Sunday, July 3, 2011
How Does Your Herb Garden Grow?
We moved six months ago (how the time has flown) and decided to plant a garden this year because we have a huge yard now. Besides all the vegetables we planted, I wanted an herb garden. Fresh herbs are expensive to buy, but pure delight to use. Now, I can walk out my back door and pick what I want from my little herb garden. If you don't have room to plant in the ground, herbs grow very well in pots. One plant costs less than a bunch of herbs at the grocery most of the time. Therefore, you have saved a lot of money because you have herbs to use whenever you want! As you pick the herbs, they get bigger.
I planted basil, dill, two varieties of oregano, rosemary, thyme, and cilantro. Adding fresh herbs to the food I have been making kicks it up to a whole new level.
Here is a simple recipe for bread that can be eaten as a sandwich or a side for a meal. It is delicious! This would be wonderful to serve this Fourth of July weekend if you are looking or something new or different.
Ingredients you will need:
One baguette (or more if you are having company)
Sliced fresh mozzarella or grated mozzarella cheese (I like to slice fresh)
Fresh basil leaves
First, tear off a piece of aluminum foil that is big enough to wrap the baguette in. Slice the baguette horizontally, like this.
Next, cover the bottom of the baguette with mozzarella cheese. Drizzle the cut side of the baguette top with olive oil. Take about 3 or 4 basil leaves, roll them and chiffonade, which means to cut into small slivers. Scatter the basil over the mozzarella cheese.
Fold the foil over the baguette long ways, rolling tight. Then roll the ends closed.
Give this recipe a try. It is super easy, super delicious and don't forget to enjoy your holiday weekend! Summer is zooming by.
Things to Remember:
"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." William Faulkner