Friday, August 24, 2007

10 things you can do with mint

I love mint. How could you not? Such a versatile and tasty plant--and it's so easy to grow. In fact, my mother deems it a weed. Her 3 or 4 varieties have taken over the herb garden. Still, we should not take it for granted.

I haven't always loved mint, however, because of a traumatic childhood memory that involved fluorescent green mint jelly. And so it wasn't until this summer that I rediscovered mint as a wonderful addition to any meal, sweet or savory. Mint truly is versatile and abundant. And it's in season! So why not freshen up your palate with some new ideas?
  1. Rub it under your nose to awaken the senses
  2. Substitute for basil in a tomato and mozzarella salad (or any salad for that matter)
  3. Mince and sprinkle over honey and plain yogurt for a simple but stunning Romanesque snack
  4. Infuse in your favorite drink for a summer refresher
  5. Chop with other herbs--rosemary, lemon thyme, basil, sage, parsley--and mix with sour cream and cream cheese for a yummy veggie dip
  6. Simmer with blueberries, maple syrup, and Grand Marnier to make a delicious berry topping for ice cream, pancakes or yogurt
  7. Chop and combine with steamed new potatoes and olive oil, then chill for a healthy potato salad
  8. Mince and sprinkle over berry sorbet or vanilla ice cream
  9. Grow it in a pot and let it flower--so pretty
  10. Freeze into your ice cubes for a pretty cocktail topper

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