Chilled Melon Soup with Basil 1 medium honeydew or other melon, rind removed and seeded 3 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons sour cream or Greek yogurt 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil salt and pepper to taste Place melon and lime juice in a blender. Process until very smooth, about 1 minute. Add the salt and […]
Cucumber Aqua Fresca 1 cup cucumber cut into thick slices 2 limes cut into quarters ½ cup fresh mint or basil Combine ingredients with water in a 2-quart pitcher and chill. Drink throughout the day for refreshing hydration.
Strawberry/Basil Shortcakes – serves 4 Strawberries 1 pound strawberries, stemmed, hulled, and sliced (about 2 cups) 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tbs chopped basil, use a sharp knife for this, extra basil leaves for garnish Biscuits 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cold heavy cream […]
Watermelon Basil Cooler 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon ¼ cup fresh basil leaves 1 cup ice cubes 1 tbs. fresh lime juice 1 tbs honey or agave Blend in a mixer and enjoy!
Bruschetta 2 cups cored, chopped, fresh tomatoes, place in a strainer for 15 minutes to drain off excess moisture. 2 garlic cloves minced 3 tbs chopped basil 1 tbs chopped parsley 2 tbs olive oil ½ cup cubed baby mozzarella, feta or shaved manchego cheese Salt and pepper to taste. Combine ingredients and serve over […]
Pesto ¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts ¼ cup olive oil, if you need more, use it, you want a thick sauce texture. 1 cup fresh basil 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese 2-3 cloves of garlic Process in food processor until smooth. Use on pasta, sandwiches, roasted vegetables, potatoes and more. Pesto is usually made with […]
Summer is here! Festivals, road trips, outdoor concerts, farmer’s markets, camping, hiking and all sorts of activities abound. Do some planning and make time to take a garden tour, attend a food festival, hike a mountain and/or see a concert in the park. Don’t squander this glorious season, get out there and enjoy yourself! Book […]
Artichokes with Lemon Butter Artichokes can be intimidating for the beginning cook but they are truly easy and quite delicious! If these directions don’t do it for you check out youtube for a tutorial. 2 artichokes butter lemon With a sharp, serrated kitchen knife, cut off about one inch from the top of the artichoke, […]
Strawberry/Rhubarb Crunch – serves 6-8 Filling 2/3 cup sugar 3 tbs flour 1 lb strawberries, sliced 3 cups diced rhubarb 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice Topping ¾ cup flour ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup brown sugar 1 stick butter 1 tsp cinnamon Preheat oven to 375. Mix filling ingredients in a bowl and […]
Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette 1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds 1 tbs honey or agave 1 tbs shoyu or soy sauce 2 tbs rice wine vinegar 1 tbs toasted sesame oil 3 tbs olive or avocado oil In a small bowl or small mason jar with lid add all of the vinaigrette […]
Strawberries with Basil and Balsamic 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 tbs sugar 1 tbs balsamic vinegar 6 fresh basil leaves Gently toss the strawberries with the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Let sit for 20 minutes. Stack the basil leaves and with a sharp knife cut into slivers. Serve the strawberries over ice cream, honey […]
Roasted Garlic Recipe Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, great for the cardiovascular and immune system garlic is a true super food. Make a couple extra and have on hand for garlic butter or to add to other dishes. 1 large garlic head 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the head of […]