Herbs Are Pretty

by Heather on June 25, 2011

There’s just something about fresh herbs that makes my little cooking heart go pitter-patter.

Unfortunately I don’t use them as often as I should or as often as I’d like, but when I do it feels like I’m creating a true culinary masterpiece.  Even if it’s just ranch dressing.

I think my favorites by far are basil, parsley, and thyme.  But I wouldn’t kick dill or chives out of bed either if you know what I mean.  They’re all good, they all lend crazy fresh flavor to things, and they all taste magical.

So what about you?  What’s your favorite herb(s)?  And do you cook with them a lot?


Happy Saturday y’all!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 25, 2011

Basil and rosemary. The smell of both is so evocative of particular seasons for me (summer & winter). But honestly, I haven’t met a fresh herb I don’t like ;)


2 stacy June 25, 2011

I love herbs of all kinds. Can’t pick a favorite. And I have to say, if you can grow them, it is so, so worth it. They taste better and are WAY less expensive.


3 miri leigh June 25, 2011

I would have to say basil and mint. Mint is so good in so many summer drinks too! Great pictures!


4 Mrs. Fish June 25, 2011

I love basil!


5 Jenn's Adventures June 25, 2011

I loooooooooooooove herbs too!! My fave’s include basil, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, sage…seriously, all of them! Why I don’t have an herb garden is BEYOND me!


6 Cynthia (It All Changes) June 25, 2011

Fresh cilantro would go into everything I eat if I thought it tasted good. I love the sharp bite.


7 Julie @SavvyEats June 25, 2011

Basil. I have a serious basil problem. IE: I have more than 10 basil plants right now… and it doesn’t feel like enough!

Second on my list? Chives.


8 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 25, 2011

Cilantro is def. my favorite.

Sage is also yummy as well as dill!


9 Morgan @ moments of mmm June 25, 2011

BASIL! I love to put them in flower arrangements too!

I actually use fresh herbs a lot–I never used to though because they would wilt before I used them all. Then my girlfriend bought me an herb savor from prepara. It’s amazing. I’ve had parsley for about 3 weeks now and it still looks as fresh as the day I brought it home.

Oh and Oprah said it’s one of her favorite things. No biggie :)



10 Aine @ Something to Chew Over June 26, 2011

Definitely basil – it lives very happily on my windowsill! I love the smell of it, so summery.

I like to shred it up and mix with tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It’s also great stirred into hot pasta.


11 Julie H. June 26, 2011

Basil! A thousand times, basil! :) Stevia, mint, and chives are also on the list but basil takes the cake!


12 SheFit June 26, 2011

I’ve just recently discovered basil… it’s changed my life forever. I can’t get enough of these little guys


13 Maureen June 26, 2011

I couldn’t live without fresh basil, cilantro, thyme, mint, sage, chives and both parsleys. I keep all the pots in the sun outside my kitchen door and I’m a happy cook.


14 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 27, 2011

I love love love cilantro and basil. And chives. And mint. And dill. Ok, I love them all!


15 Lisa @ Life in Green June 27, 2011

Mmm love fresh herbs. Cilantro and rosemary top my list. But I really like the addition of any fresh herb. I’ve been using fresh tarragon lately…first time to grow this year and loving it.


16 Sara June 27, 2011

I’m with everyone else on this – basil is my top pick! But, I also love thyme, cilantro, chives, and parsley. I don’t really like dill or taragon – or maybe I just haven’t used those two in the right recipe?


17 Heather {Modern Meals for Two} June 28, 2011

Ugh! That’s like picking your favorite kid… or how I imagine it feels to pick your favorite offspring ;) I love all fresh herbs. I think cilantro and basil are the the top two on my list. I think I buy a bunch of cilantro every other week. I’m working on a window sill herb gardern and cilantro didn’t even cross my mind because I use so much of it the plant would be dead in a week (maybe less). I also love basil. You can’t beat the fresh taste!


18 Alli July 5, 2011

I simply cannot live without tarragon.

“I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.”
- James Beard


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