Articles Tagged basil


Whisky is my drink of choice with bourbon being my favorite, then whisky, scotch, Irish whisky, and finally rye but never and I do mean never flavored whisky. Straight, over ice, and swirled in a cocktail, I’m always captured by it’s poetic and complex layers of smooth and spice. I have a collection ranging from expensive and hard to find (only to drink on birthdays, amazing occasions, and those few concrete hard days that require it) to everyday sippers — I even have a bourbons for each season. Sadly, this presents a conflict in a sommelier-driven wine-dominated house when obscure

watermelon basil popsicles

Watermelon Basil Popsicles

4 | June 25, 2015

There’s nothing like cold watermelon juice running down your chin in the dead heat of summer. Sweet and refreshing, it’s one of the best things about this time of year. Watermelon is just one of those fruits that no matter how hard you desire it, it will never be as good as when it’s in season. We grow a pretty damn good crop of this delicious summer fruit in Texas and when my uncle recently gave my daughter her own watermelon, she devoured half of it like a deranged wombat and then wanted the rest to be turned into popsicles.

roasted tomato pizza

Roasted Tomato and Mascarpone Pizza

9 | September 29, 2013

Grape tomatoes are something that I grow every year in my garden. Some years I’m drowning in the abundance of these bite-sized tomatoes but this year it’s been a pitiful crop. I planted FOUR plants and do you know how many tomatoes I’ve seen? THREE! Three single tiny tomatoes, that I never got a chance to relish in their bursting acidic sweetness because my daughter, the tomato thief, got to them first. Thankfully, there are some local farmers that are having better luck with their fall crops and without them I would not have the chance to make these delicious


A couple of weeks ago we had a little dinner party over here and my mother-in-law brought these amazingly beautiful appetizers. They are so amazing that I had to share them with you. I seriously could have forgotten the dinner and just stuck to these. The combination of spicy capicola and sweet peaches along with the bright and fresh finish of  basil is the perfect amuse bouche for any dinner party or just to snack on around the house. {Yes I have done that before. If  you knock on the door after Mia is asleep and the husband is working late


You can find numerous recipes for fruit leather on the internet. It’s been around forever. The best thing about this simple treat is that if you make it at home you don’t need chemical preservatives, you can control the amount of sugar, and best of all you can be as creative as you want to be. I have yet to see strawberry basil fruit leather and after tasting it we are all missing out! The sweetness of the strawberries and the fresh almost licorice taste of the basil makes a unique and amazingly flavorful treat for everyone! I’ve got many