We grow a lot of basil in the garden. It's not readily available here at any season in it's fresh form and it is a favorite herb. It's great with anything tomato even just a chiffonade of basil showered over a dish.
We love pesto and make many jars from the garden basil over the summer and in the fall, we pull up all the plants in the garden and spend an afternoon making pesto for the freezer.
In winter, a big plate of spaghetti and a jar of thawed pesto and a good hunk of Parmesan cheese, we have a quick and tasty lunch or dinner. With snow flying outside, it is surely summer on a plate as we enjoy a meal with our garden basil.
Of course, on pesto making day, all we need is the platter of spaghetti to pour the pesto on. It's the perfect lunch. So perfect, in fact, that husband Jim opened a bottle of sauvignon blanc to enjoy with lunch.