What food do you make?

basil grown and picked.


Pesto, ramen, black beans, and canned tomatoes. You are smarter than me and better cooks. Could you show me how you are cooking better. I do so like inspiration.


I love basil. Other than pesto and cat repellent, any other suggestions for major uses of basil?

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I use basil for several things, but my favorites are;

Fresh basil leaves for pizza topping

Fresh basil strips for pasta garnish

Fresh basil leaves for laminated pasta


A nice chiffonade on top of tomatoes and mozzarella with a good balsamic vinegar glaze.

I could have been fancier but we’ve been married for 17 years and have stopped caring about details :smiley:


I love basil. My favorite use for it is in peach/nectarine salad.


I wonder how that would be if you went a step further.
Put the tomato and mozzarella under a broiler to roast the tomatoes and form a crust on the mozzarella then finishing with the balsamic glaze and basil…

Might be a hell of an appetizer ahead of a pappardelle bolognese.


Pumpkin cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting.

Turned out to be one of the moistest cakes I’ve ever had. :slight_smile:


Breads and tomato basil soup.

mdredmond… That mozzarella and balsamic vinegar and basil looks great. nice.

The pumpking pie and frost seems good as well.

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Found a new item for my Friday night snack menu, lol


And, am I the only one that remembers selling these things while in the Cub Scout/Boy Scouts?

Weren’t they almost three times this size for the same price?

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We sold them for band. And, yes, they were much bigger. But – that’s one way inflation works. If it’s the same price, you’re getting less.

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Yeah, I know.
I can hear myself getting old, lol

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So these were hotter than expected.
Kinda taste like 7-11 prime rib chips with ghost pepper powder…

Where did you find those?

Hong Kong Market Place off forest and audelia.


Thanks! And some spicy potato chips!

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Sigh… reminds me of hot food vending machines.

I’ve been known to eat basil straight off the plant.

My favorite is fresh basil on pizza, but my second favorite is basil in mixed drinks :drooling_face:

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If you ever cook with basil, you can “preserve” some for future use. Jam about 3 - 4 basil leaves into each empty socket of an ice cube tray, fill with water, and freeze. Then just use one “basil ice cube” when you cook - for soups, stews, sauces, etc.

You can store the frozen cubes in a freezer baggie.

Obviously this isn’t useful if you want fresh basil.


Another cool hack is to put about 20-30 leaves on a paper towel in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until dry. Pretty instant dried basil.