Basil plant, Eartheasy November 23, 2012

Free plant Friday!

Another handy stocking stuffer for the gardener on your list, the Recycled Grow Bottle from Look close, it’s a wine bottle cut in half that works in a wicking system to water your windowsill herbs. Herbs and soil included. Click through for Black Friday deals, if you’re in the mood for shopping garden goodies.

To win the Grow Bottle though, leave a comment about herbs….you know, the time you used way too many in that special dish. Disaster? I know, me too. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.

Last week’s winner of the handmade dibbler set by Chris Fox? Jan Tubiolo! Yay!


Jen Thompson says:

The only real disaster I’ve had was using too much fresh oregano in some lamb burgers…note to self: a little goes a long way.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 8:30 am.

Leslie Guinan says:

My most vivid childhood herb story happened when I was 4 or 5. My mother was picking herbs in the dark for a stew. The next morning she realized she had mistakenly picked foxglove leaves. My father was sure we were all going to die and great drama ensued. But we were all fine.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 8:34 am.

Mike Tilson says:

I recently made some pea soup which called for the peas to first be rinsed.  I’m a guy and guys don’t follow instructions and therefore I tossed the peas into the pot and added water and thyme as suggested.  The thyme was dried and therefore floated.  And like a guy I walked off only to later hear my wife in the kitchen calling my name in a tone of voice that every husband shudders to hear.  Seems the pot of peas foamed up quite nicely, spilling all over the cooking top and of course all my thyme also floated right out of the pot onto the stove top.  “Clean up in the kitchen isle!”

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 9:26 am.

Regina says:

My efforts to use herbs usually ends in buying some basil and then forgetting about it in frig and it turning into a pile of mush. ugg

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 9:31 am.

Gael says:

The “herb” I tend to overuse is hot ground chili peppers. I once made a favorite dish for my son’s birthday and relatives from out of state stopped by to join us for dinner.  Everyone was sweating and no one asked for seconds because the heat was a bit high on that dish! oops…..

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 9:48 am.

Laura M says:

Looking through my spice cupboard for Thai bird chilis, I happened upon some old thyme which I was so happy to pitch.  My garden gives me all the thyme I need, haven’t used the powdered kind in years.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:10 am.

Janet says:

Adding dried Italian seasoning to homemade spaghetti sauce ....... and watching the little bugs try to chimb out of the pot! YUCK!

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 11:05 am.

Victoria says:

My herb/spice disasters are usually making something and getting to the point where I’m supposed to add whatever only to discover I’m out of the whatever resulting in some fast creative thinking and a few backup excuses.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 11:11 am.

Crystal Wayward says:

I am sure I have had a “too much” herb disaster. But I can mainly recall times - like the crock pot mediterranean vegetable stew I served yesterday - where I was too stingy with the herbs, resulting in an incredibly bland dish.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm.

Ellen says:

Mexican oregano is much stronger than whatever the other one is that I have.  I won’t make that mistake again!

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm.

Judy Sundermann says:

The watering bottle looks very interesting. I’ve become fond of fresh parsley and my family thinks I’ve gone overboard.  There is hardly a meal that
doesn’t need parsley!

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm.

Jeannette says:

I wouldn’t call my herb situation a disaster, but my spaghetti dish didn’t turn out the same.  I was proud of myself for finally growing herbs.  I used them in my sauce instead of the dried herbs I always used.  I didn’t use the right proportions so it didn’t taste the same.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm.

Cindy says:

I love fresh herbs, so I was thrilled when I thought I saw parsley coming up in my newly built (and filled with compost from my dad’s pile) raised beds. I carefully nurtured the plant along until it got big enough for me to harvest some leaves. When I picked them, they smelled odd. In fact, they looked odd, too. It turned out that the plant was feverfew, an herb in its own right but not one I would cook with. I let the plant grow anyway until it began to take over one end of the garden bed. Finally, I admitted I would never be using it for anything, and pulled it out.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm.

Ron Call says:

Used to try to grow herbs at the Botanical Gardens where I used to work, but for some reason or another, they never seemed to thrive.  One day I hit it big with Parsley….it was growing like crazy.  Someone from the local Herb Society stopped by to chat for a few minutes and they told me that the Parsley grew probably because I was a good witch!!!

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm.

Jill Patterson says:

No disasters, but my spaghetti sauce and pesto are the best when I use my homegrown sweet basil.  Supermarket and farmer’s market basil doesn’t come close.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm.

Linda Hammer says:

Chicken Kiev is a favorite at our house.  I make it with Rosemary instead of Terragon as my mother in law taught me, as our then three year old moved the herb garden markers and I thought I was using Terragon.  It was only when we had my inlaws over and they said how good the chicken was but how different it tasted that we realized the markers were moved.  I still use the Rosemary as that is the way my husband likes his Chicken Kiev.

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm.

Your name Jean says:

First time I cooked with rosemary I used so much that all I tasted was the rosemary!

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm.

Jennifer B says:

No cooking disater that i can recall. But, in the garden , a little mint goes a long way, takes over like a weed.

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 6:10 am.

Jackie Isler says:

I once forgot that dried herbs are stronger than fresh… know the rest!

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 6:13 am.

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