Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cooking with Herbs

As most people begin their holiday cooking for Christmas, I am celebrating my fiance's birthday.  We do not have an all out bash, just because that's not his style.  He is a less is more sort of guy.  With that being said we do plan on a lunch or dinner out to his favorite restaurant and I did pick him up a Boston Cream cupcake which he knows nothing about yet.....

As you begin preparing your holiday dishes keep herbs in mind.  Adding fresh herbs to your favorite recipes is an easy way to add depth and flavor to an otherwise ordinary dish.

Tarragon can be used with fish and rice dishes.  It can also be used to compliment salads.

Chives are a favorite, which can be used in almost any savory dish to add a mild onion flavor.

Sage is an excellent paring with pork.  It can also be added to your stuffing recipes.

Bay Leaves are for soups and chili.

Oregano is a common flavor in Italian-inspired dishes.

Dill adds a light texture and flavor to salmon and other fish dishes.

Rosemary with its strong aroma and taste is best paired with beef dishes.

Thyme works wonders with chicken.

Cilantro is great for rice and garnishes.  It adds a wonderful lemon flavor.

xoxo Gwen

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