Looking for Magic: Basil: Love strawberries and basil

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Looking for Magic:  Basil

By Sharon
October 1, 2012

Aunt Bett always said, "Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Most of the time we don't have to look very far; most of the time we can find magic in our own herb gardens.

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Sep 30, 2012 8:47 PM CST

Strawberries allowed to macerate with a bit of honey and basil. Lovey dubby

Somehow this combination should not work, but it does, and I love it.

Thanks for these great articles, Sharon.

Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Hurray! I tip my hat to you.

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Sharon
Sep 30, 2012 9:07 PM CST
Never heard of that, Marilyn, but it sure sounds good.

It's gotta be strawberry season somewhere. Surely I can find them.
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Sharon
Sep 30, 2012 9:09 PM CST
Oops, I skipped the most important part: you are very welcome about the articles.
Thank you!
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vic
Sep 30, 2012 11:08 PM CST
Great article Sharon and I loved reading all the legends and stories.

This is the first year I didn't grow basil and I don't remember why Confused

Yummy herb and we use it a lot Thumbs up
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Sharon
Sep 30, 2012 11:50 PM CST
Thanks, Vicki.
Sorry you missed out on it this year. I thought I had lost mine too, but surprisingly it popped right back up when we finally got a little rain.
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rocklady
Oct 1, 2012 7:30 AM CST
Wow, Sharon. Never knew that much about basil, which I love. Thanks for another wonderful article. I always look forward to our Italian daughter-in-law's large platter of sliced home-grown tomatoes, mozzarella and basil drizzled with olive oil when we visit them in the summer. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Marilyn, I'm sure going to try the strawberries with basil and honey when we get back tp FL, where I have basil growing. My basil died in the heat this summer. Sad Sad Sad
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Oct 1, 2012 8:18 AM CST


My basil is still growing but because the weather is turning, with lows in the 30s this week, I am afraid I need to harvest it. I will try to freeze or use the preserving in oil method for some.

I usually just dry it. I don't grow much but love to use the fresh herbs in my omelets.



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Sharon
Oct 1, 2012 9:01 AM CST
Glad you have some waiting for you, Jean. I'd sure love having dinner with your DIL, too. Smiling

Me too, Marilyn, harvesting.
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rocklady
Oct 1, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Sharon, maybe we could just share the whole platter!!!! I could make a meal off of it very easily. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Sharon
Oct 1, 2012 9:34 AM CST
With thick slices of garlic buttered French toast.
Full meal!!
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rocklady
Oct 1, 2012 10:48 AM CST
My mouth is watering Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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vic
Oct 1, 2012 11:12 AM CST
I'll donate the bread - I just made two loaves of french bread Green Grin!

I have plenty of garlic too Thumbs up
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Sharon
Oct 1, 2012 11:17 AM CST
The same chef who made the salad for me also roasted garlic until it was smushy butter. You simply spread it on the bread. Delicious.

I'm starving and don't have a tomato left. Sad
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CDsSister
Oct 1, 2012 11:48 AM CST
I had to go check the basil. It is beautiful, I think I can still get tomatoes at the farmers market,

You have inspired me again.

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Sharon
Oct 1, 2012 11:50 AM CST
Sweet basil! I love it.
Mine's getting a little ratty. The picture of mine in the article was taken a couple weeks ago, not quite as spiffy looking now.
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Oct 1, 2012 11:56 AM CST

Thursday we are going down into low 3os and frost and possible freeze predicted.

I guess I better getting eating or preserving. Rolling on the floor laughing



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rocklady
Oct 1, 2012 12:34 PM CST
We'll have to order some tomatoes from Rita. Maybe she could send us some Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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Sharon
Oct 1, 2012 12:39 PM CST
Thinking the very same thing. Smiling
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canadanna
Oct 2, 2012 10:31 PM CST
Great article. I always grow basil in the summer. I can't resist the smell of thai basil, but somehow never get around to cooking with it . I guess I imagine that I like to cook but in reality don't!
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Oct 2, 2012 11:10 PM CST
That might be true of a lot of us, Anna!
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