Mom, who is 90 years-old, has been hearing about the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens for months now with telephone updates on the progress of the crops, the butterfly garden, the sunflowers and the activities. This week she came to see for herself.
Here she is harvesting basil for Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. She was a happy camper enjoying being outdoors, moving the chair a little at a time to work around the trough, and meeting the gardeners who came by.
She kept saying how peaceful she felt. “It’s a healing sanctuary,” she said. “I don’t want to leave.”
And when we dropped the basil off at FCC she said how happy it made her feel to be part of the sharing.
It was a sweet morning in the gardens.
I’m looking around the garden thinking about what I can make for dinner tonight.
I have fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, and basil in the garden. And I have chicken breasts in the refrigerator. If I stop at the Italian deli and pick up some shredded parm, I can coat the cutlets with cheese, bread crumbs, and seasoning. I could serve the cutlets over pasta with a fresh tomato, onion and Italian peppers sauce.
Sounds good to me. I looked up the ingredients online for some recipe guidance and found a similar idea by Rachel Ray that I will use as a starting point. Here’s Rachel’s recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/parmesan-crusted-chicken-breasts-with-tomato-and-basil-and-potatoes-with-peppers-and-onions-recipe/index.html
I’ll let you know how it turns out. But really, how can you miss with these ingredients. Yum.
After Dinner Update: Yum is right. I added some cream to the sauce to use up what I had in the refrigerator. And I was very generous with the basil and garlic. Dinner turned out really well. The cream made the sauce delicious. My husband — a natural foodie — loved it and went back for seconds.
I recently made some lemon basil cookies for a gathering of friends.
It was so easy. I used a basic sugar cookie recipe and added the juice of two lemons, a tablespoon of lemon zest and a half cup of minced basil.
Here are some of their comments:
“They smell good… and taste fabulous.”
The cookie is “unique and satisfying.”
“You can taste the basil and the citrus.”
These cookies are “highly successful.”