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. 🙂