King of Herbs

Basil Butter
1 stick butter, softened
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil

Cream butter, beat in garlic and lemon juice. Mash in basil; season with salt and pepper. Place bowl in refrigerator to firm butter. For a nice, simple appetizer use room temperature butter on grilled pieces of baguette or French bread.

Yum, that sounds good…and easy. I finally “get” it about growing your own food and this basil plant is really the only thing we’ve successfully grown and used. I’ve never had a garden and, with 10 outdoor cats and several other neighborhood cats, it might not be a great idea but I do love checking the progress of this potted basil plant, grown from seed. I haven’t pinched the flowers off like you’re supposed to because I thought it was too cool to see it flower. Basil likes it sunny and dry and that is certainly our summer weather in AZ. Next…some other herbs.

More basil info here.

As an aside, what kind of jerky photographer am I? On Tuesday night, I saw the most dramatic weather event I have ever seen, a gigantic haboob rushing toward and then engulfing us and it was only after it had passed, quite awhile later, that I even thought about my camera and wondered why I hadn’t used it. You’ve probably seen photos of it but if not, check out this video. It was extremely dramatic, not the most violent dust storm I’ve ever been in, but certainly the most eerie, visually stunning, and exciting one.