There are certain dishes that I'm obsessed with. Among them are shrimp appetizers and crostini, so imagine my delight when I came across Giada de Laurentiis's recipe for a shrimp crostini appetizer! The most important part of this dish is the bread; select a loaf that's sturdy and can hold the gooey thick topping. It's a mixture of plump pink shrimp, vibrant peppery arugula, and juicy fresh tomatoes. There's a slight creaminess thanks to the addition of mascarpone cheese that also provides a great richness. These finger-licking good hors d'oeuvres are excellent with a glass of crisp white wine. Ready for the recipe? Read more.
Nothing says picnic more than lemonade, and for an Earth Day themed beach cleanup I'm packing an icebox filled with the citrus cooler. Tarragon is an unexpected flavoring agent that makes this lemonade recipe special. It takes the nostalgic childhood pitcher drink to a whole new gourmet level. It also provides a subtle herbaceous quality to the refreshing beverage. The syrup needs time to steep and cool, so get started on this concoction the day before your picnic. Look at the easy recipe when you read more
Tarragon's not exactly my favorite herb, but I do enjoy it on occasion in a good salsa verde drizzled over lamb. Tonight, I plan on making the most of leftover eggs, tarragon, and capers from yesterday's Easter celebration and last night's dinner by putting together a hearty smoked salmon and egg salad sandwich in a matter of minutes. For the recipe, keep reading.
Yesterday, a few of us got into a discussion about herbs at the office. I mentioned how dill, the starring herb in my homemade chicken noodle soup, is one of my favorite herbs of all time. "Really?" Party responded, surprised. "It's one I rarely cook with." That got me wondering what my least favorite herb is. It has to be tarragon, which has a licorice flavor that's almost spicy-floral. I often find it overpowering. How about you? What's your least favorite herb?
This story was written by member girlA and comes from The Dairy Free Diva Recipe Exchange group in the YumSugar Community. This is a wonderful take on pasta salads! With the flavor of the roasted asparagus, the baked tofu and shallots, there's no need for a heavy, rich mayo-sour cream dressing. The lemon juice and cayenne dressing is the perfect accompaniment to the other flavors. I just made a couple of small changes to the recipe for convenience, but I'll list the original recipe and my changes.
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For your Father's Day celebration, skip the froufrou-fruity cocktails and serve a potent classic instead. Since the only libation my dad drinks is a Tanqueray and tonic, this is what we'll be mixing.
To make it more special than his everyday drink, I'm adding fresh herbs. They'll give the drink an extra layer of flavor. We'll also stock up on beer, wine, and soda. Look at the jazzed-up gin and tonic recipe when you read more
My brother has recently decided to change his diet. Instead of eating tons of fast food, he wants to consume more vegetables. I suggested he eat one hearty and filling salad a day. This two bean salad is perfect for him because it's chock full of flavorful vegetables. The beans provide much needed protein and a simple but well seasoned dressing is made with balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard.
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Cutting back on your bread intake is a great way to reduce daily carb levels. Instead of using bread to make a sandwich, get creative by substituting vegetables. In tonight's dinner, thick slices of eggplant act as bread by sandwiching gooey goat cheese. Served on a bed of chunky, tomato-tarragon sauce, this dish is like a deconstructed version of eggplant Parmesan. For the simple and deliciously rewarding recipe, read more
Nothing is worse than having bad breath. Unless you're talking to someone who has bad breath, because that can be pretty bad too! Unfortunately you can not really do anything about someone else's bad breath, but you can do something about your own. MSNBC gives us these five food ideas to help combat bad breath:
- Chew on this. Move over parsley, there are some new halitosis-fighting herbs in town. “Coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom are all good for fighting bad breath,” says Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, who has lectured on oral health. You can chew on fresh herbs or make tonics by steeping them in hot water (as a tea). These herbs make an excellent digestive as well—doubling the benefits of ending a meal this way.
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