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sunday and monday. 
Feb. 23, 2010 9:50 am 
Updated: Feb. 24, 2010 7:24 pm
On Monday, my neighbor gave me a basil plant.  I don't know ANYTHING about growing basil, except that it needs lots of sun and we don't get much of it!  right now, it's sitting on our back porch (in the sunniest part of our home) and I'm inside researching how to not kill this little plant.  I use a lot of basil and having a plant would be VERY economical.  I've already made some Baslamic Bruschetta (which I am snacking on RIGHT now!) and I'm planning on making some pesto.. plus Italian is my favorite cuisine (to eat and cook).  The cost of basil can get out of control.  If anyone knows anything about it, offer me your wisdom!

As for my Broiled Parmesan Tilapia, we will not be making that one again.  The topping was GREAT, but we just aren't fans of broiled fish.  John is from the south and he grew up eating fried and grilled fish.  The only fish I really touch is fried catfish and only when the mood hits me.  I was just tying to branch out, which I'm glad I did.  The fish was flaky and looked very appetizing, but hubs commented that it was his least favorite of all the things I've cooked.  Bottom line is this: don't skip the recipe, it's good.  We just don't like broiled fish.  And I think any other... "fishier"... fish would have just ended up in the garbage disposal.  He went back for seconds and said he didn't hate it... but he definitely didn't love it.  And he'll eat anything.. so that's tragedy.  I would recommend the recipe to anyone who is looking for a fish recipe just not for us.

Last night (wow, I'm really behind haha) we had Poppyseed Chicken Casserole (minus the poppyseeds...) and made it a bit lighter by using light sour cream, "healthy request" cream of chicken, and nixing the butter on the topping.  It was so good, as usual.  I served it with brown rice and mixed veggies.  Next time, I might mix all the vegetables and rice in the casserole.  YUM!!

Here is the rest of this week's menu:

Tuesday (today) we're supposed to go out to eat, but I'm thinking of making Skillet Lasagna ( with my yummy Bruschetta as an appetizer.  Mmmm. 

Wednesday is Simple Turkey Chili with carrots and bell peppers for some oomph.  I like to serve this with cornbread casserole.  John and I love this recipe and we plan on adding ground turkey to our regular meal rotation.

Thursday will be date night.  I think John is taking a day off work and we're going to go down to San Diego for an adventure!  Try it: just check out urbanspoon and shake.  The first thing that comes up with an 85% "likes it" rating, go!  No matter what!  Ours is an Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant.  I've never had that kind of food so I'm excited.  I may have to present the idea to John and spin again though... he doesn't know about our adventure yet lol.

Friday, we're having chicken fajitas.  I couldn't resist making the Sour Cream Rice again.  I may even try making a chicken tortilla soup.  We'll talk more about that later...

On Saturday, I've come up with a comfort food menu: mini meat loaves (wrapped in bacon because John doesn't like meatloaf lol) and macaroni and cheese with broccoli.

Sunday, I'm thawing out some Swedish Meatballs and Mashed potatoes and making some green beans.  FRESH greenbeans.

Happy eating, friends.  Can't wait to hear your comments and suggestions :)
Feb. 23, 2010 10:33 am
We love tortilla soup! Wish I could help you with the basil growing but I definitely do not have a green thumb. I can kill silk plants! Good luck.
Feb. 23, 2010 10:34 am
Living in Florida, I've found that my basil plants do best outside in morning sun. They get "sunburned" if in direct sun all day. I've tried growing them on a sunny screened porch but they didn't appear to get enough light in that instance. It depends on if the plant was raised in a greenhouse or in direct sun, of course. Pinch them back to keep them bushy if you're not using enough of it. My herbs are in clay pots and that seems to make a big difference. Also, if it starts to set flowers, pinch that portion off and discard. When my plant got so large and was going crazy flowering due to lack of use, I made pesto and it was awesome! We had pesto on or in something every day for a week as it keeps well in fridge. The oil in it will appear to turn slightly brown by the next day but it is perfectly fine. I used it in and on everything as my BF loves the stuff. Fresh is the best!!! Hope this helps!
Feb. 23, 2010 10:59 am
Your menu sounds fantastic! I grow basil too and pinch off my leaves from the top so the plant doesn't grow all tall and scraggly without many leaves. Isn't urbanspoon fun?!
Feb. 23, 2010 4:25 pm
Lace, try a squeeze of lemon juice to stop the browning. I am planning on getting a clay pot for it and praying... praying that I don't kill it, that is! And I LOVE urbanspoon! The BEST app.
Feb. 24, 2010 7:24 pm
If you have a tomato plant basil is an excellant companion plant, and is shaded by the tomato,and flavors the tomato. companion planting is great for small areas, and is very benificial for all. We lived in Kentucky for 7 years and I learned alot.Now I I try to put it to use in apt. living. I actually had tomato plant and even a green pepper lived over a winter on a little deck area,though they died in the 100-105 temp late summer,worth a try.Oh, you can pinch the tops, put them in h2o, or7up and they willsprout roots,more basil.
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