Basil has been growing like crazy in my little herb garden this summer.
So any time I come across a recipe that calls for basil, I want to give it a try. I saw this recipe for Basil Butter Garlic Bread on Jenna’s Everything Blog and needed to make it. Who doesn’t like a nice garlic bread to go with an Italian dinner? Especially one that is not from the frozen section.
This recipe is extremely easy. I love it when you can throw everything in a food processor and it does all the work for you.
I also love it when you can just run out to the back yard and pick the fresh herbs that you need. This recipe not only calls for basil but a bit of parsley as well. And despite what the recipe says, you can easily adjust the amount of herbs you put in it for your liking.
Spread the butter on a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread that has been sliced down the middle.
Top it with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Wrap it in foil and bake. That’s it!
Matt and I did have this garlic bread with spinach basil pesto over chicken and pasta. You may say it is basil overload for one night. But no, it was all wonderful!
I think this would make a great appetizer as well if you cut the loaf up into small pieces. Remember, you can find the recipe here!
I like pesto. But since becoming pregnant, it has become something I could do without. Until I came across a recipe for Spinach Basil Pesto from Two Peas and Their Pod. Since I haven’t had it in months, I wanted to give this recipe a try and see how I would feel about it. And I thought this was another great opportunity to use fresh basil from my herb garden. This recipe is incredibly easy and quick to make. And it is nut free which is a bonus if this is an allergy you need to worry about.
You put all ingredients in a food processor and blend. That’s it!
And yes, I did enjoy it very much! How can you not? Just look at that amazing color! I think I am past the I hate pesto because of pregnancy phase.
What’s great about pesto is you can use it in so many different ways. The night I made it, the pesto was put on pasta with grilled chicken and some grated parmesan cheese. A delicious and easy meal for a summer night.
More recently, Matt and I enjoyed the pesto on homemade paninis, which we have quite often.
Ciabatta bread, pesto, mozzarella cheese, and tomato grilled to deliciousness.
I hope you give this recipe a try. I am glad I did!
Recipes for strawberries and rhubarb are popping up everywhere. I have made a number of recipes with strawberries, but never rhubarb. And never a recipe with the combination of both. In our garden, we have a fairly large rhubarb plant that has existed since before moving in. It is the only plant that we know is always going to grow. Joy the Baker recently posted a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie that looked amazing. I knew this was the recipe for my first time baking with rhubarb. I made this pie before I went strawberry picking but purchased them from Mann Orchards Farm Stand and Bakery so they were local.
Now I find making pie crust very intimidating. Making the dough usually goes ok, especially with this recipe. It is very simple and came together great.
However, something seems to always go wrong when I am rolling the pie crust or trying to put it in the pie plate. My confidence with this did increase a tad when I took a pie baking class with Joy the Baker at King Arthur Flour. I didn’t have a problem with it this time though! The only thing I didn’t like was the dough was just a little too small to make it look all fancy around the edges. I should have rolled it out just a smidge more.
Look at how yummy! Now for the crumb topping and it is ready to go…
I am so happy at how this came out! It did not burn and the filling did not overflow out of the dish. That never happens!
I made some fresh whipped cream to top it off. To make the whipped cream, I don’t follow a recipe anymore. I had just under a pint of heavy cream so I whipped it up with a couple of tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar and a dash of vanilla extract.
My favorite part about this pie is the crust and the crumble topping. I know, what about the filling??? Yes, it was all very good! Don’t forget to check out the recipe here and give it a try!