Friday, November 18, 2011

Sweet Surpise

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Last night I made a recipe pinned on Pinterest. I recently discovered Pioneer Woman and I can't believe what I've been missing!
My favorite thing about Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta was the basil. I am in love with basil. I use it on pizza, in sauces, on pasta, for homemade pesto, in salads, on panini…..
For years I've been growing it along with other herbs in a pot. . Planting is much more cost effective than buying it in the store; and I have to admit, stepping outside to clip it for recipes makes me feel a bit like Martha Stewart. This year I decided to plant it in the ground.
I brought my old herb pot to the new house and set it outside near the herb garden until I found a use for it. The plants were dead, but it was still full of soil. A few weeks later, I noticed herbs sprouting again in the pot. Now, I've taken enough science classes to know how it all works, but because I have a "black thumb", I'm conditioned to trash plants when they die and just buy more. The fact that I don't generally read directions sealed the deal.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that basil is self-seeding and will continue to grow, if the conditions are right. Now I'll have all the sweet basil my heart desires. Yum!

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