Posts Tagged ‘basil’

Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella and Basil

December 29, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Holidays, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack

Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe […]

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Green Bean Salad with Corn, Cherry Tomatoes & Basil

June 13, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian

  This simple summery salad will be perfect at your next cookout or potluck. The fresh flavors will compliment a variety of foods. For the vinaigrette, I didn’t mess with a mortar and pestle to mash the garlic. Instead, I just smashed the garlic in a garlic press and proceeded with the recipe. Toss the salad with the […]

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Caprese BLT Sandwiches

October 7, 2010 by andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich

Words cannot describe how much I love this sandwich…it’s one of my favorite sandwiches EVER! You may be thinking to yourself that it’s just a sandwich. But that’s where you’re wrong. It’s not just a sandwich…it’s a REALLY, REALLY GOOD SANDWICH: Ciabbata bread spread with a delicious basil mayonnaise and layered with ripe tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, […]

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Zucchini Caponata

September 6, 2010 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Condiment, Dip, Italian, Recipes, Side Dish, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian

If you’re looking for a way to use up some of that summer zucchini, try this recipe for Zucchini Caponata. The combo of zucchini, tomatoes and olives makes a great topping for grilled bread or a quick, fresh sauce for cooked pasta. I bet it would also be really good as a topping for grilled chicken […]

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Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce

August 20, 2010 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Grilling/BBQ, Main Dish, Mexican, Pork, Recipes, Summer

This Mexi-inspired recipe will please most tastes (sans vegetarians). The lightly seasoned pork has good flavor without being dominated by the rub, which is a combo of paprika, brown sugar, chile powder and allspice. After I put the rub on the pork, I put it back in the fridge for a few hours while I […]

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Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches

August 9, 2010 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Grilling/BBQ, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Summer, Vegetarian

Most people fall in one of two categories with eggplant: you either Like It or Hate It. I happen to be in the Like It category. Recently I was looking up new sandwich recipes and came across this “sandwich” using grilled eggplant. Not only are these Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwiches beautiful, but they’re also delicious, incredibly easy […]

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Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Crostini

August 5, 2010 by andrea | 10 Comments | Filed in Appetizer, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Snack, Vegetarian

Words can not express how much I love this appetizer! In fact, it’s what I had for dinner last night. I didn’t intend to eat only the crostini for dinner but I ate several of them, which led to several more and before I knew it, I was full. This is one of those appetizers […]

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Spicy Beef with Peanuts & Chiles

June 4, 2010 by andrea | 7 Comments | Filed in Asian, Beef, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes

This delicious beef stir-fry dish is everything I was hoping it would be! You get great flavor from the peanuts, soy sauce, fish sauce and lime juice, and a nice kick from the chiles. Yumm!   Changes I made to the recipe: I doubled the cilantro and omitted the basil, substituted red onion for the shallot, […]

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Basil-Lemon Pesto

April 20, 2010 by andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in Condiment, Dip, Recipes, Sauce

There’s nothing like freshly made pesto! This particular recipe fills your whole kitchen with the wonderful fragrance of basil, garlic, lemon and parsley…Yumm! The pesto only takes a few minutes to make and freezes well (always a bonus!). I’ve tried this pesto tossed with hot pasta and with grilled chicken…both are excellent! It would also be great in pasta […]

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Spicy Stir-fried Pork with Garlic and Chiles

March 18, 2010 by andrea | Comments Off on Spicy Stir-fried Pork with Garlic and Chiles | Filed in Asian, Main Dish, Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes

I could eat stir-fries just about every day. It’s a great way to make a quick meal plus there’s a bazillion different ways to make them, which means you never get bored with the same ol’ thing. Here’s a recipe I found recently that features stir-fried strips of pork with thinly sliced sweet red pepper and spicy […]

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