Episode-698- Cooking with the Five Horseman of the Herb Garden

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Note – Today’s audio won’t be as high quality as it usually is, chalk it up to remote recording and the hotel rooms air conditioner.

There are five herbs that I feel should be in every garden.  Weather you have a massive homestead garden that feeds the whole family or just a few pots on the back yard, everyone should be growing these five herbs.

All of them are well know, dried out old versions fill most spice racks, recipes call for a pinch here, a teaspoon there or sprinkle in a marinade.

Yet most modern Americans have no idea what real food cooked with healthy amounts of them tastes like

These Five Herbs are…

  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Rosemary

Additionally Garlic is a plant that everyone should grow but I feel most people are familiar with using it, it will however, come into play a lot in today’s episode.

Today will not just be a list of recipes using these herbs though, we will cover a ton of information on 5 herbs you thought were nothing but some dried up leaves in your spice drawer.

Today we will discuss…

  • The 10 medicinal actions all the “Five Horseman” share
    • Antioxidant
    • Antibiotic
    • Anti-microbial
    • Antiviral
    • Hepatic
    • Tonic
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Carminative
    • Vasolidator
    • Stomachic
  • Cooking with and using Basil
    • Simply in salad
    • Bruschetta
    • Pesto
  • Cooking with dill
    • Anything and everything fish
    • Clam dip
    • Yogurt Dill Dressing
  • Cooking with oregano
    • Oregano, Basil, Garlic Grilling Oil
    • Making bland spaghetti sauce awesome
    • All soups try Zucchini-Sausage Soup
  • Cooking with Rosemary
    • Awesome breads
    • Amazing Roasted Potatoes
    • Rosemary Pepper Lamb
  • Cooking with Parsley
    • Soups and Stews – Use the stems
    • Pancetta and Ricotta Stuffed Chicken
    • The famous “Spirko Chicken”
  • Some other herbs you should grow/cook with
    • Cilantro
    • Mint
    • Sage
    • Chives
  • Keeping it simple, fun and without rules


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14 Responses to Episode-698- Cooking with the Five Horseman of the Herb Garden

  1. Brent Eamer

    Good timing Jack. I had to take the shears to the oregano, and Im trying to dehydrate at 95f in my Excalibur. And YES, I am growing all five. Going to try to overwinter Rosemary up here in PEI (CDN ZONE 6a)

    I broke off a piece of my larger plant, stuck it in the ground and it ‘took’

  2. If I had to choose only 5, I would personally replace dill with thyme.

  3. @Brent Eamer
    When drying oregano on my Excalibur I had better results placing the oregano more towards the fan in the back. The stuff in the front took a lot longer to dry out. Just a tip.

    • Brent Eamer

      Thanks Frank, I did notice that im over 15hrs and they are still a tad tender..

  4. roundabouts

    Jack YUMMMMM but next time please warn to eat before. Every thing sounds so good! This would be a good show to be able to print out. Congrats on selling your house.

  5. lisapaintergirl

    If I had to pick five, I’d replace the dill with sage. Love fresh sage and fresh rosemary on chicken!

  6. radiomacgyver

    Thanks for your tribute to what real authentic Italian food is all about. Very simple cooking with your fresh ingredients.

  7. Pleasant Valley Rd.

    Great show. Couldn’t agree more.

  8. One of my favorite shows ever. Thank you!

  9. Great show, Jack, as always!

    About dill, there is a Bulgarian dish, actually a cold soup called Tarator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarator) Very refreshing in a hot summer day.

    • Agorculture

      @ Mitko69- Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try that!

      I recommend fried sage. I made that when I was a cook on Mt. Washington and it was a hit! Frying takes much of the bitterness out.

  10. Ok, Jack I’m 2 for 2 on recipes from this show!! I just finished the rosemary potatoes and all the wife, kid and I LOVE em’ I also used sweet basil,tomatoes and a banana pepper and salt pepper& garlic I had handy to make a bruschetta (sp?) it rocks too! Glad I had 2 fresh herbs on hand, and will be planting many more!

  11. Great show. Would appreciate the dates of the 4 shows that were more detailed. Thanks