Homemade salad dressing is where it's at. The simple combination of oil and vinegar is easy to manage and the resulting dressing is completely customizable from the ground up. Just add some herbs, garlic, and a little citrus, and suddenly you have a fresh, high-quality salad dressing that is tuned to your appetite. No matter how delicious your dressing may be, the final product still needs to find its way actually on to your greenery.
There are a couple of meals that I love to make but always wind up with me fishing bay leaves and other herbs out of the pot for what seems like an hour. Keeping those herbs corralled is tough, especially when you're making a dish that requires more than you can fit in a standard herb infuser. The Jumbo Herb Infuser, however, can handle handfuls of herbs. It measures 4.25 inches by 2 inches and has plenty of room for any flavor you want to add.
The Jumbo Herb Infuser is made from stainless steel mesh and has … Read more
When you bring home fresh herbs, such as mint or basil, you have a limited window of opportunity to use them. If you wait too long, all you'll have is a wilted mess. The Cuisipro Herb Keeper will extend the life of your herbs. Your herbs sit upright in a slotted tray that keeps their stems immersed in water, to keep them from drying out, not unlike fresh-cut flowers that sit upright in a vase full of water. Herbs stored this way will keep both their texture and their flavor for much longer than those herbs simply set inside … Read more
Cooking is all about individuality. We all have our personal preferences; we tend to gravitate towards certain flavors or cuisines, and when we get behind the stove, our personal styles reveal themselves. Sometimes, that special flair is all a matter of a spice blend.
Homemade spice blends add a distinctive style to your cooking. The Progressive Combine Spice Grinder gives home chefs a place to keep their secret blends handy and ready to grind. A non-corrosive ceramic gear crushes up-to-one tablespoon of dry herbs and spices, catching the results in a measured detachable base. With an adjustable grind mechanism, the … Read more
Having fresh herbs within reach while you're cooking may seem like a luxury, but with a small hydroponic garden, like the Power Plant Herb Garden, it's actually quite possible. Going the hydroponic route eliminates dirt and requires little more setup than pouring some water. It's an ideal way to grow a variety of herbs--basil, parsley, cilantro, thyme, and even mini tomatoes do well in the Power Plant Herb Garden. Because of the wide variety of growing options available to you, this hydroponic set does not come with seeds, but you can use any seeds that you might … Read more
Spring is almost here and stores are starting to carry herb seeds again. Every year, I plan to grow an herb garden, and every year something gets in the way of my dream. I had a parsley plant that kicked the bucket after a cat mistook the pot for a litter box; a basil plant that flowered and soon after grew some sort of white fungus; and a little pot of oregano that shriveled because of a shortage of light in the kitchen.
On my more frustrated days, I've vowed to abandon the idea of growing my own herbs, … Read more
With these herb scissors from RSVP, cutting tricky fresh herbs is a snap. You can easily chiffonade basil, mince chives, and snip scallions into tasty miso-soup-size rings. Since the scissors have several blades, you can cut an entire stalk of herbs in only a few scissor strokes.
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I don't know whether to laugh or to cry when my friends tell me they just spent $7 for a package of "fresh" basil. Me, I just head to the backyard with my kitchen scissors and cut off a handful of leaves. The seeds I planted about a year ago cost me 89 cents. The pot was $1, and the soil was about $3. So for less than the cost of a single package, I've got myself a permanent supply of truly fresh herbs.
But I live in Houston, where year round gardening is no problem. … Read more
Like most enthusiastic home cooks, I love to use fresh herbs in many of my favorite dishes. And lacking an herb garden of my own, I regularly pay outrageous prices for those little plastic packets of fresh herbs, then race to use them all up before they spoil. It's rarely a race I win.
Enter the Stoneware Triple Herb Pot ($40) from Swedish firm Sagaform. You can put one bunch of herbs in each of its three chambers, and water them all through a single corner watering hole. The design of the base ensures all the stems have access … Read more
NComputing, the start-up that aims to provide cheap Internet access by allowing one PC or server to be shared by many, is set to announce Tuesday that former Microsoft executive Will Poole will join its board as co-chairman.
Poole, who left Microsoft earlier this year after more than a decade, will share the chairmanship with Stephen Dukker, the eMachines founder who has been NComputing's sole chairman and remains its chief executive.
Through its own virtualization software, the Redwood City, Calif., company allows a single server to serve up to 30 users a PC-like experience--allowing an entire classroom or business … Read more