Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 large cloves garlic, sliced as thinly as possible 2 lb. cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced In a large sauté pan, heat the oil and garlic over … Read more Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce

Basil Pesto

4 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts ¼ cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves 1 small clove garlic Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Put the basil, pine nuts, parsley, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a food processor. … Read more Basil Pesto

Tomato Basil Soup

3 Tbsp. butter 1 large onion, thinly sliced 1 large carrot, shredded 4 to 5 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped (about 4 cups) ½ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves ¾ tsp. sugar ¼ tsp. black pepper 2 cups chicken broth Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the … Read more Tomato Basil Soup

Peppered Peppers

2 Tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1” squares 2 medium green bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1” squares 1/3 cup dry white wine Sea salt … Read more Peppered Peppers

White Beans with Roasted Peppers

You can eat this bean dish cold, as a salad, or hot with pasta, polenta or rice. Don’t forget to use your fresh basil in this recipe as well. 2 red bell peppers, halved and seeded 1 Tbsp. olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups cooked or canned white beans, drained ½ cup chopped … Read more White Beans with Roasted Peppers

Lemon Rosemary Cake with Fresh Lemon Glaze

Reprinted with permission from CAKES To Die For! by Bev Shaffer This cake has such bright flavors, and rosemary helps it cross over from a simply sweet cake to a treat that would go perfectly as a ladies’ luncheon “bread” or with barbecued ribs. Cake: 2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking … Read more Lemon Rosemary Cake with Fresh Lemon Glaze

Smokey Peach Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients Salt and pepper 2-3 pounds trimmed boneless Boston pork butt or blade roast 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 bottle Stonewall Kitchen Smokey Peach Whiskey Sauce 6 sandwich buns Cole slaw, optional Directions Rub salt and pepper over Boston pork butt or blade roast. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a heavy ovenproof cooking pot … Read more Smokey Peach Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Strawberry Salsa

TOTAL TIME: 10 MINS PREP TIME: 10 MINS COOK TIME: 0 MINS INGREDIENTS: 1 pint strawberries, hulled and finely diced 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed, finely diced half of a small red onion, peeled and finely diced (about 1/2 cup) 2/3 cup finely-chopped fresh cilantro, loosely-packed juice of 1 lime, about 2 tablespoons (pinch of salt and black pepper) … Read more Strawberry Salsa

Fresh Vegan Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa with Cilantro 2 cans corn, rinsed 1/2 cup diced red onion 1 pepper, small dice (can be green and red) 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 2 Tbsp. avocado oil 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 Tbsp. lime juice 3 tsp. guajillo chili powder 2 tsp. cumin powder Add all ingredients to a medium … Read more Fresh Vegan Corn Salsa

Vegan Queso

Vegan Queso (makes 3.5 cups) 2 cups soaked cashew (soak cashews over night or at least 6hrs.) 1 1/4 cups almond mylk 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast 1/4  teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cumin powder 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder 1/4 cup water 1 red pepper, chopped into small pieces Place all ingredients into … Read more Vegan Queso

Griff’s Coffee Toffee Tiramisu

INGREDIENTS For the Griff’s Coffee Toffee Cream 10-12 pieces Griff’s Coffee Toffee (use more or less toffee depending on how crunchy you want your dessert to be) 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed Heavy pinch salt 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese, room temperature 1/4 cup salted caramel liqueur (such as … Read more Griff’s Coffee Toffee Tiramisu

Sugared Cranberries

2 cups granulated sugar 2 cups water 2 cups fresh cranberries 1/2 cup superfine sugar Combine granulated sugar and water in small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture till sugar dissolves. Bring to simmer; immediately remove from heat. (Do not boil as cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries. Pour mixture into bowl. Cover … Read more Sugared Cranberries