|Publisher:||St. Lynn's Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
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From the Introduction:
I was once asked if I was a foodie and I replied, I think I am. It sounds so trendy and sometimes I bristle at something that is ultra-trendy. So, what is a foodie, really? A pretty basic definition is: “a person who likes food, flavor and the process of preparing, cooking and presenting.” Okay, that’s definitely me. I also like to grow most of the flavor enhancers I use in my cooking (read “herbs”).
Most important in that definition is the appreciation of flavor and all the things you can add to common ingredients like vegetables to make them sing. I tend to be an impatient foodie too. I like to prepare fresh food, but I want to be able to grab a seasoning mix out of my cabinet and sprinkle, drizzle, infuse – whatever it takes to add the flavor. So, blending and preserving mixes from my garden makes sense to me. The recipes you find in this book are mixes in a ready-to-use form. Many can be stored in the spice cabinet or the refrigerator, or frozen.
How we season food should also be as exciting as the main dish we cook.
Think of your garden as a flavor producer. Grow your favorite herbs. Experiment with others you’ve never tried. Grow them because you like the flavor, then let your taste buds be your guide. Get to know the flavor and fragrance of the plants in your garden. Take a leaf, taste it smell it, rub the leaf until the oils release on your fingers. Learning to recognize the aroma and taste of individual herbs will help you to know how to use it for seasoning. You quickly learn the uses for pungent herbs like rosemary, where a little measure of the fresh leaf as seasoning goes a long way. The subtler herbs like marjoram will smell slightly sweet, yet distinct, like its close relative oregano. Marjoram is so subtle that you will find it in recipes where other spices and herbs won’ t overpower it.
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“Turn recipes into culinary celebrations.” Stephanie Rose, Garden Therapy blog