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Herbs

Monday, March 21, 2011

I belong to a herb club, and love to grow and use herbs of all kinds. [By the way, the official correct pronunciation is with the "h" clearly said. We're finally joining the rest of the world.] Tell me how you use herbs in your cooking, especially with the idea of using herbs instead of salt or a fat to add flavor.

Have you ever used tarragon? For what?

How about fresh cilantro? If so, where do you live?

Do you grow any herbs? Which ones?

Our club just had a 90 year old speaker who was responsible for the introduction of fresh herbs into some Dallas grocery stores and garden centers. Yay! She stood through her entire presentation, a memorial to her healthy life. She also called herself "ladybug" in the herb book she produced. Can you tell I liked her?

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ANITAWPG 4/7/2011 10:37PM

    How great!!

I love basil and of course planted it last year.

however, the plan for this year is we are going to try growing
basil, oregano, rosemary, chives
also lavender and peppermint

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CJD2000 4/7/2011 12:17PM

    I try to grow heerbs. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. I have rosemary, basil, dill, thyme and parsley. I've never tried tarragon.

Rosemary and basil are my favorites. I like cilantro, but my husband doesn't.

Belonging to a herb club sounds very interesting, but I haven't heard of one around here, west of Fort Worth.

Enjoyed your blog,
Cathy



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OKANOG 3/27/2011 10:16PM

  Your speaker sounds like a very precious ladybug, her speech must have been inspirational!

I grow an assortment of annual and perennial herbs in a community garden, in the central Okanagan region of Canada.

Russian and French Tarragon have the best distinct flavour. I planted Russian Tarragon because that is all there was available at the time.

Tarragon a perennial herb, is best when snipped fresh, flavours a variety of foods from poultry to seafood. The roots of a tarragon plant grow quite vigorously and need to be divided about every 3 years. Otherwise the roots strangle one another, which stunts the growth of leaf formation.

Herbs require at least 8 hours a day of sunlight or indirect sunlight. Definitely not in a shady area of the garden. My favourite herb is Basil.

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JEANNEROBERTSON 3/23/2011 8:53AM

  I would really like to start growing my own fresh herbs. I have used taragon in things like pickled beets and marinades but use rosemary more. How much sun do herbs need? We do not get much sun in our yard. I do not use salt to cook anything more and season with lots of herbs so would be good if I grew my own.

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BECCASINGSLEAD 3/22/2011 5:36PM

    Sounds like a wonderful presentation. I want to be like that lady when I grow up! ;)

I use tarragon, only on occasion because it doesn't grow well here. I season fish with it, add it to eggs but my favorite way is to make tarragon vinegar and use it to make vinaigrette. YUM!

I don't use much cilantro except a little in salsa because I'm not a huge fan. It grows fairly well in the early spring especially from fall sown seed.

I've grown lots of different herbs over the years. Some of my favorites that grow well here in central Louisiana are: peppermint and spearmint, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, oregano, fennel, basil, chives, and salad burnet. I've been known to plant lavender on occasion but the humidity combined with the high heat kill it within a year or two. I like to grow lamb's ears as well but I don't have any in my garden right now. I also like Texas Tarragon aka Mexican Mint Marigold but I don't have enough sun where I live now to grow it.

Be blessed!
Becca

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SILLYHP1953 3/21/2011 10:22AM

    She sounds like quite an inspiration! I'm in the process of starting to try to use lots of herbs instead of salt, and will plant a lot of them this spring.
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Corned beef

Friday, March 18, 2011

proved to cause a pound weight gain yesterday. Since I exercised and didn't go over my calorie limit, I'm assuming the gain is caused by salt intake. I'm trying for this not to discourage me, but the consequences of weighing every day is that those temporary gains are evident. My sister, who lost 20 lbs. on Weight Watchers and has kept it off, eats almost no salt these days. I've cut down, but still use too much, I'm sure. Eating lots of greens, both cooked and raw, and beans, is another of her strategies that works. She doesn't have the addictive personality I do, so I just play with the cards I've been given, following her examples while understanding our differences.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/19/2011 10:18AM

    Corned beef is the best! I know it's salty but I only get to eat it once a year but I eat it until it's gone.
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MARJIJANE 3/19/2011 12:54AM

    I have found that I can use lemon on my veggies and that gives me a little flavoring and keeps my salt at bay. I now track salt on my Nutrition Tracker so I can keep an eye on my totals... before I started tracking, I sincerely thought I had salt under control... blind was more like it... you will drop the water weight quickly... no doubt!

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SILLYHP1953 3/18/2011 11:30AM

    I've loved the taste of salt my whole life, but am trying really hard to cut back on it and doing pretty good. I have that addictive personality, too. Sometimes I weigh myself a lot but it does tend to bug me (and not the nice lady BUG kind) so try to only do it once a week or so.
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Cooked in the squat!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

If you're familiar with Zig Ziglar, you know what that means. Basically.... to get ready to commence to begin to think about starting perhaps someday to do SOMETHING, and like a biscuit getting ready to rise, you get stuck in that beginning position, hardened like a hockey puck.

Second day of Zumba that I've missed.... Get another chance next Monday. Here's putting it out there, so you guys won't let me do this again.

Top o'the evenin' to ya....

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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/17/2011 4:02PM

    That was good! What was it? emoticon

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JEANNEROBERTSON 3/17/2011 8:40AM

  Hope you are OK and can make Zumba. Hang in there!

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SILLYHP1953 3/16/2011 8:23PM

    I love it! I didn't know that's what I was doing, am doing, but it sure explains it well! Thankfully I'm better than I used to be.

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Zumba in Curves

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I'll be starting next week. My local Curves initiated it this week, but I've been inactive lately, and didn't want to jump in "full hog," which is how I've been injuring myself this past year. The cycle of vacation and little activity, then back to normal routine immediately, even trying to do more so that I can "catch up" -- that's not a good practice.

If you've been going to Zumba at your Curves place, let me know. All the better to motivate me, my dear! Everyone here seem to love it, though the one member who'd gone to a regular Zumba activity said it was pretty tame. [All the better, for me!]
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SILLYHP1953 3/15/2011 2:25PM

    I have heard so much about Zumba but have not even seen it being done. I'm sure I could find a video to watch to see what it's all about....have fun!!

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VISION21 3/11/2011 3:13PM

    At our Curves we do one minute of Zumba and one minute on the machines, our instructor upped the pace of our Zumba so sometimes it feels good to sit down on a machine to catch your breath. I love it, we are doing it three days a week.

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JEANNEROBERTSON 3/11/2011 9:32AM

  I have not tried Zumba but would love to. Everyone I know who has loves it. Let us know how you like it!

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HHI0901 3/10/2011 2:12PM

    Zumba definitely depends on the instructor. I've had a couple good ones and one that seemed to do the same thing both times I went. Try it out (and report back to us)!

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SKATVEN 3/10/2011 1:12PM

    One of the teachers at my school teaches Zumba at Curves and has very recently been offering it at my school! It's a blast... Just remember, Modify Modify Modifty...!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 3/10/2011 11:06AM

    We've been doing Zumba about 3 days a week at my Curves for about 2 months now and I absolutely love it! We have a great instructor who does Zumba full time for other places too. She lets us do it straight Zumba (no Curve machines) or you can do the Curves with it. I do my CurveSmart before hand, so I just do Zumba straight through. My bodybugg tells me I burn on average 400-500 calories per hour of doing it. :)

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DFROMTX 3/10/2011 10:46AM

    My health insurance lets me go to Curves & Zumba for free, but I live 24 miles from that town (one way) and cannot afford the gas or time it would take every day to go. Good luck with your class and keep us posted as to how it is going for you.

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Another good day

Saturday, March 05, 2011

My husband and I are both engaging in our hobbies today. He's fixing my serger. I went to his workroom right now, and my serger has been transformed into some robotic monster. So glad when he gets my serger's "clothes" back on.

I'm cutting more backing for 3 more crazy quilt tissue containers, for a challenge from my sister. "I'll make something for 5 friends, if you then make something for 5 of yours, passing down the gifting to their friends." I could machine stitch the embellishments, but have opted to do it by hand. So fun, and the depth of the stitches is so much more attractive. No ribbon or beads; they would get hung up in a purse, or get soiled.

Had my favorite breakfast, steel cut oats, maple syrup, cinnamon and fruit... this time, fresh apple. Drinking my after breakfast coffee and all is right with the world.

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SILLYHP1953 3/9/2011 1:42PM

    How wonderful to have a husband who can work on your serger! Mine is an electrician, so if it was electrical he could probably fix it. I've thought of getting a serger but I'd have to pull out my sewing machine and start using it regularly again before investing in another machine. Is a serger mostly for knit material?

Your breakfast sounded good but I'd have to have a cup of tea instead.

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JEANNEROBERTSON 3/8/2011 8:50AM

  Yummy breakfast!! Sounds like you are having a great day! Enjoy!

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HHI0901 3/5/2011 10:19PM

    Oh that sounds like a GREAT idea to make things for your friends! It's like a FUN chain letter! Good luck getting all that done :)

Breakfast sounds delicious too. Have a great day tomorrow.

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