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bouquet garni

11 Jan

333027318_4410ff1af9Bouquet garni in French means “garnished bouquet,” a bundle of herbs tied together with string, or added to a small sachet made of cheesecloth. The bouquet is then added to various dishes, notably soups, stews and sauces. It’s then removed right before serving.

Making your own bouquet is a fun and creative way to flavor your meals. There are endless combinations, but the most popular mix is parsley, thyme and bay leaves. Additional ingredients like citrus peels, peppercorns, tarragon, basil, rosemary, and even veggies like leeks, celery, carrots, onions make for a real pop in flavor!

Here’s a savory and wintry beef stew recipe, from food.com that uses a bouquet garni.

Inspiration for dinner tonight?


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean stewing beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 slices orange rind, each about 2 inches or 1 teaspoon grated dried orange peel
  • 1 bouquet garni (thyme, parsley, rosemary, and bay leaf)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Brown beef in oil in a skillet or pressure cooker over medium-high heat.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Reduce heat and add onion, garlic, and 2 T of the broth.
  • Cook, stirring, about 1 minute.
  • And remaining ingredients (except the beef).
  • Stir well to dissolve the tomato paste.
  • Add beef.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes or so, until beef is tender.
  • Remove bouquet garni.
  • Serve!

Photo courtesy of salimfadhely

Herbs: the secret ingredient

13 Jan

3herb-roasted-potatoes-kfcOne of our favorite ingredients are colorful and delicious herbs.

From cilantro in our pico de gallo to basil in our penne bolognese, and thyme in our meatballs (and in too many other dishes to list!), we can always count on herbs to add extra flavor to our school lunches.

Here is one of our favorite winter recipes, and a perfect side dish! This is a great one to try with kids of any age. Having your children measure out the herbs is a practical way to learn basic math skills, and chopping them up helps teach them knife skills (we love OXO and Zyliss lettuce knives). Also, all of the herbs in this recipe add a soothing aroma to your kitchen space, sure to get your taste buds watering!


  • 6 large potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped


Preheat the oven to 350F. Over medium heat add olive oil to pan. Place cubed potatoes into a large skillet, add the remaining ingredients. Toss together so that potatoes are evenly coated. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown. Garnish with even more chopped fresh herbs.

Photo courtesy of karma free cooking