Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are particularly valuable
when cooking at Linderhof

But I like things to be pretty, too!

So no store jars or cans of spices on my shelves.

Years ago, Sally gave me the "Mint" jar because she knew I loved blue and white.
Where she got it, I'm not sure
But I did treasure it
And I did put dried mint in it!

And the pretty little herb jar sat alone on the spice shelf
admit clay pots of herbs and glass jars of spices.

Until . . . 

A trip (a couple of years ago) to Tuesday Morning
and I found a treasure trove of Spode herb/spice jars
(I bought one of all they had!)

I did order the "Mixed Spice" jar because I like to keep the English Mixed Spice
on hand for I cook a lot from English cookery books and they often call for it.

And then . . . Monday, up popped

The Mixed Herb jar on Ebay for a very good price (less than what I paid at Tuesday Morning).

I have always kept a jar of mixed herbs.
It's the little bit that I pick from the garden that doesn't get used.
I hate to throw it out so I put it in a saucer until it is dry and then add it to my
"mixed herb jar"
(which until this week was a half-pint canning jar)

I love using mixed herbs for you get a new recipe every time!

And now my mixture of herbs has it's own classy jar!

And there's some basil to be dried to add to it!

I keep my dried herbs and my spices in the larder
On a shelf -- the "herb and spice shelf"

It makes me happy -- the little glass jars full of mostly spices
And the blue and white Spode jars
And way in the back are the clay jars that I've had "forever".

If you don't keep a "mixed herb" jar (whether a pretty Spode one or a plain old canning jar one),
you should -- there's nothing like roasting a chicken breast and sprinkling on some of the mixture from the mixed herb jar.     Next time you do it, it won't taste the same -- that's for sure!


Southerncook said...

Loving your Spode herb jars. What a great collection.


Gail P said...

Love the idea of a "mixed herbs" jar that is homemade!