If I have a chance, I plan to try to catch up on posts today. However, my SIL just emailed me and asked if M. and I would like to go to the zoo today, so it's possible I'll have to extend my hiatus a bit longer... :)
But here's a picture of all the basil I harvested before the hard frost:
And after that, it only made this much pesto:
I froze it in an ice cube tray w/o any cheese and when I want some, I just toss a cube into what I'm cooking, or defrost it and stir in some fresh parmesan or asiago. YUM!
I take my pesto recipe from Mollie Katzen:
3 c. packed fresh basil leaves
3-4 large cloves garlic
1/3 c. pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/3 c. olive oil
salt and pepper
1/3 cup parmesan
Place the basil and garlic in a food processor and mince well. Add the pine nuts and process until they are ground. Drizzle in the olive oil as the machine is running. When you have a smooth paste, transfer to a small bowl, season with salt and pepper, and stir in the parmesan (if I'm freezing it, I leave out the parmesan).