So many herbs, but what are the uses? You bought that collection of seasonings that came with the spice cabinet for the oregano and sage, but what on earth would you ever use tarragon or marjoram for? There are no rules when it comes to using herbs correctly, but here are the rules.
Basil: First rule of basil seasoning: the fresher, the better. Fresh basil is used mainly for dishes that involved tomatoes. A little basil in your tomato sauce will add just that extra bit of oomph. Basil also goes well in dishes that heavily utilize eggs.
Chives: Bobby Hill from King of the Hill found out that chives doesn’t go well with fruit pie. Think of those annoying lawyer commercials on television when you are considering how to use chives when cooking. Garnish. Garnish salads and cold soups with chives. You know, now that I think about it, Bobby Hill was talking about capers, not chives. I still wouldn’t recommend chives as a garnish on fruit pie.
Dill: Dill actually does go well with pickles; it’s not overkill to top a dill pickle with dill herbs. Cold soups, salads and steamed veggies are built for dill.
Marjoram: Marjoram is an herb that can be substituted for oregano if you find yourself out of oregano. Toss a pinch of marjoram into your cabbage dishes, tomato dishes, egg dishes, chicken, salad, and mushrooms.
Mint: The herb known as mint is best utilized in beverages and jelly. Mint jelly seems to be de rigueur when eating lamb. I’ve never eaten lamb except for on a shish-ke-bob at the Greek festival and I’m still chewing it seven years later. Oh well, if you like mint jelly with lamb, make your own with the herbs in your spice rack. Otherwise, leave mint for fruity drinks and fruity desserts.
Oregano: You can replace oregano with marjoram if you go out of this stuff. Look back at the items listed under what to use marjoram with and you’ve got a good idea of the utilization of oregano as a seasoning for your food. Remember that scene in Goodfellas when they’re in jail and the older Mafioso (not that there is such a thing as the Mafia) is putting big chunks of sausage into a red sauce? You can count on the fact that there was a ton of oregano in that big bowl of red. Try oregano on your pizza as well.
Tarragon: Any time you use vinegar in your meal prep, consider the addition of tarragon. Tarragon is a good herb to use with fish, eggs and chicken of any type.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: A good reason exists for why these four herbs went together in a popular ode of yore. Parsley goes well with just about all food that exists. Sage is fantastic for stuffing and usually makes itself known around a Thursday toward the end of November. Rosemary is best used in small amounts as it is a very strong herb. When used correctly, rosemary can season things everything from pork and lamb to peas and potatoes.