Years ago, I bought a little rosemary plant during the holiday season. It was pruned to look like a miniature Christmas tree. Not only was it a cute little plant, it was so nice to have the scent of fresh rosemary in the house! When spring came, I planted it in a sunny spot by the front porch. It grew from a small little plant into a huge, huge bush. It even started getting pretty deep purple blossoms on it—I didn’t know rosemary blooms, so that was a nice bonus!
I learned that rosemary helps keeps bugs away, so it was great to have it right next to the front porch. The bush stayed green all year long; it would stop growing in the winter months and then it would flourish with new growth in the spring. The nicest thing about having the bush was that I could pick fresh rosemary for cooking and baking anytime I needed it, year-round.
I’ve grown basil every summer for many years—sometimes in a garden, but lately in a large pot, since I don’t have space for a garden right now. I love making homemade pesto with my basil! It’s really easy to make and there’s nothing like cutting fresh basil from your own garden or pot to make it!
Deviled eggs always bring back memories to me of summertime picnics…a picnic just does not seem complete somehow without deviled eggs! Even if you’re not having a picnic, they’re still a great side dish for a summer meal…and I know a lot of people who serve deviled eggs as a side dish for Thanksgiving too! So I guess Deviled Eggs are something we can enjoy all year round, right?
Here’s another recipe you can use some of your garden cucumbers in! Or, if you’re like me, the cucumbers you buy at the Farmers’ Market! If you’ve never tried making hummus before, this would be a great time to try it out—you can whip it up in a blender or food processor—it’s very easy to make! This hummus has a mild cucumber and dill flavor. iIf you really like dill, you might want to add in a little more for a stronger dill flavor.
I enjoy making different fruity salsas in the summer months, like Peach-Cucumber Salsa, for example. And here’s another one I like—Watermelon-Peach Salsa! I’m a big fan of both watermelon and peaches, and if you are too, you’ll need to try this!