What makes holiday cooking so special? Fresh herbs! What makes holiday cooking so expensive? All those fresh herbs. You have to buy the whole bunch even if you just need two leaves, so why not spread the wintry wealth with friends and make sweet little herb bundles as party favors or host(ess) gifts?
When you stop by a friend's house for a cookie-swap or a mug of spiked cider, bring a bouquet of fresh bay, oregano, rosemary, thyme, &/or sage (any I'm forgetting?). Plonked in a bud vase of water, it will keep your friend's kitchen & food smelling delicious!
I simply spread all the herbs out on my table, and put 2 or 3 sprigs of each type of herb in each bundle. I tied them with rustic twine with the ends dipped in festive red Plasti-dip (see Plasti-dip tips on my snow bottles tutorial here), but simple yarn or luxurious ribbon would be nice, too. The bouquets will keep well in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, ready to be shared with friends that might drop by.
Images: Tess Wilson