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Aromatic fresh herbs wear a lot of hats during the holiday season. Purposed for culinary, ornamental and even some medicinal assignments, they add an earthy delight to any party.
Classic holiday recipes call for parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Mint, sage and oregano are customary for roasted meats, poultry and game.
In the spirit of creating new traditions, sprigs of mint and stems of rosemary are found at mimosa bars and on holiday cocktail stations.
Shortbread cookies and starter appetizers surprise guests by decorating morsels using finely chopped green herb leaves and flowers. This lends visual appeal and interesting flavors.
Cheese plates and party nibbles benefit from rosemary skewers as a way to master finger foods. The evergreen pine-like, pungent herb is a fine addition to rustic holiday breads and rolls.
Turning a simple, ordinary ingredient into something special by using a fresh herb treatment is just shy of stunning. Think conventional baked russet potatoes converted and served “Hasselback” style. Thin slices, the full length of the potato, get a butter, garlic, rosemary and lemon bath.
Outside of the vast culinary explorations using herbs, holiday décor maintains a fresh and fragrant feel by installing herbs on tabletops, chair backs, wreaths and gift wrap.
Hand-tied bundles and bouquets weave an interesting texture and bring the assorted colors of natural leaves, spikes and sprigs. This dress up genius move makes every occasion a significant one.
Bay laurel has a broad, glossy, leaf base which is prized for ornamental use. Though it is favored as a subtle flavoring agent, the elegant leaves stand in for more than soups and stews. An extract of the leaf works as an astringent and healing salve.
The sensory adventure of fresh herbs evokes provocative conversation around myth, legend and folklore. Much is written on the subject of herbal history– some with religious context, other sighting medicinal healing or harmful properties.
Herbal practitioners promise to improve love, memory, wealth, prowess and power. Still others claim protection from evil spirits and ward off danger.
Those tall benefits add to the intrigue and mystique of herbs. Ease into holiday herb appeal with a simple bouquet garni dropped into a comforting pot of soup.