Herb
Description
Culinary Use
Tips
Chili Flakes
Peppery flavor from mild to hot, depending on type of chili used
Pasta, meats, Mexican and Chinese food, pizza. Add to anything you would like to kick up a notch.
Add to marinades.
Dill

Use leaf or seed, has a pungent flavor

Fish, eggs, cheese, bean or split pea soups, breads, vegetables (especially root vegetables).
Boiled, small, new potatoes with a dap of cream cheese and sprinkle of dill makes a good appetizer.
Marjoram
Use leaves. Fragrant aroma, spicy taste somewhat like Oregano but milder and sweeter. Adds a delicate flavor.
Use with Italian foods. Blends well with tomatoes in pasta sauces and chilies. A light seasoning for meats. Adds subtle favor to eggs and cheese.
Perk up corn, bean or carrots with a sprinkle of Marjoram.
Oregano
Leaves have a sweet, aromatic flavor, but stronger than Marjoram or Thyme. Use with care.
A basic in tomato sauces and chilies. A good addition to hearty meats like beef, game or lamb. Many time used with sage, especially in sausages, stuffing and with poultry.
Combines with garlic, red wine and oil, it makes a tasty beef marinade. Makes an interesting fish butter.
Rosemary
Use the leaves powdered or whole. Has a spicy, pungent flavor.
Used alone, it makes a great Rosemary chicken or fish. Combine with sage for game. Good in egg dishes, breads and cheeses. Good with most vegetables.
Add a bit to fruit salad. Make a flavored olive or vegetable oil by adding a tablespoon or two to the bottle. Leave in refrigerator for several days to infuse flavor.
Sage
Leaves are aromatically bitter. It is the basic flavor associated with bread stuffing.
A hearty flavoring for meats and especially game. Many vegetables and sauces, but use sparingly. Good in stuffing. Add to meat marinades.
Mix with cream cheese for a spread. Add to meat gravies.
Savory
A somewhat resinous, aromatic flavor, but can be light and delicate.
Savory is an all-purpose seasoning that can be used in anything you would season with onions and parsley. Especially good in soups, pasta salads, vegetables and casseroles.
Use for a light fish or seafood butter. Try a bit in stewed pears or quinces.
Thyme
Leaves have a pungent flavor with sweet aroma. There are many varieties of thyme with differing flavors, but unless otherwise specified, usually refers to Mother of Thyme.
Use with restraint, especially on delicately flavored foods. Can be used with most meats, vegetables and sauces. "Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" is a good combination.
Thyme is said to help combat fatigue, depression, digestion problems, muscle aches, colds and respiratory problems. A good herb to use in winter.

The Gardener's Journal


Gardening

Birds

Cooking

Misc.

Home