At a recent party our friends went wild over this. A simple pesto is spread on Italian bread and layered with roma tomatoes and cheese. It takes a little time, but it is worth it. I freeze the basil in ice cube trays, then put the cubes in freezer bags. You can easily take out and thaw what you need. Enjoy!
Here's an old-school gumbo with shrimp, sausage, bacon, okra, the holy trinity, and a roux that is painstakingly stirred and cooked into a warm chocolate color, to deepen and enrich the flavor. Serve this over hot cooked rice.