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What Do You Do with a Boatload of Basil?

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Or, should I say bouquet?

African Blue Basil

I have so much basil in the garden. Far more than I ever had before. The weather is definitely conducive to growing basil this year. I harvested half of it yesterday. Six cups of basil into the food processor. It is pesto making time.

I dry toasted a cup of pine nuts in a skillet to add to the basil. I then added 1 1/2 cups of parmesan and drizzled olive oil into the processor. Salt and pepper to taste and five cloves of garlic.

Toasted pine nuts for the pesto

I ended up with three containers to freeze and a little one to use to make pizza with shrimp and bacon this weekend.

Basil Pesto

The garden is giving me lots of good herbs and tomatoes this year. Hopefully the little green tomatoes out there will continue to ripen and give me tomatoes to marry with the basil, far into the fall.

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