It seems lately that a lot of the recipes I've been making calls for fresh basil. Usually I just substitute it for dried basil; mainly because I can't justify buying a whole container of fresh basil and then only using a leaf or two while all of the rest just wilts away.
Last night we went grocery shopping and I discovered that right there in the produce they sold basil plants! Now, I know what you're thinking, "what about that little herb garden you started last summer that ended up killing all the plants?" Yes, that was a disaster, but the main herb I wanted was basil and the lady at the green house wouldn't sell it to me because she said it doesn't grow well with the other herbs I bought. Anyway, I think I deserve a second chance, don't you?
I'm loving how cute it looks in my kitchen window and wow does it smell lovely. I'm planning on using some of the fresh basil in this Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup recipe tonight for dinner.