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Root Source: Chives

Root Source: Chive

 

what you should know


An aromatic masking as an herb. A slender, slight blade that implies (rather than declares) onion flavor. A garnish's garnish. That's pretty much the skinny on chives.

 

afterthought Because chives are the most delicate of the onions, they're usually added near or at the end of cooking-- sprayed across the surface of a soup, folded into an omelet, sprinkled on warm noodles or spooned over a baked potato from the salad bar (though not the one at Applebee's).

 

fines herbes Chives are one of four herbs that form the classic fines herbes. They're also central to the Persian New Year's dish sabzi polo and the Blue Flower omelet, a chive flower-herb omelet traditional in Shaker cooking.

 

chives tales If you get scorched in the summer sun, take heart: the Romans apparently used chives to treat sunburn.

 

 

 

 

what you need

 

Do you use scissors to snip herbs? If not, you're missing out on the joy of kitchen shears.

 

Each of us owns a rotary herb mill. None of us uses it. Ever.

 

Use this Cuisinart mini-prep processor to make chive oil, chive butter, chive vinegar, chive vinaigrette and chive cream cheese.

 

Somehow, it just wouldn't be as funny if it were called The Chive.

 

Baked Potato With Chives And Sour Cream

 

what you do

 

Chilled cantaloupe soup with chives and prosciutto is a perfect cool dinner for a hot summer night.

A shower of chives adds a delicate onion flavor to this heirloom tomato and herb salad.

Tortellini with tarragon, chives and parsley is a nice, light seasonal pasta. (Add chervil to make it tortellini aux fines herbes.)

Next time you're craving meat and potatoes, try a grilled flank steak and braised new potatoes with spring onions, garlic and chives.

You'll have to read Kin Sunée's Trail of Crumbs to get the full story on her whispery eggs with crabmeat and herbs. For a more classic egg-herb combination, try an omelette aux fines herbes.

Featured recipe: This herbed tuna salad with feta and pine nuts comes from Nicole of Pinch My Salt. It's the featured recipe for this week's Root Source Challenge.

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