I have just made a significant tactical error, friends.
I have just returned from my community-supported agriculture pickup, and while I was there, I got into a staring contest with the owner, with her contention being that she would give me all the basil I could want, and my contention being that I wanted all the basil she could give me.
Well, it turns out that I lost, not least because, by square footage, her basil is about half as big as my apartment, and she had to cut it down anyway to keep it growing. But before I finally admitted defeat I accumulated, uh, a lot of basil.
Like, a lot a lot. Of the big size produce thin plastic bags they give you at the supermarket, I think I have like four stuffed full of fresh basil. This is particularly a problem because I am alone in the house now, and therefore cooking for one, not two. Thus, the title of the post.
Current plans: I was gonna make an herb salad for dinner tonight with some other stuff, but it turns out she was also willing to give me lemon basil, lime basil, and Thai basil, and mint, so I took enough of all of that to make my salad tonight and then some. That doesn't help with my giant mass of normal basil. I intend to make a big vat of pesto, but srsly, I think I can make and freeze all the pesto we could want for the next 6-9 months and still have a lotta basil left. (Btw, this is my first time making pesto; I am taking all advice on that point as well.)
So what else should I do with all this basil?