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Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Basil, Cooking recipe, Garlic | 2 comments

Pesto, it’s the Best-o! Plus 10 Creative Recipes

Pesto, it’s the Best-o! Plus 10 Creative Recipes

Pesto: A Staple for Your Kitchen Pesto is delicious and satisfyingly healthy. It is a multi-purpose staple that deserves a place in everyone’s kitchen. When you see pesto at the grocery store, you might gasp at the ridiculously expensive price tag on a very small jar of the stuff.  I am here to tell you that pesto, when made from home, is easy AND cheap to make!  Pesto has many uses in the kitchen, including: Pasta: use pesto in place of marinara sauce Pizza: instead of BBQ sauce or tomato sauce, use pesto Chicken: pesto-covered chicken is delicious Hamburgers: instead of mustard and ketchup, add pesto to your buns Veggie Dip: dip your veggies into pesto as a simple appetizer or snack Sauce for Veggies: this creates a bold sauce to cover your potatoes, broccoli, etc. Fish: looking for a new way to eat fish? Top it with pesto Sandwiches: make a creative sandwich with pesto instead of normal condiments Salad: pesto would make an excellent salad dressing How do YOU use Pesto?...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Basil, Cooking recipe, Soup, Tomato | 2 comments

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

 I am addicted to soup. I love it. It’s easy to make. It lasts 2-4 days for dinner. It tastes light and refreshing in my body. I feel healthy eating it. Finally, of course, it is DELICIOUS! You might have noticed by now my love-affair with soup. I hope you don’t mind.  This Tomato Basil Soup is simple: only 6 ingredients! It’s also cheap and gives you 8 full servings of soup. It is also one of my Ultimate Favorite Soups of ALL Time. I am not the kind to lick bowls, but this soup is a rare exception to that rule. You will find me licking the bowl out as well as the soup pot because every drop is precious to me. My husband and I like to make this a full meal by having a spinach salad with hard boiled eggs on top before eating the soup with a chunk of bread on the side. I think you will find salad and this soup go well together. What...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Basil, Herbs | 0 comments

Basil

Basil

Name: *Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Description: *annual *popular culinary herb *a good fly and mosquito repellent *my favorite thing to eat!! 🙂 Parts Used: *Leaves, preferably fresh Position: *full sun *well-drained soil Propagation: *propagate by seed: do not plant seed directly into soil until the ground is warm. For an early start, plant in seed trays/flats in greenhouse environment Maintenance: *water well at midday but not in the evening to avoid dampening off or root rot *this plant is frost sensitive *pinch off flower heads to promote a bushy appearance and productivity *if you allow the plant to flower, it stops growing and the basil loses its’ flavor, so keep those flowers pinches off! Harvesting: *harvest mature leaves at any time for fresh use *to dry leaves, cut bushes at base and hang out of direct sunlight. Store in airtight containers in a cool place. However, dried basil should be avoided when possible because it loses its’ color, taste, and nutrients quickly *it also works to freeze the leaves: roughly...

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