Saturday, July 9, 2011

Recipes - Herb Of The Week - Etsy Finds

Today I found these two great recipes for a wonderful Saturday night dinner using fresh shrimp and endive from the garden.

Shrimp Scampi With Pasta


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter and add white wine. Over medium heat, add shrimp and basil. Cook until pink all over; about 3 to 5 minutes. Serve over pasta.

Endive Garden Salad

2 heads curly blanched endive
1/4 lb. bacon, diced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
4 servings

Separate the endive leaves, wash well, and spin dry. Place on serving plates.

Slowly fry the bacon pieces until brown. Remove the bacon from the pan. Pour off all but 3 Tbs. fat.

Sauté the garlic in the remaining bacon fat until lightly browned, and add the wine. Reduce the liquid by a third, then return the bacon to the pan. Pour the dres­­sing over the endive on the serving plates.

Recipe by Ed Miller
April 2000
from issue #26

Now here is a wonderful dinner for a Saturday night.

Now my herb for today is chives, so easy to grow and so pretty to look at too.


photo of chives
Allium schoenoprasum


The chive is a member of the onion family. It grows in clumps and reaches a height of 6–12 inches. It produces narrow, hollow leaves and attractive violet, globe-shaped flowers in May or June.

How to Grow

This bulbous plant can be propagated by dividing clumps (keep 4–6 bulblets per clump), planting seed, or planting bulbs similar to onion sets. Chives are perennial and will grow for many years. To prevent overcrowding, divide established plants every 2–3 years. Flowers can be removed to encourage foliage growth. In fall, transplant a clump into fresh potting mix and place indoors on a south or west window to enjoy fresh chives throughout the winter months. Allow chive plants to experience a freeze before digging clumps and potting. The resulting plants will be of better quality.


Green leaves give a mild onion-like flavor to many foods and often are blended with other herbs for salads, soups and omelets. Snip leaves throughout the growing season. They may be used fresh, dry or frozen. The flowers may be harvested too. The bulbs are not used.

Well on to Etsy finds of the day for great Summer Blues!

Thats it for today, check out Etsy for more great finds!

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  1. I want to say Thank You for featuring my small Crock on your great blog. I enjoyed looking at all the other Etsy finds and I enjoyed reading the Recipes as well. I will be trying the Endive Salad soon. Thanks again.

  2. I love the mix of things you featured in this post! I'm now hungry and want to redecorate in sky blue! :)