Herbs! Oh Yes You Should!

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Have you ever wondered if you should grow herbs?  Maybe you already do and I’m just slow getting on this bandwagon.  Well, I’ve been doing some research.

I asked a master gardener in our church if he would teach a class on herbs.  I learned so much about these amazing plants.

  • They are sooooo easy to grow and take care of.
  • There is a huge difference in taste from just using store bought spices.
  • Once the herbs are dried the flavors only last up to nine months.  Ugh!
  • You can grow several kinds in just one large pot.
  • It’s cheaper to grow them than to buy spices in a store.

There is amazing  information online about herbs and their different uses.  It was suggested to us to go to the University of Utah Cooperative Extension (http://extension.usu.edu/yardandgarden/htm/vegetables_herbs).  If you don’t live in Utah locate your local extension program through a college or university.

To go along with the class I did my own research and found some “bread and spread” recipes I could make as refreshments after the class.

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Here are the recipes I used and boy was I impressed with the difference in taste using actual “just cut from the garden” herbs.

Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Bread

Roasted Carrot and Herb Spread

Herbed Cream Cheese Spread

Oatmeal Herb Bread

Cheese, Olive, and Buttermilk Herb Bread

Ricotta and Herb Spread

Parmesan Herb Bread Sticks

Basil Pesto    (I took half this recipe and added it to 8 oz. of cream cheese for a different spread)

Fococcia Bread

Herb Bread

Yes, I did make all of this.  Many people get scared away at the thought of baking bread.  Think again.  If you have a good mixer these breads take only minutes to make because you don’t have to knead; the mixer does it for you.  If you don’t have a mixer it still is just as easy.  You just have to take five minutes longer to knead and mix the ingredients together.  I made the spreads the night before I needed them and the day of our class I made the breads.  Most of the time you are waiting for the breads to rise and you don’t need to be there for that.

I have to tell you that I am completely sold on herbs.  I plan on growing them and using them when I can in my cooking.  Did I tell you what a difference in taste there is? Ha!  Well, there is!

Dru

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

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