Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Saturday, June 12, 2010

oregano in the garden

my friend sherry shared some of her oregano plant with me in 2008.  the plant has grown so well without much care in a full sun space in my herbal garden bed.  it is bordered by garlic chives and a perennial purple geranium that i purchased at our nature center.

with this oregano, i plan to make a fresh tomato spaghetti sauce this summer to use for pasta dishes and even for homemade pizza later in the summer.  this week, i will harvest the oregano and save in the refrigerator after soaking lightly in the sink basin.  then i will dry the herb thoroughly and place into a plastic storage bag wrapped in a white paper towel.  this method keeps the herb quite fresh and ready for use within the next couple of weeks.  without the paper towel, the fragile leaves will stick together, become soggy and spoil rather quickly.

growing fresh herbs for use in the kitchen is more than fun, it is a true delight.

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