Lemon, Shallot & Dijon Dressing

This dressing is so creamy that you’d think it was full of mayonnaise, but it’s not. It’s perfectly balanced and amazing with beets. 1 small shallot, minced 1 lemon, juiced 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. honey 1/2 c. olive oil Salt Pepper Add all ingredients to the blender, and run until dressing is creamy…

Italian Oil-Packed Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad

Whether you’re looking for a light summer dinner, or a taste of summer in the relentlessness of this harsh winter, this is a MUST eat. I found myself on Brady Street at the end of the day, just blocks from Glorioso’s, which Milwaukeeans know as the fantastic Italian grocer. Armed with my iPhone, I grabbed…

Lemon Verbena Shortbread

In an effort to use up my herbs before the frost hits and the season is over, I wanted a lemon verbena alternative to pound cake. While these shortbread cookies are about as close to pound cake as you can get – tons of butter – they are a nice shareable and snackable alternative. Not…

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…

Chicken Korma

Korma describes a curry dish, often with dried fruit and nuts, that’s braised. I wouldn’t describe this dish as a curry through. The sauce is brothy and light. The flavors are reminiscent of curry, but unique to this dish. I can’t necessarily compare it to anything else, and based on my research, ‘korma’ is the…

Lemon Verbena Pound Cake

Every year I plant an herb garden in several pots at our house. There’s always basil, thyme, sage, chives and tarragon. But this year I decided to plant lemon verbena because it reminds me of staying at my Aunt Chris and Uncle Mark’s organic farm in the summer. Aunt Chis always had huge lemon verbena…

Nicoise Style Salad

It’s not always easy to prepare a healthy, light, and satisfying dinner, especially on a weeknight. (It’s further compounded when you’re a carbohydrate loving Italian girl.) Tonight Todd went to the grocery store, and unbeknown to him, came back with the extra ingredients for a Nicoise salad. As it happens, I do not care for…

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…

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