Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad

Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad

There is something magical about summer nights.  Seriously.  Everything tastes better, looks more beautiful, and seems more fun.  I'm lucky to live in a city apartment that has a wonderful deck overlooking the rooftops and trees below.  It's one of the best things about our apartment, and part of what makes city-living doable for me.  I spend hours … [Read more...]

Double Stuffed Pesto Mushrooms

Double Stuffed Mushrooms with Pesto

As you know, I'm freakishly obsessed with mushrooms at the moment.  They were never one of my favorite foods growing up, so I'm having a bit of a mushroom renaissance.  Now that I've realized I love them, I just can't get enough.  And it doesn't hurt that I now fully understand all of their nutritional benefits - immune-boosting and cancer-fighting … [Read more...]

Dandelion Green Pesto

Dandelion Green Pesto

I am really excited to teach a Cooking with Herbs class at Herbstalk this year!  The class will focus on exploring the medicinal properties of common culinary herbs, as well as making some herbal treats together.  My class is scheduled for Sunday, June 8th from 4 - 5:30pm.  Please come check it out! To begin the conversation about cooking with … [Read more...]

Three Herb Pesto with New Potatoes and Green Beans

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I'm officially obsessed with pesto!  It is one of my favorite things to make, is packed with nutrients, and literally tastes good on everything.  I begin the summer each year by making (and freezing) as much garlic scape pesto as possible, and then proceed to spend the summer making batches with all the other herbs I grow on my roof deck or find at … [Read more...]

Pesto – An Herb Delivery Vehicle

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I'm really into pesto this summer!  Not only is it delicious, it is also excellent herb delivery vehicle.  As I've learned more about the health benefits of herbs I've tried to incorporate them into my diet as much as possible.  Pestos are a terrific way to eat more herbs and to eat them in higher quantities -- you eat far more herb in a pesto than … [Read more...]

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic scapes are the fresh green spring growth of garlic plants.  They have a wonderful mild garlicy flavor and can be used in many ways.  My personal favorite is garlic scape pesto!  I have made this at the beginning of the summer for the past few years and it always symbolizes the unfolding of delicious seasonal produce rituals. Take a moment … [Read more...]