Basil Cream Sauce

Hello everyone!

I have another recipe to share today! Remember the pasta I made a while back??? I said I paired it with basil cream sauce. Well. Today is the day I will share with you how to create just that!
basilcream
Adapted from here.
basil cream ingred
One:
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Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cream and tomatoes and cook for about a minute.

Two:
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Reduce the heat to low and add the cheese, basil, and pepper. Now just cook until its heated through.
Basil Cream Sauce

Serve over baked chicken or with pasta and asparagus!
chicken & asparagus

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This is probably one of my favorite sauces to keep around. Its just about always in my fridge and I’ve kept it sealed in a mason jar for a good month or so and it was still good! Happy cooking everyone!

-The Whale

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Watermelon Basil Popsicles!

Hey there!
So I finally got to put my herb garden to use! [The basil at least!]

I was inspired by a local business downtown Cincinnati, OH where I work called Steetpops that makes gourmet popsicles and sells them out a little cart at the Flea market and other events. They have great flavors such as Strawberry Mint, Peach Ginger, Chocolate Chili Pepper, and of course my favorite, Avocado! I liked the idea of mixing fruit and herb, so I searched the internet for exciting recipes I could make with my herbs. The one I picked was Watermelon Basil. I did however tweak the recipe. The original wanted me to simply put all the watermelon and basil in a blender, but the maker stated that most of the watermelon pulp ends up at the bottom of the popsicle. The popsicles also had pieces of basil leaves frozen in them, and I wasn’t too fond of the idea of leaves being in my treat. So instead, I decided to make a Basil Simple Syrup, and I also crushed the watermelon to extract the ‘juice’ so there wouldn’t be pulp. The result? Delish!

WATERMELON BASIL POPSICLES

2 cups watermelon juice
1/2 cup basil simple syrup [bring a handful of muddles basil leaves, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Strain out leaves and cool.]

Mix ingrediants, pour into popsicle molds or paper cups and freeze.
Thats all there is to it!
-The Whale

Herb Garden Week 8!

Hello!
It is past time for an herb update! I have been rather lazy this week!
I am pleased to inform you that I finally got around to using one of my herbs just a few hours ago; watermelon basil popsicles! They are currently in the freezer, and I will definitely be posting about their outcome, so be on the lookout!
So I am going to do what I did last week and simply just post the updated pictures of my garden and skip the detailed captions.





I don’t know if you can see, but a new sprout has randomly appeared in my rosemary section… I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I am keeping my fingers crossed!
Well there you have it. Week 8 complete.
-The Whale

Herb Garden Week 7

Hello there :] tis time for an herb garden update.
It is now week 7 of my herb garden growing experience. Everything seems to be going well so far, so I believe I will leave out most of the discriptions of progress and just post the pictures if thats ok with you? yes? ok.





I do have one thing to say about my single ‘rosemary.’ Yes, I am an idiot. I have seen rosemary before, so why did it take me so long to figure out that my ‘rosemary’ is not rosemary at all. In fact it is another basil plant that somehow made it into the rosemary/dill bowl. Now I am rather upset at the fact that instead of just one rosemary, I indeed have none. :[ Sad day in my heart.
Well, that concludes my herb garden update.
-The Whale

Can I Use These Yet?

Hello all! Welcome to my blog! :]
It is now week six for my herb garden, and time for an update. I have been watering my herbs several times a day as of late due to the hot summer weather.

Of course the basil is still doing very well. My only concern is a few leaves that have appeared to have been munched on by evil little bugs!

The catnip is also a hit. Not being able to wait any longer, I plucked a few leaves to present to my kitty. She seemed very interested, so I rubbed a bit on her scratching post. She rubbed all over it and laid next to it for about an hour!

The cilantro and oregano are coming along. They are still growing slowly, but growing nonetheless.

The cilantro and chives are also coming a long well.

Well, the dill is doing decent. I still have one rosemary. One GIANT rosemary. It has gone through a major growth spurt recently and now towers considerably over the dill sprouts. Speaking of dill, I recently have been going through an egg salad phase having discovered [and tweaked] a great recipe! Of course this recipe uses dill, so I am most anxious to try it with fresh dill rather than than the dried I have been using.
Well, there you have it. Be sure to check back next week for a new update!
-The Whale

Herb Garden Week 5

Hello, hello!
It is now week five for my herb garden! time for an update! I decided to move my garden onto the porch due to this excessive heat wave! I feel that being out in the sun all day was starting to have a rather negative effect on their health, and they seem to be doing better in the partial shade anyways.

Basil is still doing ridiculously well as expected. I am very pleased with the results I am getting from the basil.

The catnip has recently gone through a major growth spurt! Last week it was much smaller.

The parsley and oregano are certainly coming along. The parsley has taken off very well since last week, but the oregano are still tiny little sprouts. I am sure they will start growing soon though.

So I have given up on seeing any more rosemary plants sprouting. I’ll have to make due with just one. The dill is doing better than last week though. It looks a lot healthier.

The chives and cilantro are doing alright. I wish that there were more chive plants growing, but like the rosemary I think I will just have to deal with what I have. I am pleased with the condition of the existing plants though.

Well, that is the end of my update for week five! Check back next week for a new update!
-The Whale

Herb Garden Week 4

Hello all :]

It’s about that time for an herb garden update. I must say it is all going very well! I wish that I had more opportunity to take care of it. You see, my mother waters her flowers every morning, and I suppose she has been watering my herb sprouts as well, for every time I check to see if they need water, the soil is moist, and it definitely has not been raining here!

Just like last week the basil is still growing rapidly! I could even get little whiffs of basil smell while I was moving the pot around to take the picture. Its about time I start searching for the perfect pesto recipe!

The catnip is also growing well. Little kitty be ready!

The cilantro plants are doing well [the few that have appeared.] The oregano continue to be tiny sprouts. I hope they decide to get taller soon.

The parsley is doing fine, and I am no longer concerned about the chives. The brown tips have disappeared. What is concerning me thought is the amount of water my mother is giving these daily. Some slimy geen stuff is popping up on the top…

The dill and rosemary seem to be doing okay. This is another bowl i fear my mother is over watering. I actually have been dumping out water that is settling on the top, and the green stuff is in this bowl too. There is still just one little sprout of rosemary. I don’t think that any more are going to grow. :/
Well you know have the inside scoop of my herb garden. Check back next week for a new update!
-The Whale

Grow Little Herbs Grow!

Hello :]

I didn’t get around to doing a week three update on my herb garden, so I figured a few days late is better than never.

The basil is growing like a wildfire! There will be no shortage of this herb in my cabinet this year. I even plucked a tiny leaf for a taste, and it tasted wonderful. I’ll have to find a great pesto recipe to use these little plants in once their grown!

I am slightly concerned about the oregano and cilantro. They are currently recovering from being knocked over by some mysterious creature of the night, and I had to replant them. A few oregano sprouts have just pushed through the dirt, but there is still no sign of growth from the cilantro side. Hopefully in the next week they will appear.

The catnip is also doing very well! At this rate my little kitty will have plenty to even share with some of her little kitty friends! I think I may attempt at crocheting some toys for her to fill with catnip.

I am also a bit concerned with the chives and parsley bowl. While the chives are doing relatively well with the whole growing thing, I’m not so certain they will survive. The tips of a few sprouts are turning a bit brown. As for the parsley, they is no sign of growth on their side.

The dill and rosemary are doing alright. The dill side is coming in nicely, however there is only one single rosemary sprout. While it is doing well, I am hoping to see at least a few more sprout.

Herb Garden Week Two!

Hi there :)
I’m here with an update on my herb garden I planted last week. I’m excited to see that the basil, dill, and one tiny little sprout of cat nip have popped up.  I’m glad that I at least haven’t failed completely. Well for now I have nothing more to say, but I will be sure to keep you all updated.
-The Whale

To Begin

Herb Garden Week 1

Well hello there.

This is my very first blog ever… so don’t expect much.  I started this on a whim and I hope to keep with it, but we’ll see won’t we?

Today I started something new.  I was browsing through good ol’ Goodwill today and  as I was walking down the dishes aisle I remembered something I saw awhile back and wanted to try.  It was an herb garden, but the herbs were planted in pretty glass dishes and such and put on display.  So I have decided to give this a try.  I selected 5 ‘pretty’ dishes, stopped to get a variety of herb seeds and potting soil, and about $30 later, I have my very own herb garden.  I’m not entirely sure on how to plant/maintain herbs, nor did I bother to research into it,  I simply put  the potting soil in the dishes, and put the herb seeds in little holes i later covered and watered.  I also made custom labels using a plastic  cover that was on an old notebook, toothpicks, tape, and a sharpie.  Its my attempt at being creative.

Anyway, we shall see how this goes as my ‘first endeavor,’ at least my first recorded endeavor.

-The Whale.