Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tried It Out Thursday: Basil, My New Favorite Herb

I must admit I am a little behind the times when it comes to fresh herbs.  I have grown chives, rosemary and cilantro (which I love!!), but have not expanded my horizons past that.  A few weeks ago I ordered a caprese chicken dish at a restaurant and fell in love with fresh basil.  Oh My!!  I have been missing out.  I checked it out in the produce department at the store and wow...talk about expensive. Then my smart sister in law suggested I buy a plant use what I can until it dies and it would be cheaper.  I found what was called "the living basil plant" in Winco for $2.48 so I purchased it.  It did not look real good, but I had to feed the craving.  I thought I was buying something I could plant in my planter outside, but I was wrong.  You place it in a glass with a small amount of water.
Luckily, it started to perk up.
It no longer looks like this.  I have since used it:
on pizza (YUM!) and I made fresh pesto for the first time.
It was good, but I am still trying to perfect the recipe before I post it.
Let's just say I hope I get much more from this little plant.  I am going to look for one I can actually grow indoors so I can feed the frenzy year round. 
Now this has got me wondering what other fresh herbs am I missing out on??
So what is your favorite fresh herb and recipe for it?
~Tiffanee

12 comments:

  1. Love, love, love basil. It has so many uses. My favorites have to be basil and rosemary.

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  2. Yum! I have some basil seed in my stash. I think I'll plant some in a pot and put it on the windowsill. I would love to make pesto! You have the best ideas. Hope everyone is well at your house!

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  3. We have a pot of chives in the back yard that comes back every year. When we have baked potatoes, we go out and cut some chives to put in the sour cream. I don't water or fertilize the pot and it is doing very well!

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  4. Mmmm, I used to make fresh pesto all the time but now I haven't done it in forever - yours looks so tasty!

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  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cilantro! My all-time favorite! Sometimes, I just put entire 'sprigs' of cilantro right inside my tacos :)

    Funny story...many years ago, I planted cilantro for the first time. I had a HUGE garden full of it. Well, one morning, I went out to water the garden, and as soon as I opened the sliding door, I got the strongest smell of cilantro. I was baffled. But guess who was sitting there, eating all of my precious herb...a HUGE groundhog!! Who would of thought groundhogs liked cilantro??!! Now I know to keep my herbs up higher :)

    Basil is a close second to cilantro..oh, and dill...I love fresh herbs :) LOL!

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  8. I like "tried it out Thursday" sounds like a fun idea! Might join you... The herb I use the most is rosemary, and I love to add it to homemade artisan bread!

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  9. I've GOT to try making pesto from scratch sometime. I love pesto sauce, and I love basil! I usually use fresh basil to make pasta sauce - sooo good!

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  10. Love basil...I grow it in a pickle container from 1912 (it's stamped on it!). It grows great and I love to make homemade pesto! I also grow rosemary and German thyme. Joni

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  11. Yum, I totally agree! Basil is awesome! I can't get enough of it in bruschetta.

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  12. I've been growing basil, rosemary, oregano, and mint in my garden. My favorite is the mint and I like to add it to my smoothies.

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