Up until a week or so ago, I was growing more basil than I could manage on my own. Lucky for me (I guess) some vile swarm of locusts took out an entire quadrant of my backyard vegetable garden. A shame, really. Because basil lemonade is seriously good.

But basil pesto is also good. So consider the above picture my little look on the bright side. I made it a week or so ago, using the remnants of my basil stash and this recipe from the June 2011 issue of Southern Living. It was a tasty end to my 2011 basil campaign.