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A Great Basil Dish Could Win

Fresh basil can easily be a star in so many dishes, we expect the judges will have a hard time selecting a winner this week! It’s week five of our collaborative 8-Week Recipe Contest with food52, an online community for home cooks. If you have a great recipe starring fresh basil, go to the food52 contest page to submit your recipe for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Whole Foods Market. All recipe submissions must meet Whole Foods Market’s Quality Standards, which means that they must be free of hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. To enter, go to the food52 contest page, create a log-in account, and then follow their instructions for entering. (While we love seeing your recipes, entering one in the comments section of this blog post will not get you entered into the contest.) Food52 is accepting basil recipes starting today, July 5th and ending on July 9th, so make sure to get your recipe in quickly. Winners of the eight weekly contests will be eligible to win a grand prize of a $1,000 Whole Foods Market gift card! Want to get a head start on the remaining contests? Here’s what is coming up next:
  • July 12                    Swordfish
  • July 19                    Ground beef burgers
  • July 26                    Heirloom tomatoes
Good luck!

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RozJ says …

I would give part of it to my clients at the low income neighborhood clinic where I volunteer. The other part I would de-pitt and make a nice cherry elixir with lemons and RELAX!!

Lisa Sieczka says …

This is a new twist on the classic summer salad. I have added white beans and walnuts for some vegan protein. Basil Tomato Watermelon Summer Salad salad: 6 large tomatoes (heirloom, beefsteak, salad etc) 2 cucumbers 1/4-1/2 watermelon several basil leaves (10-20) 1/4 red onion (optional) 1 can organic white beans (northern) 1/8-1/4 cut chopped or halved walnuts dressing: 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/8 cup Balsamic Vinegrette 3-4 TBSP lemon juice salt and pepper to taste. Cut watermelon, tomatoes, and cucumbers in large chunks. Tear or lightly chop basil leaves. Combine all in large bowl with white beans and walnuts. Mix dressing ingredients with a whisk until emulsified. Poor over salad (to taste). Refridgerate 1-2 hours for best results.

Andrea Dubois says …

I make a basil pesto and then mix it with any kind of pasta. I then add in roasted beets, fresh mozzerella balls and fresh peas. soooo good!

Cooking4carnivores says …

Walnut basil pesto is easy - http://www.cooking4carnivores.com/2009/06/basil-pesto.html A watermelon basil lemonade is refreshing - http://www.cooking4carnivores.com/2009/07/pretty-and-pink-lemonade.html http://www.cooking4carnivores.com/2009/09/marvelous-mushrooms.html And fresh basil on a goat cheese portabella is satisfying -

dust learns says …

I like basil - straight. Yummy. And The Mrs. Meyers laundry soap, fabric softener, Dryer sheet 'Basil' - You're foolish if you don't trust me on It.

Christian kai says …

Asian fresh spring Basil rolls Combine favorite veggies in a salad bowl such as bean sprouts,shredded carrots, shredded Basil, shredded purple cabbage, halved cherry tomatoes. For more protein add extra firm tofu chicken, pork or steak thinly sliced. Toss all ingredients with a Asian sesame Ginger dressing. Then wrap in softened rice paper. Garnish with Basil and thin lemon slice. ... Server chilled.

Tessy Rose Hines says …

My mom grows basil, and she made pesto, it was amzing!!!

Amy says …

This is not a recipe to enter into a contest, but if you are looking for EASY, this is a basil pesto I mixed up the other night. Yum! http://goodiesandbesties.blogspot.com/2010/07/pesto-tonight.html

Sue Golden says …

To 6oz of Extra Virgin first-press Olive oil, add half tsp fresh ground pepper, quarter tsp fresh ground sea salt, a quarter cup of freshly chopped basil, and a pinch of chopped oregano. Mix with a fork. Cut a crispy, french loaf, warmed in the oven, and dip into the delectable Olio. Enjoy, with a glass of your favorite wine before dinner.