Today here is the post on Parsley. I love to grow it in a container for the texture it gives the pot. But now here are some ideas of how to use it in cooking.
Overview: Parsley is an herb that belongs in every cook's garden. It is easy to grow and is hardy enough to withstand a windowsill garden with winter's low light. Put parsley in a container garden and add a fresh flair to every meal.
Biennial-treated as annual, due to bolting early the second year.
Exposure: Full sun, partial shade. Great for indoor gardening
Harvest: Snip aerial parts as soon as leaves are large enough for your use. Cut close to the soil and chop stem along with leaf for recipes. Parsley can be cut many times in a growing season.
Uses: Parsley is often seen as a curly, green accent to a tasty meal. This is an under appreciated herb, however. High in vitamin C and Flavinoids, Parsley could be the fresh addition to your dishes all year round. Parsley can be chopped and added to salad greens, an a main ingredient in a vinegar based salad dressing and used as a cooling taste for spicy recipes. Tabbouleh is a dish that highlights parsley and is sure to become a staple summertime meal.
Parsley is a great addition to any container garden. It grows very well in less than optimum soil conditions and can be kept compact through frequent cuttings.
Although not recommended during pregnancy, parsley tea is used to promote Mother's milk and can be a useful herbal addition for any new mom.
Herb bread using parsley. Verla's bread machine herb bread is super easy to prepare, and it is the perfect bread for a spaghetti or lasagna meal. You might want to bake this bread just for the wonderful aroma!
I've made the bread with Parmesan cheese and basil instead of oregano, and it was amazing.
•3 cups bread flour
•1 cup water
•1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
•3 tablespoons sugar
•1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
•1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
•1 teaspoon salt
•2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Add the ingredients to your bread machine following the manufacturer's instructions. Set on basic or medium, and press start. Enjoy the fabulous aroma!
The recipe makes one 1 1/2-pound loaf of bread.
Free Form Loaf for the Oven - Prepare the bread in the bread machine using the dough cycle. Remove the dough from the machine and shape into a round loaf. Place the loaf on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Let it rise until doubled, about 40 to 50 minutes. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Taken from http://herbgardens.about.com/od/herbrecipes/tp/Top-5-Herbs-For-Holiday-Cooking.htm
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa