Herbal Pantry

Wondering what to do with all those fragrant herbs languishing in your garden? Learn how to preserve your herbal harvest in elegant vinegars, herb butters, herb salts, sugars and seasoning blends, marinated cheeses, robust pestos and spicy salsas. Turn your daily fare into something special. Go home inspired with new ways to implement the healthy […]

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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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Pesto

Pesto

Pesto ¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts ¼ cup olive oil, if you need more, use it, you want a thick sauce texture. 1 cup fresh basil 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese 2-3 cloves of garlic Process in food processor until smooth. Use on pasta, sandwiches, roasted vegetables, potatoes and more. Pesto is usually made with […]

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Pesto

Pesto ¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts 1/2 cup olive oil, if you need more, use it, you want a thick sauce texture. 2 cups fresh basil ½ cup grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Use on pastas, […]

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Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts

Snap Peas with Pesto and Pine Nuts –serves 4-6 1 lb prepared snap peas, watch video on prepping 1/3 cup basil or pesto of choice (recipe follows) ¼ cup pine nuts 3-4 strips of cooked bacon (optional) Cook snap peas in a large pot of boiling, salted water for about 5 minutes. They should still […]

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