Lemon-Basil Potato Salad

Potato salad and summer make a perfect pair. I like that you can make it in advance and in may cases it improves as it sits for a few hours. [Read more…]

Basil-Lime Margarita

Each spring I plant a variety of herbs. I start with small plants that I’ve picked up at local nurseries. Except for basil – this I grow from seed. This year’s harvest was one of the best I’ve ever had. My basil plants were about three feet tall with large wonderful leaves. [Read more…]

Blood Orange and Basil Campari Cocktail

It’s taken me a while to come around to the taste of Campari. My dad’s been a fan for years but it wasn’t until recently that I was won over. I always thought it tasted a bit like bark and in doing some research for this article it turns out I was right. [Read more…]

Burrata and Tomato Salad

I was like a kid in a candy store this past Saturday at the Malvern (PA) Farmers Market. There were a few different stands selling tomatoes but when I saw that the Kimberton CSA (the first CSA in Pennsylvania) had sorted their cherry tomatoes into bins so you could make your own mixture I knew that I had to go to their stand. [Read more…]

Farmers Market Succotash

Growing up lima beans were a very unwelcome vegetable in the house. They were my stepfather, Mark J’s, least favorite vegetable so we never had them at the dinner table. Both he and my mom grew up with mothers who, let’s just say, were not gourmet chefs so I can only assume that the lima beans of their youth came from a can (enough said). [Read more…]

All Things Green Yogurt Sauce

Perhaps not all things green but close to it – six of 10 ingredients for this tasty sauce are green and fresh:  basil, mint, jalapeño, scallion and lime (zest and juice).  Throw in some yogurt, olive oil, ginger and garlic and you’ll have your new favorite sauce for the summer. [Read more…]

Artichoke and Caper Dip

When I think of Easter artichokes are one of the first foods that come to mind as my mother always served steamed whole artichokes on Easter. This dip satisfies that artichoke craving but you can make it all year long since it uses canned artichoke hearts. [Read more…]

Smoky Sun Dried Tomato and Bean Dip

Think smoked salmon spread but without any fish. The smoky sun dried tomatoes impart both the taste and color that you get from smoked salmon. I used California Sun Dry Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes which are “dried in the California sun and then naturally smoked in a proprietary blend of four hardwoods.” [Read more…]

Basil Pesto

Who has lots of basil growing in their garden? Basil is the one thing that I can consistently grow from seed and this year I was rewarded with my best crop yet. The plants were well over two feet high and most of the leaves were about four inches long. Last Sunday morning I decided it was time to “harvest” my basil to make some pesto.  [Read more…]

Tomato Basil Soup

Growing up, Campbell’s Tomato Soup was a staple in my house. I’m sure you know the one I’m talking about – red and white label with the word “condensed” which meant you had to add water or milk to it. I have fond memories of eating it for lunch along with “cheese toast” (otherwise known as a piece of cheese melted on toast). [Read more…]