Saturday, June 22, 2013

Herbs: A Place to Begin... Chopping

Being part of our county's Master Gardener Speakers Guild is a lot of fun. My program is titled "Herbs: A Place to Begin". It is for anyone who might be curious about growing herbs or is just beginning to use them. I give simple advice for ways to incorporate tasty herbs into your every day life. After such a sweet reception to my presentation, I will be adding regular posts about herbs.

Mr. Big Stuff loves helping in the kitchen!
Watch for the ones titled "A Place to Begin".

Many recipes call for 'finely chopped' or 'minced' herbs.  What does that mean?

What it means is itsy bitsy, teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini pieces.

How do you do it?

I'd love to tell you I have some crazy mad knife skills like those chefs on TV, but alas, not so.  Here's my trick.  One of these slap chopper things.  Mine happens to be from Pampered Chef.

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These herbs are for vegetable beef soup:  garlic, basil, oregano, and thyme.  Mmmm...  'Love that combo!  And they all grow well for me here in Arkansas.

Here's how they look after some slapping.

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See the tiny pieces?

Check out my Recipes Page and  Gardening Page for more information and other ideas.  Please come back for other  simple ideas and ways to add herbs into your everyday life!  I hope this post gives you... 

A Place to Begin!
;-)  -Marci


  1. I never thought of using my slap chopper for herbs. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Aw yeah!!! Love my Pampered Chef Chopper too!

  3. I have that chopper too! I'm hungry for some pesto now

  4. Thanks for the real story, Marci! :D

    Linda @Tumbleweed Contessa

  5. I love cooking with fresh herbs. Congrats on finding a way around the chopping. I am a knife person. I think I like the challenge just to see if I can.

  6. I bet the herbs smell wonderful after a session with the slap chopper.

  7. Hi!
    I'm stopping by from 'Brag About It' to check out your herbs. I so need to get one of those little choppers!
    Happy Tuesday!
    - Ang

  8. This has to be so much easier than chopping it with a knife. Thanks for the super easy tip.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  9. I would eventually like to grow some herbs. :) Thanks for joining in the Healthy Tuesday hop, Marci!

  10. I use a little electric chopper that I bought for $10 for mine. It's not bulky on the counter or difficult to clean and does a great job of a fine chop. I'll try that herb combo of yours for veggie soup. Pinning!

  11. very good. this one i should try.


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