchini, mushroom, bell pepper, tomato, red onion – also with rosemary)
  14. Rice and feta salad with lentils or chickpeas (also with parsley)
  15. Salad with red onion, pomegranate molasses and sumac
  16. Pickled carrots and jalapeños
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Photo Credit: https://barefeetinthekitchen.com/garlic-herb-rubbed-pork-tenderloin-recipe/
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Photo Credit: http://www.instructables.com/id/Mexican-Vegetable-Pickles/

Drink:

  1. Bloody Mary
  2. Margarita with limoncello and lemon bitters
  3. Pearl of Puebla with mezcal, lime, herbal liqueur, pastis, agave

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Parsley

Harvest: Once the stems are sufficiently mature with at least three clusters of leaves, cut stems from the bottom, near the soil level. Harvest from the outside of the plant to the inside, so that growth will continue from the inside buds.

Storage: Stack in a glass or jar filled with one inch of water and cover the protruding stems/leaves with a loose/damp paper towel and bag over it. Refrigerate.

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Eat:

  1. Tabbouleh (Middle Eastern salad)
  2. Chimichurri (Argentine sauce to accompany meat or empanadas)
  3. Gremolata (Italian condiment with garlic and lemon zest) or boniet (Italian dip with garlic and anchovies)
  4. Solyanka (Russian sweet and sour beef soup)
  5. Ash-e Reshteh (Persian vegetable and noodle soup, also with cilantro, mint and dill)
  6. Chicken and root vegetable soup
  7. Lentil soup
  8. Gazpacho (Spanish cold soup)
  9. Chicken tagine with green olives and pickled lemon
  10. Moroccan chicken and almond pastilla
  11. Chicken cacciatore
  12. Fesenjan (Persian pomegranate chicken)
  13. Maqluba (upside-down chicken and rice)
  14. Sabich (Iraqi-Israeli sandwich with eggplant and hardboiled egg)
  15. Moussaka (Greek casserole with baked eggplant and ground lamb)
  16. Ta’ameya (Egyptian Falafel, also with dill and cilantro)
  17. Burger patties with onion and spices (beef, lamb, turkey, chickpea, etc.)
  18. Salade niçoise
  19. Mediterranean tuna salad with olives, roasted peppers, and artichoke hearts
  20. Mussels with garlic
  21. Jambalaya
  22. Shrimp creole
  23. Crawfish étouffée
  24. Pasta salad (bowtie, orzo, etc.)
  25. Pasta puttanesca
  26. Israeli couscous with pine nuts and vegetables (roasted or fresh)
  27. Stuffed cabbage (also with cilantro) or stuffed peppers
  28. Mushrooms with garlic, lemon and white wine
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Photo Credit: http://bloggingfairtradelebanon.blogspot.com/2010/06/for-delicious-lebanese-tabbouleh.html
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Photo Credit: Kalyn Denny: https://kalynskitchen.com/recipe-for-lentil-salad-with-green/
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Photo Credit: http://www.theironyou.com/2015/08/green-goddess-turkey-burgers.html
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Photo Credit: https://sortedfood.com/recipe/chickentagine

Drink:

  1. Juice with beets, ginger, celery and carrot or with apple, cucumber, celery, spinach and lemon
  2. Gin julep or gimlet
  3. Jalapeño martini

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Rosemary

Harvest: Cut from the top, or an entire branch as needed.

Storage: Woody stems – dry, place in a sealable bag with air pressed out of it and close. Refrigerate or freeze.

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Eat:

  1. Steak (tenderizer)
  2. Braised beef
  3. Grilled lamb
  4. Dry-cured turkey
  5. Walnut-encrusted fish
  6. Shrimp scampi with cannellini
  7. Grilled scallops (use as a skewer)
  8. Roasted cauliflower
  9. Sweet potato wedges
  10. Hasselback potatoes with garlic and lemon
  11. Tapas with prosciutto, fig and goat cheese (use to skewer the combined ingredients)
  12. Bread pudding with parmesan, bacon and kale
  13. Toast with ricotta, figs and honey
  14. Onion focaccia, optionally with olives
  15. Orange & walnut muffins
  16. Lemon butter cookies or lemon bars (incorporated into zest)
  17. Apple-cranberry crisp (incorporate into the crumble topping)
  18. Black pepper and fennel biscotti
  19. Dark chocolate brownies
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Photo Credit: http://ourkitchen.fisherpaykel.com/recipe/focaccia-with-olives-rosemary-and-lemon/

Drink:

  1. Ginger-lemon drop cocktail
  2. Lemon sparkler with vodka & Prosecco (infused into simple syrup)
  3. Grapefruit and lime cocktail (with gin) or mocktail (and/or with thyme)
  4. Blood orange negroni
  5. Pomegranate rosemary spritzer with Prosecco or Cava
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Photo Credit: https://www.useyournoodles.eu/grapefruit-lime-cocktail-ginger-rosemary/
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Photo credit: https://www.frame2table.com/pomegranate-rosemary-cocktail/

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Sage

Harvest: Harvest from the top down to encourage continued growth and bushiness. Snip the stalk directly above a leaf cluster/junction, so that the node may yield new growth. This should also help leaves and stems to remain tender.

Storage: Wrap in paper towels and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use within 4 to 5 days. Can also be frozen or dried.

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Eat:

  1. Roasted chicken with lemon
  2. Homemade sausage (also with thyme)
  3. Pumpkin or butternut squash bisque with brown butter
  4. Infused butter (on gnocchi or pumpkin ravioli)
  5. Infused honey
  6. Citrus brine for turkey
  7. Cornbread stuffing
  8. Polenta with mushroom sauce
  9. Cheddar biscuits
  10. Crostini with caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar and melted cheese
  11. Khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) with egg, cheese, soujouk and hot pepper
  12. Involtini (feta & prosciutto rolls)
  13. Shortbread cookies
  14. Ice cream
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Photo Credit: Emma Christensen. http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/turkey_brine/
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Photo Credit: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/swede-gnocchi-crispy-sage

Drink:

  1. Raspberry smash with muddled berries and lime (cocktail with vodka or gin, mocktail with sparkling water)
  2. Champagne cocktail with blackberries or grapefruit juice
  3. Tea (anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, relaxant, reduces menopausal symptoms, soothes sore throats)
  4. Freeze in ice cubes for any summer drinks
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Photo Credit: Andrea Bemis. http://dishingupthedirt.com/recipes/blackberry-sage-champagne-cocktails/

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Thyme

Harvest: Harvest from the top down to encourage continued growth and bushiness. Snip the stalk directly above a leaf cluster/junction, so that the node may yield new growth. This should also help leaves and stems to remain tender.

Storage: Woody stems – dry, place in sealable bag with air pressed out of it and close. Refrigerate or freeze.

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Photo Credit: http://centredejardinbrossard.com/en/shop/english-thyme/

Eat:

  1. Braised rabbit or goat (also with rosemary)
  2. Jamaican jerk chicken
  3. Grilled salmon
  4. Beef, barley and mushroom stew
  5. Hungarian goulash (stew)
  6. Corn and shrimp chowder
  7. Caribbean pigeon pea soup
  8. Jamaican curry cabbage
  9. Butternut squash with aged balsamic, crushed red chile and breadcrumbs or with brown butter and roasted hazelnuts
  10. Cauliflower puree
  11. Heirloom tomato salad with red onion, olive oil and feta (also with oregano)
  12. Za’atar (good with olive oil on Lebanese man’ouche (flatbread), adding to roasted sweet potatoes, etc.)
  13. Sweet corn with cherry tomatoes, onion and basil
  14. Farro with mushrooms
  15. Risotto
  16. West African jollof rice
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Photo Credit: Willow Arlen. https://www.willcookforfriends.com/2015/11/roasted-butternut-squash-with-hazelnut-brown-butter-sauce-and-thyme-and-thoughts-on-gratitude.html
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Photo Credit: Kevin Lynch. http://www.closetcooking.com/2016/12/balsamic-soy-roasted-garlic-mushrooms.html

Drink:

  1. Infused simple syrup (with honey) in a cocktail with bourbon and lemon twist
  2. Gin cocktail with St. Germain and key lime, or with limoncello and lime
  3. Tea (antioxidant, improves brain function, soothes coughing)
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Photo Credit: Lisa Romerein. http://www.finecooking.com/recipe/limoncello-gin-cocktail-with-grilled-thyme

If you’ve made it this far…. thank you and bon appétit!

2 Comments

  1. Maryanne

    I immensely enjoyed this fascinating article covering every aspect for using herbs ~ from recipe suggestions, to drinks, to harvest and storage ~ including health benefits! My thanks to Michelle for spending what was no doubt, a massive amount of time researching and writing this valuable information, which I will print out and keep handy in my kitchen.

    Looking forward to more articles from such an in-depth, comprehensive and intelligent writer !

    Best wishes from a huge fan. 🙂

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