Oh How I LOVE Springtime

My herbs are in full bloom and I get so excited to go outside and gather fresh herbs when I am cooking!  My favorites are my Genovese Basil.  Perfect for Salads, Sauces and Appetizers:

 

My favorite is Pesto a la Genovese to stir into hot cooked spaghetti or drizzle it over my Summer Caprese Salad.  And it goes without saying it is an essential ingredient is my Classic Marinara Sauce or Red Gravy.

My Version Capresse Salad

My version of a Caprese Salad

Line a platter with your choice of lettuce..I like either Romaine or soft Butter Lettuce.  Alternate slices of Creole Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil Leaves and scatter a handful of Kalamata Olives and Drizzle with Pesto Genovese.  Season with freshly ground black pepper.  Serve immediately.

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Springtime Basil!

 

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Bay Leaves, two different kinds…so fragrant… that goes in EVERYTHING New Orleans Style!   Like Gumbos, Soups, Stews, Red Beans and Jambalaya….

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