Basil Pesto

I’ve grown basil every summer for many years—sometimes in a garden, but lately in a large pot, since I don’t have space for a garden right now. I love making homemade pesto with my basil! It’s really easy to make and there’s nothing like cutting fresh basil from your own garden or pot to make it!

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Creamy Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs always bring back memories to me of summertime picnics…a picnic just does not seem complete somehow without deviled eggs! Even if you’re not having a picnic, they’re still a great side dish for a summer meal…and I know a lot of people who serve deviled eggs as a side dish for Thanksgiving too! So I guess Deviled Eggs are something we can enjoy all year round, right?

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Peach Cobbler Cake

Here’s a yummy and easy peach dessert recipe that’s great for this time of year! You don’t have to wait till peach season to make this though, because this recipe uses canned peaches in light syrup. So you can make this Peach Cobbler Cake anytime of the year, which is great if you are a fan of peaches like I am!

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Easy Cheesy Lasagna

I first found the original version of this recipe years ago in a Real Simple magazine. Not only is it super easy, it’s super cheesy…and a great way to make lasagna when you don’t have a lot of time! It’s actually made with frozen cheese ravioli instead of lasagna noodles. And there’s some chopped spinach in it, too. I use a little less ravioli and a little more Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese than the original recipe calls for, since I’m such a cheese-lover—I love all that extra cheesiness! 🙂

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Tomatoes Provençal

Have you ever been to Provence? I have never been to France  but if I have the chance to go, Provence will be one of the areas I want to visit! This region of southern France stretches from the Mediterranean to the hills of Haute Provence, and from the Rhone River valley to the Italian Alps. It was the site of the first Roman colony beyond Italy and today it’s known for fragrant lavender fields, beautiful beaches like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Nice, quaint small villages, and fine wines and food. The cuisine of this area includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and nuts—basically the core of the healthy Mediterranean diet.

I learned these things about Provence when I did a review a few years ago of Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living, by François Millo and Viktorija Todorovska. This book introduces you to the geography, history, traditions, wines, and recipes of the region, one of which is Tomatoes Provençal. Since I love tomatoes, that is the recipe I chose to make from the book, and I’m reposting it now because it is a wonderful recipe for summer and a simple yet delicious way to use your garden tomatoes!

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