There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden to give your health and taste buds a treat. Starting a kitchen herb garden is a great and easy way to give your food the fresh taste of summer all year round, and it is easy and inexpensive, too!


Most herbs require a good amount of sunlight to grow, so choosing a spot where they get direct light is important to making sure your herbs flourish. If your kitchen doesn’t get sufficient light, consider moving your herbs to a room that gets better light or purchasing an indoor herb garden kit that has a grow lamp.


While there are great herb garden starter kits that offer a useful selection of herbs, if they are not herbs you use often in cooking they are probably not the best choice. Also be sure you choose herbs that are compatible with the kind of light available in your space.


As mentioned, herbs need a considerable amount of sunlight, but they also require rich moist soil to grow to their full potential. Having your indoor herb garden by the kitchen sink is ideal. Also, making sure the soil gets proper drainage by planting herbs in pots with draining holes and adding stones to the bottom can make a big difference.


There are a number of resources on indoor herb gardens that recommend you use fertilizers to give your herbs the maximum growth potential. However, there are many great natural choices that will not affect the taste or nutritional value of your herbs, and are better for the environment.

A kitchen herb garden is a great way to boost the nutritional value and taste of your food, and will bring some of summer’s taste and feel into your home all year!
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Grilling is the best way to cook food. If you've never tried grilling, now's your chance! A sultry summer evening and all those hot kitchen lights not for you? There are so many benefits of going campfire-style instead: no extra fat with healthier ingredients like vegetables or even pizza; less time spent in prep because everything can be done on one grill - from making a meal plan that takes into account what will go great together (veggies + proteins?), set up only as much fuel required by each dish needed during its cooking cycle rather than having vast quantities available at once which could lead some meals being overambitious unless prepared appropriately...and cleanups have been made easy thanks just wiping down surfaces when finished using them.

The Basics

Now that you've got a grill, what are your plans for using it? Do some research and find out which type is best suited to meet all of those needs. There's no wrong answer when deciding between gas grills or charcoal but keep in mind they both have their pros and cons so make sure there isn't an issue before making any final decisions! 

Most importantly: don’t forget about safety—always wear protective clothing like long pants (ankle should be uncovered)and sleeves covered with basting sauces whenever handling hot surfaces.

Gas or Charcoal

With a gas grill, it’s like cooking on an electric stovetop. Turn the knob and tap for heat! With charcoal grilling you need more than just briquettes: there's always some sort of lighter fluid or chimney starter to get things going efficiently though these can be hard if your immune system is weak from lack-luster food in other areas (like at restaurants in Rancho Santa Margarita).

As mentioned before, most gas grills come equipped with temperature settings which makes them easy enough after adjusting once during setup time; however when using indirect methods such as slower direct fire method where meat cooks evenly without being overcooked.

When piling up your briquettes, make sure to stack them in a pyramid. Charcoal needs about 20 minutes on average to reach the right temperature for cooking and should have 70% covered with ash by now (glowing faintly). Spread out that pile as much as possible so there's at least an inch between each layer of coals when you're ready start checking things off!

If you inherited your grill and have no instructions, here’s a time-honored method to determine temperature: hold your hand palm down over the fire about six inches above coals. Count in seconds how long until it burns or tans (depending on what type of food is being cooked) 5 Mississippi means 200 - 300 degrees Fahrenheit; 4 Mississippi stands for 300 – 350 degree range while 3 Mississippi will yield 375-400 degrees.

What are the absolute necessities you need for cooking on a grill? A set of spring-loaded long handled tongs, to turn meat and remove any bits that might be stuck. You'll also want wire brushes if your grates get dirty after use; skewers in metal or wood depending what type tastes better (or both!), as well as basting brush sizes ranging from small enough so it can fit into tight spaces all way up past large ones which will cover most everything at once!

Quick Tips

Here's a few tips to help you perfect your barbeque grilling technique in Rancho Santa Margarita:

1) Moisten the briquette or lump charcoal before adding it; if possible, use olive oil as this will make for better flavor when cooking.  2). Using lighter fluid is not necessary and can be very dangerous because of potential explosions caused by gases sticking from fireworks causing an open fire hazard (this happened in 2012). 3.). Pour some vegetable oil on top so that food doesn't stick while searing them using high heat setting 4.) Use long handled spatula - metal utensils burn easily 5 ).Do not leave grill unattended during operation.

If you're planning a backyard barbeque party in Rancho Santa Margarita, I hope you'll invite me over!

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