Salad dressing from Janet Clark (Homespun restaurant in Leeds, Utah)
tools and taste test: stevia, various salts and pepper (pepper mill
from la cuisine/France), zester, various sizes of bottles of herbs,
Tomatoes with fresh basil
(ingredients: pre-sliced, tomatoes, mozzarella, salt, sugar, pepper,
olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh basil)
Fresh salad greens from yard plus dressing
When growing an Herb Garden
Plant it in a place that is easy to get to and convenient
Containers need to be easy to reach and pinch the herbs
Many herbs will take over and need to be thinned i.e. sage, etc. They can end up woody and unattractive.
Do's and Don'ts:
Too many herbs may make you crazy. Less is more when it comes to herbs.
One idea: Create two rectangle pots just outside your kitchen door.
Grow only the culinary herbs you use on a frequent basis.
basil – three plants plus a new one
parsley – curly and flat
– in a small confining container…. Make sure you like the mint you
plant – less partial to spearmint (canal mint) love peppermint
sorrel – bright lemon taste
Herbs and spices are what elevate foods and cooking.
About a cookbook: "If you got one good recipe from a cookbook, it was worth the purchase of the book".
Where to get your Dried Herbs: Penzey’s (penzey.com)
So much cheaper thru this website.
buy at Penzey's? Cost savings and much fresher than store purchased
herbs where you don’t know how long sitting in warehouse.
Going to Baltimore? Go to the harbor – McCormick and Shilling spices – smell the cinnamon aroma. Sorry, no tours.
to store them: Glass jars, varying sizes, FREEZE your herbs. split an
order with others. Best to store in air tight container. Never plastic;
glass is best. Can order glass jars from Penzy’s
Discuss some favorite spices and how use them
Fresh ground nutmeg – different smell and taste (use nutmeg grater)
Grind spices in coffee grinder
20 year old herbs of my mother – No comparison in aroma.
Identify 20-25 fresh and dried herbs (mystery)
Door prize to individual who identifies correctly the most herbs