Why can't I keep my basil alive?? I water it. Nibble on it's frawns. Whisper it sweet nothings. But still it shrivels up, turns black and is gone for good. It's not like my lone hearty "house plant" (as the official tag says) that comes back after each attempt to tie cement blocks to its roots and toss it in the Buffalo River.
So tonight I'm perusing my Produce section in search of ingredients for a pasta salad, including my beloved basil. Every time I go on this same hunt, I head to the same shelf, look at the same area and feel the same dissapointment. But tonight! Tonight, tonight...my basil has transformed into the most beautiful form a busy girl could ever ask for:
A tube of basil! For $5.00 I can save my basil and eat it too! Now the price is certainly not cheap and I kept wandering back to the produce department to reshelve it. But considering the amount of basil that gets dumped in the trash, $5.00 seems pretty well worth it. The flavor is tremendous and a perfect substitute. I even convinced a sweet elderly gentleman in line with me to ditch his basil plant (he too lives alone and shares the same love affair with basil).
Anywho, stay tuned for that super-duper pasta recipie. Big sister may even recognize my copy-cat tactics again!