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Alright, so if you’ve been reading my site long enough you may know by now I am not too good in the kitchen. My hubby always looks worried when I’m in the kitchen… in a very nervous, almost scared voice, he’ll ask… “What are you doing in there?” As if saying that the kitchen is somehow off limits to me. However, he has no problem with my 3 year old daughter (will be 4 on 11/21!) opening the fridge and trying to pour herself a glass of milk. I’m not really understanding that?

Anyway, to the point of this post. Well, there is actually really no point. You see, I kinda just want to brag. So here goes…

A few months ago I killed my basil plant (or so I thought). I’m not sure what went wrong, but let’s just say I don’t have a green thumb. After killing my plant, I dumped it over in the dirt on the side yard. Well, fast forward a couple months and I found basil growing in my side yard. I was ecstatic… I had fresh basil and I didn’t even have to water it! 🙂

I also have a confession to make – I am a basil freak! I love it! So tonight I made homemade tomato basil soup (with my home-grown basil!) and grilled cheese sandwiches. It was surprisingly delicious! So delicious in fact, my hubby (yes, the guy who is frightened to see me pick up a measuring cup) actually had seconds. I was so proud of myself.

…And if you’re a basil addict too, stay tuned for an amazingly good recipe I will be sharing with you tomorrow– pesto with cherry tomatoes, basil, feta cheese and bow tie pasta!

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  1. Megan

    I cant wait to try the recipe, it sounds delicious! Thank you Collin, for all that you do!! We are forever grateful! 🙂

  2. JeannieNY

    I have fresh basil all year (when it’s out of season it’s pricey!) Once you get it right, you will get overrun with it! So–if you freeze it–it works great ’cause it hardens and gets “crunchy” so you can crush it and throw it right in your recipe!!!!

  3. Ana Maria S.

    That is so awesome about the basil and that your meal came out so delicious. BTW my middle child (son #2) is gonna turn 5 on 11/21 😉 Happy Birthday to your daughter too!

  4. meghan

    Sounds good to me!! Funny, my oldest daughter will be 4 on 11/21 too 🙂

  5. Betsy

    Looking forward to the recipes! I have a basil plant too and without any prompting from me it spread into little sprouts in all of my other pots…so now I have a TON of basil and don’t know what to do with it! I will definitely be trying your recipes to make use of it…will you post the one for the tomato basil soup too please? 🙂

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  7. amy

    If you let your plant go to seed (which means you let it flower and the plant produces seeds on the heads of the plant) the seeds will drop to the ground and reseed themselves and grow back next year or even that season, even thought it is an annual plant. So therefore free basil every year !!!!

  8. Melinda P

    1. I totally heart basil, too. LOVE IT! 2. I just planted some and I am sooooo not a green thumb, so we’ll see if it survives me, LOL! 3. Good to know that basil can come back! 4. Can’t wait to see the recipe!!!!! 🙂

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  10. Summer

    Good for you Collin!

  11. Sue M.

    Ooooh, that sounds yummy! Another Basil Lover here. A couple days ago for lunch I had a grilled cheese/fresh sliced Choc. Cherry Tomatoes from my garden, with some fresh Red Rubin Basil, sandwich. I just put the Toms and Basil in between the cheese. It is sooo good.

    This summer I also grew regular Basil, Lemon Basil, and for the first time, Lime Basil. They were all yummy in fresh salads, or just with some Tomatoes & Olive oil. Now I’m making myself hungry. LOL

  12. Krissy

    My son and I love basil, too! He’s 6 years old and his all-time FAVORITE sandwich is a grilled cheese, sliced tomato, slice of ham and chopped up basil. YUM! He was so sad when our basil plant died last month!!!

  13. Kellie

    Yea for Collin!

  14. Stephanie

    The pesto sounds yummy! I’d really like the recipe for the soup, it looks soooooo good!

  15. Erin

    I am excited to see tomorrow’s recipe…would you consider sharing your homemade tomato soup recipe…I’ve been meaning to make that very same meal this week!Thanks!

  16. Rodrigo

    Looks good to me even though I hate grilled cheese and have never had tomato basil soup.

  17. littleOme

    I was just wondering if you would post the soup recipe? I sounds so good. I live in the Northeast and I think soup is my one survival food in the Winter!! Just one more thing, my thumb is brown just like any plant, I have ever had, looks like when I get done with it! So congrats to your Basil!! lol

  18. Denise Y

    Way to go, Collin! Please share your tomato soup recipe too! love your blog!

  19. Serena

    Basil is my ABSOLUTE favorite herb. I LOVE IT….since we moved I haven’t had a chance to grow any yet, but I use it in EVERYTHING. Great, you have my craving BASIL. 🙂

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