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Cooking Tip: How to Use Leftover Herbs

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Cooking Tip:  How To Use Leftover Herbs

Cooking Tip:  How To Use Leftover Herbs

Whether you grow herbs at home or purchase them from your local farmer's market or grocery store, inevitably you are given more than you need.  

So what is one to do with leftover fresh herbs? Here are some of our favorite tips to help you save money and waste less!

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  • Make herbed ice cubes-Wash and dry fresh herbs, chop them by hand or place them in a food processor and pulse.  Spoon the chopped herbs into ice cube trays, cover with water, freeze, and store the cubes in ziplock freezer bags when frozen.  Use individual cubes to season your favorite dishes.
  • Add to sandwiches- Fresh herbs such as Basil can be used in place of lettuce to liven up sandwiches. -Cook's International Kitchen Hacks
  • Dry them- Tie up bunches of herbs with kitchen twine and hang herbs to dry.  OR, for a quick dry, wash and dry herbs and place on a clean paper towel and microwave for 30-40 seconds.  Either way, crumble dried herbs and place in an air-tight container to use in your favorite meals. - Cook's International Kitchen Hacks
  • Create spice packets- For spices that need to be removed from cooking, such as Parsley or Bay Leaves, fill a clean tea filter bag (the ones used for loose tea) with the desired herbs, tie with kitchen twine, and remove the packet when finished cooking.  No more fishing for those items. - Cook's International Kitchen Hacks
  • Make infused oils or vinegar- Add your favorite herbs to olive oil or vinegar to use for cooking tasty meals.  See How to Make Infused Oils.
  • Make compound butter- Add freshly chopped herbs to softened butter to create flavorful compound butters.  See How to Make Compound Butters.  The perfect gift for the cook in your life!
  • Make herbed cream cheese spreads- Add to softened cream cheese and serve with bagels, spread on sandwiches, or dip with vegetables.
  • Make vinaigrette- Add your favorite chopped fresh herbs to vinegar and olive oil for a delightfully fresh vinaigrette.
  • Create Simple Syrups- Add herbs to equal parts of water and sugar, cook until sugar is dissolved and cool.  Add the simple syrup to your favorite beverage or cocktail.
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25 Easy Easter Brunch Recipes

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25 Easter Brunch Recipes

25 Easter Brunch Recipes

After the Egg hunt, celebrate the season with a brunch...and Cherchies®.  Finally!  It's Spring!  That means all good things of course, flowers, birds, warm sunshine, and of course Easter.  Check out what's in my Easter basket!

Whether you are serving a crowd or hosting a small gathering, here are our 25 favorite Easter Brunch recipes.

Happy Easter!

Appetizers

Breakfast/ Brunch Dishes

Side Dishes

Sweet Treats

Enjoy!

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Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

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Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

Are you traveling this holiday or will you be sharing a lovely Easter meal at home with family or friends? What do you serve at Easter?  In our family, a traditional Easter dinner or brunch wouldn't be the same without some sort of a succulent glazed ham, and being that Easter is almost here, I thought you would enjoy our family's favorite glazed ham recipe, Cherry Glazed Ham.  

Let's face it, ham is the perfect entree for most holidays and occasions, as it easily pleases a crowd.  And what ham wouldn't be complete without a homemade glaze, not the little packets that come with the hams, a real homemade glaze. It only takes a few minutes to prepare a glaze and the possibilities are endless.  Over the years I have experimented with our various preserves and hot pepper jams in this basic recipe, and all the results have been just as fabulous.  This time, I was craving a glaze bursting with cherries and this easy to make sweet-salty ham recipe, featuring our Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread, Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, and just the slightest hint of Bourbon,  is the perfect addition to your holiday menu.  

So gather up your guests, grab a jar of Cherchies® Cherry Butter SpreadCherchies® Champagne Mustard, slather on the glaze, and serve this delicious ham with your favorite side dishes for an exceptional holiday meal, and wait for the ooohs and ahhhs!  This will definitely be one of your favorite ham recipes.

Happy Easter friends!

Preparation

Preparation

Prepare the glaze by combining Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, Cherchies® Cherry Butter,  brown sugar and Bourbon in a small sauce pan.  Cook on low until smooth.  Pour half of the glaze over the ham and cook the ham according to the package directions, normally 15 minutes per pound until warm. Chill the other half of the glaze until later.   When the ham is about a half hour from being done, remove the ham from the oven and pour the rest of the glaze over the ham.  Cook the ham for the remaining time. When the ham is warmed, cool for 15 minutes before serving.

*Note- This basic recipe would work nicely with any of our Cherchies® Preserves or Hot Pepper Jams, depending on your palate. Try them all and let us know what you come up with:)

Enjoy!

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