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    Sunday, August 01, 2004

    An experiment with basil

    A repeat of November 1, we drove along the scenic coastal road of Route 146 yesterday. Zoomed through Branford, Guilford and Madison. Along the way, we ducked into some farmer's markets. Walked away with a suitcase-sized bag of basil for $5. (What are we going to do with this much basil?! Thankfully it keeps well in the freezer for months.)

    Motivated to create something new, I started experimenting with our fresh new herbs. I tried finding some easy recipes at places like Epicurious, but all called for more ingredients than we had. Not up for a Saturday night grocery run, I just worked with what was in our kitchen and soon I invented the Basil Boat.

    Stir chopped walnuts, salt and ground black pepper into a small bowl of non-fat cottage cheese. Then simply scoop small spoonfuls of the mixture onto a flattened basil leaf. You're done! Makes for a good healthy snack to accompany a cheese plate and fruit. And it pairs marvelously with Midnight Cellars' 2002 Full Moon Encore (60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon). Thank you to our friends Nate & Lauren for turning us on to this great California wine!