New Uses for Everyday Ingredients

Pantry staples work wonders when used in new ways. Try these unexpected applications for everyday ingredients.

Fresh Thyme
Randy Mayor

Fresh Thyme

Earthy, woodsy, and highly fragrant, thyme is a staple in French cooking...and more, with our creative suggestions.

Our Secret Twists 

  • Enliven the taste of fall desserts like apple crisp or pear tart by adding 1 teaspoon chopped thyme to the filling. In the summer, add the herb to apricot or peach dishes.
  • Create savory waffles or pancakes by stirring 1 teaspoon minced thyme and 1⁄3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into the batter.
  • Combine 1 tablespoon honey, ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, and ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon rind; drizzle over Greek yogurt, and top with toasted pine nuts.

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