Finding the Right Herb for Recipe Friday

I don’t have a recipe for today. Instead, I want to share some information about selecting herbs and spices from an old cookbook I have titled How to Cook with Herbs, Spices & Flavorings by Doris Townsend. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually made one of the recipes in this cookbook, but there is a chart in the front that tells what herbs and spices go best with various foods that I refer to a lot.

This chart includes columns for appetizers, soups and chowders, salads, fish and shellfish, poultry and game, meats, sauces, eggs and cheese, and vegetables. My favorite, and most used, column is the vegetable column. This is the one I want to share today.

I hope this information helps you in your side-dish cooking as much as it helps me.

Basil

Beans
Eggplant
Onions
Peas
Squash
Tomatoes

Bay Leaf

Beets
Carrots
Potatoes
Stewed Tomatoes

Chervil

Beets
Eggplant
Peas
Potatoes
Spinach
Tomatoes

Dillweed

Beans
Beets
Cabbage
Celery
Parsnips
Potatoes

Marjoram

Brussels sprouts
Carrots
Onions
Peas
Spinach
Zucchini

Oregano

Broccoli
Cabbage
Lentils
Mushrooms
Onions
Tomatoes

Parsley

Carrots
Potatoes
Tomatoes

Peppermint

Carrots
Peas
Potatoes
Spinach
Zucchini

Rosemary

Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Mushrooms
Peas
Potatoes
Spinach

Saffron

Vegetables & rice
Squash
Zucchini

Sage

Carrots
Eggplant
Lima beans
Onions
Peas
Tomatoes

Savory

Artichokes
Asparagus
Beans
Lentils
Rice
Sauerkraut

Tarragon

Cauliflower
Celery root
Mushrooms
Potatoes
Spinach
Tomatoes

Thyme

Asparagus
Beans
Beets
Carrots
Onions
Zucchini

About Linda Kruschke

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12 Responses to Finding the Right Herb for Recipe Friday

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    I have a similarly helpful book: Herb Cookery, by Alan Hooker.

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  2. Linda says:

    Astounding. Who knew? : )

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  3. A. C. Baker says:

    Believe it or not, I love to cook. Well, it’s more like I love to make things up when I want to have something unusual or out of the ordinary. Most of the time my sense of taste is a hit, but every once in a while, well…

    That being said, I was unaware of not only some of the spices on your list, but with what to use them. Now you have me curious. Chicken is about to find another friend!

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  4. Heather says:

    This is a very helpful list! I’m always checking the backs of the little bottles to see which herbs go with what foods.
    And I had no idea peppermint was good for anything other than making tea or flavoring desserts or tabbouleh.
    Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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  5. Ann says:

    Thank you, Linda

    This is stepping waaay out into new waters for me. πŸ™‚

    My friend has been trying to convince me to use more fresh herbs and seasonings. I have been pushing back, limiting my use to garlic, thyme, escallion, tomatoes… ciilantro? Terragon? Nope …

    ( Weird thing is, I do have a lovely summertime herb garden. I am happy to grow and share with friends but I don’t like cooking with them. I think this pot is going to be a big, big help! I may venture yet.)

    I think I just felt a firm, but gentle push from you. lol I’m with Deb, …I’d like to add this to my collection.

    Blessings,
    ann

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • Ann, I don’t use fresh herbs very often, except sometimes basil. I usually use dried herbs and have a full spice cupboard full of wonderful flavors. As I was preparing this post, though, I realized I don’t have any chervil. I’m not even sure that is, though I bet my cookbook would tell me if I looked. πŸ˜‰ Happy cooking and spicing! Peace, Linda

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  6. Debbie says:

    Wow . . .that is a great help for someone like me who is cooking and spice challenged. I always wondered how people know what goes good with what and how to add something to spice a dish up and make it taste better. πŸ™‚ I’m printing this off. Thank you for sharing and helping and blessing!

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