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Herb Recipe – Cantaloupe with Fresh Basil

  • Posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:00 am

Herb Recipe – Cantaloupe with Fresh Basil

 

A very easy and extremely delicious way to  cold cantaloupe.  Breakfast, brunch or an easy appetizer course, serve chilled – you’ll love it!

Serves: 1 cantaloupe cut into inch cubes maybe 4 people

Ingredients

1 medium cantaloupe

3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (any variety will work)

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Peel the cantaloupe and serve in cubes or slices,
  2. Mix with the fresh chopped basil, chill until ready to serve, display on pretty saucers or shallow bowls.  It looks VERY elegant!

Enjoy and let me know how you like it, Ellen

Herb Recipe – Basil Lemonade

  • Posted on November 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Herb Recipe – Basil Lemonade

Once you try this lemonade, you’ll never be satisfied with regular lemonade again! – Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients

1 cup sugar (or Splenda)

1 cup basil leaves (fresh)

1 1/2 cups water

16 cups lemonade

Step by Step Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring the sugar and 1 1/2 cups cold water to a simmer.
  2. Cook, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat add the basil, and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain the syrup into a resealable container and discard the solids.
  5. Pour 1 tablespoon of the basil syrup into each of 8 ice-filled glasses, then fill with lemonade.
  6. (You can cover and refrigerate the remaining syrup for up to 2 weeks.)
  7. Tip: You can add a splash of basil-infused syrup to any summery drink, whether ginger ale, iced tea, mineral water, or sparkling wine (such as Prosecco).

**I like to double this recipe and freeze the basil syrup in ice cube trays. After frozen, remove the cubes and store in a plastic bag in the freezer.

Enjoy, Ellen

Herb – Basil – Dolly, A Genovese

  • Posted on November 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

(Ocimum basilicum)

Dolly Basil is a great Genovese basil.  Fast growing, with large, uniform leaves.  So yummy and so easy to use.  Plant some in a pot on the windowsill and enjoy the fresh herb in your cooking all winter long!

Basil - Dolly

Basil - Dolly, a Genovese

Culinary –  pasta sauces, soups, tomato and vegetable dishes
Aromatic

Enjoy, Ellen

Herbs – Basil – Ball, a fine leaf

  • Posted on November 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

(Ocimum Basilicum)

Ball Basil has small, thin and smooth bright green leaves that are intensely scented.  Perfect rich, spicy basil flavor, great for Italian dishes.

Ball Basil - a fine leaf

Ball Basil - a fine leaf

Culinary –  pasta sauces, soups, tomato and vegetable dishes
Aromatic