Thursday, June 25, 2015

Food for Thought : Herbs

Aromatic herbs and spices are substances or plants that have a very unique and pleasant smell. They are often used in cooking to create or complement existing food flavors.

Aromatic herbs are great in soups, rice and pasta dishes. Many refer to aromatics as a mixture of vegetables (such as onions) and herbs that are sautéed with a small amount of fat. If you are using just herbs or a mixture of vegetables and herbs, it is important to recognize that these wonderful flavor combinations are a great way to reduce the amount of fat and salt you use in your cooking.

Here are a few tips to help you cook with aromatics:
1 .   If you are using aromatic herbs and spices in soups, stocks and broths but removing them before serving, you do not have to worry too much about chopping. You can just half an onion or chop carrots into 3 or 4 pieces. You can use whole sprigs of thyme or rosemary. The leaves may come off, but you can usually easily remove them from your finished product with a skimmer or spoon.

2 .   If your aromatics will be used in the final product, you will most likely want to dice or chop them finely. The smaller you chop them, the more surface area they will have. The more surface area means that it will release more flavor.
3 .   For deeper flavor, sauté your vegetables and herbs in a little bit of olive oil first. You can also sweat your vegetables by cooking them in a tightly covered pot. The vegetables will soften without browning.
Words of Wisdom :

People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Children are smarter than any of us. Know how I know that? I don't know one child with a full time job and children.

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
A proud grand-poppa                        G.


  1. Hi Poppa ,
    Didn't Aunty tell you to stop playing with your food .I cannot imagine anyone not cooking with herbs and spices .
    Where is aunty, on her way to Canada to find her man ? MeMa said he will be back early Saturday morning around 5:AM .
    Great advice and quotes.
    Your sweet granddaughter

  2. Hello my dear grand,
    What your dear auntie don't know will not hurt her (laughing my butt off). Your dear auntie is at the bistro giving the workers hell and taking resumes , it is looking good with an Italian --American flair, Gregg says Edmond will be quite please and he wants her to take a look at the restaurants in Reno. There are 15 restaurants in all here and Reno 7 off them belong to us .4 here and 3 in Reno and Edmond will make 5 here .. I have learned a lot about cooking , stealing it from Joanna and Mamie is the best ,those old gals can cook (laughing my butt off).
    Thank you my dear grand .


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