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 ;)

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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.

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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!

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4 Mrs. Fish June 25, 2011

I love basil!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Cilantro is def. my favorite.

Sage is also yummy as well as dill!

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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 :)

http://www.prepara.com/

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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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