If you are lucky enough to come across some Hatch chili peppers and favorite variety of basil, here is a pesto recipe with a friendly amount of spice. Try it atop a Southwest chicken salad and transport yourself to New Mexico. (If you can’t make the festival, you can still make the pesto and dressing.)
Every summer, I make sure that I get plenty of pesto made and put up in little tubs in the freezer — enough to get me through the winter. There are three different kinds I like to have on hand for use in various dishes: Italian Pesto, French Pistou, and Hatch Pesto. They’re easy to make, freeze well, and make an ordinary meal into something special.
Basil is a favorite Mediterranean herb that is super easy to grow in the garden or container. There are simple ways to preserve for year round enjoyment of this flavorful herb.
Holy Basil is an herbaceous plant in the mint family that is native to South Asia. It grows throughout lowland regions of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, southern China, Thailand, and Malaysia. The species name, sanctum, reflects the sacred nature of the plant in Indian culture. Holy basil includes a few species and varieties.
The green of summer available right in your freezer year round!
Fresh pesto is great in the summer, but it's even better in the middle of winter!
This basil-infused olive oil comes from Andrew Carmallini’s book, "Urban Italian."
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
Basil is at its best during hot summertime weather. Pick it, wash it and make it into appetizing, healthy pesto!
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used for companion planting, bee forage, year-round herb as well as delicious pesto.
Bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer, brings out the best of a few basic ingredients: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and fresh bread.

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