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  1. Tuesday, April 14

    Fresh Basil Plants for the Black Thumb Inclined

    My relationship with fresh basil is one of the love-hate variety.

    living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

    I love using fresh basil when cooking, but I can’t for the life of me keep a basil plant alive. I have the blackest of black thumbs. Buying fresh cut basil at the store just doesn’t really work, though. It only lasts 1 or 2 days and then it’s Bye Bye, Basil. I recently read a tip about snipping the stems of fresh basil and putting it in a glass of water like flowers in vase, but that only works about half of the time for me.

    living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

    Luckily I discovered a basil plant that is AWESOME for people like me. I’ve seen it in a few different stores and it is the best! North Shore Living Herbs sells mini fresh basil plants potted in peat moss that I am completely in love with.

    living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

    Here’s how it works: The basil plant comes in a mini pot with holes in the bottom. You place the pot on a plate or in a cup and make sure that it’s sitting in 1/4″ – 1/2″ of water (check it regularly to keep it watered!). The basil stays perfectly lovely for 1-2 weeks, which works really well for the home cook.

    living herbs basil plants are the BEST, especially if you have a black thumb!

    Be sure to keep an eye out for these great little basil plants. I guarantee you’ll fall in love!


  2. Friday, July 4

    Drying Your Own Basil + Friday Show and Tell

    Right now I’m visiting my parents in New Jersey. My brother and his wife had TONS of fresh basil from their garden, so they decided to try drying it in my mom’s old food dehydrator.

    drying basil with a food dehydrator by @janemaynard

    Drying the basil was easy and very hands off, BUT here are a few things we learned:

    • A LOT of fresh basil makes just a LITTLE dried basil. The basil you see in the photos is all the dried basil we got from 8 large trays of fresh basil.
    • It takes a looooooong time for the basil to get completely dry. We followed the instructions and cooked the basil at 105ºF. The dehydrator was running for about TWO days. It’s an old deyhdrator, so maybe a new one would be different, but holy smokes it took forever!
    • If you already have a food dehydrator or know someone who has one, it’s definitely worth drying basil if you have a whole bunch because it’s so easy. However, if you’re only planning to make dried basil with your dehydrator, it’s definitely not worth buying one. At least that’s what we think!

    drying basil with a food dehydrator from @janemaynard

    Here are my posts on Cosmo this week!

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  3. Wednesday, January 31

    Margherita Pizza

    Margherita Pizza
     
    Use Trader Joe’s pizza crust or, if you’re in the mood, make your own! (Click here for crust recipe.)
    Author:
    Recipe type: Main Dish, Pizza
    Cuisine: Italian
    Notes
    I do my margherita pizzas two ways:

    #1: Olive oil spread on crust, salt and papper, a bunch of fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella – cook pizza, then toss on fresh chopped basil.

    #2: Tomato sauce, a few fresh sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella – cook pizza, then toss on fresh chopped basil.