A great light summery treat using the best from your garden. Perfect for grilling whole or cut up with fresh veggies for kabobs.
Sage Oregano Chicken
1/2 pound of chicken
2 tbs fresh sage, chopped (or more to taste)
2 tbs fresh oregano, chopped (or more to taste)
1/2 fresh lemon juice (squeezed)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp fresh crushed pepper
Add all ingredients with chicken. Shake well, let marinate 30 mins or overnight. Grill and enjoy!
Pot roast was on sale this week. Of course, I grabbed one. I wasn’t sure how to cook it. I didn’t feel like the traditional crockpot recipe that I always do. So I decided to look at what was left in my herb garden. It is still going strong. I cut sprigs of rosemary, oregano, and sage. I tucked them under the meat ties. Then I added onions and a few cloves of garlic. I also placed carrots and celery in the bottom of the pan.
I know it’s such a simple preparation, but I tell you, the house smelled heavenly as it cooked. It took about 2 and a half hours. I added a little white wine to the drippings with a pack of brown gravy to make the perfect gravy to top it off. It was fantastic.
I am sure going to miss my herb garden as the weather gets colder. I only went outside on a whim and was shocked to see my herb garden still thriving. It was such a nice (and yummy) surprise.
I have found whole chicken to be very affordable lately. This is the easiest way I have found to prepare that chicken. I worked a full day last Wednesday. The night before I took my whole chicken (that cost $3.00) out of the freezer and placed it in the fridge to thaw out. Wednesday morning before work, I took it out, pulled the giblets out, and cleaned out the body cavity. My Mom has also gotten me into the habit of pulling out the kidneys. They are located about a hands length into the cavity, and just pop out. Removing these will make the taste of your chicken much cleaner and light.
I ran out to the garden and cut three large sprigs of rosemary. I put the chicken in the crockpot, put the rosemary on top, then sprinkled with minced onion and garlic powder. Yep, this pic has a lot of garlic powder! LOL! I also added some salt and pepper and put it on low and cooked it all day (8 hours). That’s it. It takes about 5 mins to assemble. The best part of this chicken is the smell that fills your home awaiting your return. To prepare sides, I cheat and use a package of chicken gravy, but use the stock that has been perfectly created from the bottom of the crock pot. Serve it over the chicken with some quick potatoes and you have a perfect dinner!
It was a fantastic weekend this weekend. I attended the bachelorette party for one of my best friends of over 15 years. We had an amazing time with some amazing women enjoying the spa, food, drinks and more than a few laughs. Now that I am home and feeling completely revived from my 50 min. hot stone massage, I had the motivation to finally make some pesto. My herb garden has really been growing out of control, which I love. I just need to get better about using them for more than tea and start cooking with them. It started tonight…
I wish I could give you an exact recipe for this pesto. It’s one of my favorite summertime treats! But, alas, I don’t really know how much I use of each. I usually use these ingredients and go by sight and smell.
Fresh Basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic and your best extra virgin olive oil. A rough recipe would be a loose cup of basil leaves, a half cup of Parmesan, one cup of pine nuts and 3 cloves of garlic.
I put them all in the food processor and slowly mix it while slowly adding the olive oil. Until it looks something like this…
I taste test it- if it’s too much garlic and super strong tasting, then it’s just right! I plan on brushing it on chicken, eggplant, summer squash and zucchini later this week. But one of my favorite ways to eat it is on Grilled Pizza. Are you making pesto this summer? What are you adding to it?
Griff has grown to be very fond of picking herbs from my garden.
We use his little watering can to collect all of our goodies. This day it was Mint for Mommy’s tea.
Once we put the mint somewhere safe, we worked on some more “usable” ingredients for mud pies.
Today, clover, johnny jump ups and a daisy seemed to be perfect.
Mud, water and clover seemed to make my little chef very happy.
But a daisy was even better!
As you know, I have been working very hard on my herb garden. I am finally starting to see a big return for my hard work. I got to enjoy some of that hard work yesterday.
A few weeks ago, I picked some lavender rosemary and mint for tea. I used equal parts of each, cleaned them, pulled the leaves and flowers off the stems and put them in a brown paper bag on the counter.
Once the herbs were dry, I steeped them in my tea pot for 10 mins. Because it’s been a bit hot outside these days, I poured it over ice. It is SO yummy. You must try this. Enjoy.
When at Mimi’s house, we tried some simple mint steeped in boiling water then cooled for ice tea. It was so yummy that I decided it was time to cut some herbs from my garden for tea. So me and my QC Director cut some mint and lemon balm.
I rinsed all the herbs and set them to strain as my QCD prepared the glass jars.
Lemon Balm, passes inspector #1
Mint also passes inspector #1.
Once all was ready to go, we mashed up the herbs with our hands and put a little of each in the jars.
We poured in the boiling water and let cool on the counter, then I chilled them in the fridge. I had some today, and it was SO tasty. I have many other tea recipes, but this one was perfect for a quick refreshing summertime drink.
My herbs are in. I still have a few more to add, but this weekend at the farmers market I purchased basil, rosemary, sage, chamomile, lemon balm, and dill. If anyone has recipes for herbal tea using chamomile and lemon balm, I am looking. I got a few pictures of the herbs so that I can see how big they get over the next few months. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Mint- Great to have on hand for mojitos!
Sage – always good with chicken
Oregano- great for red sauce!
Rosemary- for my favorite grilled potatoes
Dill- for pickles!
Chives- for everything!
Chamomile – suggestions?
Lemon Balm – suggestions?
Some flowers for good measure.
Such a little space with SO much promise! I am so excited!