Friday, July 3, 2009


I learned to cook with dried herbs because fresh herbs were not always available where I live. Fresh herbs not only measure differently, but they taste entirely differently, so learning to cook with them is an on-going process for me.

This summer, I have several pots of herbs growing fairly successfully. I am growing rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, sage, oregano and apple mint. I am on the search for recipes calling for fresh herbs, so if you have a favorite one to share, please let me know.
Many of us will be entertaining company over the 4th of July. This is a recipe for a very light tasting cream cheese dip, using fresh herbs. It is sure to please your company.

12 ounces of whipped cream cheese spread
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash of salt
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup green onions (sliced extremely thin)
3 radishes diced very small

Mix everything in a small bowl and let it sit (covered) in fridge overnight. Serve
with crackers, pretzels or raw veggies.

NOTE: Next to my herb garden, I have a large planter of catnip growing; it is just starting to show a few small blue flowers. Our cat, as well as our neighbors cat, sit next to it and purr loudly while they rub up against the planter, lol.

I think Tabitha's had enough catnip for today...don't you??


Donna-FFW said...

This dip sounds perfect for this weekend. Loving all the fresh herbs and even more so the crunch from the radishes. Looks wonderful.

Katy ~ said...

Oh Coleen I am LOVING that little kitty face. I just want to smoosh her with kisses.

I don't use a lot of fresh herbs (my cats would never let me have potted plants in the house) so I am not a lot of help, I'm afraid.

Your dip looks soooo good to me. I can only imagine how vibrant it tastes with all those marvelous fresh herbs.

Barbara Bakes said...

Your herb garden looks perfect. I haven't had much luck growing herbs in the past.

Mary said...

Coleen this dip is so fantastic , i love it!

Debbie said...

The dip looks great and the kitty is so adorable!

Wandering Coyote said...

My catnip didn't make it that far, unfortunately. It was wrecked as soon as it got leaves. Grrrr.

Monica H said...

I'm not sure about harvesting catnip, but Martha has a few catnip projects on her website.

Your hebs looks wonderful, as does your dip! Lovely photos! Don't quote me on this, but I think if you have a recipe that calls for fresh herbs and you want to use dried, you cut the amount in half since dried herbs are stronger. And vice versa.

Your kitty is so cute too! Have a great weekend.

teresa said...

I love all the colors and flavors in the dip, and your herbs are lovely!

girlichef said...

This dip sounds delicious...I love fresh herbs! Kitty...too cute :D I've always used 3x the amount of fresh herbs (to dried). If a recipe calls for 1 tsp dried, I'd use 1 Tbs. fresh, etc...

Hope your holiday weekend is great!

Krista said...

I'm jealous. Your herbs are faring way better than mine. I need more sun in my yard. I love the idea of using fresh herbs (that I don't have to pay for) in my cooking. This dip looks really yummy!

I hope you're having a lovely holiday weekend.

I have an award for you on my blog.

Cheryl said...

LOL Tabitha is stoned out of her gourd, LOL!