Cucumber, Basil & Gin Cocktail – 2 ways

For those in Wisconsin, this summer has been pathetic. It’s already August and there have only been a handful of days that make you so hot, the only thing you wish you had was an ice-cold drink. Well, to make up for mother nature’s shortcomings, I’ve starting enjoying those ice-cold refreshers anyway. Here’s an easy…

Herbed Quinoa

In an effort to use my herbs from the garden, I’ve come up with this simple side dish that is light and brightly flavored. You could use any combination of herbs you have – here’s the selection I chose. Herbed Quinoa 1-1/2 c quinoa, rinsed 2 c chicken stock 1 c water 1 medium yellow…

Caprese Crostini with Grilled Tomatoes

On a hot day when you’d like something light for dinner, try these toasts. Get a good loaf of bread, and slice 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick. Grill on both sides until toasted. On a metal skewer, add the cherry or grape tomatoes leaving space between each. Lightly oil the hot grill and grill the tomatoes…

Even more things to do with PESTO

I appreciate that, given my infrequent posting, some may be tiring of the fact that nearly everything I post involvesĀ pesto. BUT I have found a new use . . . or a combination of other recipes. It is summer after all.* So, what do you get when you cross a pizza withPesto Pea Salad? Yummy,…

Pesto

The more I talk to people I learn that, while most know what pesto is, they have no clue how to make it. When I try to explain that it’s easy, they think I am nuts. Honestly, if you have a food processor, this is a snap – PLUS, you will impress everyone and you…

Lemon Basil Martini

So, in this house, and the one I grew up in, we LOVE basil. When I found this recipe, I knew it was meant to be. Plus, it was the start of fall, and I had a planter full of basil waiting to be used. Unfortunately, mother nature didn’t get my memo, and freezing temperatures…

Pesto Pea Salad

I rarely find a recipe that I don’t tweak or change. I also don’t make many dishes with only a few ingredients and/or spices, but this is one of them. It’s perfect. This salad is such a great sumer dinner. Not only does it have great flavor and texture, it takes 5 minutes to throw…

Farmer’s Market Pasta

So, not only do I have a problem with using the oven, I avoid it. I mean, really. What is the point of baking a pasta dish that is perfectly good without the extra step. Case in point, Penne with Corn, Zucchini and Basil. Sounds delicious. It does not, however, sound like I need to…

The Sauce of my Childhood

Meat sauce is one of those basic things you grow out of when your palate changes, and you eventually forget. I was in the grocery store on Sunday debating the amount of energy I had to make meatballs (due to an intense craving) when vague memories of meat sauce surfaced in my brain. It turns…

That’s what I call Saturday night

Late Saturday afternoon Todd had so much studying to do and no quiet place to do it. (Todd has a roommate, I only have one room, and Todd’s parents have a house on Lake Michigan just north of Manitowoc that was empty.) So I drove up there, it is just under an hour from downtown,…

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