Caprese Spinach Salad


I have this thing with spinach. I typically only eat baby spinach because I can’t handle the size of regular spinach. And I don’t like the stem on either size. I will take a meticulously long time to de-stem spinach for a salad. I mean how many times have you been eating a spinach salad…

Basil Thai Chicken over {Cauliflower} Rice


The other day I was trying to get creative about sneakily adding more vegetables into my dinner so I began researching how I could do so with cauliflower. Trader Joe’s sells “riced” cauliflower that I’ve been eyeing up for a while. So I looked up recipes for fried (cauliflower) rice and the ilk and stumbled…

Caprese Pizza


In the last few days I have picked about 10 tomatoes from the various tomato plants growing in my garden. Every few days I pick another handful. In a few days I’ll be ready to pick more. In an effort to use up as many tomatoes as possible (four), I decided to turn the classic…

Cilantro-Basil Cashew Pesto


I never crave vegan cooking or eating. I can’t help it. I grew up in Wisconsin for crying out loud. But sometimes vegan recipes sneak onto my stove and when they do, I usually find that they’re not all that bad. And I rarely find myself missing dairy. ingredients. 1 c. packed fresh basil leaves…

Buttermilk-Basil Dressing


Toss cherry tomatoes in this dressing for an easy summer salad. ingredients. 2/3 c. sour cream 1/4 c. buttermilk 3 T. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 2 T. minced fresh parsley 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper, to taste directions. Place all ingredients in a jar, cover and shake until well…

Tomato, Garlic and Herb Pizza


Update 4.21.2018 It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve made pizza, and really, what I’ve been itching to make is Nacho Pizza (hopefully soon to come!). Instead of experimenting with Nacho ingredients to make a Nacho Pizza hybrid; I decided to stick with what I know for tonight’s pizza: tomato, garlic and fresh herbs with…

Basil Tortellini Soup


This recipe is adapted from a recipe sent to me by my grandma. The original recipe directions did not call for pureeing or blending of any of the ingredients. But both my dad and I agree that a thicker, creamier soup is better than a broth soup any day. This soup was perfect for this…

Tomato, Basil and Cheese Thin Crust Pizza


We love to make homemade pizza at our house. When trying to decide our toppings for tonight’s pizza, we took into account a few things: what we had on hand (tomatoes, basil and Rosemary and Olive Oil Focaccia Bread dough) and my sister’s taste buds (she tries to eat as little meat as possible). After…

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta


Using a gift card for Grand Central Bakery, Dad and I have been buying lots of fresh loaves of bread while he’s been in town. Ever since making the Roasted Garlic Bruschetta the other day, I’ve been dying to make a tomato bruschetta – it’s one of my favorite appetizers and pretty easy to make….

Caprese Bowl


This is easy and fast. Perfect if you’re looking for different kind of appetizer or a light and (somewhat) healthy supper. I used fresh, ripe tomatoes from my sister’s garden. Thanks for the recipe, Grandma! ingredients. 6 large ripe tomatoes 3 garlic cloves, crushed 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 c. chopped basil 1 T….

Pistachio Basil Pesto Sauce


This is the second time I’ve made this sauce – unfortunately the first time I made it last weekend when we were at the coast I forgot my camera and, thus, was not able to blog this recipe. I love this as an alternative to traditional pesto (made with pine nuts) because pistachios don’t change…

Basil Pesto Sauce


A basil and olive oil sauce that can be used in pizza, pasta, and much more.