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Old 09-11-2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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Mint - The Underappreciated Herb

Admittedly, I'm not a huge mint fan, but caught this cooking segment on the CBS Early Show - with some pretty interesting recipes using Mint:

Halibut cooked in banana leaves w Thai-lemon Mint sauce

Grilled lamb skewers with spiced mint marinade

Coconut-mint cream cake

Southside (gin, mint, lime juice, soda water)

If you have lots of Mint and need some ideas, here's a look-see:

Mint -- The Underappreciated Herb, Bon Appetit's Dede Wilson: It's Good In More Than Just Toothpaste, Gum, Tea And Cookies! - CBS News

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Old 09-11-2008, 01:45 PM   #2
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Oooo, yeah, I DO have a lush pot of mint!

I like the sound of the drink "Southside", but want to change the gin to vodka. I'll call it the "Northside"!

Have to drink a mint of them, to get rid of my whole plant! (how's that for a horrible pun, BT?)

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2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 lime wedges
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces soda water

Muddle 1 mint sprig with the limes, lime juice, and simple syrup in the bottom
of a pint glass/bar glass.
Add vodka and shake well.
Pour into a highball over crushed ice and stir until glass frosts.
Top with soda water and garnish with sprig of mint.
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Old 09-11-2008, 02:04 PM   #3
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Oooo, yeah, I DO have a lush pot of mint!

I like the sound of the drink "Southside", but want to change the gin to vodka. I'll call it the "Northside"!

Have to drink a mint of them, to get rid of my whole plant! (how's that for a horrible pun, BT?)

Lee

Northside

2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 lime wedges
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces vodka
4 ounces soda water

Muddle 1 mint sprig with the limes, lime juice, and simple syrup in the bottom
of a pint glass/bar glass.
Add vodka and shake well.
Pour into a highball over crushed ice and stir until glass frosts.
Top with soda water and garnish with sprig of mint.

I'll "side" with you on the Vodka, Lee. If you have some spare () mint, try mint pesto.

Now, I need to go find some banana leaves and make that halibut & coconut mint cake ;-)
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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I gues I have a lot's of mint because my father planted, he loves mint tea and mint bath. Me - I hate mint tea, mint bath and anything else that is mint. So thank you, but no thank you.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:34 PM   #5
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I snip some into all our summer salads. Yum.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:45 PM   #6
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I like mint, but it has to be used carefully and with certain flavors because it can really throw off the flavor in a dish.
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:24 PM   #7
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It can be almost as aggressive in a dish as it is in the garden. A light touch is essential when using it. And of course always plant with pot still attached - it won't stop the spread, but it can give you a fighting chance.
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:26 PM   #8
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I prefer spearmint to peppermint myself. And honestly, I use it rarely for anything except tea. I will occasionally put it in with a salad but thats about it.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:57 PM   #9
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I fell in love with a 'Cherry and Mint jam' made at home by a French woman in Provence. It was absolute heaven. I swore to myself that I will make it myself too. Mind you, I'm not a jam person at all so that says a lot!
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Hey Chopstix, how are you? And did you get that recipe? Would you consider posting it? I'd love to see it.
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