Lemon Basil Fish Marinade

This lemon basil fish marinade recipe is a product of me having too much basil. Whenever I buy a basil plant, it seems to grow like crazy and I can never keep up with the amount of basil it produces. It turns out, basil is a super flavorful addition to marinades, like this fish marinade. I haven’t tried it with any other fish other than tilapia, so I don’t know how well it goes with other types of fish. Let […]

Taiwanese “Three Cup” Chicken

I love take-out Chinese food – who doesn’t, really? – but it’s hard to justify a greasy meal like that more than one or two times a month. That’s why lately, I’ve been experimenting with making take-out style food at home, with less grease, fresher ingredients and more vegetables than what would otherwise be delivered to your door. This Taiwanese chicken dish – named “three cup” for its use of sesame oil, rice wine, and soy sauce — turned out […]

Vegan Basil Pesto

If you’re like me, you may not be vegetarian, let alone vegan, but you have more and more vegans in your life and sometimes you need to cook for them. Hey, I’m cool with that. Basil pesto is a classic in more ways than one – a classic dish from my childhood, a classic dish from Italy and a classic recipe from the Magic Bullet. This is the perfect time of year for making pesto, too, with basil overflowing from every stall […]

Gnocchi with Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

As fun as it is to try new things while cooking, there’s also a lot of value in having Ye Olde Weeknight Standards. You may be the most energetic person in the world, but if you’re working a job, you probably aren’t cooking adventurously every night. On nights when you aren’t feeling so “up to it,” you can have Thai takeout, eat pasta, or order a pizza, but you’d probably feel better – about yourself or about what you just had […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Panini

This panini is made with a homemade sun-dried tomato pesto spread on ciabatta bread with turkey and mozzarella cheese. I personally prefer hot sandwiches over cold and I love experimenting with new, hot sandwiches. The other day, I was at a deli during my lunch break and “sun-dried tomato pesto” caught my eye on one of the sandwich menu items. Too bad it has a lot of other stuff I didn’t want! I decided not to get it, but the pesto […]

Pasta von Trapp

The hills are alive… with the sound of this pasta. OK, I can’t say I’m much of a Sound of Music fan, so that’s about as far as I’m going with that one, but as I have mentioned previously, IT’S SUMMER and so you should be stuffing your face with in-season tomatoes. Here’s an easy way to do it: a pasta recipe that’s half pesto, half fresh tomatoes. No cooking required, easy and delicious; tastes like summer. But why is […]

Homemade Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Making pasta sauce at home has always intimidated me. I finally decided to just TRY IT and loved, loved, loved how it turned out! I used fresh tomatoes and basil, some olive oil, garlic and some salt and pepper. This recipe is so simple, yet so flavorful! By making your own pasta sauce, you control the amount of sodium and exactly which flavors you want. You should use it within 48 hours since it is not canned and does not contain […]

Sundried Tomato and Basil Cream Cheese

I go through phases of loving one thing and then eating so much of it that I can’t eat it anymore. This happened with light cream cheese. I used to eat it on half of a whole wheat bagel for so many days in a row that I can’t remember, and then one day I was so sick of it all of a sudden! Solution? Get creative with cream cheese flavors! Now, the flavored cream cheese at the store is […]

Basil Risotto

What do you do with a bunch of fresh basil? Cook this basil risotto, of course! It’s always the same – whenever I buy basil, it starts going bad in my fridge before I can figure out what to do with it. I love using it in pasta, in pesto, or tossing it on a homemade pizza, but, somehow, I still end up with so much leftover! The other night we went to our friends’ place for dinner and they […]

Best Homemade Pesto

My basil tree has miraculously survived the last few months (all the others I have ever owned died within only 1 month of buying them). Not taking any chances, I decided that I really needed to start using some of those basil leaves before it decided to croak on me. What recipe uses a lot of basil? Pesto of course! I used walnuts instead on pine nuts this time and it turned out to be the best pesto sauce I […]