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  • Cooking 101 at Casa de Cuisine: Pasta with Brie Cream and Bacon
    Cooking 101 at Casa de Cuisine: Pasta with Brie Cream and Bacon
    In this new series called Cooking 101 at Casa de Cuisine, Chef Larry Edwards will teach you some of the dishes the Casa is known for and people love. Each of the inclusions in this new series will feature a complete how-to slideshow. So enjoy...
  • Grow cool season lettuce in containers
    Growing cool season vegetables in containers
    The summer gardening season may be at its peak, depending on your location, or it may be ending. For those in warmer zones, such as Florida and California, the best of the vegetable garden is just beginning. I just planted some of my cool season...
  • Easily preserve basil for months in olive oil!
    Easily preserve basil in olive oil!
    Is your garden producing lots of fresh basil right now? Here's an easy way to preserve it that takes just seconds and locks in the wonderful taste and nutrition.Simply layer olive oil with clean, dry basil leaves in a dry, sterilized jar and a...
  • red cabbage soup
    Red Cabbage Soup
    310 Words) Red Cabbage Soup This is a very healthy and delicious soup that will only take 15 minutes to prepare and only 35 minutes to cook. This delicious and healthy soup is perfect for warming up on those chilly days. It is very comforting and...
  • Banish the doldrums with basil
    Banish the doldrums with basil
    What is it about basil that brings to mind sunny warm days? Perhaps its the scent, perhaps memories growing pots of basil on the deck, or reminisces of a vacation. Fortunately for cooks, fresh basil is available year around in most larger...
  • Basil varieties
    Basil varieties
    Typically when we think of basil, large leaved sweet basil comes immediately to mind. But did you know there are many different varieties of basil? Here are some unusual basils you may not be familiar with.Cinnamon basil has a scent of cinnamon,...
  • Tomato Basil with Cream Cheese Bruschetta
    What is bruschetta, really?
    Many Americans think of bruschetta as an Italian appetizer where crustini is topped with a savory mixture of tomatoes, garlic and basil. But in fact, bruschetta, pronounced BROO-SKET-TA, actually refers to the toast itself – not the...
  • How to make Genovese basil pesto
    How to make Genovese basil pesto
    When cool weather sets in (anything 50º or lower), it is time to harvest your Genovese basil plants and transform them into one of their best uses – basil pesto. The word “pesto” derives from Italian “pestare”,...
  • Easy pesto
    Easy Pesto
    It's a bit like magic when you take a large pile of fragrant leaves from the garden and turn them into an intense sandwich spread or pasta topping. Pesto is exactly that--magic. Fresh basil leaves mix with pine nuts, olive oil, and a little...
  • Fresh Tomatoes
    Fresh summer tomatoes are the star in a colorful and fragrant pasta dish
    Ahhh… fresh summer tomatoes. Sure tomatoes are available year ‘round, there is just something about the ones we get this time of year. Plump, juicy and sweet, they are delicious in so many recipes or just eaten alone.The following...
  • Tomato dish from a lady who hated to cook
    Tomato dish from a lady who hated to cook
    Back in the 1960's, an author named Peg Bracken came on the national scene, claiming she "hated to cook." She was like the Erma Bombeck of the kitchen, dishing out humorous wisdom about food and cooking. She said in a March 1968...
  • Sweet Thai and lemon basils
    In season now: Basil
    Fragrant bunches of basil have been gracing the stands at Farmers’ Markets for a few weeks now, but did you know that there are numerous types of basil to choose from? Here are seven varieties to look for on your next market venture:Boxwood...
  • Grilled Salmon with Basil Aioli
    Grilled Salmon with Basil Aioli
    Summer is here, the season of...GRILLING! Fresh salmon fillets on the barbecue are a definite favorite here in the Pacific Northwest, and this freshly made aioli dresses up this healthy fish to the nines!First, about purchasing the salmon. My...
  • Spotlight Herb: Basil
    Spotlight Herb: Basil
    Basil's name is typically associated with Italian food, but it's health benefits are amazing as well. It's one of the most commonly grown herbs for both home and commercial kitchen use due to it's distinctive flavor and ease of...
  • An anti-war image for all time
    An anti-war image for all time
    You know an artwork is worth talking about when the statement it makes has a direct bearing on you and the time in which you live. Max Ernst’s “The Fireside Angel,” painted in 1937, is so of our moment that you might think it was...