Two nights ago I grabbed all the basil from our garden, and rather unceremoniously plunked them (root balls and all) into a spaghetti pot filled with water to save them from a hard freeze. We had several large and healthy basil plants, so they look rather out of place on my counter until they meet their fate as pesto. The Thai basil was in bloom, so this little bunch made a perfect subject for a still life.
After painting these beauties…we enjoyed them for dinner, I cooked them using Dorie Greenspan’s recipe from her cookbook, “Around My French Table”: Pumpkin Stuffed with everything good
This short NPR interview with Dorie will inspire you to cook this recipe too!