FRESH BASIL!

I couldn’t stand it any longer.  The rain brought a freshness to the garden, and I could almost see my basil shooting up several inches from the infusion of liquid nitrogen–I had to harvest some. 

Many of the sprouts were already in their second tier of growth and wouldn’t mind losing their top knot.  A few of these tender, flavorful herb sprigs were all I needed to make the store-bought, on-the-vine tomatoes go from good to fabulous.  I sliced the tomatoes thin, sprinkled them with salt & paper, a drizzle of olive oil and another of balsamic vinegar, then crowned the salad with slivers of fresh-picked basil. 

Served with a grilled piece of meat, it was summer heaven.  Basil is the tomato herb, but a melange’ of basil and veggies piled right on the meat makes an herbal believer of anyone.  If you want to impress your guests, lay a slice of fresh [take pains to look for it in the deli] mozarella on the hot meat before topping it with your basil relish.  Wow!

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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