|Herb snippers, herb cutters and an herb mill.|
I've talked a lot about simplicity and downsizing, but for all that talk, I love my kitchen gadgets.
Not necessarily the electronics that take up counter space, but the small ones that fit into kitchen drawers. Melon ballers, peelers, scrapers, specialty knives, and other kitchen helpers that make the job easier or make the final product more attractive. I am especially fond of what I call my trio of herb tools: Scissors for clipping herbs, scissors for chopping herbs, and an herb grinder.
I grow my herbs in large pots on the deck that's on the west side of the house. Typically, I grow several types of basil, mint, cilantro, dill and of course, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. I also have a clump of chives that come back without fail, year after year.
When I'm preparing meals, I love slipping outdoors to snip herbs for recipes like this and this. I love the gentle aroma, and often just sit there at sunset, taking it all in.
While there is much spring clean up to do before I'll do any relaxing on the deck, the good news is that the snow banks are now more than 50 percent gone. And that means it's mud season in Wisconsin.
I'm counting the days now.
Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to a visit to nearby Peterman Brook Herb Farm, as soon as it's warm enough, for some inspiration.