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Indoor herb gardens are an easy, fun way to add fresh flavor to your cooking. But not all herbs are created equal when it comes to pet safety. Standards like lavender and oregano are off-limits, but pets are fine around basil, sage and thyme.

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Tomatoes are everywhere right now. After making tomato soup, ratatouille and bruschetta, toss your tomatoes into a pie with cheese and basil and see how they shine.

To turn pasta chips back into a balanced meal, make your chips simple and serve them with a tasty side dish of burrata, tomato, basil, and balsamic like @chefcuso.

Take advantage of all the delicious in-season heirloom tomatoes and try this recipe from @halfbakedharvest. The fresh basil brings out the flavor in the bacon, cheese, and tomato grilled cheese.

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Primal Kitchen, which sets consumers up to achieve "new heights of wellness and vitality through real-food eating," according to its website, specializes in that whole keto/paleo thing. I'm tempted to try it, if only because it will certainly make me healthy without needing to exercise.

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Classico was the original fancy supermarket pasta sauce — the "nice" alternative to Ragu or Prego. The branding and design continue to evoke cracked frescoes, a young Al Pacino wandering the Sicilian countryside and stone bridges with a cute old man playing "O Sole Mio" on the organetto. You know, what we Americans think Italy is. Heinz acquired the brand in 2001.

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One of the better entries that's basil-forward. The basil comes across as sweet and floral, not bitter as can sometimes happen, and complements the light, bright tomato. With pasta, the herb flavor takes a backseat and fades like a tight haircut into the background.

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There's a good texture to this Yo Mama's sauce that's juicy and not pasty. The basil flavor is not too grassy, but it's detectable. There's a slightly sour aftertaste but it doesn't overpower. If you want a basil sauce, this could be a good option.

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Keto dieters don’t have to miss out on the summer fun with this low carb cocktail from @theketodadlife. Fresh lime juice, basil leaf, kombucha, and berry sparkling water give this vodka drink plenty of flavor.

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If you’re looking to extend the life of fresh herbs like basil, parsley, and cilantro, this smart herb saver featured in @miriam.gin1’s video will do the trick. The pod has a water reservoir at the bottom to keep herbs from drying out or going brown in the fridge for up to three weeks.

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If you love spending time in your backyard or on your patio, but you find yourself being eaten alive by mosquitoes, the secret to repelling these pesky bugs could be as simple as a few new beautiful plants in your garden. Here are 5 plants that repel mosquitoes without harsh chemicals:

If you’ve been taking advantage of the warm weather to grow fresh herbs like basil, chives, cilantro, and dill, or you always pick up your favorite herbs at the grocery store, you’ve probably run into this common problem: they’re always the first thing in your refrigerator to wilt. When wrapping herbs in a damp cloth just isn’t doing the trick, this sleek herb saver from Prepara is the solution.

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