If you've ever cooked with dried herbs in a pinch, you know they're just not the same as fresh. Basil, for example, is one herb in particular that really shines when it's fresh. Just think of a homemade marinara sauce using fresh basil -- would it be the same using dried? But beyond those familiar dishes we most associate with basil (tomato sauce, pizza, meatballs), the herb can actually work wonderfully well in many more dishes, including cocktails and desserts. Check out our slideshow for 20 new ideas.
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