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The Crisper Whisperer: Awesome (Herb) Sauce

Whether you grow your own herbs and end up with a bumper crop or buy a big bunch at the supermarket and use a few tablespoons in a recipe, leftover fresh herbs can threaten to overtake your home, garden, and sanity as the weather warms up. Making this flexible recipe is like waving a magic wand in the general direction of the garden and—voila!—what was once a looming burden is suddenly awesome sauce.

Don't worry your pretty little head about quantities in this recipe. A few large handfuls of herbs, or a few smaller ones, will yield a perfectly tasty sauce. The point is to use up what you have. Whirl, taste, adjust, repeat to suit your particular taste buds. It's all very low-key, with one caveat: don't forget to check your teeth.

About the author: Carolyn Cope writes Umami Girl and manages a CSA in New Jersey.

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