Last week I and admitted to adding a pepper – or three – to most of my dishes. But there is another staple that warms my heart and sends me running to the balcony at least once a day.
Ahhh, basilico. Few Italian dishes are complete without it and while it is true my Texana-blood already had a thing for hot peppers, fresh basil is working its way into my heart.
And I am not alone.
Miss Expatria confessed her love of basil in a non-so-secret love letter she penned this summer.
Ms. Adventures in Italy conjured up a basil liqueur last October.
Plus, it is healthy. According to Peggy Trowbridge Filippone at About.Com, “basil stimulates the appetite and helps curb flatulence … basil tea is also said to help with dysentery, nausea and stomach distress due to gas”
Better stock up!
Basil is my favorite fresh herb to add to pasta, sandwiches or a slice of mozzarella. What is yours? What is one herb you couldn’t – or wouldn’t want to – live without?