Flavor Infused Water

I love keeping limes and lemons around to add to my ice water in the summer. Adding a little flavor to your water is a great way to encourage water intake! Here are a few natural ingredient ideas that will flavor your water without adding sugar or artificial sweetener. Strawberry Basil // I know that basil may sound like a strange thing to add to drinking water, but it really adds a fresh flavor that goes perfectly with strawberries! Blueberry Kiwi // Adding frozen blueberries to your water is a great way to keep it cold and refreshing! Kiwi also adds … Continue reading Flavor Infused Water

Herb Tips // Favorites

I love cooking with fresh herbs, but they can be expensive and don’t have a very long shelf life. Here are a couple of quick tips to extend the life of your herbs! If you’ve purchased way too many fresh herbs, or if your garden is full of them, chop herbs and place into an ice cube tray. Pour olive oil over the herbs and freeze. I’ve used this trick with cilantro and basil, two of my favorites! I pull the cubes out of the freezer and toss them into a skillet when cooking meat, beans, or sauces! Cilantro is … Continue reading Herb Tips // Favorites

Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella

My first bruschetta experience was at a local Italian restaurant while on a date with my (now) husband. We decided to try something new, we chose their bruschetta. I enjoyed it so much, I couldn’t wait to try to duplicate it! This is such a fast and tasty recipe. It’s a great appetizer, an alternative to garlic bread, or it can stand on its own! Bruschetta Needed:  loaf of fresh bread (I used french bread) 1 can (fire roasted) diced tomatoes fresh basil fresh mozzarella olive oil garlic salt cracked black pepper Slice loaf of bread and lay slices onto a … Continue reading Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

This creamy tomato soup is my favorite. It’s perfect for chilly evenings. We love to eat this soup along with grilled cheese sandwiches! Fresh Creamy Tomato Soup                                 4 Servings Needed:                                                                              4 fresh tomatoes (chopped) 1 cup (8 oz) tomato sauce 1 cup (8 oz) vegetable or chicken stock  … Continue reading Fresh Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

Fresh Basil Pesto // Pasta

Needed: 1 cup fresh basil 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper 1/2 cup olive oil 2 garlic cloves (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder) Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until ingredients are blended but still have a rough texture. Scrape sides of processor in between blending to make sure that everything is mixed well. Serve on fresh bread or over pasta (I love topping cheese raviolis with basil pesto!). Or use this pesto for making my Tomato and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella! Facebook // Etsy // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter Continue reading Fresh Basil Pesto // Pasta