Italian Basil Pesto

Make this pesto recipe when basil is being harvested in abundance. Enjoy some right away, and freeze some for later use. Preparation Time:  20 minutes Cooking Time:  7 minutes Yields:  2 cups Ingredients: 4 cups lightly packed fresh Italian basil leaves, blanched 2 quarts water (for blanching) 1 tbsp kosher salt Ice water bath 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano 1/4 cup toasted … Continue reading Italian Basil Pesto

Sautéed Mixed Greens over Cured Tomatoes

This really is two easy recipes: one is for sautéed mixed greens, and the other is for cured tomatoes. Put them together, and it’s a perfect match. We grow many varieties of greens, and just about all of them work well here. The tomatoes in this recipe are best if they are Romas, but slicer, grape, or cherry tomatoes also will work well. Just use what’s in season, … Continue reading Sautéed Mixed Greens over Cured Tomatoes

Canned Stewed Tomatoes

It’s January in Florida, and that means we’re in the height of tomato season here, but that won’t be the case once the weather gets hotter. So we can tomatoes (sauce, whole, and diced) to enjoy them when it’s just too hot and humid to grow them. Tomatoes are high in Vitamins A, C, and K, and the minerals iron, potassium, and copper.  Raw, uncooked … Continue reading Canned Stewed Tomatoes

Classic Caesar Salad

We love trying new recipes all the time but every now and then go back to the classics like a classic Caesar salad with Romaine lettuce but with a modern day twist. We use real egg yolks but from pasteurized eggs. The flavor and creaminess of using real egg yolks in the dressing combined with the fresh and crisp romaine are unforgettable. Preparation Time:  30 … Continue reading Classic Caesar Salad

Veggie Frittata with Turnips and Swiss Chard

Frittatas are like omelets in that they are a great and delicious way to enjoy your vegetables.  They are an every-meal kind of dish; enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack.  They also make for an excellent appetizer for your holiday parties and get-togethers. There are no fixed rules on what kinds of veggies to put into your frittata, but you can use … Continue reading Veggie Frittata with Turnips and Swiss Chard

Eggplant Caponata, Classic and with Greens

Caponata is a classic Sicilian dish traditionally made with fried eggplants, celery, vinegar, and capers, for a sweet and sour tasting dish.  It’s often paired with crusty bread as a starter or eaten with the main course as a warm side dish, however, we often eat ours just by itself for a light dinner. This is our version where the main difference is that instead … Continue reading Eggplant Caponata, Classic and with Greens

Layered Ratatouille with Kina Savoy

When most people hear “ratatouille” they think of a stew-like dish with lots of big chunks of veggies.  The guests think “yum”. The cook (you) thinks “that’s a lot of chopping” but not so with a layered ratatouille. This recipe is a time-saver. Pour some of your favorite marinara on the bottom of a baking dish, cut thick slices of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and … Continue reading Layered Ratatouille with Kina Savoy