If the idea of growing perennial herbs from seed intimidates you, do not be shy of sage. It is extremely easy to grow from seed, and puts on a lot of growth in the first year. In the second year, it will delight you with beautiful purplish-pink flowers.
The culinary uses are endless: fried sage on roasted squash, mixed in with soups and pastas, delicious with caramelized onions on pizza, the possibilities go on and on. Just a few plants will provide enough sage to eat fresh and dry for an entire year.