Have you ever grown an herb, only to later wonder what to do with it?Â Such is the case with me and dill.Â Dill is a pretty easy herb to tend to, so I figured it made sense for a novice gardener like me to find a spot on my windowsill for it.Â I had gone through the same thought process with basil, and had no problem figuring out how to make use of it.Â Seemingly every meal is enhanced by fresh basil: pasta, pizza, salad, omelets.Â But dill on a pizza just doesnâ€™t seem right.Â Dill, dill everywhere and not a sprig to eat!Â What is a girl to do?
The answer:Â A little due dilligence.Â A light search through some of my favorite cookbooks revealed that dill is actually a super star herb during the summer months.Â For example, the herb in question is a dillicious ingredient in dips.Â Over the summer, once the kids are in bed, my husband and I like to pour a glass of wine, break out some pita chips or crackers and try a new dip or hummus recipe Iâ€™ve found.Â Weâ€™ll head out to the deck and enjoy the warm night air (and swat away some bugs).Â Canâ€™t wait to try some creamy dill dip!
I also discovered that dill tastes great in tuna salad, a go-to meal I commonly prepare during the summer months.Â It just so happens that dill sauce is a perfect complement to salmon, another summer favorite.Â Who doesnâ€™t love salmon cooked on the grill on a hot summer night?Â The funny thing is that I never know what to do with my salmon to add flavor other than sprinkling it with a little salt and pepper.Â How dillightful that the answer my quandary is planted right over the kitchen sink.Â And dillâ€™s takeover of summer food doesnâ€™t end there.Â I found recipes for potato salad with dill, crispy summer salads with dill and cold pasta salads with, you guessed it, dill!
So I guess dill isnâ€™t so impossible to make use of after all.Â And with warmer weather just around the corner, Iâ€™m sure that Iâ€™ll find more and more ways to incorporate this herb into my cooking.Â Corn on the cob with dill butter sauce anyone?
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