Backyard Harvest: Italian Parsley

Parsley is one of those wonderfully useful herbs that everyone should grow in their garden. Indeed, a garden is not necessary; parsley is easily grown in a pot on a sunny windowsill, on a balcony or in a courtyard.  

A friend once told me that parsley will either love you or hate you - and if it loves you (or your land) you won't be able to get rid of it; it'll keep self-seeding forever. 

I much prefer the flat Italian parsley to the curly variety, which seems to be used mostly for garnishes.  I use fresh parsley to lift pasta sauces in the cooler months when sweet basil is out of season, to make homemade stuffing for roast chicken, and to flavour simple dishes such as boiled new potatoes.  It works especially well in garlicky dishes.  In summer I use parsley to make taboulleh.

What did you make or grow this week?

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