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Date: 5/23/12 2:07 PM

A number of years ago I bought a small mint plant. Only one little mint plant. Anyone who has grown mint must be laughing their heads off as they knew what I did not, the stuff grows like crazy. It goes everywhere. Each spring I think I have pulled it all up only to find more the next spring.
Anyway back to the question. What can you do with mint?
I have been using it in my ice tea but started thinking there must be something else you can do with it. Anybody have any good idea's?

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Date: 5/23/12 2:08 PM

Mojitos

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Date: 5/23/12 2:09 PM

make mojitos!

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Date: 5/23/12 2:13 PM

Small potatoes (like new potatoes) roasted in the oven with sea salt and then fresh mint chopped and sprinkled on at the end.

Mint juleps.

Mint is a neurotoxin to bees, wasps, and hornets, there might be a way to use it to keep unwanted bees away from an area.

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Date: 5/23/12 2:27 PM

Put in a popourri with a little lavender. Years ago we used to put it in rooms of very sick hospital patients to help pep them up & help with odor.

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Date: 5/23/12 2:29 PM

Oh gosh, mint must be my favorite herb!

Cumin-roasted cauliflower with salted yogurt, pomegranate seeds and chopped mint. HEAVENLY. I use Greek yogurt for this:
Recipe

The wild mushroom pizza with roasted garlic, fontina and mint is amazing. Can be found in the New Basics Cookbook (Rosso and Lukins). I'm lazy, so I use a Boboli.

Baked chicken with potatoes, fennel and mint from the Gobbi's is awesome: Recipe

Minted salmon — really good! Recipe

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Oh, as a bonus, here is my recipe for Moroccan Lamb with Israeli Couscous:

4 servings

For the lamb:

lamb leg, trimmed of fat and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes, about 2 pounds
salt and pepper
cooking spray or olive oil
2 cups diced yellow onion (Trader Joe’s sells diced onion in packages, just the right amount)
1 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup pitted prunes
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup filtered water
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and minced
freshly grated zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

For the couscous

1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous (larger than regular couscous, available at Trader Joe's)
1 3/4 cups filtered water
handful of chopped parsley
handful of unsalted sliced toasted almonds
salt to taste
1 tbsp butter (optional)

1. Salt and pepper the lamb, preferably a day ahead.

2. Spray the bottom of a 6 qt. pressure cooker with the cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat, then add the onions and saute until soft and slightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add the lamb and cook until it is no longer pink.

3. Add the wine, water, apricots, prunes and cinnamon to the pot. Lock the lid and bring up to pressure over high heat. Lower the heat to maintain pressure and cook for 14 minutes. Release the pressure and unlock the lid.

4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir to thicken the sauce. Correct the salt. Just before serving add the lemon zest and mint.

5. While the lamb is cooking, spray the bottom of a saucepan with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat and add the couscous. Toast, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes.

6. Add the water, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes.

7. Add the almonds, parsley and butter (if desired). Salt to taste.

8. Serve the couscous alongside the lamb in wide bowls.

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Date: 5/23/12 2:34 PM


If you put dried mint in your cabinets etc it will keep the bugs out..

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Date: 5/23/12 2:40 PM

Mint jelly, mint in cooked peas or carrots. You might try making your own teas.

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Date: 5/23/12 3:51 PM

make some fresh mint tea. It is lovely! a few cups of that a day, and you will soon get through some of it. Wish my plant would hurry up and grow as fast as yours!

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Date: 5/23/12 3:52 PM

Couscous salad is always made here with chopped mint and lemon in the couscous, as well as some chopped up tomato and pepper.
Mint in the following simple salad works well - grated carrots, grapefruit segmented, sliced red pepper, olives.

Soolip - thanks, great recipes. I have a flourishing spreading mint patch too.

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