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I love Spring. The weather starts to warm up, I’m no longer looking at what I can do with either apples, pears or navel oranges for fruit with my breakfast and I’m thrilled to see almost affordable asparagus!  Plus, they are beginning to look more like pencils than short trees.

This week I’m going to see if my plan to grow some rosemary will work here in the desert.  I also bought some lemon basil-I’m starting that in an egg carton though and hoping that I get it to grow outside before needing to bring it indoors before becoming “dried” basil.

In California, I had a huge amount of rosemary, several mints and the sometimes basil to include in my dishes.  Here in Phoenix proper, can’t seem to even find any in overpriced packaging in the stores!  

I love to use these fresh herbs, they are the more “aromatic” and strong-flavored, but they can make both savory and sweet dishes special.  Looking for a great chicken or lamb “crust“?  Chop up the mint, rosemary with some garlic, kosher salt, pepper and evoo and it’s a winner, winner dinner.  I’ve even used this on pork chops and it works.  Use the basil for just an added bonus on some spinach or arugula salad.  There’s nothing better than adding some fresh basil to some chopped tomatoes and onion and using it as a topping for brushetta.

Mint is an excellent tea to help nausea and other stomach upsets too.  I haven’t made my popular rosemary/pepper biscotti in a while due to not having the freshness of this one particular herb around.  

What are your favorite herbs?

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      Twinssupermom wrote Mar 4, 2013
    • I love spring ! So of my favorite herbs are Rosemary, Lemon Basil and Mint I just started a small garden in 2012 on my upper deck and look forward to making it larger in 2013.  I also planted a Lemon and KeyLime Tree in Pots.  Wish me luck.  Our Peppers did the best last year.
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      Marya1961 wrote Mar 4, 2013
    • Basil is a staple in my herb garden, and funny thing, hub brought in our herb pot before winter hit and put it in the back porch and the parsley has been growing all winter, even through the cold temps..is parsley really hardy like that?

      Love the mint too and it grows like crazy, seems the little creatures do too as they eat it, so it must calm their little bellies too.

      Would love your biscotti recipe!heart



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      Carine Nadel wrote Mar 4, 2013
    • I know that I’ve posted it before-long ago!  I’m on a huge deadline for a magazine story Marya, but I’ll try and either find it and post it for next week’s column or as soon as things calm down-I’ll do it!  It is an easy, yet messy recipe that is so delish w/ either tea, coffee, aperitifs, savory or sweet!  plus, very low fat, high fiber!



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      Twinssupermom wrote Mar 4, 2013
    • Always up for a low fat high fiber idea.... cant wait to see your recipe....whatscooking



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