The Herb Garden
HERB! What a wonderful thing to have. I have one of those Aero Garden things. I tried to grow herbs, but someone (I’m not saying who) over fed them, and they died rather quickly. The dill and the basil were being bullies and keeping the poor parsley herbfrom growing to its full potential, so I decided to give myself a break while I do some scientific research before I try again. This time, I will go with a custom blend of herbs, so I can control them, instead of them controlling me, and driving me mad. If you want to have a go at it yourself, here’s what I bought. I bought it at Sur La Table, but here’s the Aerogarden website if you want more options.
The best thing to start with is one or two small pots of your favorite herb. It will give your kitchen a wonderful smell, and with a set of kitchen shears I know you already have, you can add some nice depth of flavor to your meals.
Here’s a good article about using and storing fresh herbs in your kitchen, with a great infographic to put onto your pinterest account. You do have a pinterest account, don’t you?
Just remember, fresh herbs will usually last a week or two in the refrigerator. Dried will last you a good year. Keep them away from the stove and the sunlight. You can find a little more about herbs form my review on the Top Chef Lesson on Herbs here.
Did you know herbs were once considered only for medicinal purposes? Are you coughing? Add rosemary. What about a stomach ache? Use mint. Basil is supposed to help you when you are feeling down. Here’s a handy chart with some basics. Luckily we have advanced, but it’s a little tidbit to file away for a party. Read more
THenAll About Herbs
Herbs! The stuff that adds true flavor to any dish. Now this is what this diy home goddess has been waiting for! I want to know all about herbs. I want to know what herbs go with what types of food. How do you store herbs. I want to have fun! And this was the lesson to do it. Well, this and the next one, the one on spices. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I felt like Carla did a good job of going through the basics on this lesson. I learned a lot, and this diy home goddess is raring to go! She had the basic herbs all laid out on a cutting board. They looked so pretty! She says that you can use fresh or dried herbs, with fresh herbs adding more pop and depth of flavor, but dried herbs can last longer. Then she talked about tender herbs and robust herbs, breaking them down so you know the main, most common varieties of each. She gives you a quick description, and tells you what dishes are best for each common herb, and when to use them. So let’s go over them quickly here.
These you are supposed to put in as a finish touch at the end of the cooking cycle.
To store these, you place them in a damp paper towel, wrap in plastic, and place in the refrigerator. Read more
Lettuce Principles 101
Admit it, lettuce is kind of boring. Yeah, it’s green. Yes, it’s the basis for salads. Yeah, it’s healthy. But to me, lettuce is boring. I eat lettuce because it’s a vegetable, and it’s a way to get me to eat a vegetable. But it needs to have lots of other stuff in that salad for me to be able to choke it down. Between you and me and the internet, if I eat too much of any vegetable at once, I do feel like I’m going to hurl. It better be a chef salad, with lots of other good stuff in it. Or if it’s topping a burger, there better be stuff like cheese and bacon masking the texture of that lettuce.
As a diy home goddess, I kind of felt this lesson was boring too. Carla said lettuce is the most popular and available vegetable in a chef’s world. Well duh, it’s the basis for salads, like I already said.
She did a pretty good job of talking about the four basic lettuce families. And she described how they looked, so you know which one to pick in the grocery store. But I wish she would have had more than one of each family in the picture. After all, there are dozens of varieties, so why not have a couple of each family, even if you are touching just one to showcase? And she gave an idea of what to use each one for. Read more