Posts Tagged ‘basil’


Okay, I know it’s supposed to be “love” but I couldn’t help it….it’s an “l” word too!!

A Chorus Line is one of my all time favourite soundtracks. Never saw the play and I regret never having seen it. Maybe if it’s revived some day.



my lunch

This was my lunch the other day….

Was supposed to meet a friend for his bday lunch but he cancelled. So I made myself something I threw together…

Spring greens with some basil infused olive oil and a black currant vanilla balsamic (veryyyy syrupy)….and after I tossed that, I placed an avocado chopped on top w/some strawberries. On the side I cooked a tortilla.

“Cooked?”  You say?  Well, store-bought tortillas suck. I know this because I can and have made my own. My mother taught me (one of the very few things she has contributed to my life) and when you buy a pack of tortillas…. they aren’t really cooked. They’re doughy. I am alarmed at how people just take them, warm them in a microwave and then eat them.

The herecy!!  I have always cooked mine on an open gas flame.  Whenever one wasn’t available, I used a cast iron skillet.


That is the only way to get some semblance of an authentic tortilla when you buy a pack of them.

I was just sharing my lunch with you….maybe we can do this real soon!





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I hope you are having a blessed Easter with your family and friends.

I have posted below is my Easter menu. I will try to add links to recipes or post the recipe(s) later on tonight. I will be back on track next week, adding recipes and product reviews.


Ham ~ brown sugar-mustard glaze

Mashed Cauliflower Supreme*

Roasted Asparagus ~ Orange-Balsamic dressing and crushed pistachios*

Oven Roasted Herbed Potatoes*

Brussel Sprouts ~ Butter-Mustard Seed Sauce

Heirloom Tomato Salad ~ Basil-Balsamic Vinaigrette*

Fresh Mozzarella ~ Basil-Balsmic Vinaigrette

Chocolate Ice Cream*


Blessings to you!


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…a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite. I’ll meet you any time you want at our Italian restaurant…


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

I bought some vegan friendly candy for my daughter and some fancy chili-mango chocolate for my husband.

It’s the one time of year where I can combine my two favourite things…the colour purple and hearts!


     ~ Tonight’s Menu ~        

French bread ~ garlic kissed and grilled with fresh bruschetta

Bella Dona Salad Redux  ~ mixed greens with vanilla tarragon vinaigrette and garnished with thinly sliced apples and crushed pistachios)*

Calamarata Pasta ~  paired with a red sauce combined with pinches of vegan sausage, wilted onions and garlic and fresh basil*

And for dessert…

 ¡Bessame mucho, mi esposo!





*Click here for recipes 

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