Basil Chimichurri

grilled chicken skewers with basil chimichurri drizzled over top

Dinner | August 12, 2019 | By

Basil Chimichurri ~ delicious bold fresh herb sauce made in the blender. The ideal topping to take your chicken, seafood and steaks to the next level.

If you’ve reached a point this summer and gotten a little bored with burgers and dogs then I have the solution. This Basil Chimichurri with its fresh, bold flavors will ramp up grilled shrimp, fish, chicken or steak taking them from ho-hum to “where have you been all my life?”.

Maybe the best part of this recipe is that the main ingredients (parsley and basil) can be found at your local farmer’s market – one of my favorite places to wander on a Saturday morning with a big to-go cup of coffee. So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, hit up some farm stands and make this show stopper Basil Chimichurri.


Pesto Tortellini Salad

overhead view pesto tortellini salad with sliced tomatoes and prosciutto

Side Dish | July 22, 2019 | By

Pesto Tortellini Salad ~ easy 5 ingredient cold salad made with cheese tortellini, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella tossed with bright, herby pesto. Perfect for parties; easy enough to make any night. For meatlovers, add prosciutto or soppressata!

For me, Memorial weekend kicks off the start of summer even though the calendar says otherwise. Barbecues, swimming and the beginning of a whole new menu that includes some cold salads I haven’t seen in months.

My 9 year old neighbor insists summer starts on the last day of school. Long days playing outside, watching for the ice cream truck and staying up a later at night. Who could argue with that?

For a foodie, the return of some favorite foods is like an old friend, especially this Pesto Tortellini Salad. Even though I haven’t seen it in months, we pick up right where we left off.


Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Chicken Pesto Sandwich. Certainly the easiest and maybe the best sandwich...ever.

Dinner | August 16, 2016 | By

It’s always nice when a plan comes together. You have a recipe and all the ingredients and time to make it, but I’m also happy to take a win when I happen to have all the ingredients and a meal comes together as deliciously as this Chicken Pesto Sandwich. I’m talking about mmmmm over-the-top goodness. I can’t seem to break the habit of cooking in volume like I’m expecting the kids to walk in the door, along with their friends and maybe a neighbor or two and the result is. . .leftovers. Do you do this too? So when I was looking for something for lunch the other day, I discovered that between the leftovers in the refrigerator, a couple of things in the freezer and the tomatoes I just picked from the garden, I had the makings for one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. I don’t mean gosh I’m hungry that was good. I’m talking one of the best sandwiches. . .ever.


Mushroom Pizza

Wild Mushroom Pizza recipe. Naan crust topped with pesto, wild mushrooms, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Easy, delicious any night meal.

Dinner | July 11, 2016 | By

I love shopping at my local farmer’s market so I try to carve out time every weekend to go and my travel companion is always a large to-go mug of hazelnut flavored coffee. I walk to the far end of the market seeing what catches my eye, then slowly stroll back sipping my coffee and make my purchases. A couple of months ago, I tried my first morel mushroom and now I’m hooked ~ and I do mean hooked on them. Morels have a short season and it’s passed, but there are a lot of other wild mushrooms I’m wild about. This Mushroom Pizza has just a handful of ingredients, but is big on flavor thanks to the wild mushrooms.


Tomato-Goat Cheese-Pesto Side Dish

Tomato-Goat Cheese-Pesto Side Dish

Side Dish | September 16, 2015 | By

Here where I live in Michigan, we’re starting to harvest our tomatoes. Which is a good thing. . .until it isn’t. Let me explain. Sometimes those tomatoes come in so fast and furious you can’t process them before they go bad ~ a cardinal sin among gardeners – letting your crops go bad. So I sought to create a unique side dish with some of my harvest, Tomato-Goat Cheese-Pesto Side Dish which turned out to be really delicious.


Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta

Dinner | May 12, 2015 | By

Even as a food blogger there are still times when I have absolutely no desire or ambition to make dinner. The fact is though, I have even less desire to eat take-out. For some reason those days seem to fall when I haven’t been to the grocery store and our refrigerator. What’s a girl gotta do to get a bowl of comfort food? Well, thankfully I froze a batch of Basil Spinach Pesto last week and even though the veggies in the frig were looking a little long in the tooth (where do these sayings come from?!) they were perfect cozied up to the Basil Spinach Pesto – so delicious and it practically screams with flavor. Pesto Pasta is born. 20 Minute Pesto Pasta. Comfort food in 20 minutes on a weeknight – when the frig was practically empty? Things are looking up.