The Smell of Summer

The Smell of Summer
(This one’s going to make my Mom and sister go nuts.) We planted two containers full of basil this year, thinking we’d compensate for our perennial inability to grow it with sheer volume. Instead, we must’ve gotten something right as it basically went berserk. It’s been trying to flower for the past month, so every couple of days we’ve been going out and picking off the flower buds to keep it producing. We’ve got more than we’ll ever be able to eat before it wilts though, so yesterday we decided to do a big harvest and make some pesto.

Basil Me and Basil Snookums and Pesto

I basically ended up picking about 2/3 of what you see there, which filled a huge bowl to the brim. Snookums then washed it and chucked it into a blender with olive oil, garlic, pinenuts, and parmesan. Mmmm. He made half a blender-full, so we froze it in ice cube trays in the freezer.

My hands still smell good today.


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  1. We did the exact same thing on Saturday. Must be the weather as our basil has been bigger and better than previous years too. So good. We used roasted cashews instead of pine nuts.

  2. Yeah, I’m still jealous. 😉

  3. We had a basil BUSH going at the other house – super hot weather, soil on the sandy side and an Indian summer. It’s long been picked, and succumbed to the early morning frost weeks ago. 🙁 But I’m pretty sure I can plant again in a few more weeks, and we’ll be fine in this climate. I’d be jealous, but haven’t been in the mood for Italian in weeks…we’re in a Mexican kick at the mo’.

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