Tuesday, May 5, 2009

a porch full of flavor

Italian Basil, Thai Basil, Lemon Basil and Cilantro...not pictured are the Thyme, Mints, Tarragon, Oregano, Rosemary, Burnet and Dill. I like to sit on the porch and breathe deep (and so far the rabbits haven't dared to be this brave.)

Maybe all the delicious smells and tastes will encourage me out of the cooking rut I feel I'm in. An open farmers market, fresh herbs and dinner-on-the-deck weather definitely call for better meals than cereal and macaroni.
So far, we've enjoyed a lot of pasta with tomatoes and basil. If Shawn ever makes it home from the never-ending cross country flight he is on, I plan on making his favorite cilantro chicken tacos. Any other favorite recipes out there using fresh herbs? I'd love to hear them!


  1. Oooh! Caprese salad with tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and balsalmic vinegar!! And I love dill with grilled salmon. It looks like you have the starters of gourmet meals all summer.

  2. this is one of our summer favorites when fresh basil is available:


    I also love making homemade pesto. mmm, basil.

  3. How fun! I'd love to have a garden....

  4. Oooh, those tacos sound good to me! What's the recipe?
    Beautiful porch garden!

  5. Pioneer Woman's Crash Hot Potatoes- I use Basil and chives from my little herb garden- they are SO good! we have these instead of baked potatoes with our grilling! She has a lot of recipes where she uses fresh herbs and honestly i have not made anything of hers that I didn't enjoy- Made the blueberry muffins the other night- delish!

  6. These look beautiful, Kelly! I tried twice last year to grow herbs, but was unsuccessful both times. This year, I planted a few basil seeds. They are just starting to sprout; we'll see if they make it! I love fresh herbs and would love to have a whole gardenful (like yours!).

  7. Greeting to a very special mom on 'mom's' day! What a privilege for Kate, Kenna and 'T' to have such a Godly, faithful mom!
    ...love d


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