Thyme is a favorite herb in a wide variety of cooking styles and cuisines, and when used correctly it adds a real depth of flavor. However, long cooking times can cause it to completely lose its potency, so adding it at the right time is key. Thyme is wonderful on poultry, meats, and in stuffings. It also enhances vegetable dishes without overpowering their unique flavors. If adding fresh thyme to soups and stews, do so just before they are ready to serve. This adds a tang that elevates the dish.