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Posts tagged “Basil

Basil Blue Cheese Coleslaw

Basil Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Cranberries & Greek Yogurt ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #bluecheese #coleslaw #recipe

with dried cranberries & Greek yogurt … Adapted from Ally’s Kitchen I’m beginning to discover ways that I enjoy eating cabbage. I have not been a big cabbage lover most of my life, but I do love it with corned beef and potatoes on St. Patty’s Day. Beyond that, I often struggle with what to do […]


Easy Cheesy BLT Spirals

Easy Cheese BLT Spirals ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheese #bacon #sundriedtomato #appetizer #recipe

I didn’t quite intend these to look so “St. Patrick’s Day”-ish, but I love the way they turned out. The parsley looks so “shamrock”-ish on top, doesn’t it? You see, it just so happened I had some of those giganto-saurus spinach tortillas left from the wraps I made the other day and a quandary over […]


Lemon Artichoke Chicken w/Capers & Feta Sauce

Lemon Artichoke Chicken with Capers & Feta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #artichoke #chicken #recipe

Inspired by the creamy feta artichoke chicken dip I made not long ago … that dip was so scrumptious, I decided that chicken and artichokes and feta were destined to go together in more ways than one. And so I threw together this chicken artichoke concoction with some feta sauce for pouring over … oh man, was […]


Chipotle Spinach & Blue Cheese Omelet

Chipotle Spinach & Blue Cheese Omelet ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #smoky #spinach #bluecheese #omelet #recipe

An omelet for people who crave flavor! I knew spinach and blue cheese would go well together, and then something made me throw in some chipotle powder and those three things together, along with some fresh basil & tarragon and a bit of onion, well, it’s an omelet I’d make again, and again, and again. I’ve […]


Tomato Basil & Gouda Breakfast Sandwich

Tomato Basil & Smoked Gouda Breakfast Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast #sandwich #recipe

I have just a few fresh garden tomatoes left (the last from the plants I brought inside when it started freezing at night) and I want to put these last little garden treasures to good use. The other day I made myself a cheesy bruschetta, which is always good, and this morning I was craving something […]


Tomato Basil Gorgonzola Soup

Tomato Basil Gorgonzola Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #tomato #gorgonzola #cheese #soup #recipe

and ten more tomato soup variations I never tire of homemade tomato soup. Most of my life, I was not a lover of tomato soup. There was a turning point in my life when my sister somehow convinced me to try it again. The day I made Tomato Blue Cheese Soup was a momentous occasion for me. […]


Eggplant & Chickpea Curry

Eggplant & Chickpea Curry ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hearty #vegetarian #dinner #recipe #glutenfree

with tomatoes and basil … adapted from Real Simple (and my sister) When my family gets together, no matter what the occasion, the conversation always turns towards food. It’s been a very sad past couple weeks for my family, with my uncle’s battle with cancer, then the funeral. My sister was worried about my dad, so […]


Tomato Goat Cheese Tortizza

Tomato Goat Cheese Tortizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinner #fresh #pizza #recipe

This “Tortizza” is an Italian festival of tomatoes on a crunchy tortilla base. With fresh tomato pesto for the sauce, slices of heirloom tomato, bits of little “blueberry” tomatoes (they are purple, about the size of grapes, but they’re tomatoes!) topped with crumbled goat cheese and fresh basil leaves, it’s a feast for the eyes and […]


Bacon Eggplant & Tomato Sandwiches

Bacon Eggplant & Tomato Sandwich with Smoked Provolone & Fresh Basil ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #sandwich #recipe

with smoked provolone and fresh basil I swear there were two of these sandwiches … one of them just disappeared before my photo shoot. I just couldn’t wait to TASTE this deliciousness. Normally I can wait until I finish the photo session to eat, but not this time. I couldn’t keep my hands from grabbin’ […]


Pesto Trapanese with Gnocchi

Pesto Trapanese with Gnocchi ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fresh #tomato #pesto #sauce #recipe

An amazing fresh tomato pesto sauce you can enjoy with any pasta or gnocchi … recipe just slightly adapted from Linda’s Italian Cuisine I’m not quite done with the tomato recipes yet … I hope you still have a few fresh garden tomatoes left yet to make this one because it is SO good and it’s incredibly simple […]


Copycat Ragu Pasta Sauce

Copycat Ragu Pasta Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #ragu #copycat #pasta #sauce

Adapted from The Fiery Redhead To be honest with you, I’ve been a lover of Ragu pasta sauce ever since the early days of the World Wide Web. I was tasked to create a web site for the organization I worked for and went to a conference to learn more … and everyone at the […]


Bruschetta Baked Eggs with Feta

Bruschetta Baked Eggs with Feta Cheese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #bruschetta #eggs #breakfast #recipe

The other day, one of my work friends and I were discussing tomatoes. She has been bringing these gorgeous little tomatoes from her garden that are sooo sweet and delicious and we’ve been snacking on them lately at work. I said to her that they would be excellent tomatoes for making bruschetta. She looked at […]


Mediterranean Beef Stuffed Squash

Mediterranean Beef Stuffed Summer Squash ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #stuffed #summer #squash #recipe

Stuffed squash with Greek-spiced meat, tomatoes, onions, peppers, breadcrumbs and a melted Italian blend of cheeses on top. It’s a bit like that marvelous Greek dish Moussaka, but stuffed into a summer squash rather than a layered eggplant dish. I have to apologize ahead of time because I didn’t write down the ingredients as I was […]


Cheesy Garlic Summer Bruschetta

Cheesy Garlic Summer Bruschetta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #tomato #bruschetta #garlic #basil #recipe

Adapted from The Foodie Physician Bruschetta is the essence of summer, when all the hard work in the garden comes to a brilliant colorful climax in an appetizer that is so simple you don’t even really need a recipe to make it. It’s time to let the tomatoes shine in magnificent glory and bask in a […]


Basil Chive Cucumber & Corn Salad

Basil Chive Cucumber & Corn Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cucumber #corn #basil #salad #recipe

just very slightly adapted from my friend Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen Fresh summer corn with crunchy cucumbers, basil and chives … what more could you need to make a great salad? Not much, really. Just a couple tablespoons full of light mayonnaise and you’re done. When I was pondering what to do with […]


Fire Roasted Mixed Herb Baba Ghanoush

Fire Roasted Mixed Herb Baba Ganoush ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #garlic #tahini Middle Eastern #dip #recipe

The first time I “met” Baba Ganoush was at a party with my sister (who is, by the way, a fabulous and very adventurous cook). She introduces me to SOooooo many new things that I have never thought or heard of.  She was raving about this wonderful Middle Eastern dip that her friends were serving, […]


Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #eggplant #parmesan #recipe

The first time I tasted Eggplant Parmesan, it was a game-changer for me. It was many years ago … a friend had invited us over for dinner and we didn’t really know when she invited us that she was vegetarian and we never suspected she would serve eggplant. (We were definitely in the “eggplant hater” […]


Mixed Herb Pesto

Mixed Herb Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #herb #pesto #recipe

The harvest has not even begun and still, I’m readying myself for the end of summer. I’ve seen the “back to school” signs in the store that always signify the end is near … why do they do that to us? It’s still July, can’t we just enjoy the warmth and colors of our beautiful […]


Double Pesto Shrimp Naan Pizza

Double Pesto Shrimp Naan Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #simple #shrimp #pizza #recipe

If you love pesto,  shrimp, and sun-dried tomatoes, you’re going to love this pizza. It’s got a layer of Pesto Rosso (sundried tomato pesto) underneath, a layer of Italian cheeses, and then a topping of basil pesto shrimp and little tomatoes. I added a few snipped garlic scapes, for fun, and some tiny basil leaves […]


Asparagus & Bell Pepper Tart

Asparagus & Bell Pepper Tart with fresh herbs, Greek yogurt & two cheeses ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #asparagus #appetizer #recipe

with Summer Herb Greek Yogurt “Mayo” and two cheeses … Adapted from Manila Spoon I feel like I’ve always wanted to make a tart like this … I’ve seen several versions of these pretty asparagus & cheese tarts, with pretty whole spears of asparagus, melty cheese and a beautiful puff pastry underneath. What could possibly […]


Asparagus Avocado Deviled Eggs

Asparagus Avocado Deviled Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #GreekYogurt #deviled #eggs #recipe

with summer herb Greek yogurt mayo Sooo the other day my work friend asked me if I had a trick for making hard boiled eggs so they peel easy, and I had to say I have a trick for making hard boiled eggs that TASTE great, but they are danged hard to peel (especially if […]


Summer Herb Greek Yogurt Mayo

Summer Herb Greek Yogurt Mayo ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #greekyogurt #mock #mayo #recipe

Once I noticed that plain Greek yogurt + olive oil has a texture much like mayonnaise, I had to try another “flavor” … I decided to go “green” and take advantage of all the chives and lovely summer herbs in my herb garden. Which brought me to this … a green mayo that goes well […]


Carrot Lime Salad & a Cookbook Review

I’m venturing out into new salad territory … thanks to a new cookbook I received in the mail to review. My friend Sonali at The Foodie Physician asked if I’d be willing to do a review for The Complete Book of Raw Food cookbook. I thought about it for a moment and then I said, […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Strawberry Rhubarb Vinaigrette Salad Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #homemade #salad #dressing

Hurrah it’s finally spring … my favorite things in the spring are the spring flowers and rhubarb and asparagus … and spring salads. Oh I love a good salad. And I love a good homemade salad dressing. The past couple days have been chilly. I’ll be glad when we get back to spring temps … […]

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