On Second Thought ~ from Sage Hill Farms

"On Second Thought" is the seedling from the Sage Hill Farms monthly newsletter.

Fresh Onion Chives~ Since our mother publication deals more with the growing and tending of gardens...herbs being the spotlight target, I think it's a natural step to work this addition from the kitchen, and not just cooking thoughts, but rather all things revolving around the make-up of a food/herb.

I discover more and more how many don't feel comfortable cooking with herbs.... So, we are going to work on bridging that gap.

Spring is the perfect time to experiment with foods and herbs.

One of the most popular and widespread culinary flavorings is the onion family...Alliums.

Chives were recorded 4,000 years ago in China and appreciated there by Marco Polo.

Chives, both onion and garlic, and many varieties of onion and garlic bulbs all fit perfectly with foods in season from late March through the sizzling days of August.

The whole plant is edible and lends itself to salads, sandwiches, soups, and butters/garnishes.

Potato Salad with Dill and Chives~

4 medium potatoes
1 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped chives
1 flowering head of dill/finely chopped or 1 tsp dill seed
3 tbsp Greek yogurt (or your favorite - can use Mayonnaise)
1 tbsp cream
Sea salt and ground black peppercorns to taste

Boil potatoes in their skin until just tender.

Cool and slice/chop

Blend the yogurt, cream, salt and pepper...add to potatoes with all the other ingredients.

Let stand for an hour to blend all the flavorings.

Delicious served on a bed of mixed garden greens.

You Asked....

Are vitamins like vitamin C completely destroyed when vegetables are cooked?

While cooking may dramatically reduce the amount of some nutrients, they will seldom be completely destroyed. The amount of nutrient loss is affected by several factors including heat, time, and the amount of water used. For example, cooking of vegetables for longer periods of time (10-20 minutes) can result in a loss of over one half the total vitamin C content. The nutrient loss that can occur with cooking is the reason that I emphasize short cooking times with minimal exposure to water. These cooking methods help to create vegetables that have enhanced taste and texture and the best-preserved nutrient content.

Table Tips....

Fresh herbal arrangements are the perfect way to decorate a dinner table.

The fragrance will awake the senses, while the flowers and leaves provide color and interest.

I'd love to hear about your herb gardening experiences.

Happy Spring in the Garden~

Bea Kunz