rosemary potatoes

I love the taste of fresh rosemary and decided to use some from my garden for these potatoes.  They were delicious.  If you have fresh parsley from the garden as well, that would also compliment the taste of this dish. To make these potatoes, I used my electric skillet, but they can also be prepared…

Herb Potatoes

Try this easy way to make a small serving of red potatoes which are full of flavor and quite tasty.  No one will have to be committed to eating a large potato, and they look very nice side by side in a chafing dish for serving with a buffet. I used small red potatoes, but…

Organizing the kitchen

 Every day, I try to improve my process in the kitchen.  I firmly believe that having an organized kitchen helps me to enjoy all my cooking and baking tasks.  One of the best ways I find to keep frequently used seasonings at hand, is by having them gathered on a single dish.  I have a…

herb roasted bone-in chicken breasts

There are those nights when roasting a whole chicken is not desired.  It is still possible to have that great herb roasted chicken taste in a shorter time frame.  I often choose to roast bone-in chicken breasts with the same seasonings and herbs that would be used for a whole chicken. I do use a…

roasted shrimp with basil butter parmesan

shrimp is a great “go-to” protein for summertime meals.  it is lighter than most proteins and cooks very quickly. usually, a goal of a summer dish is to limit cook time in the kitchen, reducing heat generated by the stovetop or oven. these shrimp roast in 12 minutes in the oven and are delicious served…

citrus dill roasted carrots

coastal living magazine offers a nice variety of dinner in a breeze recipes, for those meals to enjoy while vacationing.  i find their recipes very clean and fresh, offering a nice mix of easy preparation techniques using lots of fresh vegetables, fish and lighter fare. this citrus herbal roasted carrot recipe was very good and…

Rosemary French Onion Soup

on a cold winter’s night, there is nothing better than serving soup.  i have found so many wonderful soup recipes which are not only easy to make– but so delicious.  soup is a comfort food.  but, it doesn’t have to be high in calories or lack flavor.  this is a new recipe that i found…

the herb garden at dow gardens

we are so very lucky in midland Michigan to have the beautifully maintained Dow gardens.  this botanical garden is one of the most beautiful in the nation.  each visit opens my eyes to some of the most lovely displays of trees, flowers, and landscape design ideas.  i have escorted several of my out of town…

p. allen smith’s herb spread

  for a summer appetizer, here is a great herb spread made with fresh herbs from the garden.  snip about 1/4 cup basil, 1/4 cup or less of oregano, 2 tablespoons chives, 2 tablespoons italian parsley, and 2 tablespoons green onions. chop and add some minced garlic and one tablespoon lemon juice to 8 ounces…

love the lovage

  with a flavor very similar to celery, the herb lovage is well loved in my garden.  this is one of the few herbs that may grow up to four or five feet tall.  surviving in full sun or even light shade, lovage is often used in the herb garden as a background plant, because…

oregano

  oregano is a great herb for a small space.  in my kitchen garden, i grow many herbs, flowers, some vegetables, and bulbs together in a parterre design.  the garden is different every year, since i like to move plants around, divide what is growing too large for the space each fall, and simply i…

lemon thyme shortbread cookies

the temperatures in midland, Michigan have been so warm these past few days.  spring is coming and i will be in my herb garden again very soon.  in fact, some of my herbs are greening up already and just waiting to be used in many herbal recipes. this inspired me to bake these cookies which…