Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad...

Caprese Salad Usually caprese salad is made by layering sliced tomato, sliced fresh mozzarella, and basil and drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I only had grape tomatoes but have plenty of basil in my garden so this is what I came up with for this caprese salad. Ingredients 2...
Olive Tapenade Roll

Olive Tapenade Roll...

Olive Tapenade Roll ready to eat! This is one of those easy recipes that can be adapted to what you have on hand. I was needing something to serve with leftover stuffed pepper crockpot soup and came up with this based on what I had available. You can use pizza or spaghetti sauce,...
Braised Beef Braciole with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

Braised Beef Braciol...

Braised Beef Braciole topped with sauce Ok, ok, ok, this is not something you’d fix after work for dinner. It is definitely too much work for that but this does make a great special occasion dinner!! This is what I made for Ken’s birthday dinner. In order to make it more...
Three Cheese Rotini Marinara Bake

Three Cheese Rotini ...

Three Cheese Rotini Marinara Bake This is great on a cool evening served with garlic bread and a salad. If you like, you can add some cooked Italian sausage when everything is mixed together. This recipe uses the spicy marinara from this blog or you can substitute your favorite spaghetti...
The Saga of Balsamic Reduction

The Saga of Balsamic...

Tomato Salad with Balsamic Reduction Ok, a couple of years ago during a trip to Tuscany, I bought some super aged (which means it had reduced to a syrup)balsamic vinegar. I paid $60 for a 100 ml bottle (which isn’t a very big bottle at all) at the Verrazzano Winery. I rationed...
Minestrone Soup with Pesto

Minestrone Soup with...

Soup simmering This soup uses many of the veggies still available this time of year in the midwest. The pesto is what makes this soup. When it’s stirred in, the soup turns a fresh green color and you can see the lovely bits of basil and smell the wonderful aroma of garlic. I...
Creamy Pesto Pasta

Creamy Pesto Pasta...

Creamy Pesto Pasta Once I made the pesto I had to find a yummy way to use it. I discovered this recipe in Simply in Season: Recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods in the spirit of More-with-Less by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert. This is a World Community Cookbook commissioned...
Pesto – A Summer Favorite

Pesto – A Summ...

Pesto before adding the olive oil Pesto is so fresh tasting and versatile that it is almost a sin not to make when fresh basil is so widely available. Even my grocery store carries what they call “live basil plants” which are perfect for this recipe. I made a double batch...
Fresh Summer Meal

Fresh Summer Meal...

Mozzarella, tomato, & basil sandwich with cucumber, tomato salad This meal is full of fresh summer goodness from the farmer’s market. For the sandwich you will need the following: 1 Oroweat Multi-Grain Sandwich Thin 1 slice of mozarella cheese 1 slice of tomato a few basil...