Basil/ Fall/Winter/ Harvesting/Preserving

Drying Basil – In the Microwave

Fall is here which means we have to say good to our annual herbs… like basil. Normally I mourn the loss of my favorite herb and that’s that but this year I decided to try drying some basil for the winter.

There are several different ways to dry basil and I’m going to do as many as I have time for but I’m starting with using the microwave because, to be honest, I’m skeptical. I use the microwave for cooking. And if I really need to I’ll even use it for defrosting. But that’s pretty much it. Drying food in the microwave is not something I’ve even considered.

But I’m trying it because I really want to know if it works. Continue Reading…

Pineapple Sage/ Recipes/ Sauces, Dips, and Spreads/ Spring/Summer

Cannellini Bean Dip with Pineapple Sage

Cannellini Bean Dip with Pineapple Sage

Happy 4th of July!!

This is my first year growing pineapple sage and, not having much experience with sage in general, let alone this variety, I wasn’t sure quite what to do with it after trimming my plant back.

Thankfully there are a lot of great ideas on the internet. Pineapple sage is commonly used in chicken, salsa, bean dip, and pasta recipes and in a variety of ways I wasn’t expecting such as beverages (hot and cold), fruit salads, and smoothies. Since this is my first time using this herb I thought I’d start with something savory. Continue Reading…

Basil/ Pasta/ Recipes/ Spring/Summer

One Pot Basil Orzo for One

Basil Orzo for One

This is one of the first recipes I make each spring… as soon as I can trim a few basil leaves off my baby plants. It’s a super flexible recipe and easy to tweak depending on what you have on hand or personal preferences.

Since I came up with this recipe myself and usually just throw things in as I go the steps aren’t super specific but I’ve outlined them as best as I can so you can make this simple, tasty dish yourself. Enjoy! Continue Reading…

Gardening

The Journey Begins

Chocolate Basil Plant

One of my favorite things about summer is basil!

I really got into using fresh basil while living in California. We’d go to the farmer’s markets during the summer and buy bunches of basil which I’d bring home and make into delicious pesto and it was just the best. Continue Reading…