Suzi's Blog

Basil Mojito

If I say “mojito” then I don’t have to say “mint” because we all know that a mojito is made with mint. Except when it isn’t. Substitute basil for mint and you have a lovely cocktail, a bit more subtle, and one that you can nurture for some time as the ice melts and the…

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Basil Lemon Sorbet [and an herb substitution chart]

On the top edge of the picture above, you see some Double Berry Polenta Cake, which I posted about a few days ago. I said then that the cake was so good that it could stand on its own: no adornment needed. While that is true, Suzen often loves to pair cake with ice cream…

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Pepper and Herbed Butter

Is it possible to figure out how many potatoes you have eaten in your life? At my age, and with my growing-up-in-the-50s background, my PPC — Personal Potato Count — is very, very high. Baked potatoes, French fries, hash browns, potato salad, … That veggie has been a major part of intake. And my favorite?…

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Basil

How can you make chicken taste better than chicken? Enfold it with flavor. Inundate it with cool contrasts. In the summer, it’s easier to do than you might think. Take chicken breasts, marinate them in garlic and mustard, then coat with breadcrumbs and Parmesan, cook in butter, and finish by topping with chopped summer tomatoes…

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