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Basil, known mostly for it's unique sweet earthy taste, is a herb in the mint family. Native to India and other tropical regions, the love of basil has spread the herb to global cultivation. The plant has beloved by many historical cultures. Basil comes from the Latin and Greek words for 'royal/kingsly pant' which could be because it was used in royal perfumes.


Caprese Salad

  • 3 whole ripe tomatoes, sliced thick 

  • 12 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced thick

  • fresh basil leaves

  • olive oil and balsamic reduction, for drizzling

  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Arrange tomato and mozzarella slices on a platter. Arrange basil leaves between the slices. Drizzle olive oil and balsalmic reduction over the salad. Serve.

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Parmesan & Basil Orzo

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 14 oz. of chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 5-7 leaves of chopped basil

  • pepper

In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, sauté orzo in butter until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender, 10-15 minutes. Stir in the cheese, basil and pepper. If desired, garnish with fresh basil.

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