Herbs abound in gardens all over, these days.  Basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, and oregano thrive in the summer, and healthy happy plants produce far more than we could ever keep up with.  They are very welcomed plants to just have in the garden whether you harvest from them or not, just ask the pollinators.  However, with the beautiful aromas and flavors of culinary herbs, it is hard not to want to bring them into the kitchen.

Even when we have sprinkled handfuls of herbs here and there, made jars of pesto, herbal teas, and dried bunches for the winter, the bushes continue to bloom asking to be used.

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You can’t go far wrong by tossing a few springs of this or that into a pot of beans or soup, but why not try to showcase these amazing plants.  Have a look at these OGP recipes that celebrate culinary herbs in sweet and savory ways.

1.  Basil and Peanut Butter Cookies With Chili Coconut Ice Cream

Basil and Peanut Butter Cookies With Chili Coconut Ice Cream

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Basil is the aromatic star or the show in this recipe for Basil and Peanut Butter Cookies With Chili Coconut Ice Cream by Emily von Euw.  You can follow this recipe for coconut ice cream, or just use your favorite flavor.   Just remember to have some chili on hand.  The peanut butter cookies are very ‘peanut buttery’ with a pop of basil that shines through.

2.  Basil Berry Peach Cobbler

basil berry peach cobbler with basil and cardamom

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With basil, berries, and peaches in season right now, you can’t go wrong with this Basil Berry Peach Cobbler by Courtney West.  The sweet freshness of the fruit is beautifully cut by the aromatic basil and cardamom.  You don’t have to save it for dessert.  Try having it for breakfast.  With minimal added sugar, you can certainly have this as a hearty breakfast or brunch.

3.  Sage Tempura

Sage Tempura

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Check out this unusual way to use up some of your garden sage.  This Sage Tempura by Simona Malerba makes a great appetizer or snack.  The leaves are fried in gluten-free tempura batter and then salted.  The earthy flavor of the sage shines through the crisp batter.

4.  Butternut Squash and Apple Galette with Sage

Butternut Squash and Apple Galette with Sage

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The sage crust in this Butternut Squash and Apple Galette with Sage by Marie Reginato envelopes roasted squash and sautéed onion.  This is obviously a savory dish, but it comes with a subtle sweetness from the roasted apples.   It looks fancy, but it is very easy to pull together and would make a beautiful centerpiece on a dinner table.

5.  5-Ingredient Artichoke Oregano Spread

5-Ingredient Artichoke Oregano Spread

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This is a wonderfully smooth and creamy spread that can be whipped up quickly and still wow your guests.  Try serving this 5-Ingredient Artichoke Oregano Spread by Mati Michael with your favorite crackers, flatbreads, or vegetable crudité.   This is a simple recipe that showcases the distinctive flavor of fresh oregano.

6.  Oregano Olive Oil Beet Chips

Oregano Olive Oil Beet Chips [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Here is another veg that will soon be ready to harvest.  When you are overrun with beets, have a go at making a batch of Oregano Olive Oil Beet Chips by Robin Runner.  They are really simple to make.  They are baked, so they are much healthier than store-bought chips, and they are really versatile.  Eat them as they are, or use them as dipping vehicles for your favorite dips.

7.  Rosemary Pistachio Scones With Lemon Curd

Rosemary Pistachio Scones With Lemon Curd

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These Rosemary Pistachio Scones With Lemon Curd by Sonja Trurnit are a real treat.  The light fluffy scones are delicious fresh from the oven, and the earthy flavors of the rosemary and pistachios are complimented by the tart and zingy lemon curd.  This is such a delightful twist on a traditional baked treat.

8.  Rosemary Skillet Rolls

Rosemary Skillet Rolls

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These dinner rolls are perfect for nibbling on while waiting for the main meal.  When your soup comes, you can grab one of these and dip away.  These Rosemary Skillet Rolls by Dora Daily are light and ‘buttery’ and filled with the aroma and flavor of fresh rosemary.

9.  Rice Noodle Salad With Pineapple Thyme Dressing

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This is a light and refreshing meal ideal for a summer lunch or evening meal. This Rice Noodle Salad With Pineapple Thyme Dressing by Taryn Fitz-Gerald can be pulled together in just ten minutes.  The fresh and vibrant flavors of the zucchini and red peppers are brought together by the tangy pineapple and thyme dressing.

10.  Blood Orange and Thyme Olive Oil Cake

Blood Orange and Thyme Olive Oil Cake

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This Blood Orange and Thyme Olive Oil Cake by Gabrielle St. Claire is delightfully indulgent. The savory flavor of the thyme permeates throughout the dessert and is complemented by the sweetness of the blood orange cake and orange icing.  Have a slice as an afternoon treat or serve it as a decadent dessert.

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