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Tarragon

Posted Sep 22 2008 11:04am

In the spring, I planted some herbs I’ve never grown before.  Tarragon was one of them.  I don’t think I’ve eaten much tarragon at all.  I was really curious how fresh tarragon would taste and what I could do with it.  Being that my mountain of laundry is getting smaller, I decided tonight was the night to try it!

Here is the tarragon growing in my garden.

And just picked.

Tarragon is commonly used in French cooking.  If you’ve had anything with a bearnaise sauce, then you’ve had tarragon.  I wasn’t so sure I would like it.  It smells and tastes a little like licorice or anise.  I’m not a fan of licorice.

I had no clue what to use it in.  So I looked for a recipe on the internet.  I came upon McCormick’s website with not only information on tarragon, but a recipe for shrimp salad.  I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to try it.  You can find the recipe here.

This recipe had a sauce made with sour cream, mayonnaise, tarragon, lemon juice and Old Bay Seasoning.  I was skepitcal, but I have to tell you I really liked it.  Somehow the flavor of the tarragon, together with the lemon complimented each other.  The Old Bay gave it an added zing.  It was so easy to throw together too.  I just happened to have a bag of frozen cooked shrimp.  I usually have raw frozen because I like the flavor better when I cook it myself.  But having the already cooked, it took me minutes to make this dinner.  And on a warm summer evening, this light meal hit the spot.

Now I can’t wait to try more things with it.  Please send me your favorite way to use this herb.  I would love to learn different ways to use it.

On to another product review.  I did really well shopping the other day as far as finding new things.  I love to try new gluten free things.  You never know when you will find something you really like.

Glutino has come out with new cracker flavors.  I was so surprised to see a cheddar flavor and a multi grain.

Well, too bad for me, I really like the cheddar.  This could be a problem.  It took me months to work my way out of a Chebe addiction.  Anyone who has read my blog in detail knows how I loved Cheez-it’s.  These are not Cheez-it’s and not even close.  But, for a gluten free cheese cracker, they are the best I’ve had so far and it’s just been long enough that I totally forget what a real Cheez-it taste like anyway.  They are crispy and have a light cheddar flavor.  This is something I could sit and mindlessly pop in my mouth while watching tv.  Confession, I did that last night.  Let’s hope the store constantly runs out of them.

I don’t like the multi grain as well.  They are ok.  They have fennel seed in them.  There’s that licorice flavor again.  It was good in the tarragon but in a cracker, not so much.  In all fairness, I tried it plain.  It might be better with some cheese on it to off set the fennel seed flavor.  Don’t take my word on it.  Try some.  You might really like that flavor in a cracker! And I will try them with some cheese.  They might grow on me.

What I did like about both crackers is, it seems to me they have changed their formula a little.  The cracker shape was a little thinner and crisper.  There were not very many broken ones either.  For those of you who have not bought Glutino in the past, there are usually a lot of broken crackers in the box.  If you’ve tried them, let me know how you liked them!

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