Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Taking it up a notch

The Comers have taken it up a notch! Yes, we have grown our own herbs! :) I know CRAZY..
Expect some fresh dishes soon! We have basil, oregano and rosemary!

I found this wooden box at TJ MAXX for approx. $12 and purchased all the herbs for less than $10.

Here are a few tips for cooking with fresh herbs:

Make a vinaigrette. Take ¼ cup white wine vinegar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard and 1-2 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. In just minutes, you will have a fabulous homemade vinaigrette to serve on salad.

Brighten up risotto. The addition of a tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary, sage and oregano can make any batch of risotto simply sublime.

Season your salads. The easiest way to eat herbs with minimal prep is to add the leaves to your tossed salads. Simply tear the leaves from the stems (basil, oregano and cilantro work best for this).

Make an herbed butter. Soften a stick of good-quality unsalted butter and whip it with a tablespoon of your favorite finely chopped herb or herbs or even minced fresh garlic. Season with sea salt. Transfer to a serving dish and chill until ready to use. This is great on fresh bread or grilled steak.

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