If I had to choose just one herb to use, it would be a tough battle between chives, basil, and thyme, but I think I would go with chives, the most diminutive of the alliums. Most chives have a mild, herbal, onion flavor. Garlic chives have flatter leaves and, not surprisingly, a garlic flavor. Use either as a garnish anytime you want to impart a mild garlic or onion flavor. They’re especially good in spring and summer soups, stir-fries, soufflés panini, eggs, and crepes. A list of some favorite ways to use chives are listed below.


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