Cilantro Basil Mint Chimichurri Sauce

27 08 2018

This herbaceous sauce is simple to make and fantastic drizzled on just about anything from seafood to chicken to grilled vegetables. I roasted some cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and drizzled this sauce over and topped it off with shredded Parmesan and toasted pine nuts. It was a delicious side dish. This sauce can also be used as a base for a salad dressing. Just add a little more oil and maybe water to thin it out before tossing with your favorite salad fixings.


2 limes, juiced

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar

leaves from one bunch of Italian parsley

leaves from one bunch of cilantro

20 leaves mint

20 leaves basil

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp red pepper flakes

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Perfect Pesto

7 07 2010
I was able to coax this recipe out of an Italian friend of mine. It is a great pesto recipe. Use it on its own or dilute with warm cream to make a creamy pesto. This is perfect to make during the summer and then freeze to have all winter long.

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Marinated Goat Cheese with EVOO Tuscan Herb Olive Oil, Garlic, Basil, and Orange Zest

29 03 2010

Marinated Goat Cheese

This cheese is great on crackers as an appetizer. It would be delicious as a topping for a green salad. You could also make a classic French salad with this called a Salade de Chevre Chaud (warm goat cheese salad). Place a slice of the marinated goat cheese on top of a thickly sliced piece of French bread. Place in a hot oven and warm through until the cheese just begins to melt. Remove from the oven and place atop a green salad dressed with a Sherry shallot vinaigrette. Read the rest of this entry »

Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

28 02 2010
This appetizer dish was a spontaneous addition to our dinner party menu at the first cooking class. We wanted to make sure our guests had something to nibble on when they arrived so we through these together in about 10 minutes. We did use a very secret ingredient. I had some Spanish Roasted Black Olive Sea Salt, which I purchased at the Savory Spice Shop (see my links). If you don’t have it, just use some very good coarse sea salt to add to the tomatoes. Everybody loved them and the students were pleased to see how easy it is to put together a quick yet impressive first course. Read the rest of this entry »