When you think of certain smells they conjure up memories of places and people from the past. As I carefully break off stems of basil from the plant with my fingers, that smell my friends, comes with all kinds of memories. I think of a certain apartment where I grew basil in a pot on the back porch and made bruschetta every day for a week. I think of my upstairs neighbor and how much I miss her (Hi Sarah!). And I think of Henry. He was just about Paul’s age that year, around 10 months, and it was at the end of the summer, just like it is now. His little hands found my basil plants in that pot and tore them to shreds. The funny thing is though, he ate it, and he loved it! That little baby smelled like glorious basil for days.

I thought I’d pay tribute to one of my favorite little plants with a round of up some amazing looking basil recipes today. Enjoy!

And tell me, what does basil make you think of?

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

1. Homemade Basil Butter from Paint Chips & Frosting

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

2. Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

3. Sautéed Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pistachios with Basil from Cookin’ Canuck

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

 4. Pasta with Spinach Basil Pesto from Home Cooking Memories

5. Tomato Basil Pizza from David Lebovitz

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

6. Blueberry Basil Balsamic Mozzarella Crisps from Half Baked Harvest

7. Peach, Blueberry + Basil Crisp from How Sweet It Is

8. Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta from The Midnight Baker

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

9. Easy Basil Ice Cream from Wine and Glue

10. Spicy Thai Chicken from Taste and Tell

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

11. Feta Basil Turkey Burgers from Fifteen Spatulas

12. Spring Salad with Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing from Oh She Glows

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

13. One Pot Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil from Barefeet In The Kitchen

14. Crispy Salmon with Creamy Basil Noodles from How Sweet It Is

15. Lemon Basil Cupcakes from One Sweet Appetite

16. Everything But the Kitchen Sink Soup from Bless this Mess

19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

17. Basil Chicken Meatballs with Mushrooms and Roasted Tomato Sauce from One Lovely Life
19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

18. Hearty Margherita Pizza from Wholefully
19 Beautiful Basil Recipes

19. Zucchini and Cucumber Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette from The Lemon Bowl
19 Beautiful Basil Recipes


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3 Responses
  1. I remember that day! When the poor basil plant died… 😛 I love basil. I’d eat pesto every day of the week if everyone else here didn’t have a problem with it… 🙂

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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