It is wonderfully refreshing to head outdoors with a pair of snips and trim a few things for seasoning in the kitchen! It’s that Urban Pioneer feeling at it’s best!
Start off with a container, maybe a flowerbed spot by the front or back door, or even a windowbox that gets sunshine!
Add mint to a fresh fruit salad for a pick me up, add dill to potatoes (either hot or cold), basil is yummy when added to fresh tomatoes and mozzarella slices,and oregano is a staple in most Italian dishes! Bon Appetit!
Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
This makes a wonderful Pasta Pesto Salad, or spread over toasted baguette slices.
Yield: Makes 1 cup.