The Essential Herb Garden

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The weather is getting warmer, here in San Diego it’s in the 70s or 80s every day now!  I’ve been planning out my garden and already started planting the herbs I use the most.  Herbs are so easy to grow and I use them so often that I’ve grown them everywhere I’ve lived, whether in a little pot in my kitchen at my last apartment, or outside like in my current home.

There are a few herbs I use frequently in cooking and I try to have these essential herbs on hand at all times.


  • I love mint in water
  • Mint makes a beautiful garnish for desserts
  • Mint is delicious in desserts like this ice cream recipe


  • Sage is delicous with pork or poultry
  • Try sage in this unusual and delicious lasagna


  • I make a simple roasted salmon dinner with rosemary.  Lay a wild salmon fillet on a bed on sliced red onions.  Season with salt and pepper, then cover with branches of rosemary and roast at 425 for 20 minutes or until flaky and cooked through.
  • Toss 2 cups of soaked and dehydrated walnuts with 2 tablespoons dried rosemary and 1/4 cup melted butter.  Sprinkle with sea salt and a little cayenne pepper and bake for 10 minutes at 350 for a delicous snack.


  • Basil, sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzerella drizzled with olive oil is my favorite salad in the summertime
  • Combine basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor to make pesto sauce


  • Finish your bone broth by throwing in a handfull of parsley to add flavor and minerals
  • Make a refresing Tabouli Salad with parsley and mint


  • Chop fresh oregano and throw it in your pasta sauce
  • Make this unexpected tomato side dish

While I use these six essential herbs the most in my cooking, this is by no means an exhaustive list.  It’s a good place to start though if you don’t know where to begin.

Next week I will write a post about the herbs I like to grow for what I consider a complete cook’s herb garden.

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About Kelley

Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.