The big, bold Southwestern flavors for this shrimp seasoning, which include ancho chile powder, smoked paprika, cumin and brown sugar, make a fabulous pairing for Basil Oil, fresh sweet tomatoes and rings of onions.
Chunks of chicken breast and slices of mushrooms swim in a broth of half and half that’s been flavored with onion, celery, bay leaves, basil and lots of lemony goodness. The flakes of basil float on top and are accented by the color of chopped red peppers.
Every year I grow a pot of sweet basil on the back deck, and this year I’m growing several varieties. Two common green, one purple and one variegated purple. So what do you do with all that basil?