Artichoke Basil Pesto

Artichoke Basil Pesto

My kids requested Artichoke Basil Dip for an appetizer the other night so I decided to take the remaining artichokes and make this Artichoke Basil Pesto.  If you like artichokes, basil and almonds, you’ll love this recipe. It’s great served as a side with fish, chicken, pork or seafood, and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare.

Penne With Tomato Basil Sauce

Penne With Tomato Basil Sauce

TGIF! We have had the best week at the beach and are headed home today! It has been amazing one-on-one family time! Thinking ahead… what’s for dinner when we get back? This 15 minute recipe for Penne with Tomato Basil Sauce is on my list for something really easy and quick (under 15 minutes). This is also a great way to use up some of your fresh basil (if you’re growing it this summer).  You can also use summer fresh tomatoes, roast them and puree them. I am hoping to get to the Farmer’s market this weekend to make some sauce to freeze. I hope you have had a great week too! Cheers to summer!

 

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta Perfect Holiday Appetizers

With the holidays upon us, I have been sifting thru recipes for holiday appetizers for my family, friends, and readers. From the popular registered dietitians and personal trainers, The Nutrition Twins and their new book  Veggie Cure, I am excited to share this Tomato and Basil Bruschetta recipe. The book offer expert advice on the benefits of adding more veggies to your diet along with tantalizing recipes for energy, health and beauty. Enjoy this recipe during the holidays or anytime of the year.

Edamame with Cranberries and Feta

My 3 kids and I love eating edamame beans for snacks or a healthy appetizer. A friend gave me this recipe for Easy with Cranberries and Feta, and I made it twice in a week. This easy blend starts by using frozen edamame beans, thawed combined with cranberries, feta, olive oil and lime juice. Whether you want a healthy side dish to accompany fish, chicken or beef or a great salad topping, you’ll love this savory, sweet mixture. Edamame beans are so healthy for you. They contain 100 calories with 8 g of protein. It also provides 4 g of fiber and is a good source of calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Need I say more?

 

Chicken Caprese: Spring is in the Air

Spring is around the corner, so it’s time for my favorite ingredients: tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. This recipe for Chicken Caprese is a 30 minute twist on your typical “Caprese” salad. Feel free to sauté the chicken if you don’t have time to grill (or if it’s still to chilly outside). My 3 kids really loved this one! My youngest son, Zachary, loves fresh mozzarella, and it’s a a great way to get him to eat fresh tomatoes and basil.  My best tip is to buy the highest quality mozzarella you can find. Enjoy this during spring and summer as a simple weeknight or weekend chicken main dish.

Game-Day Favorite: Basil Bloody Mary

Happy football season to everyone! We are excited about the Alabama/Penn State game and Auburn/Mississippi State tomorrow. I thought I would share this fun game-day recipe for Basil Bloody Marys. I made these on television a couple of times last year for some tailgating shows, and I thought they would make the perfect tailgating drink for this weekend’s games. This recipe rocks-just try it and you will see. Enjoy the weekend!

Tomato, Fresh Herbs and Feta Crostini for Mother’s Day

Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, I thought I would share a super easy recipe from my new cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Burgers & Classics to Wraps & Condiments”. These Tomato, Fresh Herbs and Feta Crostini would be considered an open-face sandwich and a simple spring appetizer that is pretty, fresh and versatile with a brunch, lunch or dinner menu. I am making this recipe today along with 4 other recipes on Nashville’s Newschannel 5 “Talk of the Town”. My television segment will air at 11 a.m. central as well as on Comcast channel 50 at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Monday. I hope everyone has a great weekend and Mother’s day celebration.

Summer Fest Easy Appetizer or Salad: Tomatoes with Basil Drizzle

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I love serving fresh tomatoes this time of year instead of a salad. Since Summer Fest 2010 features tomatoes for its last week, I thought this was a perfect healthy and easy side dish or salad while tomatoes are at their peak. Add some thinly sliced mozzarella if you wish, or leave as is. This basil drizzle is also wonderful served over grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or pork. See Margaret and Away to Garden for more information on Summer Fest.

Summer Fest 2010: Fresh Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

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One big job of a recipe developer and blogger is to consistently read as many food blogs as I can. I found out about a wonderful summer blog event that started last week from one of my favorites, White On Rice Couple’s blog. They are part of Summer Fest Community which is in it’s 3rd year celebrating the peak harvest season of produce. This idea was created by Margaret Roach and Deb Puchalla. For the next several weeks, talented bloggers are sharing their recipes or growing tips for ingredients and produce. Margaret Roach from A Way to Garden has chosen to feature corn this week. I love this Corn-Tomato and Basil side dish using fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, basil and Parmesan. Feel free to cook your corn on the grill or however you like. I roasted mine in the oven while I was reading some of my favorite food blogs. For more information on Summer Fest, visit http://awaytogarden.com/3d-annual-summer-fest-starts-wednesday

Taste of Summer: Savory Tomato-Basil Pie

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When I worked at Southern Living Magazine, we tested a lot of Tomato Pie recipes. I have been searching for one without mayonnaise that was lighter, healthier and still tasted great. My assistant, Alatia, told me about one that she made recently. This Tomato-Basil Pie is super easy, and it makes great use of summery fresh tomatoes and basil. My kids said it tasted similar to a pizza, and they loved it. This is a great recipe idea for a party appetizer, light main-dish dinner or lunch. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic if you like. It’s a true taste of summer.

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