• milanese pesto caprese
    Dinner

    Milanese with Pesto & Caprese

    So tonight’s post doesn’t really have a recipe with, but combines a few of my favorites from the blog for a nice, cohesive plating. The recipes for tonight are my Chicken Milanese (link here) and a variety of Pesto (links here, here, and here, if you can’t tell I like pesto). Separately, these make for great, versatile elements of a meal; combined they make for an excellent easy meal. When trying to come up with a cohesive meal, my general approach looks to versatile techniques that can be adapted easily. This way I am able to weave common flavors throughout the plate. Most of the time a good meal pairing…

  • creamy tomato basil pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Tomato-Basil Pasta

    This is one of those recipes that basically came about on accident. Rob and I were brain storming how to best use some of the stuff we had bought. There were a few things we knew we wanted which was it would have chicken and a cream sauce. We originally started with a creamy pesto pasta, but I wasn’t feeling that. I wanted something a little bit different. That was about when I remembered the package of small tomatoes we had picked up. We decided to roast them up to really break them down and make them tasty. This then led to the next key ingredient decision which was to…

  • summer bolognese
    Dinner

    Summer Bolognese 2.0

    One of the few downsides to summer is that cooking hearty meals isn’t usually something you want. When its hot and gross out, do you really want a heavy meat dish? So, I have been continuing to experiment with making bolognese a good summer meal. I really wanted to make something like the Rabbit Bolognese (yes, Rob made a pasta sauce with a rabbit sausage) we made back in April; however, just a little lighter. To really get that lighter flavor, I started with the veggies base. This time around I went with leek. If you aren’t familiar with leek, think really big green onion. It’s got a great light…

  • basil pesto pasta
    Lunch

    Classic Basil Pesto

    I have probably posted 2 or 3 different kinds of pesto on the blog now, but I have yet to post about simple classic Basil Pesto. Basil is pretty much the standard and produces a fresh, bright flavored pesto that is perfect for a summer day. Its light, pretty healthy and tasty, so what’s not to love? Our AeroGarden basil plants had started getting a little out of control; so Rob basically harvested every decent basil leaf from them to make the pesto. We ended up with a pretty big pile of leaves (which in reality isn’t all that much). The nice thing was we new the basil was fresh…

  • watermelon gimlet
    Cocktails

    Watermelon-Basil Gimlet

    Rob’s finally back with another one of his cocktail creations. This one is a perfect summer refresher perfect for a warm night on your porch or by the pool: a Watermelon-Basil Gimlet. The Gimlet is a very classic gin-based cocktail. It ultimately boils down to gin and lime juice as its base, add seltzer and you get a Gin Fizz. See pretty simple. Whats great is its a nice tart drink without a lot of sweetness. Now that simplicity can make it a little boring, so time to mix it up a bit. We have what is now basically an overgrown bush of a basil plant in our AeroGarden. I…

  • pomegranate gin fizz
    Cocktails

    Pomegranate Gin Fizz

    With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up, its time to start thinking good summery cocktails. Rob’s answer to this was to go with one of his favorites: the Gin Fizz. But with a twist! Gin is one of Rob’s favorite liquors; its got more natural flavor than vodka but isn’t overly sugary like tequila or rum. Rob used a mixture of basil and mint along with fresh pomegranate seeds to make this one. It was really pretty simple, some fresh squeezed lime juice, and the gin, muddle everything up, stir, and top with seltzer. DONE!! It’s super refreshing for something like a cookout or barbecue (which according to Rob…

  • zakarian greek yogurt pasta
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Zakarian’s Yogurt and Herb Pasta

    So, this may be the first time I got a real inspiration from watching the Kitchen on the Food Network. The best part of the show though is definitely Geoffrey Zakarian (just gonna call him GZ going forward). When he makes something on the show, its more often than involves proper technique and flavor pairings. This one actually caught my eye and made me go oooh! I would describe it as basically a Tzaziki Pasta, which just sounded awesome. What’s really great is that the only thing that you need to cook is the pasta. We did cook up some chicken pieces to provide protein but its not required. The…

  • spicy pepperoni sausage pizza
    Dinner

    Spicy Pepperoni-Sausage Pizza

    This pizza is a homemade homage to a few of our favorite eat out pizza options. If you ever find yourself in the DC area, there are two really good local pizza favorites: Matchbox and All Purpose. They are in many ways similar in there pizza styles; generally thinner crust, wood-fired, and using high quality toppings in great combinations. Definitely check them out if you visit, you can’t go wrong and each have a few locations. Our go to pizza tends to be a a sausage and pepperoni combo. Matchbox has a fairly standard one that meats this with spicy Italian Sausage (actually pretty mild to me). All Purpose adds…

  • lemon ricotta basil pasta
    Dinner

    Lemon-Basil-Ricotta Pasta

    I have been looking for ways to come up with some new warm weather pastas. I wanted to get away from cream sauces; however, I really like the flavors I often use in them. This recipe was my first attempt of this year on this. While I made this one with chicken, it was actually a bit of a test bed for what will eventually become a shrimp-based recipe. I really wanted a light flavor but with a little bit of some richness. I loosely based this recipe on one of my favorite cream sauce pastas using similar flavors. For the base flavors, lemon and basil were the natural choices…

  • Spicy Shrimp Summer Pasta
    Dinner

    Spicy Summer Shrimp Pasta

    I will start this post with a bit of a confession: I historically have not been a huge fan of shrimp.  It always just seemed bland or overcooked which results in a strange texture that I do not like.  What I figured out when coming up with this recipe is that it needs a bright, even spicy, flavor.  Further, it also just really needs to be cooked perfectly.  Hence, this pasta recipe; it combines well cooked shrimp with the brightness of basil and some heat! The beauty of this pasta is that you can use almost any protein you may want, if you are not a shrimp fan.  Sausage or…