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Easy Skillet Lasagna with Mushrooms and Basil

August 20, 2012 Casseroles

When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make a vegetarian version. Lasagna is so comforting, but a total pain to make. This cast-iron skillet version using no boil noodles is a cinch. I’ll never go back to layering again. Ingredients: Adapted from How Sweet Eats 1 Tablespoon butter 1 Tablespoon olive oil [...]

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Peach, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

August 15, 2012 Salads

This is my favorite meal of the season. I discovered it at a restaurant in Baltimore and made it first thing when I got home. It’s a creative twist on a traditional tomato caprese salad. There’s not much to it and yet the flavors impress. Although I’ll always love the original, this peach version is [...]

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Tomato and Cheese Tarts with Basil

July 19, 2012 Favorites

This is a very exciting post for me! Kitchen PLAY asked me to participate in its “30 Days of Outdoor Dining” event, sponsored by LAND O’ LAKES Deli Cheese. (See below for more details about the event.) My assignment was to create a fun, summer dish featuring Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend deli [...]

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Mozzarella and Black Olive Minestrone

January 2, 2012 Favorites

Look what I scored. I’m a huge fan of olives- any color, any type. I can’t get enough of that salty, briny goodness. This month, Lindsay Olives is celebrating a “Life Should Taste Good” event with Kitchen PLAY and they’ve asked me to join in the celebration. My job for the big event was to [...]

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Wheatberry and Tomato Basil Salad

August 24, 2011 Salads

I apologize for my infrequent posts of late. I’m afraid things are going to be this way for a touch longer, just another month or so. I beg your patience. I’ll still be posting regularly, just a bit less often. Blame it on the wedding, I find myself doing that for everything these days. Now, [...]

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Summer Risotto

July 20, 2011 Dinner

It strikes me as funny that as I write this post for a summer recipe, I’m listening to a band called The Decemberists (if only if were so cold outside).  But I find the music comforting, kind of like this risotto. And when when you’re sweltering in the summer sun, everyone should come into the [...]

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Strawberry Pound Cake with Basil Whipped Cream

March 28, 2011 Desserts and Sweets

Hold on to your hats. This it ain’t your grandma’s strawberry shortcake.   Ingredients: (makes 1 loaf) 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter 3 eggs 1/3 cup strawberry puree (measure out 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen berries and then blend) 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp baking soda [...]

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 14, 2011 Dinner

I’ll give you three clues what I’m making tonight for my sweetie. It has a splash of this. A pinch of this. And a drizzle of this. If you guessed that I’m making (spicy) vodka pasta for Valentine’s day dinner, you’re right! I have always wanted to make this dish so I finally got online, [...]

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