Meet Basil

Spinach Tomato Feta Crustless Quiche

Basil and I met in May.  There wasn’t any fresh cut basil at the grocery store – so I bought the next best thing – a basil plant.  At the time, I thought I don’t really like basil that much, but I bought it anyway.  Basil lived in our kitchen in a cute little yellow-tin, watering pitcher that is stamped with “You are My Sunshine.”  It was important that I find Basil to make a dish that I had earlier that month at a friend’s house.  Easy Chicken Manicotti is definitely easy, because there is no need to pre-cook the noodles or the chicken.  Basil garnished the dish to make it look lovely.  

When the weather turned summery, Basil went to live outside.  I watered and fertilized Basil often, but sometimes I forgot to snip the leaves.  Suddenly, Basil was blossoming flowers, and I knew it was time to eat more.  There were green beans and tomatoes on hand. I searched the internet and found a delicious recipe called Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil, which is very flavorful.  I’ve made it several times, and there are rarely leftovers.

Soon the plant was overflowing again, and I realized I was beginning to like Basil more and more, especially when I smelled the fragrance, which is like no other.  I decided it was time to make pesto.  I found a pesto recipe that I used in the Pesto Penne with Chicken dish, which was also a big hit! 

Last week, packages of spinach and feta sat in the fridge waiting to be used.  I found another tasty recipe for Spinach Tomato Feta Crustless Quiche (pictured above and made by me).  The recipe indicates that it’s optional to garnish this dish with Basil, and I did.

With cooler temperatures making an appearance, I wonder if Basil will be okay living back in the kitchen.  Meeting Basil helped me to find a lot of scrumptious recipes.  You should give one or all of them a try.  If you do, let me know what you think. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Meet Basil

  1. I also have a basil plant. When it got too hot here (consistently over 100), I brought it inside. Unfortunately my basil does not seem happy indoors and is fading away. I love having the fresh basil for scrambled eggs and pasta sauces.

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