How to Cook with Garden Herbs

Growing your own herbs can be a great way to always have a fresh supply at the ready and encourage kids to be more involved with the gardening and cooking process.


Tips for Using Garden Fresh Herbs:

  • The flavor of fresh herbs is often more intense than dried, so make sure you use the right amount to not overpower the dish.

  • Run your sprigs or leaves under cool water and blot dry with paper towel just before using. Rinsing too early will shorten the shelf life.

  • For a rounder, background flavor, add the herb at the beginning of the cooking process. The heat will soften the flavor.

  • For a more bright, forthright flavor, add the herb at the end of the cooking process, just before serving.  


Basil Grapefruit Fizz

Featured Herb: Texas Backyard Basil
Cook Time: 120 minutes (to freeze)
Three simple ingredients to let your home-grown herbs shine. Serve with gingerale, sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. The perfect drink for relaxing in your backyard.

Crab Stuffed Tostada Tower

Featured Herb: Texas Backyard Chives
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This Crab Stuffed Tostada is light and refreshing, perfect for warmer weather. 

Roasted Rosemary Cornish Hens

Featured Herb: Texas Backyard Rosemary
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Create a brine for your chicken using fresh rosemary sprigs, salt and sugar and refrigerate overnight. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour and enjoy moist chicken for the whole family.

Cilantro Shrimp

Featured Herb: Texas Backyard Cilantro
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Use finely chopped fresh cilantro to give this quick cooking shrimp dish fresh-from-the-garden flavor. 

Parsley Pesto Shrimp

Featured Herb: Texas Backyard Parsley
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Parsley, lemon and spinach give this meal bright and refreshing flavors. Twirl your fork around the whole wheat organic pasta and you have a satisfying meal full of freshness.

Texas Style Borracho Beans

Featured Herb: Texas Backyard Mexican Oregano
Cook Time: 8 Hours (in slow cooker)
Prepare this side dish ahead of time and cook in a slow cooker throughout the day. Serve with Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos or enchiladas. 
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