Tomatoes and Basil

Last year we planted a herb window box for the first time, and now I can’t do without fresh herbs. We have basil and oregano this year, and I may buy a cilantro plant. they need different light levels, so they can’t all three be in the same box. Oregano and basil shared their box very well last year.

If you have fresh basil and tomatoes, bruschetta is a quick and easy appetizer. Cut up the tomato (don’t worry about the skins or seeds, it’s fine), and saute it in olive oil with several basil leaves, ripped up. If you’re feeling spicy, toss some red pepper flakes in for good measure.

Toast French bread lightly, and then add the cooked tomato and basil mixture. Top with mozzarella or feta and heat under the broiler until the cheese melts. (I used feta).

What summer foods are you fixing now?

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