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Posts tagged “Pesto

Festive Marinated Cheddar Appetizer

Festive Marinated Cheddar Cheese Appetizer ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #holiday #appetizer #recipe

A stunning appetizer that you can easily make ahead of time and keep in the fridge until the big day. Be prepared for it to go fast because in my experience people just LOVE this stuff. I finally found the perfect way to marinate cheddar cheese! Okay it’s not the first time … there was […]


Smoky Supper Soup

Smoky Supper Soup ~ A hearty meal in a bowl, with a nice smoky flavor from grilling the veggies ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #soup #recipe

Adapted from Fountain Avenue Kitchen My friend Ann at Fountain Avenue Kitchen is an endless source of recipe inspiration for me. She and I are totally foodie sisters … and when I saw this recipe from her, with a fresh eggplant from my mom’s garden in my fridge, I just knew I had to make […]


Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto w Cashews

Spicy Cilantro Lime Pesto with Cashews ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cilantro #pesto #recipe

Who says basil should get all the pesto glory? I love to mix up pestos with all sorts of other fresh herbs … and cilantro has to be my #1 favorite. This zesty pesto goes well in anything Mexican: salsas, enchilada sauce, rice, beans … or slather it on chicken, fish, steak, burgers, quesadillas … it’s […]


Pesto Eggplant Parmesan Grilled Cheese

Pesto Eggplant Parmesan Grilled Cheese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #vegetarian #eggplant #sandwich #recipe

Eggplant Parmesan is a divine dish even for eggplant haters, but it is typically loaded with fat from frying the eggplant and then putting sauce and loads of cheese on top. It takes a bit of work, too, to do all that. This sandwich is superb simplicity. It’s eggplant parmesan without all the work. Even […]


Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes

Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #tomato #recipe

Inspired by Cooking on a Budget As soon as I saw these cheese-stuffed tomatoes from Cooking on a Budget, I knew I had to try them. And today turned out to be the most opportune time for it. Today I had to drive 5 hours to retrieve my daughter. I am fortunate that her friend’s mom […]


Cilantro Pesto Fish Tacos w/Zucchini Corn Salsa

Cilantro Pesto Fish Tacos with Roasted Zucchini Corn Salsa ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fish #taco #quickeasydinner #recipe

I know what you’re thinking: the fish in this picture are GREEN! Why yes, they are. A vibrant, beautiful green because the fish fillets are rubbed in an oh-so-green Cilantro Almond pesto, then baked with extra nuts and cheese and some fresh cherry tomatoes on top, roasted to juicy perfection. The fish on its own is […]


Spinach Mushroom Ravioli w/Mushroom Cream Sauce

Spinach Mushroom Ravioli with Dreamy Mushroom Cream Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #wonton #ravioli #recipe

Ricotta cheese, mushrooms, spinach, asiago cheese, pesto and herbs make a soft creamy filling for these delicate little pillows of pasta, which I topped with a super-dreamy cream sauce with cream cheese and Asiago, garlic and sauteed mushrooms. It’s a dish made in heaven for mushroom lovers. I think my best recipe creations come from […]


Harissa Moroccan Chicken w/Roasted Peppers & Olives

Harissa Moroccan Chicken w/Roasted Peppers & Olives ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Mediterranean #chicken #dinner #recipe

It’s always a delight for me when I can sit down and thumb through the pages of a good cookbook. If it’s a really good one, I need lots of bookmarks, one to mark each recipe I want to try. So when I was asked if I wanted to review my friend Alice Phillip’s new cookbook, […]


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 […]


Pesto Provolone Eggplant Tomato Stacks

Pesto Provolone Eggplant & Tomato Stacks ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #meatless #dinner #recipe

This recipe has so much going for it. It’s simple, it’s delicious, it’s visually stunning, it’s quick and it’s healthy. Plus, you can make one serving or ten in about the same amount of time. The eggplant is substantive and meaty, so you really don’t miss the meat. The only trick is to make sure […]


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 […]


Pesto Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing {Low fat}

I’ve noticed this summer at work there have been a lot of people bringing salads for lunch, but they don’t seem very thrilled about eating them. This seems strange to me. It appears that most people think of salads as something you SHOULD eat, not something they LIKE to eat. My mother told me that […]


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 […]


Pesto Spinach Shrimp Dip

Pesto Spinach Shrimp Dip ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lowfat #greekyogurt #cheesy #shrimp #dip

Last week I had the munchies something serious, so I decided to make myself a good (healthy) dip. I’d just made some mixed herb pesto so I dug through the fridge/freezer to find other things to put in my dip. This is what I came up with … and it was a mighty scrumptious dip, […]


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 […]


Garlic Greek Yogurt Chicken Kebabs

Garlic Greek Yogurt Chicken Kabobs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilled #chicken #recipe

Have you tried marinating your chicken in yogurt before grilling? It’s a super-magical thing that keeps it wonderfully moist and delicious. I decided to kick up my yogurt marinade with flavor this time … I added loads of garlic and Sundried tomato pesto (Pesto Rosso). This makes a lot of marinade, but I didn’t actually […]


Fontina Kale Mini-Frittata

Fontina Kale Mini-Frittata ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #breakfast #recipe

with Sundried Tomato Pesto and Green Onions. A tasty and easy meatless frittata that comes together quickly. It’s March 1, cold as heck and snowing outside and still I went to yoga. My car slid around on the snowy roads a bit on the way, but I left early (for a change) and got there with […]


Grilled Sundried Tomato, Ham & Fontina Sandwich

Grilled Sundried Tomato Ham & Fontina Cheese Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sandwich #recipe

Melty ooey gooey Fontina cheese with juicy lean ham and sundried tomato pesto on homemade white whole wheat bread, toasted to crunchy perfection. It’s New Year’s Day. I unpacked things and cleaned up the kitchen, took my daughter to Panera, changed light bulbs and the furnace filter, exercised, broke down boxes for recycling and put […]


Smoked Turkey Spinach Sundried Tomato Sandwich

Smoked Turkey Spinach Sundried Tomato Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #sandwich #recipe

There are times when I’m soooo hungry that it’s hard to wait for the food to get done, let alone force myself to abstain from eating long enough to take a few photos before I inhale my food. This sandwich was one of THOSE. I made this after going to a power yoga class the […]


Bacon, Artichoke & Tomato Pizza

Bacon Artichoke & Tomato Pizza with Pesto & Goat Cheese ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pizza #recipe

with pesto & goat cheese This is a quick weeknight, faster-than-delivery and just-as-good-as-that-funky-pizza-place kinda recipe. It was one of those combinations that just occurred to me randomly one day at work as I was talking with one of my friends. I tucked away the idea for later when I needed a quick meal, knowing I […]


Pesto, Shrimp & Kale Grilled Pizza

Pesto Shrimp & Kale Grilled Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pizza #recipe

We love to grill pizzas in the summertime … my daughter always wants hers to be plain cheese (or sometimes sausage), I like to be more adventurous. So I make them “individual sized” so we can each have our favorite kind. Grilling pizza is really quite easy … the trick is to prep your toppings […]


Asparagus Blue Cheese Mini-Souffle

Asparagus Blue Cheese Souffle ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #souffle #recipe

This is a treat-yourself-to-a-fancy-breakfast-on-a-lazy-weekend morning kinda thing. It’s a light puffy single serving souffle with little pockets of melty blue cheese and crisp-tender asparagus. This is what I call “feel good” food, the kind that makes you smile when you pull it out of the oven because it looks so pretty and smells so good, […]


Havarti, Cheddar & Chive Pesto Grilled Cheese

Havarti & Chive Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #gourmet #grilled #cheese

There was a very good reason I wanted to make that chive pesto so badly … this grilled cheese sandwich was calling to me. Once my friend had mentioned such an amazing idea, it wasn’t about to be abandoned, abolished or forgotten. Making the pesto was just the pre-cursor to the sandwich … I dug […]


Chive Asparagus Pesto

Chive Asparagus Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pesto #recipe

I learn the most marvelous things from my friends. This one I learned from one of my yoga friends: You don’t have to wait for basil season to have pesto.  She mentioned to us very casually that she had made chive pesto one day in conversation … and the conversation went on and we were […]

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