ALICE DAHLGREN | How to add some new flavor to your HOME and garden

Alice shares a bit of landscaping advice plus some great ideas on using herbs in your cooking.

Get ready for spring gardening . . . herbs

Spring brings new life and a chance to refresh your lawn and garden. Alice talks about how to really bring some new flavor to your garden this year.

You'll find the video transcription available below this delicious recipe.


 
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Cheddar Cheese and Sesame Bites

 
So easy and tasty!
— Alice
 
 

In a food processor, combine

  • 10 oz White Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 T Sour Cream
  • 2 T Butter at room temperature
  • 2 T Shallots, minced
  • 1/2 t Salt

Process all the ingredients. Scoop up bite-sized balls and roll them between your palms. Refrigerate the cheese balls for two hours.

  • 2/3 C Sesame Seeds

Toast the seeds in a dry skillet -- careful not to burn.

Roll each ball in the seeds and serve stacked on a tray. Sprinkle remaining seeds around the stacked cheese balls.

 

FULL TRANSCRIPT:

I love looking forward to spring and seeing yards and gardens come to life again. 

It’s not too early to think about your landscaping. 

A plan is always good. As you probably know, the cost of plants is really expensive, so it’s good to know what works in certain areas of your yard.  The landscape companies are not so busy now so it’s a great time to pick their thoughts on plant material. As a reminder, take pictures of the areas you want to discuss with them. 

Often overlooked are herbs!  We love to cook and use herbs all the time. It makes a simple flavors really pop with the addition of herbs. With dishes like roasted meats, add lots of rosemary, tarragon, or thyme to the pot or roasting pan. 

If roasting, chop the herbs before covering thee meat. Apply a little olive oil to the chicken first so the herbs stick. FYI, a mix of different herbs works great too.  

Another use of herbs is to cut bunches and display them in a vase. This also provides a wonderful fragrance in the kitchen. 

If you are interested in this idea, plant the herbs with where they will receive good afternoon sun.  Thyme, chives, rosemary, and oregano live through the winter! Tarragon and mint will die back but return in the Spring. If you don’t have a garden spot for herbs, consider a big flower pot and plant several herbs to provide you with year-round access to fragrant herbs.  

Thanks for listening and see you next time!