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From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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The Sweet Scent of Basil

I absolutely love baking with basil. It adds a wonderful layer of flavor that’s not so common in desserts. Keep in mind there are many varieties of basil, each yielding completely different flavor profiles.

Bounties of Basil

Pick up a bunch of basil today and try Food Network's creative and unique recipes highlighting basil’s classic flavor.

Basil 5 Ways

The basil plants in my garden are getting ready to explode – in a few short weeks I’ll have bunches and bunches on my hands. Here are 5 different ways to use this fresh and flavorful herb.

Basil Pesto — Meatless Monday

A fresh, no-cook sauce that takes just moments to prepare, Food Network Magazine's Basil Pesto is a must-have summer sauce.

Herb of the Month: Basil

Basil is high in vitamins A, K and C and adds a lot of fresh flavor to food without the calories.

5 Ingredients: Tomato-Basil Pizza

Friday night is pizza night in our house. Instead of ordering greasy take out, I whip up my own healthier version with five simple ingredients.

Spotlight Recipe: Parmesan, Basil & Lemon Wafers (Frico)

These delicate wafers are the perfect companion to soup or a salad and a great alternative to a cracker.

How to Make Basil Salt

If you need to use up all of that basil from the garden, make basil-flavored salt. Serve it with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella at a cookout, or package it to give to the neighbors.