Holiday Gift Projects for Kids: Bouquet Garni, Perfect for the Cooks in the Kids’ Lives

In terms of ease, making bouquet garni bags filled with dried herbs and seasonings is right up there with the simplicity of forcing bulbs for gifts, which we featured last week.

Classic bouquet garni  are little bundles of dried herbs tied with kitchen twine that are tossed into the cooking liquid to impart the flavor of the herbs and seasonings into whatever you're making: stock, broth, stews or soups. When you think the bag has been in long enough - hours, by my book - then you simply remove it and throw it away.

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Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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12 Responses

  1. Oh, Doni, what lovely memories you’re creating with your grandchildren!

  2. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    Someday, much later in their lives, you will live in their hearts every time they get a whiff of those cooking scents. What wealthy, wealthy grandchildren you are creating. . . . maybe even every time they create those same memories in the hearts of their grandchildren.

  3. Deb Segelitz Deb Segelitz says:

    Loving these glimpses into life in Noni’s kitchen! 🙂 I also love the ” little spoon ice skater who must keep those skates on the ground at all times” visual – perfect!

    • I know I learn better with visuals. 🙂

      When I let the kids help me use the stand mixer handle to lift the bowl up and down, we say, “Elevator up,” or “Elevator down,” and when we stop the mixer and use the spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, we say, “Everybody in the pool!”

  4. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    I wrote down all of the ingredients for this bouquet garni…..I know next to nothing about herbs except that I know what I like. Maybe I can move my culinary skills to the next level. Thank your for the great project.

  5. Adrienne Jacoby Adrienne Jacoby says:

    Doni, I have the cutest “hot chocolate reindeer” gift one of my students brought to me. I thought of you immediately. I think it might be another kid-perfect Christmas project. I’ll save it for you to see.

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