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5 Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

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I’m so pleased to have Bryn writing for us today. Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an Editor for Modernize and nurtures her HGTV obsession. In addition to regularly contributing to Home Decor and Design websites around the web, her writing can be found on Lifehacker, About.com and on her personal blog Her Own Wings.

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If you love the taste of fresh ingredients and the satisfaction of providing for yourself, a kitchen herb garden is a perfect addition to your home. Herbs are fairly easy to take care of, making them the perfect gateway to serious gardening for those looking to cultivate a green thumb. They’re also nearly impossible to neglect when they’re right there in your kitchen! And if you’re already an experienced gardener, a kitchen herb garden is a great way to keep doing what you love even during winter.

For anyone who has a passion for adding bold flavors to dishes or wants to try a hand at homemade hygiene products, Modernize suggests the perfect herbs to get your kitchen garden thriving.

 

 

Mint

Mint is a versatile, refreshing herb with countless uses. In fact, every other herb on this list is part of the mint family. Mint chocolate cake and mint juleps are perfect for entertaining guests, while mint tea can soothe a stomach ache. You can also chew on mint for a quick breath freshener, and even make a homemade flea repellent out of this herb for your furry family member.

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Roasted Cauliflower Mint Salad with Citrus Cashew Dressing

Rosemary

While mint is ideal for anything refreshing, like cocktails and salads, rosemary is a perfect addition to cold-weather comfort meals. It can add the perfect nuance to potatoes, dressings, meat, veggies—pretty much any food you can think of as long as you don’t overdo it. It also makes a lovely garnish.

Lavender

Lavender is known as an all-purpose herb when it comes to fragrance, cleanliness, and relaxation. You can use it to make your own candles, bubble bath, soap, detergent, and potpourri. Don’t forget that its beauty makes it perfect for a wreath or bouquet. But never mind non-edible options—think about the creative ways you can use it in food. If you feel ambitious, lavender macaroons are the height of elegance. Lavender lattes and lemonade are unique and delicious treats that will have all your guests talking long after the party’s over.

Thyme

Like the other herbs on this list, thyme is very aromatic and has uses both inside and outside of the kitchen. But when it comes to the kitchen, it’s really an all-occasion ingredient that can transform bland to brilliant. From simple pasta meals to the most elaborate dish, it makes a perfect addition—but it pairs most perfectly with Mediterranean flavors like garlic, lemon, olive oil, and oregano. Its earthy flavor is interesting to the palate without being overwhelming.

butternut squash gratin

Butternut Squash, Leek and Hazelnut Gratin

Basil

Basil comes in several varieties that can add dynamics to almost any dish. There are spicy, fruity, earthy, and sweet varieties, all of which add their own value and play off of other tastes. Like the other herbs on this list, basil is also known for its remedial properties and can help clear up coughs and colds as well as stomach ailments. While this is known more as a summer herb, you can grow it in winter in the warmth of your home, as long as it’s not taking the draft from a dry heating element.

Zucchini Basiil Salad

Zucchini Basil Salad with Pecorino

All of these herbs fair best with at least four hours of sunlight per day, warmth, and humidity. As winter approaches, make sure they are all safe from direct drafts from your heater and that they receive plenty of water.

Which are your favorite kitchen herbs, and how do you most often use them? Let us know in the comments below!

By on December 6, 2015 in Blog, Herbs, Informational, Main Ingredient, Recipes 0

Healthy Herbed White Bean and Olive Salad

 

White Bean Salad with olives

I don’t often talk about the specific health benefits of the ingredients I use in my recipes, but I felt I needed to “sell” it a bit. There’s nothing real sexy about white beans, but this salad is light, filling and surprisingly tasty in its simplicity. But wait til you hear how good it is for you.

Health Benefits!

This power house of a salad is high in fiber, protein and iron. All due to the mighty little white bean. In 1 cup of beans, you’ll get 75 % of your required fiber, 30% of your protein and 24 % of your iron! Now that’s one packed little bean. It’s one of my favorites because it’s inexpensive (love that part) and easy to find at any super market. It also has a mild taste which makes it’s easy to incorporate into recipes. Want to know more? Click Here.

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By on July 2, 2013 in Appetizer, Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, White Beans 11

Any Time Caprese Salad and a Food ‘N Flix Annoucement

Do you like good food and a movie?

I’m delighted to announce that I’m this month’s host of Food ‘n Flick. What is Food ‘n Flick?

Well, it’s this wonderful and fun group of bloggers, that get together, watch movies, and then head into the kitchen to cook or bake stuff inspired by the movie.

It’s a wonderfully good time, so I truly hope you’ll join us for this month’s movie, It’s Complicated, starring Meryl Streep (love, love Meryl), Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Now, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already seen it and yes…

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By on September 2, 2012 in Blog, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Tomato, Vegetarian 18

Spring Pea and Avocado Crostini

Last week, we had my sister-in-law and her husband visiting from San Diego. The visit was lovely. The food was not.

It was one of those bad cooking weeks. You know those weeks, where no matter how hard you try, something is just not quite right with every dish?

It started with their anniversary dinner where I over cooked the halibut (easy enough to do), sure, but then it was Friday night, and the tagine was missing something. No matter how I played with the balance of sweet and salty, sour and spicy, I just could not seem to make it sing.

The quick bread I made for a grab and go snack or breakfast was lovely, but no one ate it until it was 3 days old and starting to dry out. But what can you do? Some weeks are just like that.

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By on June 3, 2012 in Appetizer, Avocado, Blog, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Pea, Recipes, Snack, Vegetarian 14

Zucchini Basil Salad with Pine Nuts and Pecorino – Ready in 5

Tummy is grumbling. I can feel my hanger (angry because I’m hungry) coming on. The world is a fog. Everyone is annoying and I need to get some food in my belly before the acid in my stomach starts eating through my spinal cord (not literally, but that’s what it feels like).

I run into the house, fling off my coat onto the couch, throw the grocery bags on the counter and start making my lunch.

From grocery bag to table in 5 minutes. Here goes.

I pull out the mandoline, wash my zucchini and basil, and I quickly slice the zucchini by setting my mandoline to 1/16″ thick. I place the pile of zucchini in a bowl, toss with olive oil, the juice of a meyer lemon, plenty of fresh pink Himalayan sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, and I add in some basil leaves and garnish with toasted pine nuts and shaved pecorino cheese. Done.

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By on March 25, 2012 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian, Zucchini 12

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