Question: One of the herbs in my garden is sage. It produces beautiful purple blossoms with an incredible, slightly sweet smell. What can I do with them?

Herb flowers are delicate; you don't want to do a lot to them because they are fragile in aroma and taste. I would flavor chicken or a robust-tasting fish with the sage leaves. Then I would sprinkle the sage flowers on the cooked food, encouraging people to eat the flowers with the sage-flavored dish --  the flowers will add another dimension.

You might also fry them. Make a batter of flour, water, salt and pepper, and dip the flowers in the batter. Have about 1/2 inch of oil in a shallow pan, get the oil hot and drop in the batter-coated flowers. They'll brown quickly.


Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show.