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From rich Sunday roasts with Gran and Gramps to tangy Cajun dishes down on the bayou, thyme is a serious kitchen essential with old world roots and new world charm.
The superstar of the herb world, thyme has more credits to its name than Morgan Freeman and Katherine Hepburn put together. Itís been a Greek aphrodisiac, an Egyptian mummy embalming spice, the home of the fairies in Scandinavia and Britain, a medieval insect (and plague) repellent, a medical antiseptic in WWI, the symbol of the Republic during the French Revolution, and, of course, a favorite addition to tasty delights for 4000 years. Hollywood A-listers havenít got a thing on this bad boy.
A Mediterranean native at heart, it was the Romans who really gave thyme its first big break. They spread the multi-tasking herb from Britain to the Baltics. The key to lasting success: a subtle flavor that gets on well with diverse culinary co-stars.
Many post-college guys and gals are nervous to take on
a spice with such a distinguished past. But with a completely doable
dish for any occasion, now is the time to be brave. On the thyme-styled
menu today: the 10-Minute Chef, the
Official and Elegant
Dinner Party, the Casual Crowd, the
Afternoon BBQ and
the Veggies-Only Household.