When I first read basil as the "spice" of the month I was excited to try something new. Then life happened and here I am 5 minutes till deadline trying to post! That is ok since basil is something we use a lot. We use it in Thai food, I planted a Spicy Basil this year which is an excellent addition to my Thai Peanut Chicken dish, we use it in spaghetti sauce, we use it to top a Magherita Pizza but the simplest and favorite way is simply on tomatoes!
I work in an office and this year we decided to have a community garden. This garden was not my idea and I resisted "allowing" it. My main reason being I knew I would be the one taking care of it. Much like the "Mom, can we have a dog", I struggled and wavered about whether a garden would be a good idea. Well, much like the dog (which I now love) I agreed to the garden. While I am the primary caregiver, there are others who enjoy contributing to the garden. Today was a day everyone who wanted was able to enjoy the garden's harvest. It was a slow Friday afternoon so I decided to prepare a snack for the troops. I picked a tomato from the garden as well as some fresh basil. I sliced the tomato along with some fresh mozzarella that a coworker brought in, topped with a small amount of balsamic vinegar infused with fig then sprinkled fresh basil. Everyone loved it and it was a nice healthy late afternoon snack. Does this really count as a recipe? Probably not but it was a welcome break and a beautiful taste of summer.