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Is It Necessary to Stem Herbs?

Do You Take the Time to Stem Herbs?

Whenever I watch Giada de Laurentiis, Rachael Ray, or Ina Garten on the Food Network, I'm always a little surprised at their use of herb stems. None of them take the time to remove the leaves from the stem and simply chop the whole thing. For some reason, I don't like to include stems and always take the time to pick the leaves off of softer herbs like basil, sage, parsley, and cilantro. I'm wondering, is this a weird habit that I alone practice? How do you feel about herb stems?

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