Herbes de Provence, I am convinced that no kitchen is complete without it (as well as kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper). And not all pre-packaged herbes de provence are created equal.
What are Herbes de Provence you ask? “Herbes de Provence (French pronunciation: [ɛʁb.də.pʁɔ.vɑ̃s]) is a mixture of dried herbs typical of the Provence region of southeast France. Formerly simply a descriptive term, commercial blends started to be sold under this name in the 1970s. These mixtures typically contain savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and other herbs. In the North American market, lavender leaves are also typically included, though lavender was not used in traditional southern French cooking.” per Wikipedia.
Here is a little secret…this herb blend makes the best most gorgeous and fragrant roast chicken on the planet! My extra special Marmalade Cornish Hens! Of which I will be posting that recipe a little bit later. Wink! Wink!
And my most favorite blend that you can buy “over the counter” is sold by a wonderful little spice company called Savory Spice Company and is available both online and in their stores.
If you are feeling adventurous enough there are several great resources for learning how to make your own. Which I agree is always a wonderful thing to do. The Dog’s Breakfast website had great instructions along with beautiful photographs of the fresh herbs.
Hope that your day is filled with love and Herbes de Provence Y’all!