ALL ABOUT SAGE

Okay, I know I have been quiet for a couple of weeks now.  Life has interrupted my blog updates.  We made a trip to Florida to check out where we are going to retire and have been trying to get back to real life since.

So, let’s talk about Sage!  I personally LOVE this herb.

sage

Sage’s botanical name is Salvia officials, and is native to the Mediterranean region. The name comes from the Latin word “salvere,” meaning “to be saved.”  In Ancient Rome, Sage was helpful in digesting all of the fatty meats that were eaten.  The French and Chinese used it as a tea.

Nutritionally, Sage has almost half our daily recommended serving of Vitamin K, as well as fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins such as folic acid, thiamin, pyridoxine, and riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, and copper.  WOW, that is a lot packed into one little herb.

Medically, Sage sage has been proven to be a natural antiseptic and preservative for meat. Sage has been made into a drink from the leaves, called the “thinker’s tea” and has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s patients, as well as treating symptoms of depression.  It also contains the flavone salvigenin, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Sage has also been proven to improve or eliminate hot flashes in menopausal women.

Sage has a better flavor when cooked in butter, olive oil or bacon fat first.

GARLIC SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE
4-6 Servings

Sage Brown Butter Sauce

  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped sage leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan set over low-medium heat. When the butter begins to get just slightly bubbly, add the chopped garlic clove.
  2. Stir the garlic in the butter for 1 minute. Add the chopped sage to the garlic butter and continue stirring and cooking the mixture for 1 to 2 additional minutes, until the butter has turned very light brown and has a rich, nutty aroma.
  3. Season the sage brown butter sauce with ground black pepper and serve it hot.

YUM!!!

Published by Culinary Chick

My name is Anna Hattauer and I love to cook. I am a personal chef living in Maryland. I grew up in California, joined the United States Army right after high school, got married, raised three children while going to college and working full time. As a young military wife and mother, we didn't have the money to go out to eat on a regular basis and had to make each pay check stretch. I learned how to prepare meals that were delicious, while staying within budget. While working full-time in the corporate world with the usual 2-3 hour I-270 commute, coupled with school & sports events, scouts and taking care of three children, it was tough to find the time or the energy to come home and prepare healthy meals for my family. Being a military family, we have traveled to many places around the world. I love trying new foods, the challenge of cooking new recipes and having friends over for dinner as well as cooking for special events. After cooking for my friends and family for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to share my love of food and make people happy, so I dropped the corporate chaos and attended a formal culinary school and became a certified personal chef. I am a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and I am licensed, insured and ServSafe certified.

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