from The Good Cook, Time-Life’s cooking series – serves 4 This is for hot vegetables. Poured over them just as they come out of the water or steam. If it’s water, pour out the cooking water and let the vegetables dry. Green beans are the choice for this dressing in […]


from Things Cooks Love – serves 4 to 6 1 clove garlic 1 tsb plus ½ tsb coarse salt 4 tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted roasted or dry-roasted almonds 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, stemmed ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese ¼ cup grated pecorino Romano cheese ¼ cup olive […]

Green Bean, Tomato and Potato Salad with Almond-Basil Pesto

Makes about 1 ½ cups 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives 1 cup fresh basil leaves ¾ cup toasted walnuts 1 large garlic clove 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon dry mustard ¼ cup olive oil Blend first 6 ingredients in a processor to coarse puree. With machine running, gradually […]

Olive Basil Sauce

Freezing: The easiest way to handle herbs it to simply put them in zippered plastic bags (wash the herbs well and remove the tough ends; whether you chop them or not is up to you). Basil should be blanched for about a minute before it’s frozen or it will turn […]

Some tips about preserving herbs

Ingredients: Salt 2 1/2 loosely packed cups fresh basil, parsley, mint, chives, dill, cilantro, or any combination (Note: If you want to use stronger herbs like rosemary, thyme, tarragon, marjoram, or oregano, limit yourself to a tablespoon per batch and make up the bulk with parsley, basil, dill, or another […]

Any-Herb Pesto

1 pound carrots, sliced ½ inch thick 2 tablespons butter ½ cup minced onion ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest ¼ cup dry white wine 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided ½ cup minced fresh basil (or more if desired) salt and pepper to taste Steam carrots 6-7 minutes, until tender-crisp; drain. […]

Carrots with Lemon and Basil

4 small zucchini, ends trimmed* 4 small yellow summer squash, ends trimmed* 2 small eggplants, ends trimmed 2 medium-sized onions (about 1 pound total), ends trimmed ½ cup herb-flavored oil (recipe follows) or olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper * Yellow squash and zucchini can be interchanged depending […]

Grilled Summer Vegetables With Basil Oil