Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Dash In Every Dish~

(Cinnamon Basil in the forefront)

Adding herbs to a dish is as natural to me as adding a dash of salt....actually, when you add herbs you may not need or want the salt, at least not as much.

Herbs add such an element of surprise, both in flavor and in the smell of the food before it ever gets to your mouth.

Herbs can add visual appeal to a dish or a drink.

" It's all in the presentation." I know you have heard that one, well, when the presentation is presented with an herbal flair, the acceptance will be heart warming.

Try this recipe at your next social of friends and family.


A 12oz log of fresh goat cheese
1/4 cup whole red peppercorns
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme ( preferably English)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
3 sprigs fresh thyme for garnish

An assortment of crackers

Arrange goat cheese in a serving dish larger than the cheese log
( flattening the top slightly )
In a saucepan, combine the peppercorns and olive oil and heat the mixture until warm.
Pour mixture over the goat cheese and sprinkle with the chopped herbs.

Garnish with the thyme sprigs around the cheese log


4 cups cold strong coffee ( brewed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon )
ice cubes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon of Stevia powder OR 1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 sprigs of Cinnamon or regular basil

Divide the coffee among 4 tall glasses, adding enough ice to fill two thirds full
In a bowl, whisk the cream with the stevia/sugar until peaks are formed
Top each glass with the cream

Garnish with sprigs of cinnamon basil and serve extra cinnamon and sugar alongside.

* note * If using stevia the cream will not peak as firmly as with the sugar...


Bea Kunz..Celebrate National Kitchen Garden Day on August 23rd~

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