Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Basil

For me this is hardly a recipe, but rather a recollection of something I “threw” together one very hot evening a few years ago and, go figure, it has become one of our favorite dinners.  Pasta with basil and tomatoes is a well~documented culinary marriage but this particular memory is all mine.  It all started Continue reading → «Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes & Basil»


Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions

SUNDAY {Super Bowl} I am not going to muddle this simple recipe with a bunch of verbiage.  Suffice it to say that this is peasant food at its best.  Sausages, vegetables, herbs, a bit of olive oil & some heat for a good hour will deliver a soul satisfying meal.  Its range spans from sausages Continue reading → «Roasted Italian Sausages with Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions»


Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola

WEDNESDAY Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola  |  Basil~Caesar Salad Years ago, as a young, newlywed couple, Michael and I found ourselves living in Princeton, New Jersey.  The significance of that location had nothing to do with the ivy~league University anchoring that quaint little town but rather its prime geographic location among the Mid~Atlantic states. At the Continue reading → «Pasta Alla Vecchia Bettola»


Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

WEDNESDAY Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake   “You need this {dinner} today”…stated Tieghan over at Half-Baked Harvest when she posted this dish back in July.  More than one month later, her words remain true and when I selected this dish over the weekend for our dinner menu this week I had no idea how much I Continue reading → «Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake»


Tomato Tart & A Basil Caesar Salad

TUESDAY Tomato Tart  |  Basil Caesar Salad   “The skin is a little thicker in outdoor-grown fruit but the flavor, like that of a free-range animal or bird left to cope with the elements, seems to have been cranked up a notch.  If the sun has been relentless in July and August, the initial snap Continue reading → «Tomato Tart & A Basil Caesar Salad»


Beef Tenderloin with Tomato Gravy & A Basil Caesar Salad

SUNDAY Beef Tenderloin  |  Tomato Gravy  | Basil Caesar Salad  |  Strawberry,Basil, Lemonade Granitas   A whole fillet of beef tenderloin is a wonderful dinner when entertaining guests, as we did this evening.  It is special, not something people often cook for themselves at home for dinner, and the finished presentation is always impressive.  But Continue reading → «Beef Tenderloin with Tomato Gravy & A Basil Caesar Salad»


Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks & Tomato, Basil and Fried Mozzarella Stacks

FRIDAY Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks  |  Tomato, Basil and Fried Mozzarella Stacks with a Balsamic Reduction   “We expect a lot of the tomato…The problem is the color.  Red is the color of richness, ripeness,and sensuality.  It is the color of the erotic.  Scarlet is for anger and ecstasy, the color of love and lust…Red signals Continue reading → «Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks & Tomato, Basil and Fried Mozzarella Stacks»


Summer Pasta Salad

THURSDAY Orecchiette with Zucchini, Corn, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil & Bacon After days {weeks?} of  gray skies, heavy fog, mist and unseasonably cool temperatures, we were blessed today with abundant sunshine and warmth.  French doors were open all day and into the evening inviting in a gentle sea breeze which swept through the house filling it Continue reading → «Summer Pasta Salad»


Pantry Pasta

TUESDAY Spaghetti with a sauce of Bacon, Mushrooms, Squash, Red Pepper, Garlic, Shallot, Basil & Pine Nuts It was just the girls and I tonight for dinner as Michael is still on business in Tokyo and Max was visiting with friends overnight up North in Sonoma County.  I spent the day running errands in preparation Continue reading → «Pantry Pasta»


Orecchiette with Roasted Tomato & Basil Sauce

FRIDAY Orecchiette with a sauce of Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic, wilted Fresh Basil and Cream   As I write this post, I am sitting at my desk wearing a down vest and sipping a cup of mint tea.  It is 5:30pm Friday afternoon {the 5th day of July} and I have just placed the tomatoes, Continue reading → «Orecchiette with Roasted Tomato & Basil Sauce»