Have you ever tried pesto? I saw it for the first time about a year ago….Standing there in the noodle aisle, doing what I always do; trying to get some inspiration from the food in front of me. I saw this little jar that struck my fancy. Skip forward, the pesto is still here. The stores version. Not so much.
So anytime I try something new, I immediately start thinking of ways I can make it different; make it my own. I love cooking. I love making food taste gooooooood! I LOVE seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they are trying a new food and the moment it hits their system, when the flavors come together and it all reaches their brain…THAT moment, is the moment that I cook for.
Pesto, it has many purposes, each one good in their own right. It can be an appetizer dip, spread on a bread or used with noodles; the possibilities are endless! And lucky for us, it’s easy to make. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Main Dish’ Category
One of the things that happens the night before Basket Day is using up the remnants of whatever is left in the veggie drawer in the fridge. One of the easiest things to do (and currently one of our favorites) is to go Indian – with a veggie tikka masala.
I’m still working my way through lemons. Everything has to happen in the morning around here, because the afternoon is reserved for family and school.
Which means – hello, I NEED a plan. Bobby Flay to the rescue. Well, kinda. It’s really rare that I follow anyone’s recipe exactly. Even my own (after the first time I write it down). Anyway… Bobby. The King of the Grill has inspired me with a marinade. I’m not grilling (I could, I suppose, although it’s supposed to rain this afternoon). Instead, I’m marinating a beautiful pork tenderloin, which I will throw in the oven around the time we start math (along with some lemony rosemary roasted potatoes). It should be done just in time for dinner.
I love spaghetti squash! It is one of the most versatile vegetables to use for dinner. I like to think of it as a surprise inside the bright yellow outer shell. When baked the inside is filled with hot, steaming strands of yellow squash that are a great substitute for pasta. We usually have it as a spaghetti for dinner one evening and the leftover is used in a stir fry. I try to use lots of the vegetables from our Bountiful Basket in the stir fry. I hope you will enjoy this recipe!
There is nothing more comforting than Irish Shepherd’s Pie. This traditional Irish recipe has been handed down for generations in our family. We make this dish year round but it is a great recipe for St. Patrick’s Day instead of corned beef and cabbage. It is commonly made with ground lamb but you can use ground turkey or beef instead. It is a wonderful way to add some vegetables to your dinner. You can top it off with leftover mashed potatoes or Colcannon. True comfort food with warmth, heartiness, and love! (more…)
Since we started contributing for baskets, I can count on 1 hand the number of times I have used frozen vegetables while cooking. There is no need anymore! I have this beautiful bounty on a weekly basis. I love the difference it is making for my family, I feel better about the food we are eating, it is better for our health and I feel like I am making a difference in my family’s future. (more…)
I have been loving my heirloom tomatoes from Bountiful Baskets- and so has everyone else in my family. We have all enjoyed discovering the different flavors that come with each different color and pointing out the best ways to use all the colors to create “the perfect bite”. The best quote of the night came from my 13 year old while enjoying the little dish I’m about to share with you. She said “You know what’s great about these tomatoes? They taste like tomatoes. A lot of the time tomatoes don’t really taste like anything. But these are full of tomatoey goodness”. Yes my dear, yes they are. And since these little gems have the guts to actually have a flavor, I thought they deserved a dish that showcased it. (more…)
Kale, the trendy “superfood” pops up in my basket quite a bit. I don’t love it, but it gives me an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. This dish is inspired by sausage, kale, and white bean soup and will take you halfway across the world to a trattoria in the Tuscan Countryside. (more…)
Go from this…..
Do you have kids that go green = stop until they get their driver license? (more…)
As we’re coming out of the produce wasteland that’s been happening during Bountiful Basket’s annual break, I had to take stock of what was actually in my refrigerator and come up with something for dinner. I managed to find some tomatillos (from the Mexican pack that was offered the last distribution before Christmas), and a lonely jalapeno. (more…)