We are home again, and the first frost is coming. It is unseasonably cold here in Nashville, so I had to harvest the last bits of my herb garden this past weekend. I grew parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme; I also grew ginger, garlic chives and oregano. I have given up on the basil because I do not have enough sun.
I made a Giada dish with skinless organic chicken thighs, browned then braised in our own Napa Merlot, olives, tomato, garlic, onions and crushed red peppers. To finish, I added my own organic oregano, thyme and parsley. Yumm-O! I grew all my organic seedling herbs in potting soil and organic fertilizer from the Gardens of Babylon (Farmers Market, 8th Ave North, 615-244-8949), and not one herbicide or pesticide. The boys, Marc and Matt, young owners of the Gardens of Babylon, started many heirloom plants in an organic manner. I am a complete convert to these organic plants from my garden because they were extremely hardy this year, and I can feel good about eating these foods and herbs. This all reminds me that I need to buy my winter flowers now (or last week).
I cheated on the rice. I did not have time to cook wild rice, so I got the instant kind that cooks up in about 20 minutes. I mixed it in with some jasmine rice, which cooks up in just about 20 minutes (hey! neato), and both cooked up at the same time.