Even though I hate it, the truth is I throw food away. Usually it's something that has gone bad in my fridge or is suspect enough that I don't feel comfortable eating it. My city collects food scraps for compost now, so there's a small bit of relief that the food is going towards something good, but really, if I were to take that up in anyway as a justification, I would be fooling myself.
Now mint is a truly interesting herb, but it's so common that you might not think so! Just think about what a strong distinct flavor it has, and then think about all the dozens and dozens of dishes in which mint is perfectly at home. How is it that mint has become so universal?!
Do you use a compost crock or slop pail in the kitchen? We love our stainless steel compost pail. We fill it up every week with vegetable trimmings before dumping a full load on the compost heap. It's green and convenient too (love it when it works out like that). But what if you want something warmer than stainless steel? Well, we just noticed this handsome bamboo compost pail.
We have been composting kitchen scraps and garden clippings for awhile now, but Planet Green's recent list of "75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't," opened our eyes to a whole new world of compost possibilities ...
We generate a lot of vegetable scraps and trimmings every week. They all end up the compost pile, eventually, but sometimes we don't have enough to go and dump them right away, and so they sit in an open bowl on the countertop. We got tired of this grimy plastic bowl full of peels, coffee grounds, and bread scraps sitting out in the open, so we went looking for a covered pail.
Take one look at the imposing needle-like leaves on a rosemary plant, and you might wonder how anyone ever thought to put this herb in their mouths! But crush a few of those needles between your fingers, breathe in their pungent and mouth-watering aroma, and you'll understand. Do you like rosemary?
I recently started my first gardening experiment with a couple of one-pot herb gardens (inspired by The Kitchn, of course). To recognize my project, the dear boyfriend braved Williams-Sonoma on his own and bought me beautiful hardwood prep bowls and an OXO Rolling Herb Mincer. I thought it was such a darling move, but I am trying to avoid one-use gadgets - is there anything else I can use the herb mincer for so I can really feel like I am enjoying it?