Do you, like me, every get into a flavor rut? Though I adore my standard combinations of hot red pepper, basil and parsley, mixing up your routine a bit with super fragrant fresh herbs will liven up even the most everyday of foods. You can grow fresh herbs at home in a pot on your windowsill or your backyard, and if you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. They’ll be very hard to kill.
Italians love burro e salvia, or butter and sage on pasta. In a saucepan, heat up some butter and when it starts to sizzle, place in your fresh bits of sage. Let it simmer on low into the butter for a few minutes until it becomes fragrant. Pour over fresh egg pasta (like lemon pepper pappardelle) or ravioli and garnish with more fresh sage.
Roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary is a standard side dish here and so easy to make. Chop potatoes and toss with salt, olive oil and fresh rosemary. Bake until golden and crispy.
Lavender - key notes: floral and sweet (this is a different variety which feels like velvet and is very lemony!)
Lavender brings out florals when paired with lemon and the combination is perfect for spring. Make lemonade and stir in fresh lavender sprigs. If you want to taste it even more, rub the lavender into the sugar first, then stir with your water and lemon juice.
It’s used as a pizza herb, generally stirred dry into sauce, but try this trick instead: once your pizzas come out of the oven, sprinkle fresh oregano on top and the steam from the hot pizza will amplify the fragrance of the oregano.
Do you use fresh herbs? What are your favorites? I'm partial to fresh mint on everything in the summer!