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Cool Refreshing Lemonade
Basil is our favorite summertime herb. It loves the sun and thrives when many things are unhappy in the heat. Sweet basil has a good all-around flavor but don't limit yourself - try some of the other varieties. Lemon and Cinnamon basil can be used as a savory or sweet ingredient. Thai basil has gained popularity in the last few years and has a stronger flavor than sweet. It also makes a pretty garnish.
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Evergreen, drought tolerant, and fragrant, rosemary makes a wonderful landscape plant. But it is also a versatile culinary herb. Rosemary has a strong flavor, commonly used in meat dishes: lamb, pork, beef and chicken. Our favorite is rosemary roasted potatoes. Cut potatoes into 1-inch chunks. Toss with olive oil, sea salt and chopped rosemary. Roast in a 400-degree oven for 45 minutes until potatoes are browned.
Lemongrass is an easy-to-grow, large clumping grass that makes a nice specimen in the garden. Lemongrass is a common ingredient in oriental cuisine. In Thai and Vietnamese cooking it is used in fish and poultry dishes and in soups. For these dishes, use the bulbous, white part of the stalk. We use the grassy green blades for a refreshing tea, which can be made into a unique punch by adding ginger ale.
Nothing is quite as refreshing on a hot summer day as lemonade. We love our easy 1-2-3 recipe.
1 cup sugar
2 lemons with peel, chopped and seeded
3 cups cold water
Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until totally combined, about 2-3 minutes. Pour into pitcher. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon balm and mint sprigs.