Basil?

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Registered: 04-04-2003
Basil?
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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 1:05pm
I am growing some basil and trying to keep it clipped and from going to seed. I was hoping to find some quick and easy recipes to use fresh basil. I have been using it with cherry tomatoes and a bit of olive oil and vinegar but wondered what other ideas people had.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 11:51am
Hmmm interesting. I bet fondue beef would work well for that. For those people that don't like raw beef I wonder if something like prosciutto would work....

Thanks for sharing!

Karen

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 11:45am
Oh, your poor little plants. Good luck with them. There are so many of you with basil plants! lol

Karen

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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 12:50pm
I grow basil too, and love it in so many dishes. Add to tomato soup, spaghetti sauce and my favorite: carpaccio!!! Take paper thin slices of beef (raw), basil, capers and thinly sliced fresh parmesan cheese: arrange on a plate. Pour a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive olive over the lot and enjoy with some crusty ciabatta bread! Heaven!!!
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Registered: 01-25-2000
In reply to: susanb1869
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 11:12am
Okey there, I have to respond too. I currently have six little basil plants growing in a row. Right now, that is all that I did sow. I really can't grow basil outside and indoors they get afflicted with spider mites. I try spraying and spraying but to no avail! Those poor little plants are so frail!

Anyways....my plants are still tiny. Not growing too very fast. I think I may give them a tiny boost of fertilizer this day. Linda T.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 9:47am
The pesto recipe is post down in the recipe collection folder. It's technically a spread but I've used it as a dip before too. Its good no matter how you eat it!
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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 9:41am
Oh my! The board goddess has come to our kitchen! ;-)

Looks like we have a basil party going on! Glad you stopped by. Check out the pesto dip/spread I posted (well, going to post right after this...). It has *cheese* in it...

;-)

Karen

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 9:36am
Great idea Roni! Hmmmm...maybe we should play a game - how many Karen's can we get to respond to one post??? lol

Karen

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Registered: 04-05-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 8:06am
I am growing basil too!
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Registered: 02-27-1999
In reply to: susanb1869
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 9:45pm
Yu can only eat so much basil before you want something else and your plant will still be producing; you may get overloaded. Try sticking some in some vinegar for making a flavorful salad dressing in months to come. Get directions so you do not get anything going bad on ya, do a search on making flavored vinegars. There are a few rules. i believe village even has info in their recipe search or on the gifts in a jar webpage that explains how to flavor a vinegar and not get moldy mush in it. I like cooking potatoes with herbed vinegars, WOW! The potatoes just suck up every ounce of flavor, and the vinegar gives the taters a real interesting twist! you bake the taters (I use Yukon Golds or waxy reds cut chunky with skins on) in a covered Corningware pot with the vinegar and some butter. Adding some fresh herbs might even kick it up a notch!

k-roni

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Registered: 04-04-2003
In reply to: susanb1869
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 4:27pm
Don't forget! I am a dip addict and love pesto!

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