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Recipe for French herb mixture?

Hi all--some time back I ran out of the lovely packaged mixture I bought at a friend's gourmet store, now out of business.  It was for either Herbes de Provence or aux fines herbes, which, for all I know, may be exactly the same thing.  (And for all I know I may have mangled the French!)

Anyway, all I can find are Mexican and Italian mixes in our local store, can anyone help?


I remember making some of the french herb mixtures many years ago..you put them in muslin bags and threw them into what you were cooking. I looked up ingredients..seems doable.

I also think if you google, there are places you can order from online..but i'd compare prices:)

The ingredients of fines herbes are fresh parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil[1]. These "fine herbs" are not the pungent and resinous herbs that appear in a bouquet garni, which, unlike fines herbes release their flavour in long cooking. Marjoram may be added to fines herbes. The marjoram and tarragon may be dried.

Herbes de Provence (Provençal herbs) are a mixture of dried herbs from Provence invented in the 1970's.[1]

The mixture typically contains rosemary, marjoram, basil, bay leaf, thyme, and sometimes lavender flowers and other herbs. The proportions vary by manufacturer. Thyme usually dominates the taste produced by the herb mixture.

Herbes de Provence are mostly used to flavour grilled foods such as fish and meat, as well as vegetable stews. The mixture can be added to foods before or during cooking or mixed with cooking oil prior to cooking so as to infuse the flavour into the cooked food. They are rarely added after cooking is complete.

Herbes de Provence are often sold in larger bags than other herbs, and the price in Provence is considerably lower than other herbs.
OOoh, thank you! So they ARE different, I thought so but then wasn't sure. It's the lighter mixture I'm missing, though I've also delighted in Herbes de Provence. I'll just mix my own! (Don't know why I didn't think to google the recipe!)
i think i'm addicted to searching for info..i used to get paid for researching stuff..back when we actually had to go to libraries:)
Oh, yeah, me too! Now I use libraries for my semi-recent mystery novel addiction. No sense in BUYING all those books, and I can go through one every day or so!
I went thru a mystery phase..but i've always been hooked on the british(not Agatha Christie ) ones..especially the shows on PBS.
Seems like a lot of the ones I read are British, too, though I'm enjoying Ian Rankin, who is Scottish, at the moment.
i'll have to pop to the library and see if i can find that author:)
He's dark, but good. Like Bartholomew Gill...who is REALLY dark, but wonderful.
Dark is very good..i like my mysteries a little complicated..and Agatha Christie type mysteries are too fluffy..you never really care about the people (rich)..you can tell that she didn't like wealthy people either:)


herbes de provence

williams sonoma carries the standard/classic brand that comes in the cute little crock.

By the way, i appreciate and enjoy so much your online journal of thoughts and sketches. always a bright spot in my day!!

Re: herbes de provence

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy it! And thanks, too, for the tip!
Good Morning!
Penzeys in Overland Park has both fine herbes and herbs de Provence. The cost is less than $5 each for the half cup size jar & the 1/4 cup jar is under $3 each. (You can buy up to a lb at a time, but you may have to do it through the mail or online). I use to order from them (great snail mail catalog) but now that the store is here I just go there because it smells so good. Of course if you have all the ingredients nothing beats making your own.
Oh, thanks! I should go online and see if they can send me a catalog! (I don't get to OP much.)

How's your cat bite therapy coming along?
Therapy is done. I still have limited bending and weird nerve things but it's usable. I have started doing embroidery again and I think the only challenge is threading the needle. LOL... numb finger doesn't grip little needle to well. LOL I noticed my cat has decided to be my best friend. Maybe he is feeling guilty? Hope the house rehab is going well. I haven't been on line much so I haven't followed it lately. Stay cool. The weather is horrid.
Threading needles is ALWAYS a challenge.*G*

But yes, isn't the post-trauma numbness weird?? My belly is still slightly numb, and surgery was almost a year ago. Humbug. (Of course I don't have physical therapy for it, unless my situps count!)

Rehab's coming along, thanks--we have some drywall in every room now. The parlor drywall is done, LR almost so, kitchen ditto. Just starting in the former rose room and library. I think we're going to just texture the walls in the new bathroom--it's already drywalled, just needs some patching and cleaning up. We'll blow insulation in that wall...

Herbes de Provence

You did not mangle the French at all, my dear! :-)) Although the two are slightly different mixtures. Fines Herbes has tarragon, I think.
I happen to have a jar of Herbes de Provence that I brought back from France (I go every summer), so I looked at what it said for ingredients: savory, rosemary, wild thyme, marjoram, oregano, basil and thyme (regular I assume; I had to hit the dictionary for some or the others...) in various proportions, it says. Amount to use: as much as you like! :-)) I have seen similar herb mixtures for sale in the States, but often pricey; you can easily mix your own. I would go heavily on the basil/rosemary/oregano and easier on the others, as those flavors are typical of Provencal cooking, yum...

Re: Herbes de Provence

Sounds simple, thanks Casey! The only thing I don't have on hand is the savory, but it's easy to get, thanks! I really hated to use the last of mine up, but I thought it would be simple to replace...not so.