Monday, February 15, 2016

Grow Basil!

Genus: Ociminum       Species: Basilicum       Family: Labiatae

Basil is one of the most important culinary herbs.
Most popularly found in Italian dishes but also found in Asian & fusion cuisine.
Basil comes in many varieties with different overtones such as lemon, cinnamon, and spicy.
It goes well with many other herbs like parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, and saffron.

In the Landscape

Basil is an attractive addition to the flower or perennial garden. An annual, most grow between
8-24 inches high with an attractive shape if kept clipped. It is easy to grow in most climes but timing is key to success in warm climes as it will die out in hot summer sun.

In the Kitchen

Basil is a mainstay in the Italian kitchen, making it’s way into spaghetti sauce, pesto sauce, or a chunky ragu.
Or simply a butter, basil & garlic sauce that pairs well with any grilled meats or fish.
As an appetizer, add dried basil, garlic, salt & pepper to olive oil for a delicious bread dip.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Baked Apple with Orange Marmalade

An easy and quick dessert using seasonal fruits and jams. A favorite in our family.

Orange Baked Apple with Orange Marmalade

1 sweet apple, cored & top only peeled
1 ½ tsp orange marmalade
1 tsp. butter
1 tbsp. brown sugar
4-6 blackberries
1 tbsp. chopped nuts
Dollop of whipped cream or ice cream

1. Place as many apples as desired in baking dish or pie plate.
2. Spoon rest in ingredients into the center and around the top of the apple.
3. Bake in 350 deg. oven about 30 minutes. They are ready when a fork can easily pierce the apple but not too mushy.
4. Top with half n half, whipped cream or ice cream while still warm.
Tip: For a more adult version, add a splash of Triple Sec before baking!                                               
Serves: 1