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Old 05-12-2005, 02:35 PM   #31
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Not to worry Sizz - sometimes it happens. I won't even mention that mint and basil are interchangeable. I think the whole point was missed because they don't taste the same - which is the whole reason behind "substituting".
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Old 05-13-2005, 02:08 AM   #32
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Old 05-13-2005, 06:52 PM   #33
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Its a wonderful herb AND it can be used in many MANY ways!! In sushi..... sandwiches..... roasts.... pico de guillo.... sauces.... and of course mexican foods.
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Old 05-13-2005, 08:32 PM   #34
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I love the earthy taste of cilantro...To me it's what makes salsa worth eating

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Old 05-14-2005, 09:18 AM   #35
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elfie??????????? mint and basil??????????

whadddidya think you could sneak that one in?

now, mint and basil are another of those things where either could be used in many dishes, not in every dish (mint in a savory tomato sauce? yuk), but it totally changes the entire perfume of the dish.

i guess we all agree that different herbs can be used in many dishes and will be enjoyable , but that they are considered variations on a dish.
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Old 05-14-2005, 09:36 AM   #36
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I love cilantro, but I saw Julia Child () on Larry King () one time and she said it was the only food she could think of that she hated, because it tasted like soap to her. Later I read somewhere (I can't remember where) that there is a physiological reason for some people to have that reaction to cilantro, although it certainly could have been someone's theory. I think that's too bad, because it's one of my favorite flavors.

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Old 05-14-2005, 12:42 PM   #37
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buckytom - did you sneak out of that corner?

You'd be surprised bucky how they can be interchanged even in a tomato sauce. You know the drink called a Mojito? Traditionally it is made with mint but basil works great! In a tomato/basil/garlic mixture for bruschetta if you find yourself out of basil mint works quite nicely. OK, maybe a spaghetti/tomato sauce is pushing it - but in a pinch I bet you could add just a little and you could get that cool taste of basil and still fool a lot of people. I said IN A PINCH!!!! lol
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Old 05-14-2005, 03:45 PM   #38
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thanks elfie. i love mojitos, but a basil mojito? (i am resisting every joke about reaching the "top shelf" liquor...hee hee.)
hey, watch that pinching thing. btw, if you wanna get someone realy good, pinch them on the back of their tricep. hurts like heck for some reason...
i have a ton o' mint growing next to the garden. have to keep edging it with a shovel to keep it from taking over. i've only used it for iced teas and on ice cream so far, but i'll try it in place of basil and see how it goes.
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Old 05-14-2005, 04:13 PM   #39
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I love cilantro, myself. This debate reminds of the little slip of paper my 7th grade science teacher passed out to everyone and then told us to chew them. Most of us only tasted paper but there were a few who spit it out immediately, it tasted so bad. I can't remember what substance was used but it was a lesson in genetics.
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Old 05-14-2005, 04:15 PM   #40
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Was that to test who were super tasters?
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