I'm afraid our garden got a bit of a frost a few days ago. It seems as though we always get our first frost this time of year. It took me 3 years to figure this out though. The forecast is always in the mid-forties (F), but apparently, we're a good 10 degrees colder than the local weather station. Sigh...
Luckily, the basil was spared. Only a few of the plants were totally killed, so I've been busy trying to harvest what I can before the next round of cold weather comes through. Taking into account our very slow start, it hasn't been a stellar year for the garden, but I'll take what I can get. Here's what I brought in yesterday:
I must admit that even though it's more work, I really liked the blanching technique!! The top picture is the batch I made with the blanched leaves, the bottom, with lemon juice.
I always spread the extra out in freezer bags thin to freeze for later (bags to the right are the blanched basil pesto)!!
I like to take a few shortcuts to make it easier, including just throwing chucks of Parmesan cheese in the food processor and finally chopping it, instead of grating it. I also use garlic paste from the store occasionally.
I also decided tonight to make fresh pasta. I LOVE fresh pasta! It's worth every bit of extra effort!!
There's only a few days left of Tuesdays at the (herbal) table over at "A Quilter's Table", so be sure to link up there, or just come see what others are cooking!!