Garden Variety Wednesday #13!
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Of everything I grow I think I enjoy cooking with herbs the most. When I get home from work, I look forward to foraging in my herb bed before I get started on supper.
Dishes that allow me a few minutes of sneaking off, like the Greek Herb Spread above, are appreciated.
Remember when my herb garden looked like this?
Hot, dry summer: 1
Adored herb garden: 0
The basil couldn't take the heat and drought and gave up.
Both parsley plants were invaded by swallowtail larvae.
I wish I could be kind, giving, gentle. But I was mean, greedy, and squashed more than a few of those suckers. I was willing to let them have one plant. They didn't agree with my plan.
The thyme turned into a very fragrant tumbleweed.
The Husband thinks I'm pretty smart, though. Cutting out that extra step and growing dried herbs.
Luckily I made this recipe before summer left its dry, dusty mark.
Greek Herb Spread comes from an herb book I thumbed through. But I can't for the life of me remember which one.
Also used were Greek yogurt, cream cheese, feta, lemon, garlic, salt, & pepper, and two surprises: cinnamon & nutmeg
But you do have to let it hang out in the fridge for the flavors to blend.
Serve with crackers, pita chips, or toast.
Greek Herb Spread
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c plain Greek yogurt
heaping 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1-1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
about 1/4 c chopped parsley
about 1/4 cup chopped green onion
1-2 Tbsp chopped mint
about 1 Tbsp chopped oregano
pinch or two of cinnamon
pinch or two of nutmeg
salt & pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer (not a blender or food processor). Taste for seasoning and herbs and adjust. Cover and chill to allow the flavors to develop. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or toast.
GARDEN VARIETY WEDNESDAY # 13
~ Made a dish with something you nurtured in your garden?
~ Maybe a neighbor stopped by and shared some of his/her harvest?
~ Have baskets of goodies from a pick-your-own farm?
~ Found some treasures at your local farmer's market?
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Linking up with:
Tuesdays at the Table @ All The Small Stuff
Tasty Tuesday @ Naptime Creations
Hearth and Soul vol 63 @ Mom's Sunday Cafe
Delectable Tuesday @ Home Sweet Farm
Let's Do Brunch @ My Sweet & Savory
Turning the Table Thursday @ Around My Family Table
Simply Delish @ KB & Whitesnakes Home
Potluck Friday @ EKat's Kitchen
Fresh Food Friday @ la bella vita
Friday Food @ Mom Trends