A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Friday, January 30, 2009

More on Herbs....Dill

I'll keep going on the same theme....herbs. Some people say they don't know how to use herbs in cooking...they don't realize that they are probably using them without even thinking that they are herbs. One of the most popular is dill. I use dill in dips, toppings for veggies, in my veggie pizza, salad dressings, eggs,on fish, and in one really wonderful loaf of bread, that I make. I have been making Dilly Bread since the 70's. I make mine in a casserole bowl ...thus a round loaf of bread. This is so good eaten warm with butter. Here is the recipe.

Dilly Bread

1 pkg. dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c.creamed cottage cheese
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp.instant minced onion
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. dill seed
2 1/4 c. flour
Mix yeast and warm water. Combine remaining ingredients, except flour, and mix. Add 1/2 of flour and all of yeast/water mixture. When mixed, add the rest of the flour and knead 5-10 minutes. Let rise until doubled in size. Form round loaf. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Here is a little info on dill:

How to Grow Dill Plants:

Dill is an easy to grow, low maintenance plant. Grow plants in full sun. Plants do well in average, well draining soil. They tolerate dry soil conditions.
Dill are grown from seed. Directly sow seeds into your garden in the spring. Sow seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with soil. Space seedlings or thin plants to 9" apart, in rows 12 inches apart.
Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
Water plants during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Harvest young, tender leaves for the best flavor. Harvest flower heads after seeds have formed, and the flower head has died. Tie a group of stems together and hang upside down to dry. Make sure to have a container or bag under them to catch seed. Once they are dry, shake out the remaining seeds.

How could I forget the most important use for dill.....The wonderful Dill Pickle!

I forgot...last evening we had a special visitor at our deck feeder. A robin!!!


perennialgardener said...

I have some Dill seed to plant this year. Thanks for all the great tips on how to use it! I think it is beloved by caterpillars & butterflies too.

One Woman's Journey said...

I just found your blog through Judy. We have a lot in common. I live in Nashville, Tn and planning to return to my country property.
Healing at the moment from emergency surgery last Wednesday.
I will be cking in often.
Blessings sent your way.