fresh herbs

The Pho Place Sent Too Much Mint And Basil. Asian Pesto Time!

Rice noodles get all dressed up fo' freesies!
Nov 7, 2013 12:30 pm

I ordered pho with a few friends the other night and received, like, five plastic bags packed with fresh herbs we each used a teeny handful of. There was so much basil, mint, cilantro, lime wedges and sliced jalapeños left over. So I crammed them all into my pet food processor with some strategic pantry ingredients and invented Vietnamese pesto. So good, you guys. Here's how to do it.

Ideas For Dinner Tonight: Rosemary

Recipes with earthy and astringent fresh rosemary
Nov 4, 2013 1:00 pm

A little bit of rosemary goes a long way. It's a powerful, astringent herb that, when used correctly, takes a dish to the next level. It goes toe-to-toe with the flavor punch of a roasted leg of lamb, and as if to show off its subtler side, turns otherwise bland roasted potatoes into a hearty side dish. Here are six recipes that harness the powers of rosemary in the best possible way.

      What Is Savory?

      Summer savory's the garden herb of the season
      Aug 20, 2013 3:30 pm

      We're not here to discuss whether savory is a good name for a garden herb. It doesn't really taste savory — that's umami's job — because it's, that's right, a garden herb. It tastes astringent, grassy, slightly floral, spicy and herbal, not unlike marjoram or thyme. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, why's it called savory and how is it used? 

      Hack Of The Day: Rosemary Portobello "Crowns"

      Infuse those shrooms with some herb. Wait...
      Jul 24, 2013 11:02 am

      Are you grillin'? Cause I'm grillin'. I'm grillin' all summer long, and not just the good stuff — sometimes you have to take a break from the good stuff. I'm talking about portobello mushroom caps, and yes they get heat for being the go-to vegetarian "steak substitute" at barbecues, mostly because they're boring and not particularly photogenic. But with one festive hack, everyone's going to want one. In addition to a steak.


      10 Recipes With Cilantro (Or Is It Coriander?)

      What's the difference and how do you use them?
      Jul 10, 2013 12:01 pm
      recipes with cilantro

      Have you noticed how many great summer dishes star cilantro? It's an often-misunderstood herb that's such a crucial part of salsa, gazpacho, chimichurri sauce, veggie burgers and more. We like it in cocktails, pesto and Indian snacks, too. Pick up a bunch at the market tonight and try out one of these 10 recipes that bring out the refreshing, grassy flavor of this abundant and easy-to-use ingredient. 

      We Are Now Willing To Make The Call: It Is Caprese Sandwich Season

      In Lunchland, good things come to those who wait
      Jul 8, 2013 11:31 am

      I have this thing about caprese sandwiches. Wait, can I admit something real quick? I've been sitting on this caprese sandwich column for weeks, pushing it to the next day, then the next, waiting patiently for summer tomatoes to make their debut.

      How Do You Dry Fresh Herbs?

      Preserve your herb garden bounty for later use
      May 30, 2013 1:31 pm

      If you have the space (and it doesn't take much), you should definitely be growing fresh herbs outside. They're hardy survivors, especially the tougher ones like rosemary and thyme, and simply need water and occasional harvesting to keep providing you with flavorful, healthy ingredients. Dry  and store part of your yield so you can say "I grew the sage for these potato galettes myself" well into the winter.


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