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Herbs

Dill - a fringed leafy herb with a pretty distinctive scent and flavour. Great for chopping up into a fresh garden salad (sounds weird but is pretty wonderful), seasoning seafood, pickling, drying for later use. You can even make it into a pesto. 8 recipes for dill.


Cilantro - also known as coriander is a leafy herb that looks somewhat like parsley. It has a nice fresh taste. Great for salsas, salads, dips, or guacamole. Find 10 ideas on this blog.


Parsley - a leafy herb with a fresh but strong taste. Great for seasoning almost anything or as a garnish fresh or dried. It's a key ingredient in tabbouleh. Here's 25 ways to use it.

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A ready batch.


Clean jars.


The light shining through the pink vinegar. So pretty.

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RJR's Salsa
First chop all of the vegetables
7 cups of tomatoes chopped 2 cups of onions chopped 1-2 cups of green peppers chopped 1/2 cup of cilantro chopped OPTIONAL 6 Hot peppers - chopped

Combine all of the chopped ingredients in a large cooking pot and add the following. 1 Tablespoon of coarse salt 1 Teaspoon of ground cumin 1 can of (156 ml ) tomato paste 3/4 cup of white vinegar
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If you like a smoother salsa chop finely or after cooking pulse in a food processor if you like a chunky salsa rough chop the vegetables.