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Spring Has Sprung in NEO

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I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this time of year !  Everything comes to life, the top comes off the Jeep, and we have a promise of around 6 solid months of good weather – at least for Northeastern Ohio – and it’s only gonna get better !

The last couple weeks have been nice enough to persuade the ground to allow the plants to shoot forth – the little purple Crocuses by the dryer vent, the Tulips & Daffodils & Clematis are all starting to show themselves – Honeysuckle too.    Soon we’ll also have an over-abundance of Roses, Daisys and assorted wildflowers as well.  But my FAVORITE plants of all are bustin’ out also – Spring Herbs !

Spring Herbs – that harbinger of the season, that foretelling of gloriously fresh Summer dishes, that…that…ahhhh…fresh herbs !  We have quite the assortment growing here too.  Why, in the kitchen alone are Rosemary, Parsley, Basil and Mint.  Outdoors : Chives (regular & garlic), Fennel, Oregano, Thyme, MORE Parsley and two kinds of mint – not to mention Green Onions, Leeks, Strawberries, Raspberries and even Apples & Peaches.  I’ll have to plant more Rosey & Basil since they’re annuals – the others mentioned come up all on their own.

If you love food like we do, I can’t stress enough how much fresh herbs enhance a dish.  Whether it’s a simple Basil Pesto, maybe some Tabouli, or just adding fresh Cilantro or Oregano to a creation you just can’t go wrong.  I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing I can just walk outside and get whatever I require – that’s fresh !  And if you stick with the basics and give them a little “growing room”, they’ll reward you year after year – you just sit back an reap what you’ve (previously) sown…


Written by johntheirishman

Sunday, 25 March, 2007 @ 19:37 at 19:37

Posted in 1470, 44107, Eats

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  1. Clematis? Don’t you mean the Chlamydia has spread and shown itself?


    Monday, 26 March, 2007 @ 17:06 at 17:06

  2. Has spread, shown itself, and is RAGING !


    Monday, 26 March, 2007 @ 19:33 at 19:33

  3. It’s spring again…I hear ya irishman…There is nothing better than opening day (baseball&fishing). Fishing is still a month away but until then It’s considered “tying flies time.”

    You are a “green thumb.” Man, I grow tomatos (“tamatoes,” f*c* you) every year and that’s it…Jenn and I always have an indoor herb garden going (basil, parlsey) but not this year…That’s her department, I’m too busy catching the fish!

    BTW…Clamming was awesome(limits were easy), crabbing was better than I expected, we had a total of 28 dungeness after 4 days of drinking for them…Not bad…

    Didn’t get a chance to fix-up your famous clam-sauce…Will do when the woman gets home…


    Tuesday, 27 March, 2007 @ 1:28 at 1:28

  4. Geez – sounds like your fairly busy taking your limit of the water’s bounty – jealous ! I’m not 100% sure I’d eat anything from Loch Eire, but there is a steelhead stream less than 2 miles from my house. I don’t fish anymore, but the trout fishing in the Rocky River isn’t too shabby for NEO – people come from all over. One (more) thing I like about Lakewood – 5 minutes to the Rocky River & park (where I mountain bike), 2 minutes to Lake Erie, 5 minutes to downtown Cleveland…


    Tuesday, 27 March, 2007 @ 7:43 at 7:43

  5. Combat fishing with people from all over..? To hell with that, see you (or not) on another piece of water…

    I always like say this old line: “There is no head like steelhead.”

    I have no idea about the rivers in your neck of the woods…Steelhead? No way…Do you know what a steelhead is?

    Steelhead are the “andromonous” trout (NOT SALMON)…I thought you guys fished for pike or tiger muskies?

    Either way, go catch a fish…


    Tuesday, 27 March, 2007 @ 10:32 at 10:32

  6. Sweet! The “sea run” part is…uh, Where?

    That is one helluva stretch to spawn…God bless those trout…


    Tuesday, 27 March, 2007 @ 11:00 at 11:00

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