How to Store Fresh Basil

Storing Basil_A Little YumminessYou’ve probably been there…. you’ve just used part of a bunch of beautiful, fragrant basil for a recipe but you haven’t gotten around to figuring out what to do with the rest. Good news…. I just learned this great trick for storing basil. This is so simple and it keeps the leaves fresh and vibrant for days and days. It really works! Continue reading

Spring Things

A few spring things we’re loving right now….. What’s giving you spring fever?

These "sumo" citrus are seedless, incredibly easy to peel, and super super sweet, with just a whisper of a membrane around each segment. Heaven in a peel!

Basil pesto tastes best when made barefoot on a sunshiny day. Two secrets for keeping it gorgeously green: 1) blanch the basil leaves in boiling water for a few seconds, then plunge them into ice water and squeeze dry before blending your pesto 2) crush up a vitamin c tablet and blend it with your pesto, the citric acid will keep the basil from oxidizing.

Sweet and zippy, we love to celebrate the season with tender spring onions.

Nothing gives you that springtime feeling like feeding a baby goat. You can visit this little guy at Harley Farm in Pescadero.

Michael Ruhlman’s Tomato Water Pasta

If you can dice a tomato and boil water then this pasta is for you, courtesy of chef Michael Ruhlman. More of a technique than a recipe, it’s the perfect way to showcase a few gorgeous end of summer tomatoes. Don’t let the simplicity of this fool you, this is real-deal pasta. We’ve heard it’s one of Chewbacca’s favorites when he has friends around for dinner. Like Chewbacca, I love the technique of macerating the tomatoes and making a sauce from their juices fortified with a little butter, then tossing in the chopped tomato at the last minute to keep that fresh tomato flavor and texture. You can put this one together in just minutes, your kids will scarf it up — what’s not to love?

Invite some friends and serve this with some garlicky sauteed shrimp our favorite zucchini carpaccio and you are set for a great summer supper!

Get the recipe and a how-to video right here from Michael Ruhlman’s website.