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Day 25 subject – “green”

My entry for this is a picture of our brand new basil plant. I had been nursing 2 smaller plants leftover from the summer and they finally gave up on me. It’s too far from planting/growing season to go without our homemade pesto and bruschetta so we had to bring a new “Basil” home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You get a bonus photo today as well. Here is a suggestion for how to use basil if you see these cute little plants in the store and wonder “Hmmm, what do I do with that?” This is Bruschetta I made using the recipe from Giada DeLaurentiis.

 

 

 

 

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

From the book, Everyday Italian.

Makes 36 pieces

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta
1 (32-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and spun dry
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large French baquettes, sliced 1-inch thick (about 36 slices)
1 ½ pounds fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced ¼-inch thick
Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In the bowl of a food processor, add drained tomatoes, 1 cup basil leaves, olive oil and 2 cloves garlic. Pulse until smooth, but somewhat chunky. Season with salt and pepper.
On a baking sheet, line up baguette slices. Toast in oven for about 3 minutes or until light golden brown. Working quickly, rub the remaining garlic on the toasted side of each slice and then lay a piece of mozzarella cheese on top. Place bread back in oven and melt cheese slightly, about 45 seconds. Remove from oven and spread one tablespoon of the tomato mixture on each piece.
Place bruschetta on decorative platter and garnish with basil leaves.

 

Here is a link to her website. http://giadadelaurentiis.com/

 

Day 26 subject – “Night”

This photo was taken on the night of a full moon and we were desperately trying to capture, with our borrowed camera, the gorgeous view we were seeing. The moon didn’t come out so well. But some spur of the moment shots of a wild thistle plant are some of my favorites and one of the bestsellers in my notecards!

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“Story Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts” by Melissa Rossetti Folini – Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO – Jan. 2010 – 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble  or from the author.

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