Getting back to having a "Miscellaneous thread for things that don't deserve their own thread", I question this. Everyone who starts a thread probably believes it is deserving of being on the board for comments. Personally, I want to know what the gist of the thread is going to be before I read it. I don't want to have to guess if it is something I'm interested in reading about.
The reason I made this thread is, there have been many times where a thread has sidetracked, and the sidetrack is actually interesting, albeit to a small group of people. Then, those people are asked to take it to its own thread, which is great... but it's kind of like the old adage of "why don't they offer up cable completely a la carte," with the answer being that although you may love the three-guys-named-Bill-playing-Parcheesi" channel, if it's not included with other channels it will have too few people interested in it.
So this is basically the equivalent of a cable package... all those sidetracks that are interesting to you, but you just know wouldn't go a whole page if it wasn't in with other topics (admittedly, this one subverted that. )
On that note, a new topic, sort of a question but not really enough of a factual one to go in the "this might be a stupid question" thread:
Do [other] people really only eat basil as pesto?
With spring approaching (in the USA
) conversations, FB, etc are turning to talk of gardens and fresh produce etc. Basil gets mentioned. So I note how easy basil is to grow, and how it just keeps producing, etc. I mention with pride how bushy my basils are and how I have to harvest several leaves a week to keep them in check. And without fail, seriously every single conversation I have ever had and mentioned my basil plants, someone says "oh, well you should make pesto!" As if this is A) a terribly ingenious idea that would have never occurred to dumb ole me before and B) the way
to use basil. (Once someone even said "basil? Nah I don't like pesto.")
I like pesto, and occasionally I do make it (and sometimes when I do, I use other
fresh greens then basil! And other cheeses and other nuts! Oh the humanity!) But gee whiz folks, basil is also delicious in tomato dishes, or in eggs, or mixed into salad, or mixed into rice our couscous or quinoa, in Thai curry, its good raw, or cooked into dishes, whole leaves or large cuts or diced - there are so many ways to use basil other then just pureed with olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano and pine nuts!