So my boyfriend suggested infusing oil.
This sounded like an excellent plan. So we saved and washed an empty wine bottle and got to work the next day.
Infusing oil is really easy. You can basically make it with whatever you like.
We went with garlic, basil, and some spices (red pepper and black pepper)
Place your basil and garlic on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or so at 450.
It's important to dry everything out because if you don't, your oil infusion grows mold early on (ew).
Here's what it should look like when it's all dried out from the oven.
Closer up picture.
Then add in as much spice as you'd like.
Pour in your oil (Extra virgin olive oil)
I would not recommend filling your entire wine bottle. Although we used this infused oil a lot for cooking, it still became moldy after 3.5 weeks. Luckily we'd already used a good portion of it.
Infused oil is GREAT with a hearty loaf of French bread + balsamic mix. But we also found that it was delicious over veggies and especially a veggie pasta medley we made with pesto + infused oil as the sauce.