Basil is one of the freshest smelling herbs. One sniff and you automatically think of Italian food. Though you have added the dried herb to crock pot saute slow cooker, you many not have tried the fresh. A few chopped leaves will turn an ordinary dish into an extraordinary one. What is its history?
In her book, "A Matter of Taste," Sylvia Windle Humphrey describes basil as an herb that has trapped the clear warmth of the Mediterranean sunlight. Her cook book contains recipes for basil pesto (Pesto alla Genovese), crockpot lasagna made with this pesto, basil vinegar and soup. The soup is made with green beans, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, vermicelli, garlic and 15-20 leaves -- Mediterranean cuisine in a bowl.
My husband had been a great leftover eater. He was self-employed with a used car lot and auto mechanic shop less than one mile from our home. He worked a variety of hours. He would go to work early in the morning to open the shop, or late at night to complete a car sale or work on a car. Hurley, my husband, would pop home in the afternoon for a bite to eat, standing in front of the refrigerator looking for the oldest leftovers. I would guide him to the plastic containers of different shapes and sizes. He would grab a fork from the drawer to mix casseroles and side dishes and stand there eating the food cold. Standing in the kitchen, he would tell me the latest stories from work, laughing between forkfuls of food.
Olive oil and wine are a fundamental ingredient in italian cooking. They are also natural laxatives and so can cause problems for those with sensitive stomachs.
Marsh on University Blvd has Purnell's Italian sausage for $3.39, green peppers for 88 cents, fresh garlic 3/$1.00 and Tuttorosso pasta sauce 2/$3.00.
Also, avoid using treats that crumble. If they break apart in front of him, he'll spend too much time eating the small bits off the floor and lose interest in the training session.
Rosemary -Is perfect with chicken and lamb dishes. Many chefs said that this herb should be exclusive for the above mentioned dishes. This plant is shrub-like but you can always smell its fragrance. When harvesting you can use a knife lasagna or lasagne to cut its stems. Its leaves can be picked from its stems and used for cooking.
For dried pasta keep it sealed in a cool dry place and it should keep well for a couple of years. The egg varieties will not keep as long, so it is best to check the label. Fresh pasta, which is my favorite, on the other hand should be used within a few days.