Strawberry Basil Lemonade. Does that sound a little unusual to you? It is kind of different. When you first drink a sip of the lemonade you're hit with a sweet strawberry lemonade sensation, then comes the bubbles (if you used sparkling water) and then the minty fresh basil. then you die inside of amazingness from this drink. I served this at a few different parties, ALL of parties my friends have devoured this drink! Let me show you how easy it is to make. Best part is you a can make it . . .
This is my go to way of cooking Instant Pot quinoa. I love quinoa and its health benefits! I especially love adding quinoa to all my salads. It's light, fluffy can be basically flavorless- but adds a ton of protein to your meal to make it a little more filling with our making it less healthy. I'm showing you how to make instant pot quinoa - the PERFECT quinoa you'll ever make. It's easy and fast! After its cooked toss it with your favorite salads! (like the quinoa caprese salad pictured . . .
Caprese salad is one of the most popular, craved and loved salad out there! How can you not love it. Garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. Add some sea salt and any other additional salts you desire and its perfecto. We have restaurant here in southern California that is rather popular, Roma Cucina. Even on a Tuesday night the line to get in was out the door. One of my favorite things to order there is their cypress salad. It's so simple, but so delicious and bursting with . . .
These drunken noodles ruined me in high school, RUINED me. Pad Kee Mao is one of those dishes I crave, and I crave it even though I am thousands of miles away from the dang thai restaurant. I have found that no two thai resturants make them the same. Our favorite thai place where I live now make Pad Kee Mao that comes pretty close but to the original but if I want it perfect I just have to make them myself. It's a good thing these drunken noodles are so easy. One of the best things about . . .
This last week I took this lentil bruschetta to a few parties- each time nervous that people would look at it and run away (let's face it these lentils are not the most beautiful creatures on Earth...) but instead I received the opposite reaction! Every one LOVED it. I received so many comments and even texts asking for the recipe afterwards. SO so happy this was a major hit. I have every confidence that when you make this you will love it and everyone you share it with will love it . . .
Creamy tomato basil soup with a melty grilled cheese sandwich has got to be on pretty much everyone's top 10 favorites list. This creamy tomato soup is full of veggies (which no one will know!) with little cream and a little cheese to smooth it all out and balance out the tomatoes. Most recipes call for canned tomatoes- which is why I LOVE this recipes. It is ALL FRESH! How to make Creamy Tomato Soup Everyone knows what a roux is right? So lets move on to another base basic in . . .
Hi there! Today we have an oldie but a goodie made new! For sheet pan week, we wanted to share a few fast and easy ideas to pull dinner off on busy nights. One of our favorites is open-faced sandwiches like this Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich. These come together with minimal prep and has the potential to make a lot for large families or groups. In fact, this recipe originally was inspired by my Aunt Cammy. A few years ago, Des and I were in charge of hosting a baby shower for our sister-in-law, . . .
Crostini is one of my favorite appetizers. Classic bruschetta, mediterranean bruschetta, and now peach, ricotta, and basil crostini. Such an easy app to whip up, and hellooooo summer! Homemade ricotta really makes the dish. You boil milk and cream, add lemon juice, and let it strain for a couple of hours. That's IT! Thick and creamy, fresh ricotta pairs perfectly on the buttered, grilled toasts! Top with a juicy peach (or nectarine) slice, earthy basil, and a fruity balsamic glaze . . .
My husband works in the big city. He commutes on the train in, takes a subway to a LA skyscraper, works long hours and then goes back to his train to come home. During certain times of the year he works such long hours that he receives a budget for a food allowance. There is pretty amazing food in the city. Sometimes I'm lucky enough that he brings home half of the meal. S'mac n Cheese from the Nickel Diner is one meal I beg for him to bring home. It's the best mac n cheese you'll ever . . .
I've always thought blueberries have a bit of an earthy taste...almost like basil. So I made a recipe in my head...tasted it in my head for a few days, and made it in real life. And it was good. And then I went online shopping because I needed a reward (Nordstrom, J.Crew, Gap, AND Anthro have all been having awesome sales this last week. My husband has a voice he does when he's making fun of me explaining that so-and-so had a deal going on....so I bought such-and-such amount and saved . . .
I don't personally know anyone that doesn't enjoy a good hot, bubbly homemade lasagna, so I can't really judge, but I think if I were to meet them, I'd probably give them a good kick in the pants. OK fiiiiine, maybe not an actual kick in the pants, but truly, person, what's not to like? I've turned the classic into a gluten-free, vegetarian appetizer (and the prettiest one at that). Have you tried polenta? It's basically hydrated cornmeal. You can make it with actual cornmeal and any . . .
It was one of those evenings where I was begging to go out to dinner and my husband instead was all "oh I'll go mix a little somethin' somethin' up for you baby," ok, it probably wasn't JUST like that...but I'm always up going out and he is always so good about staying in and saving money. I came down and he had mixed up this little dish, it was pretty much all that we had had in the kitchen...some pesto, spinach we keep around for all those green smoothies and almost expired whipping cream. . . .