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Posts Tagged ‘basil’

Herb Jar

Posted by terrepruitt on May 15, 2019

I have toyed with having an herb garden for a long time. There are always reasons that keep me from doing it. One reason is the only place to keep it is in the kitchen on one of the window sills and since the kitchen is the only room in the house that is not always all cluttered I hate to do that. Another reason is the cats. I don’t want them chewing on the various herbs. I just figure they would want to chew on them. And, as I said, the only place to grow the herbs is on the kitchen window sills that would mean the herbs would entice the cats onto the kitchen counters. The cats are not allowed on the kitchen counters, which is not to say they don’t get on them when we are not around.  But I don’t want things up there that entice them. I do always look at various little gardens and pots for growing herbs but decide against it. But recently I saw a self watering blue jar in a catalog I thought I would try it. The jars were for one individual herb. I WANTED sage because its leaves look the frilliest and I would love to have sage to make some sage butter, but the internet warned me off that (cats). I ordered basil.

Well, it turns out the jar is not blue it is green, oh well. I started growing the basil on May 2nd and here (see photo) on May 10th I spotted some little shoots. And today, May 15 they are twice the size. I am looking forward to having basil in the not too distant future.

Do you grow any herbs? What kind? Do you grow then inside or outside?

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Caprese Bites

Posted by terrepruitt on July 20, 2016

You’ve probably seen these before.  I know I have.  I don’t know where, but I know that when I saw them I wanted to make them.  I was having company over last weekend and I didn’t know what to make because I didn’t know who was eating what and we usually end up with so much food.  I decided I would do these as an appetizer and supply the dessert and the company could bring the rest.  Worked out great!  🙂  As I said I had remembered seeing these before, but didn’t bother to look them up because I thought I could figure them out.  I did, but as I sat down to write this I thought I would give it a quick look-see.  I should have looked before I made them because, of course, there are much better ways to present them shown on the internet.  Mine were ok, and I will probably do it again, but I do like the swishy drizzle.  Not that I could ever accomplish that.  I tried to drizzle and the new thing from Costco that is on the balsamic vinegar, just dripped it all over the plate.  I gave up and used a spoon.  Anyway . . . here is a quick and yummy appetizer.  Caprese salad or as I am calling these Caprese Bites.

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A tub of mozzarella balls
two tubs of grape tomatoes
a bunch of basil
balsamic vinegar
salt

Drain the mozzarella and let it dry out a little bit.  Wash your basil if you desire, then let it dry a bit.  Wash the tomatoes and let them dry.  Then cut the mozzarella balls in half.  Sprinkle the cheese with salt.  Then decide the order.  I had cheese-tomato-basil.  Then stick a tooth pick through the cheese, then the tomato, then a basil leaf.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with a little salt.

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So, I made these last weekend.  I didn’t take a picture.  I had leftover cheese, so I made them again for this post.  I salted the cheese the second time I made these.  Then I salted the entire “bite” after I drizzled on the balsamic vinegar.  I barely used an salt and half of it rolls off.  But I really think the salt helps bring out the flavor in everything.  Salt is a flavor enhancer.  YUM.

Also the second time, I tried to stick the tomato on one side . . . in other words NOT IN THE MIDDLE.  I tried to pierce it closer to one side of the tomato so it would rest better on the plate.  I did also try doing it with the tomato on the bottom and the toothpick up in the air, I didn’t like that.  It probably would have worked better with the cheese on the bottom.  Or if the tomatoes are cut.

Either way . . . such an easier appetizer.  And so yummy.  I actually assembled it the night before.  But I put the vinegar and salt on right before I served it.  Both kind of make the cheese “melty”.  So it got a little messy.  But it was still good.

I was actually surprised how much I liked them.  I made a lot and I think I ate most of them.  My hubby and I even had a few in the days that followed.

Now we have more.  Yay!  Yum!

Have you made these before?  How do you assemble them?

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Growing Herbs

Posted by terrepruitt on November 6, 2014

As is my schedule I like to stop by the store on my way home from my Nia classes.  I prefer the store near my Tuesday/Thursday Nia class, it seems to have better produce.  But on Tuesday I am rushing from Nia to yoga so I don’t get to do any shopping at that store.  This past week I wanted to make Boneless Pork Chops In The Crockpot on Wednesday so I would have them for Wednesday’s dinner and Thursday’s dinner.  So I went to a different store on Wednesday after class on my way home.  I decided to buy fresh basil for the recipe.  Argh!  The basil was anything but fresh.  It all looked like it was growing something.  Something black and fuzzy.  There was enough nice leaves in each bunch, but I hate buying fresh herbs as it is because they go bad so quickly.  If I bought ones that were already bad that would really not be good.  So, I decided not to buy them.  I stood there wondering if I should ask the produce guy if they had more in the back, I decided not to.  I did decide to buy tomatoes which I had already passed.  So I had to go back over to them.  I was approaching the tomato display from a different angle and what do I see?  Basil.  A live basil plant.  Ahh-ha!  I don’t know how much the black, fuzzy basil cost because I didn’t see a tag on the shelf, but there was a PACKAGE of basil (that was also black and fuzzy) that was the same price as the plant so I thought it was comparable enough.  Plus this plant was not black and fuzzy.  It was not perfect, but it was WAY better looking than the other options.  So I bought a basil plant.  How does one grow basil?

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Of course, I have no idea about how to grow it, the first site I looked at was the one referenced above.  The article I linked to talks about growing basil outside.  I want to grow it inside.  A further search on that site returns this information:  “Basil: Start basil from seeds and place the pots in a south-facing window—it likes lots of sun and warmth.”  Well, I didn’t start it from seed.  But I believe I have it in a south-facing window.  It will get a lot of sun and warmth there.

SF Gate gave me more information.  It said that as soon as it flowers, the plant will die.  So I should start a new one right now.  So basil is an annual, but you can have basil all year round.  This sounds like it will take a little bit of work.  But I am frustrated enough with buying a bunch of basil when I need it and then having half the bunch go bad.  I don’t use basil that much . . . but with plants to snip from I might.

The article says:

–the plant needs about 12 hours of light daily
–to encourage new growth it should be trimmed every few days
–the plant likes warm humid air
–feed the plant every two weeks with nitrogen rich food

I am going to root a cutting from the plant so hopefully I will have a plant with enough basil on it by the time this one dies and I can just keep going.

We’ll see how this goes.

Help.  What can you tell me to help me keep this plant alive/keep a crop of basil going?  What else can I make (besides pesto) with basil?

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