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GET COOKING WITH HERBS
To add extra flavor to some of your family favorites, try seasoning basic dishes with a sprinkling of one or more dried or fresh herbs. You can use herbs with cooked fish, poultry, and meat and as an addition to pasta, bean, and egg dishes, soups, salads, and salad dressings.
Basil: Fresh basil can be used whole, torn, or chopped in salads, egg dishes, and pasta sauces. Dried basil is perfect for baked chicken or fish and in soups.
Chives: A relative of onions and leeks, chives have a mild onion-like flavor. Snip them with scissors or gently chop with a sharp knife, and then try them in chicken or tuna salad, scrambled eggs, or salad dressings.
Cilantro: This lively tasting herb is popular in Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Use it in salsas, toss it into salads, or sprinkle it over baked or grilled chicken or fish. Fresh is preferable to dried.
Dill: Available both fresh and dried, dill is a great addition to salads and sauces, as well as to fish, chicken, meat, egg, and vegetable dishes.
Herbes de Provence: Typically a mix of dried basil, fennel seed, lavender, marjoram, summer savory, rosemary, and thyme, this herb blend is found in the spice section of most supermarkets. It’s good in vegetable stews and can be used as a rub for grilled meat, poultry, and fish.
Marjoram: A member of the mint family, marjoram has a sweet, oregano-like flavor. It can be found dried in the spice section of the supermarket. It’s an excellent addition to Italian dishes in place of oregano.
Mint: Most people think of mint as an herb used in desserts or drinks, but it is also terrific in soups and salads. Fresh is far preferable to dried.
Oregano: A relative of mint, oregano is an aromatic herb commonly used in tomato-based soups and sauces, and for seasoning poultry, lamb, shrimp, or vegetable dishes. It’s available both fresh and dried.
Parsley: Fresh parsley (curly or flat-leaf) makes a great garnish for cooked meats, chicken, and fish and is tasty in bean, pasta, and rice dishes. You’ll find it dried on its own or in Italian seasoning and other packaged herb mixes, but fresh is best.
Rosemary: There’s nothing quite like the piney flavor of this wonderful herb, which is typically used to flavor meats, fish, soups, stews, vegetables, sauces, and dressings. It’s available both fresh and dried.
Sage: This Mediterranean herb has a strong earthy flavor that is perfect for chicken, pork, bean, and vegetable dishes. It’s available both fresh and dried.
Tarragon: Distinguished by its anise-like flavor, tarragon is a great addition to fish, poultry, egg, and vegetable dishes, sauces, and salad dressings. It’s available both fresh and dried.
Thyme: Popular in French-inspired dishes, thyme has an assertive flavor that goes well with many foods, including tomato dishes and vegetable soups. It’s also an excellent seasoning for meats, poultry, and fish.
* Tips by Fran Boardman