Herb of the Month – Basil – Ocimum sp.

Basil – Ocimum sp.

Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is an annual herb originally from India. Delicious with any cuisine it is usually affiliated with Italian cooking. There are dozens of different basil varieties, from citrus scented varieties to exotic flavors. They all grow easily in full sun with adequate water and do not tolerate cold temperatures.  The leaves are used […]

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Strawberry Basil Shortcakes

Strawberry Basil Shortcakes

Strawberry/Basil Shortcakes – serves 4 Strawberries 1 pound strawberries, stemmed, hulled, and sliced (about 2 cups) 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tbs chopped basil, use a sharp knife for this, extra basil leaves for garnish Biscuits 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cold heavy cream […]

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June Herb Blurb – Colorado Summer is finally here!

Summer is finally here! Festivals, road trips, outdoor concerts, swimming in freshwater lakes and all sorts of activities abound. Take out your calendar and cross out dates to take a garden tour, attend a food festival, hike a mountain and see a concert in the park.  You won’t have memories of the extra work you […]

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Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil Easy and elegant, a great starter or palate cleanser. Add a banana and some berries for a nice smoothie. Skip the yogurt and add ice cubes and some vodka or rum, for a refreshing summer cocktail. 1 medium honeydew, cantaloupe or other melon, seeded with rind removed 3 tbs fresh […]

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Recipe: Strawberries with Basil and Balsamic

Strawberries with Basil and Balsamic 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 tbs sugar 1 tbs balsamic vinegar 6 fresh basil leaves Gently toss the strawberries with the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Let sit for 20 minutes. Stack the basil leaves and with a sharp knife cut into slivers. Serve the strawberries over ice cream, honey […]

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