I was at Wal-Mart the other day and they had herb plants set up in the entryway. I noted that they had basil plants ($3), and went along my merry way.
I love fresh basil. Once you cook with it, it's hard to go back to the dried kind. So when I got finished shopping, I looked in the produce section at the basil there. They were out (they always are), but a little smidge of basil in a plastic container (with a very short shelf life) is about the same price as an entire basil plant!
So I picked up a plant. I'm going to put it in a container on my patio and hope it doesn't become infested with black widows. That would be less than appetizing.
I'm making chicken parmesan tonight. I'm going to use some of the fresh basil for that before I send the plant outside...just to be safe.