Beautiful Basil & 3 Easy Basil Recipes!

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basilVersatility of Fresh Basil

One super-fresh flavor of summer is the herb, basil. I’ve grown it in a sunny place in my yard for probably 15 years, or more. It’s easy to grow, full of wonderful flavor and it keeps on growing-and-giving as you pick it throughout June, July, August and September. Here’s a fun look at how versatile fresh basil is.

3 Easy Basil Recipes

1. Watermelon with Fresh Basil: Cut fresh basil leaves into very thin slivers and sprinkle on top of cut-up, fresh watermelon.

2. Italian Panini Sandwich: Layer thin sliced prosciutto, Mozzarella cheese, tomato slices and fresh basil leaves onto a bakery roll, to make a sandwich. Warm and press in a panini press, waffle iron or skillet on the stove.

3. Fresh Basil Pesto: Combine these in a food processor (or very good quality blender) – 2 cups packed down fresh basil leaves, 4 cloves peeled and chopped garlic, 1/4 -1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth. Mix prepared pesto with hot, cooked spaghetti. Or, spread it on your pizza or sandwich.

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What’s growing in your fresh herb garden this summer?

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