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5 Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden


Via Lifed

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.


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 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.


Roasted Cauliflower Mint Salad with Citrus Cashew Dressing


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 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.


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 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

Roasted Eggplant with a Warm Italian Sausage Chickpea Salad

Recently since starting my Bikram Challenge (30 days of bikram yoga in a row), I discovered something quite embarrassing. Shortly after leaving class, I smell like cat pee. Yup, that’s not a typo, I smell like cat pee. I don’t own a cat, by the way. For the first week, I didn’t know what to think. I just knew I smelt funky but couldn’t put a finger on it. By week two, I had it figured out. Once I had it coined I was, well, embarrassed, I think is the best term. I started thinking, “Can the lady beside me smell me? I hope the strong smell of 40 bodies sweating profusely, is enough to cover up this horrible smell.”

So what did I do? The same thing many of you do. I Google’d it up! The words in the search engine box read “Why does my sweat smell like cat pee?” It’s amazing how many results I actually got, and so precise! Nice to know I’m not alone and that my nose works. As it turns out, it’s a side effect of burning off protein. Either consuming too much protein or not eating enough and the body burning muscle (protein) as full. The byproduct is ammonia, that the body sweats out. Interesting. So this week I tried increasing my intake of food. Since eating too much protein is really not a problem in our house (see previous 20 blog posts), I figured it was worth a try.

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By on October 24, 2011 in Blog, Eggplant, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad

Parsnips Roasted with Apple Butter and Rosemary

It’s a work day for hubby and let it be known he has a very physical job and not a lot of body fat. So we focus much of our energy on making sure he has a good balance of protein and carbohydrates in his diet. Boring right? Well, the background info may be, but the recipes we come up with to deal with this challenge are not boring. I’m always looking for interesting ways to either alter more traditional dishes or ways to up the protein component of the meal. Since we eat vegetarian at least 3, maybe 4 times a week, it’s even more important for him that the balance is there.

So to accompany our steak, we had parsnips and a bean mash. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing these parsnips smelled. The whole dinner was very tasty but if you ask me, the vegetable was definitely the highlight.

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By on January 20, 2011 in Blog, Main Ingredient, Parsnips, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetarian

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