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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Full Flavor of Herbs

Sage & Rosemary Sprigs holding onto the recent snow
Herbs are a gardener’s treasure during the long, winter months. Heck, one scrawny sprig of Parsley was saved from the summer herb patch and bunged into a tiny pot. It’s amazing what can be clipped and rescued as a sprig of Parsley replenishes itself daily in a sunny window. That snowbird Parsley is definitely enjoying the warmer side of plant life. 

In the above image are recently clipped sprigs of Rosemary and Sage from the artic garden. Though it’s a given that this outdoor Rosemary plant is officially done (it will not come back next season like the Sage) these outdoor sprigs still have essential oils and can be harvested for a soup or stew. While one Rosemary plant managed to get shuffled indoors, clipping sprigs from what herbs still remain in the frigid outdoors makes holding onto those outside garden roots strong. It keeps the growing season, the summer months closer to our hearts. Planting herbs indoors or out (or both) can be satisfying and tasty as well. A sprig of Rosemary, Sage, Parsley or Thyme to a simmering stew adds a flavor never achievable from a jar of dried herbs. 

Speaking of soups and stews, it’s about time to call this Monday herb fest a wrap with a Marge Kennedy quote. “Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.” 

Tip for this chilly Monday: if you aren’t growing herbs, start an extended family this season indoors and include an easy one like Parsley as a new-found family relative. Your taste buds should appreciate it plus it’s a great day for a warm pot of soup. 

P.S. Ashley Petersen would like to keep the 26 days of kindness going strong. She has made today Fierce Fallon Day! Fallon loves pizza, Chinese food, sports and games, especially crossfit, softball, and swimming. Her idol is Dana Linn Bailey- Ms. Olympia. Her favorite colors are pink, blue and red. Most importantly, her favorite thing in the world is her little sister, Mae. Here is the event or FB Page where you can post a kind thought or act. Just like the herbs that keep our garden hearts ticking through all the seasons, you can participate and keep 26 days of kindness chugging all year long. 

Sage & Rosemary - Image by Ann Bilowz ©

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