Caprese Salad and Fruit Skewers With a Basil Vinaigrette

With temps in the 90’s all week simple, non-cooking recipes are part of my meals alongside something grilled. These skewers filled with fresh fruit, mozzarella balls, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and drizzled with a basil vinaigrette  are the perfect answer to a light and refreshing side. They are also a great choice for appetizers on an … Continue reading

Radish and Cucumber Salad with Basil

This salad just says Spring. Cucumbers and radishes are a popular twosome that only requires some fresh herbs and a light dressing. I like to use English cukes and then vary the radishes when I can find them. I have discovered that it is better to grow your own radishes to get the many varieties … Continue reading

Creamy Basil Dressing

Basil season is over here in Michigan and what better way to use this flavorful herb than in a vinaigrette. Saying goodbye to summer… Linking to Angie’s party and the two co-hosts Petra @ Food Eat Love and Vanitha @ Curry and Vanilla I served this salad with a Paradiso Reserve, Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza… … Continue reading

Limoncello Vinaigrette

I seem to be on a roll using Limoncello in recipes – I guess you can tell I just love it. This vinaigrette is a perfect combination of sweet (Limoncello), tart (lemon juice and zest) and fiery (red pepper flakes). This recipe from Genius Kitchen would also be delicious with seafood. I served this fresh … Continue reading

Capellini with Burrata, Prosciutto, Tomatoes and Basil

While looking through my reader I came across this pasta recipe from Johanne The Burrata cheese caught my attention and I had to explore further. This cheese resembles a fresh  Mozzarella ball, but when you cut into you will discover a very rich filling of soft Mozzarella pieces soaked in heavy cream. You heard … Continue reading

Cooking Tidbits – Keeping Pesto Green

Since it is “pesto season”, at least here in Michigan I thought I would share some ways to keep your basil green or to preserve it for later use. This is by far one of my favorite herbs and every year I make a bunch for different recipes and then as the season is winding … Continue reading

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Two Ways

On a recent trip to my Farmers Market there were some new vendors selling their products.  I am a big fan of supporting and buying any  Michigan products.  One was the Pure Harvest Pesto Company located in New Hudson, Michigan who makes sun-dried tomato and basil pesto (their two pestos are available at Busch’s).   The other  … Continue reading

Edible Flowers

During the summer months in Michigan I love to use these little gems of summer in my cooking.  I have a number of recipes where I have used edible flowers and I will not list them all except for the ones below.   As my edible flowers bloom I will add pictures and suggestions on what … Continue reading