Tuesday, May 15, 2012

These are the great flavor boosters of life.  If you're stumped as to how to add some zing to your meals, some brightness or some freshness of flavor.  Any of these herbs are absolute winners!  And here's the brilliant thing, they're almost impossible to kill if you grow them yourself!  Are you a lazy gardener? or even a non-existent one?  Plant a little Thyme or Rosemary or Mint in a pot with enough room for it to spread out a little and then, pretty much ignore it.  Time will pass, you'll forget it exists, winter will come you will be sure the things have gone to meet their relative makers.  Then spring will come, a warm day, a little rain, some sunshine, and the beasts will pop back up unannounced.  Fresh and Green and Vibrant.  You'll snip a little Thyme for a roast chicken, some Rosemary for Roasted potatoes.  I'm telling you, you cannot go wrong.  Flavor, Flavor, Flavor!  And you will have the satisfaction of looking out a window and seeing these beauties overflowing before you and you can say:  "Look what I did!"  Yeah .... Right!

Herb Boosted Salad

The next time you're staring a bowl of boring lettuces in the face, Boost them up by adding some fresh picked herbs to the mix.  A little bit of mint leaf, parsley leaves and dill sprig goes a long way when juxtaposed against a cold bit of Romaine or Green Leaf Lettuce.  It's just a small wake up to your senses.  The scent is fantastic and the flavor is powerful.  With a few vegetables and a small shaving of Parmesan or Pecorino Romano Cheese, all you need is good Olive Oil and Vinegar or Lemon Juice.  The flavor is already in the bowl.