OK, now that you have gone out and bought a basil plant. To prolong the life of your plant, keep snipping off the flower that will form on top.

This next recipe also requires some fresh herbs. It's a crowd pleaser for sure. How could it not be, It's made with butter and cream. YUM


1 1/4 C. heavy cream
4 Tbs. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. finely chopped fresh herbs. (example:Basil, mint, chives or Italian parsley)
1/8 tsp. grated fresh nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
8oz. angel hair pasta

Combine the cream. butter, salt, nutmeg and cayenne. Simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes, or until sauce is slightly reduced and thickened. Whisk in cheese and herbs. Cook another 5 minutes. Correct seasoning. And serve immediately over warm pasta.

*Note Fresh nutmeg is wonderful, It's worth looking for. Also a kitchen tool which in my opinion is a must in your kitchen is a "Microplane" This will grate your nutmeg, parmesan cheese and any things else .

The next recipe is a middle eastern dish that I love. It also incorporates a couple of fresh herbs. It's relatively inexpensive to make and good for you too!


3 C. finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 C. finely chopped mint
4-5 finely chopped green onions with green parts
4 ripe tomatoes chopped
1 C. bulgur wheat
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 C. lemon juice
5 Tbs. good olive oil
salt and pepper to taste.
a couple shakes Tabasco to give it a little zing

rinse bulgur several times. Then soak for 20 minutes. In large bowl toss rest of ingredients. Drain bulur and add to your large bowl. season to taste. Toss well. Tabouli benefits from resting. 1 hour in the refrigerated would be good.

Enjoy! if you have any comments or questions feel free to contact me. Also any suggestions on future recipes or subjects drop me a note.

Cheers Peggy
The Lavender Apple