Sautéed Portabella Mushroom with Asparagus and Pesto Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Each day I try to plan to pass through the produce area in one of our local markets, on my way home, to see what is fresh or on sale that I can use for the evening meal. Shopping daily also allows me to get in…

Shrimp with Chile Paste Basil Pesto over Linguine


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a one bowl meal that easily can come together in 20 minutes or less. If you’re a Chile Head you’ll appreciate the chile sauce together with the fresh basil and garlic. It’ll bring a little perspiration and release a few of the desirable endorphins…

ItalianTomato and Fresh Basil Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor There is lots of basil available in the yard this time of year in containers and random plants throughout the yard from seeds that have blown around. You can never have too much basil and a quick lunch that is really tasty and easy to make…

Mussels in a White Wine, Olive Oil, Garlic, and Basil Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a super easy recipe and delicious complete meal in one bowl to throw together assuming you are sure to clean the mussels well. The easiest way to be sure the mussels are free of grit is to purchase them ahead of time, (be sure…

Eggplant-Basil Pesto Bruschetta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor A super way to use older bread that is going or has become stale or just dried out. Topping can be just about anything you can dream up that would be tasty to yourself and friends. Sometimes I put out a bunch of ingredients and let…

Savory Seafood Stew


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The following recipe uses little neck clams. When using fresh clams one of the keys to delicious clams other than not over cooking the little bivalves is to be sure that they are free of grit, sand, etc. An effective way is to place them into…

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor What’s special about this recipe? Besides being mine, I have incorporated poached garlic instead of uncooked garlic. Poaching the garlic before putting it into a recipe that will not be cooked, keeps the garlic from getting stronger (hotter), as it rests in storage. Information about poaching garlic…