Outside my door. . .

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Lemon basil. It’s taking over! I planted one last year. Note: I didn’t re-plant this year. But I woke up one morning and all these little lemon basil plants had taken over. I imagine by next year I will have an entire garden full of lemon basil.

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Genovese basil. One tiny little genovese basil plant that self-seeded from last year, trying to make it’s way into the world. Aww, it’s cute.

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A few weeks later… I’m happy to report that this little guy is growing! I think he’s gonna make it!

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Sweet basil. It’s thriving. I just want to sit outside and smell sweet, fresh basil all day. If they could bottle this stuff I’d wear it as a perfume. And I’d need it if I were sitting outside in 90 degree weather all day. Have I told you about my odd fascination with smelling like food? More on that later.

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Thai basil. My newest obsession. It’s incredible. And I have three plants of it. I am already planning the homemade thai basil pasta. :D

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Thai basil has gorgeous purple-black blooms. But I have to keep them clipped if I want the leaves to keep producing.

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Turning into delicious orange and red bell peppers. Hurry up little fellas!

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These guys haven’t quite made it yet.

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Zucchini. This is my favorite zucchini application, and it’s so easy: Take a zucchini, a red bell pepper, a red onion, and dice, then add a cup of frozen corn kernals. Toss with just enough olive oil to coat, plenty of kosher salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a minced clove of garlic. Roast at 400 degrees for 15-20 mins. A delicious, quick & easy, fresh & flavorful, and colorful side dish that goes with *everything*. I usually keep everything diced, frozen, and waiting in my freezer, just ready to be pulled out and turned into a delicious dish on a moment’s notice.

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Green onions. I love green onions. I got a whole handful of green onion seed packets at the feed store for free earlier this year. They were two years old, and they were just giving ’em away, and I didn’t expect them to do anything. I basically just threw them on the ground, tossed on some top soil, and hoped for the best. And much to my surprise… they grew! … a lot!

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Garlic chives. These would be perfect in this. Or on this. <<< BTW, have you tried that one yet? Oh-man it’s so good. Scratch my dinner plans. I making that with mashed potatoes and the sweet roasted vegetables mentioned above tonight.

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French thyme. I’m diggin’ in. I grew English thyme last year and I have to say I’m really liking this French thyme. See the lemon basil in the background? There it is, tryin’ to take over again!

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Thanks for looking! :)