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Using Herbs – Sweet Basil Herb

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Here are some simple yet yummy ways to use your fresh sweet basil herb.

Basil Tomato Salad

  • fresh tomatoes
  • rice wine vinegar
  • basil leaves – torn
  • Slice fresh tomatoes onto your serving platter. Sprinkle with vinegar and top with torn basil leaves. Serve. (Use a platter that adds contrast, like blue, yellow or green.)

Pesto Sauce

  • 3 c. fresh basil leaves
  • 1 c. pine nuts
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/2 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. cold pressed olive oils
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place basil, garlic and cheese in your food processor. Blend and add oil slowly. Add salt and pepper. Serve over hot spaghetti.
  • I love walnuts in this instead of pine nuts.

Better Than Garlic Bread

  • Spread pesto sauce on slices of a crusty bread. Top with Provolone cheese and place under the broiler….yummy.

Take advantage of the summer by using herbs from your garden.



P.S. Get a fresh Parmesan cheese grater. Keep your cheese in the grater and store in a plastic zip lock bag in the fridge. This is so convenient that you will find your self using your cheese more often.

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  • 1 P-A-McGoldrick
    Twitter: PM27
    // Jul 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Great recipe ideas!
    Basil is one of my favorites–these days I use it as a topping on everything but dessert!

    Welcome back!


    Sheila Reply:

    I love it too.

    I was at the garden center yesterday and bought 3 new plants…they were on sell cheap. Yumm.

  • 2 P-A-McGoldrick
    Twitter: PM27
    // Jul 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Sheila, you are right on gardening schedule with this recipe–perfect time of summer for Tomato-Basil salad.
    Usually, following a recipe idea from friends from Italy, I add some pieces of mozzarella cheese as well. It is delicious.
    As for the pesto, great fresh; I pour extra into egg trays to freeze in squares, then place these in a Ziplock freezer bag for using later–in January!


  • 3 Denise
    Twitter: lovelivinggreen
    // Jul 17, 2010 at 2:40 am

    I love reading your blog and have learned so much about using fresh herbs. I planted a big herb garden this year and this has helped me alot. Keep posting.

  • 4 Denise
    Twitter: lovelivinggreen
    // Jul 17, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I love reading your blog, I have learned so much about using the herbs I planted this year. Keep posting, I enjoy it so much.
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  • 5 Camille // Jul 17, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Yumm! I will be trying that Garlic bread. And I love pesto. I am excited to be able to use my own Herbs. Thanks for the recipe! I am ready for the next post!

  • 6 Kathy Griffiths // Jul 17, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Remember to pinch off the flower as it appears on your basil so it will spread and stay nice and full.

    There is another reward by pinching off the bloom….besides great basil. Your hands smell wonderful.

    Thanks for the Basil Tomato Salad recipe… I’ll try it at once.
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