Wednesday, August 07, 2013

From My Herb Garden - Thyme




Thyme grows year round in my garden. It's probably my favorite winter herb, adding warmth and character to stews and soups. But it's great in the summertime, too. Here I've made an Onion Tart - perfect as an appetizer before dinner, or as an accompaniment to soup or quiche. I could have eaten the whole tart myself and skipped the rest of dinner.


Thyme marries well with fruit, too. This Raspberry Thyme Vinaigrette uses whole raspberries, either frozen or fresh. It's a pretty color and is wonderful over all the fresh salads of summer.


I like to use thyme and a bit of orange zest in my beef stews during the winter. Since thyme and orange go so well together in savory dishes, I thought I'd experiment with them in a slightly sweet Orange Thyme Shortbread. The thyme adds another layer of flavor to these perennial favorites.

As always, clicking on the links will take you to my recipe blog. Is there thyme in your herb garden?




15 comments:

Dawna Motz said...

I have often thought a fresh herb garden would be fun! Hmmm I may have to give that some thought. Thanks for posting the delicious looking recipes. Enjoy!

Vee said...

There was last summer, but not this...rats! That tart looks amazing!

Pondside said...

There is thyme in my rather ragged herb garden. I will have to take your example with it!
I love onion tart. When we lived in the Alsace it was a great treat in September and October, to drink the new wine and eat the onion tart that was the specialty of all the little towns.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Probably already said this, but I am droooooooling over here.

Orange, and thyme shortbread...onion tart...oh sigh.

Jen

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh those look so delicious - I saved the recipe and am going to make them for our picnic/hike this coming weekend.

ellen b. said...

Oh my do things look oh so yummy over here today!!

Elizabethd said...

Somehow I have missed out on having Thyme this Summer. Something for the garden list, I think.

Happy@Home said...

Everything looks so mouthwateringly good here today, Lorrie. I especially like the looks of the raspberry vinaigrette. Such a pretty, appetizing color.
I planted thyme about 10 years ago and the plant has gotten huge. I'll be using some today in a lemony chicken stir fry.

podso said...

It all looks delicious! That onion tart, yum and the garden produce in your previous post ! I don't have an herb garden but I need to. Hopefully when life slows down a bit (will it ever? !)

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

What great photos...of foods that look most appealing to me. I have an onion tart recipe sitting on my desk at home...waiting for me to try. When I'm back home!

Sheila said...

Your garden is producing well this summer from the looks of things. It always is a surprise to get back from vacation and see what has changed in the garden. We've had so much rain and not enough sun this summer so everything but the potatoes and zucchini seem to be way behind. Looking forward to catching up your trip next...

materfamilias said...

Our garden is pretty limitied, eating-wise, but we do have herbs, and yes, thyme. I love it in apple pie as well. . . . And now I think I have to try your onion tart!

Cheryl said...

I am so enjoying your posts about herbs! I love my herb garden, and you are supplying me with some fabulous new recipes for using mine!

Marilyn said...

The onion tart looks oh so good. I think I will need to make it soon. Yes, I do have thyme in the garden and most often use it in a lemon thyme chicken recipe. I was planning to make a cookie soon that calls for lemon verbena, but I don't have any in the garden this year. Now I am thinking I will use thyme in the cookies instead. Thanks for stirring me thinking on the cookie, as I need to make it soon.

Donna said...

Yes, we grow it too! I even put it in our meatloaf!