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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

Mint and Lime Mahi Mahi with Dill Yogurt Sauce

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As my season at the tower is coming to an end, I have so much to be grateful for. Overall, it was a great season.

Translation. The bugs weren’t too bad. Seriously.  Such. A. Blessing.

But there was other stuff too. The noise they told me about; coming from all the industry that has popped up around the tower, wasn’t bad and some days almost none existent. Bonus!  The road coming out to the tower has been well maintained so going into town was more regular than it had been in the past. Translation? Running out of food was rarely a problem except for that one time where I panicked. But I learned my lesson and realized I could get through just about anything. I managed to have decent internet out at the cabin which is saying a lot since it’s in the middle of nowhere. It came at a cost…but I’m still grateful. After all, it’s the reason I was able to share all my creations over the last 5 months with all of you.

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By on September 17, 2013 in Blog, Fish, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes

Tostadas with Cocoa Spiced Pinto Beans and Peach Mint Salsa

Chocolate Pinto Bean Tostadas

Today was a day to mix comfort, warming foods with the fresh and bright flavors of summer. Sure I could have made pie….

Shoot. I should have made pie!

No matter, this is better than pie. Chocolate for lunch anyone? Oh yeah baby!

Enter Tostadas – which I love.

Essentially, tostadas are the perfect platform for just about any tasty topping. These chocolate beans are warm, spicy and almost creamy. There’s a kind of earthiness to them. Top the whole dang thing off with the bright juicy flavors of peach and refreshing mint. I can guarantee you won’t be thinking about pie. If you make your own tostadas, you can avoid the deep frying oil too. If you’d like to make your own, bake tortillas in the oven at 375 F for 10 minutes or so. They turn out perfectly crisp without the rancid vegetable oil.

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By on August 27, 2013 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Peach, Pinto Beans, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Roasted Cauliflower Mint Salad With Citrus Cashew Dressing

 


There are some flavors that make you feel like it’s spring, no matter what the temperature is outside. Take dill for example. There’s nothing “winter” about dill. No matter how you shake a stick (or magic wand) at it. Mint is the same. So while the snow was falling and the temperature dropped to below 0, I decided to eat “spring” until it decided to show up.

I have good news!

Ok a couple of pieces of good news.

First, spring is here. There are no sub zero temperatures in the forecast, in fact it will be down right balmy. Balmy for Canada at any rate. If the forecast holds true  (pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top), this girl just might have another shower in her future. All be it, an outdoor shower stall made out of painted plywood. But a shower…a glorious shower. And since I forgot to shave my arm pits the last time I had a shower (on Monday)…I’m kinda lookin’ forward to it.

What can I say, I like a clean armpit. Don’t judge.

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By on May 3, 2013 in Blog, Cauliflower, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Whole Food Wednesday – Chipotle Corn and Zucchini Salad

Welcome to Whole Food Wednesdays! You’re invited to come and share your real food recipes using the Linky below. We’re excited to see what yummy things you’ve been creating and what great informational posts and videos you’ve got for us!

I truly believe things in their simplest state can often bring out the best in something. Like a perfectly clean sun kissed face on a warm summer morning, a single balloon to tell someone you were thinking of them, a walk through the forest with only the sound of your own steps along the gravel trail and birds singing.

This is kind of like this salad. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, just good natural ingredients that are allowed to shine through as summer starts to make its way into our lives. Zucchini right now is at its most tender and delicate. The corn adds a sweet crunch without crowding any of the other flavors. This would also make a great addition to any picnic.

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By on June 27, 2012 in Blog, Corn, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

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