Fresh Basil Leaves

Fresh Basil

Fresh Basil

Want to learn the simple technique for slicing fresh basil?

Fresh basil is my favorite herb from the garden!  Now that summer is in full swing,  many of us are enjoying the bounty of fresh herbs and vegetables  from our garden.   Homegrown basil is a delicious addition to recipes but slicing one leaf at a time is tedious.  However, it is a simple process when you know the success secret!  Another word for slicing is Chiffonade  and you may hear chefs use that term as well.  Here is the step by step guide for creating those ribbons of bright green basil:

All you need to remember is

  • Stack
  • Roll
  • Slice

It’s that easy!

Wash the basil and pat dry. Remove the stems and stack the leaves on top of each other.

Stack The Fresh Basil Leaves

Stack The Leaves

Gently roll the leaves up into a tight cylinder.

Rolling the Fresh Basil Leaves

Rolling the Leaves

Continue rolling until you have a tight cylinder.

Roll the Fresh Basil Leaves Into a Tight Cylinder

Roll the Fresh Basil Leaves Into a Tight Cylinder

Next, slice them into thin slices that will create those ribbons.

Slice the Fresh Basil

Slice the Fresh Basil


The Slices of Fresh Basil Will Create Thin Ribbons

The Slices Will Create Thin Ribbons

Fresh basil adds a wonderful flavor and aroma to your dishes.  It’s best to either add it at the very end of the cooking time or just sprinkle it over each plate just before serving.  

This technique also works well with fresh mint leaves or fresh spinach.  

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Remember, let’s Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy! 








How to Chop Fresh Herbs Rosemary

Package of Fresh Rosemary

 How to chop fresh herbs

Fresh Rosemary….We all know that fresh herbs are great to cook with and really ramp up the flavor in foods but how do you chop fresh herbs?

For the beginning cook, or someone who has never used fresh herbs before, these bundles of wonderful flavor can be a little daunting.  What do you do with this???  How do you use it in cooking???

Fresh Rosemary


Want to know how to chop fresh rosemary properly?  

Read on!  Here is my success secret for chopping fresh rosemary:

Rinse the rosemary and pat it dry with a paper towel.

If you have a bundle of fresh rosemary, take it one stalk at a time.  

Place your index finger and thumb at the tip of a stalk of rosemary.  

Squeeze these two fingers tightly around the stalk.

Pulling leaves off of Fresh Rosemary Stem

Keep the hand holding the stalk stationary and with your other hand, slide your fingertips down the stalk and the leaves of the rosemary will release from the stalk.

Discard the stalk.

Stem of Fresh Rosemary

Then use kitchen scissors and snip the rosemary leaves to the desired size.

You can then crush the herb slightly with your fingers to release more flavor.

Snip Fresh Rosemary with Kitchen Scissors

I’ve just planted my herb garden and rosemary is one of the stars.  I love the scent of rosemary and the flavor it adds to a dish.  It is so rewarding to grow your own herbs and then enjoy them in recipes.  Rosemary will not live during our cold winters so I usually dig it up and put it in a pot and take it inside for the winter.  A rosemary plant will live several years when wintered over this way.   


Try my “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme” Roasted Chicken Breasts for dinner or for easy entertaining.  


Chopping Fresh Herbs

Chopping fresh herbs can be easy when you use my success secret.

A knife  just doesn’t “cut it” when it comes to chopping  fresh herbs!


How to chop fresh herbs

Chopping Fresh Herbs

Here’s my success secret for chopping fresh herbs:  Put the fresh herbs in a small bowl and use kitchen scissors to quickly cut the herbs into small pieces.  

I just planted my herb garden because I love to cook with fresh herbs.  This year I planted  basil, dill, rosemary, parsley,  sage and mint.  My oregano survived the winter and has come back the gusto,  Almost every recipe can be enhanced by using fresh herbs.  Check out my video for the information on how to convert a recipe from dry herbs to fresh herbs.  It is really easy to make the transition.  

Video: How to Chop Herbs

A knife just doesn’t “cut it” when it come to chopping fresh herbs. Check out my success secret on how to chop fresh herbs.

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