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Jan 8, 2009 09:13 AM

Cooking with sage

do people do it? if so, how is it?

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  1. Of course we do it. It's particularly good with light colored meats, brown butter and why not, pineapple.

    1. I've fried sage leaves dipped in egg and bread crumbs, made a brown butter sage sauce for pasta, made compound butter with sage, made grilled cheese sandwiches with sage.

      1. Sage is essential in my Mom's turkey stuffing!!

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        1. re: janetms383

          Sage is really good around Thanksgiving time...stuffing, correct!

            1. Sage is a wonderful herb to have in your pantry, whether dried or fresh. I have several plants in my garden and at the end of the season ( I live in the northeast) I clip the plants back and dry for winter use. I've used sage in the dishes MMRuth mentioned, also in tomato sauce for pasta among other dishes. If you've ever had turkey dressing or stuffing - you've eaten sage.

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              1. re: Gio

                Sage has so many uses. Some of my favorites -- use in mushroom sauce to go with sauteed veal dishes or pork chops. Use to roast with butternut squash, oil, salt and pepper.

                I think fresh sage is much better than the dried. It is typically available in the produce section. I have a sage bush outside. Even in the dead of a Boston winter I can still go out and pick some leaves off of it.

                1. re: pemma

                  Gosh I wish I could go out and get some sage from the garden, pemma. I use forearm crutches and would do a forward half twist down the back stairs, especially today with all the ice....Lucky you!

                  1. re: pemma

                    Funny, I enjoy dried sage over fresh. Fresh (although a beautiful leaf plant) smells like old socks, dried has this smoky flavor so welcomed in beef stew, soups, stuffing, savory dishes.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      There are a lot of varieties of sage, and they all smell different. I have a pineapple sage plant in my garden, which smells like ... yep, pineapple. The flowers are scarlet and even more intensely perfumed.

                      1. re: jlafler

                        jl, that's true. pineapple sage smells wonderful! good for tea.