Vegetable Soup with Sweet Basil

This is a lovely summer vegetable soup that my father discovered years ago from Wolfgang Puck (who was recounting a favorite recipe from his mother). It ’s a French classic “Soup au Pistou” for which you gently cook very fresh summer vegetables in either water or stock, and stir in a paste (“pistou”) of basil, […]

Caprese Mini Sandwiches

My father would call these sandwiches for “ladies who lunch”, and in fact, I first encountered them at a luncheon gathering of women friends. One can ’t really go wrong with lightly toasted flatbread and an insalata Caprese filling of tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella, and basil. The original recipe comes from a friend ’s Pampered Chef […]

How to Store Parsley, Cilantro, and Other Fresh Herbs

Have you ever had trouble keeping fresh herbs fresh? Do your cilantro and parsley go wilty, limpy, or dry after a few days? Several years ago my mother taught me this super easy trick, which really works, and keeps fresh herbs fresh and useable for up to a couple of weeks. The trick involves the […]

Caprese Corn Salad

If salads could talk, this corn, tomato, basil, Mozzarella salad would yell, “SUMMER!” It ’s what happens when you have a ton of grilled corn leftover from last weekend ’s barbecue, and ripe tomatoes in the garden beckoning, “eat me…” Not to mention the one basil plant that just keeps growing like a hydra. Snip […]

Farmers ’ Market Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Basil

Summertime, and the peaches are easy. Well, easy to come by! Thank goodness. This salad couldn ’t be simpler, and can be easily assembled almost entirely using ingredients you can find at your local farmers ’ market. I bought everything except the pistachios, goat cheese, olive oil, and vinegar at mine—though you might be lucky […]

Strawberry-Basil Moscow Mule

You know that drink you sometimes see when you ’re out at a bar, the one served in a copper mug? That ’s a Moscow Mule. A classic Moscow Mule has just three ingredients—vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer—and while that ’s delicious (yes) and easy to put together (yes again), I wanted a fruity […]