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About Lemony Thyme

My love of vegetables developed very early on.  My mom’s parents, Nana and Boppy, had an incredible garden.  As far back as I can remember we, the grandchildren, helped out in the garden.  I had no idea at the time that learning how to tell if a carrot was ready to be pulled, or feeling the thrill that comes from turning over a pitch fork and finding little potato treasures, or the sheer goodness of the biggest most beautiful blueberries bursting in your mouth….would lead to a lifetime of food true love.

What I also recall is that as children we loved vegetables, more so than any of our friends.  What I didn’t pick up on was that butter wasn’t a side dish in all homes, like it was in ours.  We gobbled up carrots, peas, beans, asparagus, potatoes, cabbage, even turnips…. all smothered in buttery goodness.  It’s taken nearly 40 years to learn how to replace some (not all) of the butter with my new best friends….. fresh herbs.

Let me introduce you to our favorite Lemon Thyme, the species also known as Thymus x citriodorus, however fondly referred to in our kitchen as “Lemony Thyme.”  This amazing herb gives life to everything it touches.  Rub your fingers through its tiny leaves and you’ll know why.  We include it in everything from Salads to Soups to Seafood to Bath Salts (we’ll save that one for another thyme).

My cooking rose to a new level when I started incorporating fresh herbs.  I began to understand the term ‘layers of flavors’ and found myself deconstructing dishes with my tongue to identify each ingredient.  I was blessed with fresh herb porch-gardens one spring that changed our cooking lives.

Please know that I have no formal cooking training. My recipes have not been scrutinized in a test kitchen and volumes may vary slightly from the recipe listed, according to taste.  However, I am a self-proclaimed eating expert (or at least above average eater).  I’m not afraid to tackle most any recipe and encourage my friends to do the same (though I may never debone a duck). Looking for recipe ideas we’ve got them…looking for exact we’re not it.

I must admit that most of our recipes are inspired by photographs. Either from our treasured collection of cookbooks, various cooking magazines (I may have a slight addiction) or Google Image searches for ingredients in our fridge/pantry.  We see it, if it looks good, we research how to make it and pull together the best of many recipes or personal taste bud experiences.  Because we eat with our eyes first, as our cooking has evolved so has our presentation.  After all, looking good is right up there with tasting good.

Here are my favorite posts sharing my love of fresh herbs and how to enjoy them all year round.

Fresh Herbs Frozen in Butter & Olive Oil

 

Fresh Herbs {Growing, Harvesting, Using, Storing, Freezing and Drying}.

 

 

Dried Fresh Herbs

 

Autumn Time {Drying Fresh Herbs}.

 

 

 

Winter Thyme Wind

 

Winter Thyme {A Spice Exploration}.

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36 thoughts on “About Lemony Thyme”

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  3. I love you. You’re my new best friend :) I found you after a long week of terror I will affectionately dub “sore-throat-from-hell-week.” A week prior to said event I collected an “experience” with a friend, because that’s what friends do. Sometimes we also sit and watch lovingly from the sidelines as said friend collects said experience. Anywho??? We tried Vietnamese food for the first time. We ordered the Vietnames Beef Pho Soup. In a word, it was heaven. Little did I know I’d need heaven, because the following week I’d have to experience sore throat hell. In agony, I remembered how good the soup was! I had my poor hubby out in the rain traipsing all over town looking for the soup and finally vowed in my strongest Scarlet O’Hara voice, that I would learn how to make the soup myself. Then I found you on Pintrest and learned the correct way to say Pho and make Pho. Don’t you just love happy endings? You have the most amazing stories, recipes and photographs and that’s why you and all things lemonythyme.com are my new best friends. Group Hug….

    • Hugging you right back Rese. What a week you had!! I too turn to Pho when my world is in a spiral. Glad you found us, I do love happy endings. xo Libby

  4. Bonnie Martin said:

    This may be a silly question but I am very new to the “clay pot society”.
    Can I use a glazed bottom cooker as you would a non-glazed pot?
    Is there any difference in the heat or time required?

    Thanks,
    Bonnie

    • Hi Bonnie. I’m not sure. I actually bought a glazed skillet at a thrift store and have yet to use it. I’ve got to do some research. I’ll report back, unless you find the answer first…then let me know :)

  5. Heather said:

    Good morning, Libby. I love all your recipes. I do have a question for you. You use lemon thyme in many of your recipes. If we cannot find it, can regular garden thyme be used instead? If not, what other suggestions do you have? Thank you so much!

    • Hi Heather. That’s a great question. I use Lemon Thyme mostly when a little hint of citrus is welcome. Regular thyme won’t always work but sometimes it will, like with mushrooms or potatoes. If you can’t find lemon thyme there are other fresh herbs with hint of lemon or even a little lemon zest will work. Thank you for stopping by.

  6. WHat about Spring herbs..starting to get ideas for my spring garden..can you offer suggestions. Thanks

  7. Hi there!
    I would love to use your image of Wonton Soup for a image to help describe a cooking class we are teaching at Heirloom Kitchen. I promise to credit you! Please let me know what you think. Best, Neilly Robinson

  8. i doing live in US, am very familiar with all the ingredients apart from Tony’s creole seasoning, What is it?

    • Hi Molly. Tony’s Creole Seasoning is a seasoning blend comprised of chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and a few others. While it’s pretty spicy, it also has a nice flavor. We use it in moderation for sure.

  9. joan kronick said:

    don’t forget the poor souls who do not have a herb garden. It is possible to cook with dried herbs.

    • Hi Joan. Yes, we love dried herbs as well. I’ve shared a link above for how we dry them ourselves, but also how I use them in recipes in place of fresh herbs.

  10. Maria Leasca said:

    Hi Libby, I love this site and the recipes, photos, inspiring back stories and comments. Thank you! I love to cook and enjoy taking time to allow the “layers” to develop. Using your site always adds to the fun, thank you! Maria

  11. Are you in Richmond, VA? Couldnt help but notice Penzey spice shot in one of your pictures…

  12. dianne cook said:

    Have not been getting newsletters. Would appreciate you sending. Love your name, use of herbs and recipes. Thanks

  13. I was refered to your website and I am so glad. I am cooking these days from my garden. I just love your site and your recipes are such a inspiration for me to keep cooking.
    I acquired a taste for fennel and have a great recipe with thyme. wil be back again and again.

    • Welcome Abbey. It’s really nice of you to comment. I hope you find some recipes you love. Take care of that garden. Libby

  14. Hi, I really enjoyed your recipe for stuffed poblano peppers and would like to add it (the version i made) to my blog. I would like to reference to the original to give you credit. Pls advise if this is ok? I am very new to this whole blogging thing, so I hope this is not a rude question.

    Thanks alot!
    Maren

    • Hi Maren, I’ve messaged you back and would be honored for you to share any of our recipes. Thank you for the links back. Enjoy. Libby

  15. BARBIE BOWMAN said:

    the clam chowder is a fantastic, solid New england recipie….will be used many times.
    Sheer delight. xoxo

    • Barbie, I’m so glad you share my LOVE for Clam Chowder. This recipe is my reminder of home and comfort. Thanks for your kind comment. xo Libby

  16. Good evening Libby …. I’m a new fan, and truly enjoy your website, recipes and photography – very creating and refreshing. :-)

    I look forward to spending additional time reading recipes within your ‘love to cook’ category. Keep up the great work!

    with warmest regards,
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    • Gigi, thank you so much for following our posts. So glad you enjoy them. Your support fuels my passion! All my best, Libby

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    I am loving your recipes!! I found you on facebook and cannot wait to start getting email updates too. Your recipes are so BEAUTIFUL !!! Thank you for all you do !! Peace and Love !!

  18. Sheila Harris said:

    Looking forward to trying some exciting new recipes!

  19. Found a great recipe tonight and looking forward to more.

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