This article was written by my (Marisa) Aunt Carolyn, she has the most amazing herb garden. Michael and I love to walk around her backyard and touch and smell all the different herbs.
Flavors for Vinegars:
White wine vinegar & rosemary, raisins, orange peel, garlic
Red wine vinegar & sage, parsley, shallots or chives
Cider vinegar & chilies, garlic, oregano
Rice vinegar & Coriander Leaf (cilantro) and garlic
White wine vinegar & fennel, garlic, parsley
Mind and Dill
Lemon balm or verbena and grated orange peel
Basil, oregano, thyme and pureed shr8imp
Marjoram and garlic
Garlic, sesame seeds (or oil) and chives
Olive Oil & garlic, oregano, thyme
Sunflower Oil & dill & garlic
Olive oil & basil, chili, garlic
Walnut oil & lemon verbena or balm, lemon type
Combinations of Herbs for Freezing or Drying Together
Coriander leaf and chilies
Chives and dill weed
Oregano, thyme and parsley
Save, thyme, chives
Lemon verbena (or balm) and tarragon
Mint, lemon balm and dill
Oregano, basil and Thyme
Maximizing the Flavor of Herbs
To develop the flavor for dried herbs, soak them for several minutes in a liquid that can be used in the recipe – stock, oil, lemon juice, or vinegar
When using herbs in salad dressings, allow the flavor of the combination to develop by soaking for 15 minutes to an hour
Work the flavors of herbs into meat, poultry and fish by rubbing them in with your hands before cooking
For steamed or boiled vegetables, add the herbs to melted butter (or olive oil) and allow to stand for 10 minutes before seasoning the vegetables with it.
Dried and fresh herbs may be used interchangeably in most recipes. Use three to five times more fresh herbs than dried, depending on the strength of the herb.
Featuring: Coriander (Cilantro)
Did you know that coriander and cilantro are the same plant. Usually, when the seeds are used, or the leaves are dried, it goes by the name of Coriander. When used fresh, we know it as Cilantro.
In the Arabian fantasy, The Thousand and One Nights, Coriander is referred to as an aphrodisiac.
In all probability, the herb came into use by the ancient Hebrews, who made it one of the bitter bergs involved in the ritual of Passover.
Seeds of the coriander have been found among the funeral offerings in ancient Egyptian tombs.
Coriander leaves have a bold taste that combines a strong sage flavor with sharp citrus notes.
Recipe that includes Coriander (Cilantro):
1 can black-eyed peas drained
1 can shoe peg or regular corn drained
3 roma tomatoes (seeded and chopped finely)
3-4 green onions chopped finely
½ - 1 cucumber chopped finely
3-5 T. chopped Cilantro
4-5 oz. Kraft (light or fat free) Zesty Italian Dressing
Optional: Chopped Avocado
Serve with: Tortilla Scoops or Chips