I LOVE cooking with fresh thyme! The tiny herb, whose flavor is difficult to capture in words, adds a unique flavor and aroma. It is one of the most versatile herbs in American and European cooking, and you will find it pairs well … Continue reading


Mint — just the name makes my mouth feel cool. What a refreshing flavor this herb brings to the table! And, it’s quite versatile, paired with both sweet as well as savory dishes. Of course, we all associate mint with sweet … Continue reading


Chives — slender architectural appearance, with beautiful purple or white multi-flower blossoms are a beautiful addition to your herb garden, whether as a focal point or an entrance sentinel. Common chives, with the purple flowers, lend a flavor similar to onion, … Continue reading


Most home cooks have an aging jar of sage tucked away in the spice cabinet. It gets pulled out at Thanksgiving for stuffing,  and then relegated to the back of the cabinet once again. Don’t leave your sage lonely in there … Continue reading


  Rosemary is a member of the mint family, it’s name from the Latin means “dew of the sea,” because of its light blue flowers and because it grows well in damp places. Rosemary is used very frequently in Mediterranean cooking, providing flavor. … Continue reading

it’s almost herb season

  Ahh, today was sunny and warm, and got me thinking about planting my herb garden. Of course, it’s still too early to plant — the best advice I have ever gotten about herbs is to wait until the night … Continue reading

a bit o’ Irish!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I wanted a new dessert to celebrate the wearing’ o’ the green. I muddled around green, and Irish, decided to go with Irish … whisky! Everyone likes ice cream, yes, indeed … Continue reading

chocolate raspberry truffle torte

For my Valentine, I want a decadent dessert, preferably dark chocolate or raspberry. This is my FAVORITE! Enjoy! chocolate raspberry truffle torte Butter for the pan 1 cup butter 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons … Continue reading