Something magic happens when tomato and basil meet, so let's do that on a cracker.
You will need:
- your favorite cracker
- any kind of tomato
- fresh mozarella cheese
- olive oil
- Optional: red onion
Save a bunch of money and make your own pasta sauce. Take a can of tomato sauce, a can of diced tomatoes, and a few sprigs of basil. Simply mix the three! Sure, you can add oregano, garlic, onion and whatever else you like. Make extra, freeze it, and use it within a month. Trader Joe's sells a marinara sauce in large cans and products of this type are perfect for jazzing up with your fresh herbs.
Try an omelet with dill and your favorite cheese. Mix it with lemon zest into home made pasta. Substitute dill for rosemary in the following recipe.
Grilled rosemary-citrus chicken:
You will need-
- 1 whole chicken
- olive oil
- handful (3 - 4 sprigs?) of rosemary
- lemon or grapefruit
Grill the chicken with indirect heat until done.
For a refreshing summer drink, mix iced tea with lemonade. The ratio of lemonade to iced tea can vary, and you might try starting with a 50:50 mix, but I prefer about 3 parts tea to 1 part lemonade. Add 2-3 sprigs of mint after you crush them in your (clean!) hand or beat them gently with a meat tenderizer. Drop the mint into the lemonade-tea mixture and place in the fridge until cold. Serve with ice in a large glass, a slice of lemon and a small sprig of mint on the rim.
I invite readers to add recipes and herb suggestions in the comments!