Choose and Use the Right Herbs

Here's a handy list of common herbs and how to use them.

Basil: Licorice-like flavor is good in tomato, pasta, meat and vegetable dishes as well as dips, soups and salads; a traditional ingredient in pesto.

Chives: Mild onion flavor complements many savory dishes; often snipped and sprinkled as garnish.

Mint: Refreshing addition to desserts, fruit dishes and beverages; makes a pretty garnish.

Oregano: Peppery flavor is common in pizza and pasta sauces; often used to season meats, soups, stews and chili.

Parsley: Peps up salads, sauces and soups; also a popular garnish.

Rosemary: Somewhat piney flavor is popular with roasted meats; also complements cheese and tomato-based sauces.

Sage: Camphor-like flavor is good with pork and other meat dishes plus soups.

Tarragon: Mild licorice-like flavor seasons chicken, fish, egg and cheese recipes as well as salad dressings and creamy sauces.

Thyme: Rich, earthy taste complements stuffing, soups, stews, beef, chicken, fish and vegetables.

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