1. Make Garden-Fresh Bruschetta (click this link for the recipe). It's delicious on oven-toasted Italian or French bread. It could be an appetizer or a meal!
2. Make tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwiches. Yum!
3. Make fresh sauce in a jar. Peel several tomatoes, rough-chop them, and put them in a quart-size Ball jar. Then add cubes of mozzarella cheese, fresh snipped basil, a splash of extra virgin olive oil, and a couple of chopped cloves of garlic. Put the lid on, put it in the fridge, and later simply pour the whole thing onto a bowl of fresh-cooked hot pasta and toss! (this is also a great gift along with a bag of beautiful pasta)
4. Make a fresh garden pasta salad (click this link for recipe).
5. Dry them! Get out that food-dehydrator you never use, and make your own dried basil and sundried tomatoes to enjoy all winter! Click here to see my blog about when I did this last fall. It was really fun, and I really did use the dried basil a lot! And I made rosemary tomato bread with the sundried tomatoes, among other things. I'm definitely planning to do this soon before the first bite of Mr. Frost nips at my basil! Plus, dried herbs from your own garden have such an amazing flavor compared to store-bought. Try it!
Happy Eating, Writing, Dreaming and Stitching!