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Jamie Oliver on Kitchen Herbs (Video)

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You donít have to be a master chef to make simple foods taste great. Jamie Oliver discusses how to spice up your home cooking with just a few fresh herbs (and a bit of cheeky humor!). Be sure to tune in this week for the return of Jamie Oliverís Food Revolution.

Growing a Kitchen Garden
Growing your own herbs provides a tangible way to connect with the source of your food, while opening up a world of flavors in the kitchen. A sprinkle of chopped fresh herbs can transform a familiar dish into a delicious, new experience. Many herbs also have health benefits, such as aiding digestion or stimulating the nervous system.

In addition to their culinary uses, herbs beautify the home, engage the senses, and provide a great way to get your hands dirty. If youíre new to gardening or have children, a container garden of herbs is a fun beginning project, especially for city-dwellers. You donít even need a backyardóa sunny windowsill or balcony will do.

Growing herbs also saves money. Have you ever bought a bunch of fresh mint to discover that you only needed a few sprigs? With only a bit watering and maintenance, potted herbs offer a constant supply of garden-fresh ingredients. Though most flavorful when just harvested, herbs can also be dried and preserved for the winter months.

Getting Started
Herb seedlings can be found at your local gardening supply store and some farmers markets and grocery stores. Choose common herbs that are versatile and easy to grow in your region. Jamie Oliver recommends rosemary, basil, and thyme.

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3:48AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

wish we could garden in singapore!

5:54PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I love Jamie... and herbs!

4:29AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Love all herbs!

4:38AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

to save space I planted the tomato and herbs in one container

4:11AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Jamie is just an awesome example to us all. MMM and herb suggestions are good too.

2:00AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Yes, herbs are great: tasty, good for you, alternatives to 'regular medicines' and easy to grow.
Thank you.

11:07PM PDT on May 29, 2011

Jamie Oliver is a nutrition rock star!
I enjoyed his presentation on herbs and his joke at the end.

1:44PM PDT on May 29, 2011

Love all herbs, thanks for article!

12:28PM PDT on May 29, 2011

I enjoy watching Jamies cooking shows. He's fantastic. I have almost all herbs in my garden and kitchen windowsil. Love growing, drying & freezing my herbs, depending on the season. Love having them right there when I need to add to my cooking.

7:14AM PDT on May 29, 2011

I have always had an herb garden. Always. Even when I was little, my mother always had one, no matter where we went, so I grew up with the idea that it was kind of essential. I've just moved, and even though I'm only renting a room and sharing a house, I've convinced my housemates and my landlord that we need a garden - and some of it is going to be devoted to herbs.

One other source for plants (and this is the way we'll be going) is to find someone who already has a well-established garden and ask if they'd be willing to provide some cuttings or send some plants your way next time they do some division. This has an added bonus of giving your plants some history. That lavender plant over there? That's one of the descendants of a lavender that grew in Great Aunt Pearl's herb garden. :)

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