Friday Night Herb Garden Photos and Recipes Using Fresh Herbs: 2010 Garden Update #2
I know this garden update all about herbs may cause herb envy for some readers who are apartment dwellers or just not gardeners. Other people may wonder what’s the big deal about cooking with fresh herbs. I can hardly remember now when I first started growing herbs and cooking with them, but now I eagerly look forward to summer when I can go outside and get herbs to use in the kitchen. If you’re not currently using fresh herbs in your cooking, check some of the recipe links for each herb type to see how I use my own herbs, and maybe I can inspire you to grow a few pots of something in a windowsill if you don’t have a garden space!
No recipes yet for chervil, but thanks to a gift of seeds from Vanessa from She Craves
, I’m growing some this year, and she assures me I’m going to love it. If you have recipe ideas for chervil, I’d love to hear about them.
I haven’t used lemon thyme that much, but my blogging friend Lydia loves it, and she gave me a great suggestion to use it in Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan to up the lemon flavor.
also gave me seeds for lemon basil and lime basil, neither of which I’ve used before. I’d love recipe ideas for those in the comments as well!
Mint must be the easiest herb of all to grow, even if you put it along your fence where it’s often shady, don’t weed it, and let the grape hyacinth take it over at the beginning of the season. I promise, my mint will get weeded soon! Meanwhile, I look forward to using it in Mango Salad with Black Beans, Avocado, Mint, and Chile-Lime Vinaigrette
, Bulgur Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, Mint, and Lemon
, and the fabulous recipe I got from Merritt for Cannelini Beans in Mint Marinade
I also have this lovely golden oregano plant hanging out on the edge of the garden with my flowers, but since I have so much Greek oregano, this one doesn’t get clipped nearly as much. The flavor is very similar though, so if you’d like some color with your oregano, go for this one.
I’d actually find it quite impossible to pick my very favorite herb from all my many favorites (unless it was cilantro, which doesn’t grow well at all in Utah, where the summers get so hot and I have to buy my cilantro from the store!) If you do have a favorite herb, I’d love hear in the comments about which one it is and how you most enjoy using it!
See more about my 2010 garden by checking 2010 Garden Updates.