I’m a big fan of good olive oils- first pressings only. I especially like herbed dipping oils; they’re fragrant, delicious, and very easy to make. This recipe goes great with a nice glass of red wine and a loaf of fresh, crusty Italian bread.
Pizza sauce is easy to buy at the market, but homemade sauce is far superior. This particular recipe is spicy and sweet. Try making pizza sauce for your next pie; you’ll be amazed at the difference in quality.
Towards the end of summer I usually end up with large amounts of basil- this is also the time of year when my tomatoes ripen and become sweet, and flavorful. One of my favorite meals is homemade toasted bread with basil pesto, and garden tomatoes… don’t forget the salt and pepper!
I’ve always liked chicken salad- it’s easy to make, and makes for a delicious meal, especially during the summer.
Springtime is here. It’s time to get out your gardening equipment, till the soil, and prepare for your garden. It’s been a long hard winter, but all of that extra snow has actually had a positive effect on something- extra moisture in the soil. This extra water will help your plants thrive and have an advantage right from the start! If you’re planning on having a vegetable garden, try getting your plants in the ground by Mother’s Day.
Buy Fresh. Buy Local. It’s a tagline you’ve likely seen at a farmer’s market or even a grocery store. Not only is purchasing local produce a great way to support the farmers in your area, it’s also the best way to ensure that the food you’re preparing is some of the freshest around–no tomato trucked in from California can beat one picked hours ago at a local farm.
I often get calls from my friends and family with cooking questions, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “I’m cooking such and such, what herbs should I use?” Talk about an open-ended question with infinite answers.