I have a bumper crop of basil this summer. It’s probably
been the mild summer and plenty of rain.
I have lots of basil to freeze for the winter and I’m
thinking about making some basil butter with the rest.
Basil butter is very simple to make and lasts for a long
time. You can basically use this recipe for any kind of herb butter – garlic,
The taste is much better when you start fresh, no matter how long
you keep it.
Basil Butter You’ll need one half cup of softened butter. I like the
unsalted variety but you can use either one.
Add to that one half cup finely chopped basil, one half teaspoon of
lemon zest, Kosher salt, and ground pepper. Again, you can leave the salt out
completely if you are on a low sodium diet.
Combine all the ingredients well and put in plastic wrap to
shape into a tube. Refrigerate until firm and then slice into one quarter inch
coins that you can melt on bread, chicken, pork and vegetables.
It’s very nice
for using on the grill!
Perilous Pranks: Book 5.5 in the Renaissance Faire Mysteries by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Wanda Le Fey is dead, and Renaissance Faire lover, Jessie Morton, looks suspiciously like the person who killed her. Jessie was simply returning the prank Wanda played on her by dyeing the other woman blue. It wasn’t her fault that Wanda was also stabbed in the chest by a sword as she tried to get out of her shower. Now Wanda’s blue ghost is prodding Jessie to find her killer. And a dead Wanda is far worse than a live Wanda.
Fatal Foodies is a group of mystery writers and food lovers. We'll be reviewing food-related cozy mysteries, posting recipes, commenting on writing-related subjects, and announcing book signings and other events. We might even host some contests and/or giveaways.
I'm a full-time freelance writer, editor and author living in Virginia. I have a terrific husband and two wonderful children who are, by the way, boy/girl twins. I love writing, reading, baking, cake decorating and, sometimes, needle crafts. I prefer almost instant gratification with my needlework, though. I have a cross-stitch picture I've been working on for years; but in the meantime, I've finished several pieces that can be done in an afternoon.
My cozy mystery MURDER TAKES THE CAKE is scheduled for release by Bell Bridge Books in October of 2008. My heroine in MURDER TAKES THE CAKE has her own site. Check it out at Daphne's Delectable Cakes. I also have a Squidoo lens for Freelance and Novel Writing; so, if you're a writer, surf on over to that page.
I'm a stay-at-home mom/writer/food fanatic in Fall Branch, TN. My two novels, Secrets, Lies, and Pies & Cheaters, Pies, and Lullabies, are published by Mountain Girl Press.
Marian Allen has had short stories appear on the labels of coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant. Many of her stories involve food, although she is not, as her youngest daughter claims, obsessed. She is not. She is currently working on a novel with recipes in it, which she'll finish if she can stop cooking and eating long enough to write. Short stories and recipes are available for free on her website, http://marianallen.com/.