Destin, FL (PRWEB) April 19, 2013
Homeowners might be surprised how easy and fun it is to have a small herb garden at home. It's easy, inexpensive, and saves money while adding amazing flavor to home-cooked meals.
Chef Jekyll, owner of Jekyll – A Private Chef in Destin, FL, actually lives in a small, fifth floor condominium on the Destin Harbor, so if he can cultivate a “world-class” herb garden, anyone can.
“I use fresh herbs nearly every day in my cooking,” Jekyll said. “Having an assortment of commonly used herbs on my balcony saves me time, money and I know they are fresh—as fresh as a pair of scissors can make them.”
Chef Jekyll will be using some of his fresh herbs at the Second Annual Props, Wings, and Wheels Extravaganza at the Destin Airport, benefitting the Fisher House and Special Forces Association Chapter 7, on April 19. His featured dishes are Jekyll’s Smoked Sockeye Chowder, Balsamic Caprese Skewers, and Smoked Mackerel Dip on Pita Chips. For tickets and more information, go to http://www.propswingswheels.com.
Chef Jekyll grows chives, basil, rosemary, oregano, sage, dill, cilantro, mint, thyme and lots of parsley.
“I grow some curly parsley to use as a pretty garnish, but I have nine or 10 pots of flat-leaf Italian parsley,” Jekyll said. “I find it is the herb I use the most in my recipes, or for a sprinkle of green on top of a plated entrée. If you are a chef, you cannot have too much flat-leaf parsley.”
Chef Jekyll plants most of his herbs from seed, starting them in a window “greenhouse box” until they are established, before transplanting them to outdoor pots.
“Seeds are so inexpensive, and with a very small investment, you can have fresh herbs all year long,” Jekyll said. “In fact, with the semi-tropical climate of Destin, I still have some parsley plants from
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