Simple Fall Harvest Grains with Chicken

Happy Fall, friends!...more

4 Ways to Preserve Basil For the Winter Months

We are supposed to get our first frost of the season this week!...more


Here are 19 facts you may not have known about basil:The name ‘basil’ is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means ‘royal’, reflecting that ancient culture’s attitudes held towards this herb were very noble and sacred.Basil is an annual herb of the mint family, native to central and tropical Asia and Africa (some say it originated in India)....more

Healthy Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf with a Lemon and Basil Syrup

Free from refined sugars and wheat, the super moist loaf is a delicious and healthy treat, drenched in a tart basil and lemon syrup. ...more

Grilled Peach Caprese

A Gouda LifeI have a confession to make. Not the kind that requires a Catholic priestbut one almost as serious. I’m in ♥ with cheese. Gouda, Mozzarella, Havarti, Pepper Jack, Goat. You too? Another thing I like almost as much as cheese is relaxing outside under a warm summer sun, soft breeze blowing, a nice glass of wine in my hand (okay fine, maybe two!)  along a great appetizer. ...more

Pasta on the River

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil...more

Basil Dolce Fresca - 2015 AAS Winner

AAS (All-America Selections) is a non-profit organization that tests new cultivars for home gardeners.  Their motto is "Tested Nationally and Proven Locally®".  They have trial gardens all over the country and Canada in every growing zone.  Seeds are grown in the trial gardens and then judged for features such as harvest, flowers and disease resistance.  Each year the best new varieties earn the title of AAS Winner.  The AAS Winner designation means that gardeners can...more

Homemade Pesto Recipe

Pesto is one of the simplest sauces to make, and all you really need is five ingredients—garlic, nuts, Parmesan, olive oil and the star of the show, basil. I started growing my own basil in the backyard because it’s easy, and I love using it in a variety of recipes. One might think that it’s only good on pasta. Simply not true. Here are other ways to use pesto: Spread it on crackers or bread Swirl it into Greek yogurt or cottage cheese Drizzle it on eggs, pizza or sliced tomatoes ...more

Raw Sweet Almond Spread

Among all the food we enjoyed at Yasodhara ashram, the almond spread was everyone’s favorite and quickly became a popular topic of conversation during my stay....more