Basil grows best when it is HOT HOT HOT and this summer has been nothing short of HOT. If your herb garden is anything like mine then you are probably fearing that the Little Shop of Horrors has taken over your backyard and everything is growing out of control! Fresh basil is everywhere but what to do with it?



Pesto goes  way beyond the pasta bowl. You can spread it on sandwiches, marinate meats, dress cold grains and so much more. Use it fresh or store it for dreary winter months. Here is one of our favorite pesto recipes from the Food Network


2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese


Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Caprese Salad:

Here is a great caparase salad recipe from Eating Well


  • 2 medium red tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium yellow tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Gently toss tomatoes, mozzarella, parsley, basil and salt together in a large bowl. Season with pepper.

Basil and Strawberry Sorbet

It is so hot out there that it’s time to harvest some of your fresh basil and cool down with this great sorbet recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and sliced
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


1. In a mediium bowl, toss teh strawberries with the sugar. Stir until all of the strawberries are well-coated. Cover and let stand for 1 hour, stirring every so often.2. Puree the strawberries and their liquid with the basil and lemon juice in a blender or food processor until smooth.3. Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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