September 25, 1991 |
Dear Polly: How do you store fresh basil leaves for future use - that is, for pesto dishes or whatever - after they have been picked from the plant. - Irene The best way to store fresh basil is to freeze it. You can do this by simply rinsing and blotting dry the freshly harvested leaves, then packing them snugly in plastic freezer bags or freezer containers. Pack in each container only what you will use at one time since the leaves will freeze into a mass that must be defrosted all at once.
August 2, 1989 |
When pesto - that pungent combination of basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and olive oil - was introduced, fresh basil was about as common as a rare steak. Cooks in the know had herb gardens where they grew enough basil to supply half the world's Italian restaurants, and everyone else was envious. Now basil is available year-round in most supermarkets. (It must even have replaced the African violet as the most popular house plant by now.) So to put a fresh slant on what's become a summer perennial, substitute cilantro for basil in the usual pesto recipe.
March 20, 2013 |
Throughout its playoff run, the St. Basil Academy girls' basketball team made no secret of what it was all about. The Panthers were going to shoot three-pointers - lots of them - and let the chips fall where they may. For two rounds, it worked splendidly. But St. Basil finally ran into an opponent it couldn't outgun Tuesday, falling to York Catholic, 45-28, in the PIAA Class AA state semifinals at Reading High's Geigle Complex. After making 16 three-pointers in the last two rounds of the tournament, St. Basil sank five on Tuesday.
March 13, 2013 |
After a season-long battle playing in the Catholic Academies league, St. Basil was well prepared for postseason play. The Panthers' experience played a major factor Tuesday night, as the District 1 champions defeated Delone Catholic, 47-40, in the second round of the PIAA Class AA girls' basketball tournament at Coatesville. "Our league is our best preparation for something like this," St. Basil coach Terry Mancini said. "Those games are invaluable when you get into a situation like this.
March 3, 2014 |
Moments after St. Basil won its second straight District 1 Class AA title in girls' basketball, Kate Skalski compared her team's impending journey in the PIAA state tournament to a "business trip. " One of eight seniors for the Panthers, Skalski said this group has its eyes on only one thing: a state-tournament run. Basil certainly took care of business Saturday, defeating Christopher Dock, 51-23, for the district championship at Villanova's Pavilion. The Panthers took control from the start, setting the tone by knocking down seemingly anything they put up from the perimeter.
October 12, 1988 |
If the fresh basil in your garden survived the weekend's frost, take nature's warning and bring it into the house, where you can prepare for a refreshing taste of summer throughout the winter. But do it quickly, for basil is a very delicate herb, and one of the first to fall victim to the cold weather. It is a member of the mint family and goes well with a wide range of foods such as pork, lamb, veal, fowl, seafood, soups, eggs and squash. One of its classic uses is pesto, the Genoan sauce creation made with pine nuts and olive oil. To keep basil without drying it - which will let it retain its fragrant essence and render it less pungent - chop the leaves finely, mix with a little water and freeze in ice-cube trays to use when needed.
February 4, 2004 |
The seniors on the St. Basil girls' basketball team had set a couple of goals for this season. They wanted to go unbeaten at home in Athletic Association of Catholic Academies play and win the regular-season championship, something the school hadn't done since 1985. The Panthers accomplished their goals last night thanks to a 59-49 win on Senior Night. With the win over Villa Maria (10-2 league), the Panthers (19-3) finished league play at 11-1. Their only loss came against Nazareth Academy on the road.
January 3, 2011 |
Fort Myers, Fla., was a long way to go to play a school that's just a few miles down the road, but the girls' teams from St. Basil and Archbishop Ryan said the travel hassle they had to go through to get there was well worth it. The Ragdolls and Panthers were scheduled to play in the Fort Myers Tournament. But when a snowstorm hit this area after Christmas, it didn't look like either team was going anywhere. "Our flight [to Florida] was canceled," said St. Basil coach Terry Mancini.
March 14, 2004 |
The icing on the cake, Villa Maria coach Kathy McCartney was quoted as saying, would be to beat St. Basil yesterday in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA girls' basketball state playoffs. "I walked into school on Friday and our principal [Sister Carla Hernandez] handed me the newspaper and showed me that quote," St. Basil senior guard Britney Izzi said. "She said, 'You've got to win.' " Following two straight losses to Villa Maria, in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies playoff championship and the semifinals of the District 1 tournament, St. Basil gained redemption and refused to be "icing on the cake.
March 13, 2003 |
Nobody on St. Basil's team hung her head or let her tears drop on the court last night. The Panthers were proud of their run of success, which ended in a 38-35 second-round loss in the PIAA Class AAA state girls' basketball playoffs to North Pocono at Parkland High. North Pocono will play in Saturday's quarterfinal game against the winner of last night's meeting between Villa Maria and Bishop Hoban. St. Basil (19-9) won its first District 1 title this season, stunning some top seeds.