Recipe :: Basil Infused Olive Oil

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I originally posted this recipe for basil infused olive oil over 4 years ago, and am reposting the recipe because it's one of my favorite summer recipes that I go back to again and again. I love making pesto, but when I have an abundance of fresh basil I make an even easier basil-flavored condiment that adds a ton of flavor to any dish. … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Quinoa Salad with Orange, Cilantro & Golden Raisins

This make-ahead quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) salad goes well with cumin seared salmon, grilled chicken or lamb.  The citrus gives it a refreshing pop, while the cucumbers and raisins add a great contrasting texture.  Enjoy quinoa for its quick cooking time, its slightly nutty flavor, and its protein content (it is one of the only grains that it a … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Red & White Quinoa Salad {4th of July}

red and white quinoa salad 4th of july recipe cookout side dish

A make-ahead grain salad, especially one made with quinoa, is one of my favorite sides to serve for a picnic, cookout or backyard BBQ. Quinoa has a great nutty taste, is a very filling side dish, and is a good option for any vegetarians in the crowd because it has a decent amount of protein. There are so many quinoa salads that I like to make, … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Spring Quinoa Salad with Peas, Mint & Pecorino

Spring Quinoa Salad with Peas, Mint & Pecorino | stylishspoon.com

Want to know one of the dirty little secrets of high-end chefs? Many chefs, even those committed to using the freshest local ingredients, use frozen peas in their spring dishes. Ok, so it isn't that dirty, but I remember being surprised the first time I heard that frozen peas are actually preferred by chefs. Why would so-called "local" chefs use a … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Low-fat Granola & Berries

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Yogurt and berry parfaits are a great brunch treat.  You can use homemade granola (recipe for low-fat granola is below) or a store-bought granola to make it a really quick dish to serve.  Layer your favorite type of yogurt (vanilla Greek yogurt is my favorite to use for parfaits) on the bottom of a glass.  Add a layer of granola and then a layer of … [Read more...]

Recipe :: Asparagus with Hazelnut Dressing

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This is, hands down, my favorite asparagus recipe.  I love the tender stalks after they've been peeled and blanched, and the crunchy hazelnut dressing adds a nice contrast in texture.  Serve this dish as a side at brunch, lunch or dinner.  It's great when served with roasted or grilled meat.  You can make the asparagus a few hours ahead, along with … [Read more...]