Posts Tagged ‘basil’

This recipe was developed straight out of our Community Supported Agriculture box this week. For those of you who aren’t aware of the CSA model, we purchase a share of a local farmer’s crops at the beginning of the season. In return, each week we receive a box of fresh, local, seasonal, organic produce. Our […]


Tis the season for tons of surplus zucchini and squash. In an effort to tackle this challenge (in service of my friends’ beautiful garden) and make a quick and satisfying lunch, I developed this recipe as a riff on eggplant parmesan. Finding soft rolls is important. Be sure to eat this dish soon because the […]


I have recently encountered several savory dishes featuring watermelon, which inspired this dish. The salad balances textures (the soft chewiness of israeli couscous, the crunchy bite of watermelon and the creamy feel of cheese) and flavors (the toastyness of the couscous, the sweetness of watermelon and the saltiness of the cheese), plus the fresh and spicy flavor of […]


peach basil pie

22Jul12

As a thank you for some friends who helped us out in a pinch, I wanted to make a pie. Because of the season, I decided to make it a peach pie. I wanted to experiment with a peach basil pie because I know the combination goes well in salads and other savory dishes. It […]


bruschetta

17Sep11

Though we haven’t had much of a summer in San Francisco this year, thankfully there has been a summer in the rest of Northern California, yielding wonderful dry farmed Early Girl tomatoes. Bruschetta is a classic appetizer that features fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic. To incorporate the garlic, I use a mortar and pestle and […]


On a recent trip to Chicago, I ate one of the very best vegetarian meals of my life at the Chicago Diner. One of the dishes I enjoyed there was a seitan steak salad (Chicagoans love their seitan!). This is my attempt to recreate the entrée dish. This salad features the sweet-savory charred flavor of […]


We were deep into a lazy summer Sunday when we started to make dinner plans. Given the heat, our need for a nap, and all the opportunity still left in the day (going to the pool!), we decided to order takeout pizza. I offered to make a salad, and felt inspired by the day to […]