Tag: basil

refreshing rice grape & basil salad

refreshing rice grape & basil salad

I happen to love rice, especially when it’s made into this refreshing rice grape and basil salad. It’s simple to prepare and with the light and flaky rice that adds just enough tender texture for the sweet juice grapes and hint of fresh basil, you’ll not get a heavy feeling […]

chicken piccata soup

chicken piccata soup

I made a wonderful Italian dish into a soup, Chicken Marsala, and it’s THE most popular post I’ve ever shared on Facebook. Seen by over 160k and shared over 1,300 times! With that popularity, I thought I’d take another loved Italian dish, Chicken Piccata, and make it also into a […]

pesto meatballs and marinara sauce

pesto meatballs and marinara sauce

Meatballs can be a meal for me and my family. And, these pesto meatballs and marinara sauce are just that. All you need to do is add maybe a salad, something crunchy! Here’s what I’d recommend! Bleu cheese coleslaw. OMG! You’re going to love the contrast of flavors. Especially, the […]

heirloom tomato onion tarte tatin

upside down tomato tart

Some behind the scenes storytelling always makes for good reading. When I’m in my recipe creation frame of mind, there are lots of things that I consider when coming up with delicious recipes. First of all, is taste, is it something that just flat out tastes good? Another is ease […]

mango basil chicken linguine

mango basil chicken linguine

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this post! All the opinions and creativity are solely my own. For a full disclosure, click here! What I love about this recipe is that it’s all in one skillet. Can you believe that you don’t have to pre-cook the linguine! Yes, […]


roasted tomato onion pie

Tomato Pie. It’s a Southern speciality. Now this roasted tomato onion pie is not to be confused with the Italian tomato pie. However, really my creation is cross pollination between the Southern tomato pie and the Italian version. Now the Italian version is also called a pizza, and it derives […]

purple cabbage salad & roasted tomatoes

purple cabbage salad & roasted tomatoes

Cabbage cabbage…seems to be the forgotten ‘stepsister’ of the more elegant salad greens! But not so in my ally boho world…to me cabbage is gorgeous, and even more stunning and tasty in its natural state. Oh, yes, we can cook, steam, fry it, make cabbage rolls (which I love because […]

30 minute lemon shrimp pasta

30 minute lemon shrimp pasta

I love challenges. Even if it’s a small challenge that’s self-imposed. Challenges don’t have to be completing a triathlon to receive great gratification. Challenges can be those that you choose to do with yourself to keep YOU on your toes. That’s a big way of how I live my life […]

pot roast lasagna

pot roast lasagna

Usually when you make a pot roast, you make a big one. You probably have leftovers. The meat is tender tasty and perfect for so many other dishes. Once you taste this pot roast lasagna, the next time you make a pot roast, you’ll probably buy a much bigger one […]

chicken doodle soup

chicken doodle soup

Chicken doodle soup. Yes, it’s my whimsical version of ‘chicken noodle soup’ but with a bohemian flair! I love the rich tomatoeee broth that comes with every bite. Reminiscent of a ‘vegetable’ soup, there’s no mistaking that you’re eating chicken soup. Now, what might the flair be? It’s something subtle. It’s […]

~tomato garlic basil beef stew~

tomato garlic basil bone marrow beef stew

The method of stewing meat is a very old cooking technique. Stewing meat requires patience and time because you want the meat exceptional tender. Traditionally, stews have been made with less expensive, tougher cuts of beef. Hence, time breaks down those fibers becoming tenderized and easier to chew and enjoy. […]

chicken cacciatore soup

chicken cacciatore soup

Who says you can’t turn your favorite Italian dishes into soups. Well, in 2015 my ‘chicken marsala soup’ was my #1 searched recipe! Yes, it’s that good. Then I did a ‘chicken piccata soup’ and it rocked my charts. So what soup is debuting now? Chicken cacciatore soup! In Italian […]

bacon bleu littl' devils

bacon bleu littl’ devils

Picnics. Family dinners. Tailgating. Covered dish church suppers. Whatever the occasion, this is one platter of goodliness that you’ll sure to get rave reviews on! For those who want a healthier alternative to the traditional deviled egg or if you just want a more hip 21st century version of the […]

meatloaf meatballs

meatloaf meatballs

Meatballs. Meatloaf. Really what’s the difference? I mean they are so close in the ingredients that you use to make them that you could say they’re pretty much the same, right? Main different is the size. These meatloaf meatballs make your belly happy! Sooooooooooooo, I’m combining the two and making […]

delta blue rice salad

delta blues rice salad

Rice~an ancient grain that’s been around for eons. So many types and colors, too. I’m really loving the dark grains, like forbidden Chinese black, red and Thai purple. But, there’s nothing like a nice fluffy tender white long-grain rice. And, one that’s milled locally in the Mississippi Delta. It just […]

mezze rigatoni basil pesto & peppers

mezze rigatoni basil pesto & peppers

Nothing more luscious than a velvety creamy basil pesto sauce on al dente pasta. And, this mezze rigatoni basil pesto & peppers is just a dream bowl of happiness. Plus, you can use store brands for the basil pesto and roasted red peppers like Mezzetta. I keep an array of […]

boho summer picnics

refreshing basil watermelon

How could watermelon get any sweeter or better? Well, if you add some spritzer to it that’s infused with basil, lemon and honey! This watermelon is like a major palate surprise…with hints of basil, lemon and then a grain or two of sea salt, and all the sweetness of Mother’s […]

spicy bean salad

This bean salad is what landed me my first cut with auditioning for FOX network show, Masterchef. Yes, in that initial audition I made this dish and served it with pan seared salmon, and with only a taste, the food critic was thumbs up! I’ve been making it for years, […]

caprese open face sandwich

caprese open face sandwich

Remember Cracker Jacks? The best part was finding the prize inside the box. Well, that’s what buffalo burrata cheese is like for me! If you’ve never tasted burrata mozzarella then you must! It’s just a decadent version of mozzarella, only fresh, creamy and oozing with goodness because of the cream […]

~emerald green dipping olive oil~

emerald green dipping olive oil

Sometimes the simplest things are the most striking and stunning.  So, this idea came while Ben and I were in Steamboat Springs, Colorado~~we’d ridden our Harley there, amazing countryside and there’s nothing like feeling the freedom of life with the wind blowing in your face, sitting on the back of […]

~fresh herb arugula penne pasta & Parmesan~

fresh herb arugula penne pasta & parmesan

This is one of those easy quick recipes that you can serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner~~it can be a side or add the sunnyside up egg and you have an full meal. Grill a piece of chicken or salmon and it’s yet another meal. The pasta is laden with […]

~~ally & key ring app~~

ally & key ring app

It’s the #1 shopping app downloaded.  It’s one of the Top 25 apps at the Google PlayStore.  As of this posting there are 9 million users. There are 6-26k downloads daily!  It makes your life easier~~it removes the clutter from your key ring~~it’s ‘Key Ring App’!  I’ve not real tech […]

Bohemian Lasagna with Veggies

According to the Urban Dictionary, someone who’s Bohemian is ‘somebody who leads an alternative lifestyle, they are not hippies because they can have an extremely wide range of different tastes in music, fashion, art, literature, etc.  They are usually very creative people.  They are above all optimists  even if they can […]

Roasted & Charred Tomatoes & Garlic

Charred & Roasted Garlic & Tomatoes

I detest wasting food.  So, whenever I’m heading somewhere for a while, like more than a few weeks, I usually do a clean sweep of the refrigerator crisper, the fruit, and other perishable things like sour cream, milk, etc. and format them into something that I can freeze for later […]

lemon basil cakettes

You never know the reaction you’ll get from total strangers when they taste your food.  Ally’s Kitchen & my Boho princesses teamed up with our local Anthropologie store one Fall Saturday for an Ally’s Kitchen & Anthropologie Nibbles.  Essentially, I put my spin on recipes I’d chosen from some of their cookbooks. […]

Fresh Basil Walnut Pesto

There’s not much to write about this post.  I mean it’s not real ‘glamourous.’  It’s nothing that takes a high level of culinary skill.  Here’s what I can tell you about it: 1.  I have an herb garden with a lot of fresh basil. 2.  I harvested this basil, put […]

Blackberry and Fresh Basil Dessert Bites

blackberry & fresh basil dessert bites

Do you have on your key ring  so many loyalty cards that it looks like the head janitor’s ring of keys for Trump Tower?  You know what I’m talking about~~ a ring with so many of those little cards that you can’t even find your keys!  If so, then you’re […]

lemon and sweet basil cookies

Light lemony and with a definite fresh basil flavor, these cookies offer a unique flavor and look with the green basil flakes to what a traditional cookie is! I made these ”Lemon and Sweet Basil Cookies’ into a pinwheel-like cookie, but you could just stack the two layers of rolled out […]