Posts filed under ‘herbs’


I’ve been spending most of my time getting our food stored.  Yesterday I did another batch of pickles. Today I canned a few more sets of beans and made pesto from the huge basil plant.

I brought this in from the garden today:

from the garden today

cucumbers, basil, zucchini, and 2 tomatoes

Pepper almost ready:


June 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

veggie photos

I have been busy the last week, so here are lots of photos for you.  We spent last week house-sitting for my in-laws and so I took a lot of photos of their beautiful veggies & herbs.

okra, greens, basil, rosemary, peppers



Basil, Siam Queen


purple pepper

peppers pepper

couple of dinners:

veggie tacos

roasted garlicky potatoes with mushrooms & peppers (a rachel ray recipe)

This was absolutely delicious and I have made it again probably twice now.  I adapted the mushrooms & peppers, and just sautéed them instead of stacking the veggie mix atop the portobellos.  I also left out the cheese.  I think I will make this recipe again the veggie stack way and add tofutti cream cheese.

October 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

freezing basil

In a previous post, I showed my process of freezing squash & zucchini.  Freezing herbs, is a great way to preserve those beautiful fresh herbs from your garden.  I planted a bunch of herbs in one of my Mom’s flower gardens and the basil did INCREDIBLE.  The plant that I bought was so very small, so I didn’t think it would grow as well as it did. The red arrow below shows how small it was when I planted the basil.

My Mom sent me the pic below last month.  She trimmed it back after this and it doubled in size.

Below is the process I used to freeze basil:

freezing basil

  1. wash basil in the salad spinner
  2. place basil in food processor
  3. add 1-2 T of olive oil
  4. pulse until basil & oil have mixed together
  5. spoon basil mix into ice cube tray and freeze

September 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm 1 comment


Well, the weekend flew by, and I didn’t have much time to get some things done that I wanted to.  I did spend all morning rinsing & freezing basil in ice cub trays.  My Mom brought me a big garbage bag full of herbs, mostly basil, but also lavender and lots of rosemary. Hopefully, I’ll make another blog post about how to (I) freeze basil.

September 15, 2008 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

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