I harvested all our basil on Saturday- and just in time as some of the leaves were already starting to turn brown from the cold. I read it was supposed to get down to 36 degrees, but I don’t think it actually did. The basil doesn’t really like it in the 40′s either, so it was time anyway.
With the basil I made 10 more small glass containers of easy Frugal Pesto for the freezer and dried a batch for the spice cabinet as well.
Have you ever dried herbs you’ve grown or bought? I used to think it was not worth my time since herbs are pretty inexpensive at the store (well, at least if you buy them in bulk…). But then I tried it and was amazed at the difference! The home-dried basil was so much more aromatic and flavorful than the basil from the store- and it stayed that way for a long time in storage, which surprised me.
Which makes me ask: exactly how old is the basil we buy in the stores?
Anyway, if you have herbs and you haven’t tried drying them before, I encourage you to and see for yourself the difference- I think you’ll be amazed, too.
I’m looking forward to our annual “girls weekend” with some of my family – it will be a nice break, I think. I’m not going to plan the menu for Brian and our daughter for the weekend, either. I think I’ll let them figure it out on their own- it’s always interesting to hear what they came up with when I get back. *smile*
Tuesday- French Beef Stew, mashed potatoes, green salad
Wednesday- 3-Cheese Macaroni (hmm, this is an Everyday Food recipe that makes extra for the Chicken and Sausage recipe on Thursday, but I can’t find it to link after looking all over the site- sorry!), chopped bean salad
Thursday- Chicken Sausage & Spinach Alfredo (using leftover cheese macaroni), Caesar salad
Friday- Jami’s gone (I’m thinking they’ll BBQ Salmon burgers….)
Saturday- Jami’s gone (betcha they’ll do hotdogs…)
Sunday- Leftovers or spaghetti using yummy Roasted Tomato Sauce