Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, May 24, 2010

basil in a pot

i decided to grow basil in a pot this summer on my deck. in this pot i have planted three plants which are growing in a spot that is filled with sun.

i have been using the basil for the past two weeks, and it seems to be so much better tasting growing in a pot rather than in the ground. i like being able to snip the leaves and use them in my dishes, and not have them covered in splashed soil from the garden.

other herbs that i have tried in pots include: rosemary, dill, chives and parsley. along with this pot of basil, i am growing some italian parsley this year in a deck pot.

one of the best ways to chop basil is to roll the leaves and thinly slice the basil into long strips. i like to use basil as a garnish over chicken or fish. in pasta dishes, i add basil to the freshly chopped tomato sauces, or directly on the cooked pasta along with other sauteed vegetables. the basil's spicy taste adds a great flavor and freshness to the dishes.

i have also used sliced basil over toasted slices of bread, with a tomato topping and melted cheese. this is one of my favorite easy appetizers to serve with a variety of dinner entrees.

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