As summer begins to wind down (noooo!), I become more appreciative than ever of the little harvest that we get from our container garden. Getting to walk outside each day and pull a couple of tomatoes from their vines or carrots from the dirt is a simple pleasure in which I relish, and one that I miss throughout the winter. This year, our tomatoes, usually the shining star of our garden, haven’t done as well as usual. What has proven to yield all sorts of fresh, green goodness, however, has been our lone basil plant. It continues to flourish, and I continue to try to dig around online in search of new and creative ways to use it in recipes. For this edition of 10 Great, I’m sharing some of my basil recipe finds with you. Some I’ve tried, and some are on the ‘to make’ list. Some are more traditional, and some are quite unusual. But they all contain this deliciously fragrant – and surprisingly healthy – summer herb.
Are any of you growing basil this year? What is your favorite basil recipe? Here’s a quick tip: throw a couple basil leaves in your morning smoothie. I did this as an experiment and fell in love – it’s incredibly refreshing.