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Strawberry, Balsamic Basil Grilled Cheese Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | June 10, 2013

strawberry, grilled cheese, meatless monday
strawberry, grilled cheese, meatless monday

Fresh berries add an unexpected kick to a grilled cheese favorite.

Strawberries in desserts are expected (and delicious) but it’s when we mix our sweets with our savories that things start to get really interesting. In the past, I’ve had great success pairing strawberries with basil and separately, with balsamic…but what about all three together? If this grilled cheese is any indication, then they are a trio made in heaven. The syrupy, almost sweet tangy vinegar is perfect for really bringing the berries and herbs together, while the brie unites them in sandwich unity, making each bite more exciting than the last.

Adapted from BS’ in the Kitchen

For more Meatless Monday recipes:

Black Bean Feta Tacos with Strawberry Salsa

Kale and Three Cheese Calzone

Fettuccine Tangle with Spring Asparagus Puree

Artichoke Torta

Roasted Sweet Potato with Chili Dressing

Cilantro, Basil, and Mint Yogurt Dip Recipe

By Emma Laperruque | June 29, 2012

Yogurt Dip with Cucumbers and Carrots


Crudités are one of the simplest, most well-liked party appetizers: a plate of colorful vegetables, served with your favorite dip. Since the dish is so popular—especially during barbeque season—your choice of dip gives you the chance to truly shine as a host. Raw veggies are a given, but what kind of sauce does your family serve with them? Though it’s tempting to buy that ready-made jar of ranch dressing at the super market when you’re picking up your produce, if you just grab a few extra ingredients and spend another five minutes in the kitchen, you can take your crudités from appetizing to downright addictive.

Here, a food processor does nearly all the work. You toss in fresh basil, cilantro, mint, and garlic, and blend together until finely chopped. Then you add thick Greek yogurt, the juice and zest of one lemon, a few glugs of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and blend again. Just like that—totally done! The fresh herbs make this dip flavorful—and beautiful—and the yogurt base, instead of mayonnaise or sour cream, makes it good for you, too. It’s the perfect center piece for crudités, but also goes great with other dishes, from crab cakes to fish sticks to pita chips.

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Watermelon Basil Salad Recipe

By marcussamuelsson.com | March 22, 2012

Photo: Gabriel Li

The warm weather is here early this year! The early season means one of spring and summer’s favorite fruits is starting to pop up at the market earlier- the watermelon. This juicy fruit is ideal by itself or in desserts, but its versatility also makes for a great salad ingredient.

Seasonal eating is about highlighting the main ingredient, and in this case the watermelon is highlighted without too many other additives. This super easy Watermelon Basil Salad has only five ingredients and can be put together in less than five minutes. It’s a great option as an appetizer, side dish, or healthy snack during these warm weather months.

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Red Thai Chicken and Pumpkin Curry Recipe

By Saira Malhotra | September 29, 2011

Photo: stevendepolo

Bidding farewell to our summer love is never easy, especially when it took us 3 seasons to get there. However that light of amber that shines through those autumn leaves is more than enticing. A season that so accurately echoes hues of its environment through its fruits and vegetables sends most people’s senses in to a tizzy, imagine what it does to the palate. Today’s dish is Fall personified. A dish of Red Thai Chicken Curry with nuggets of golden pumpkin and slivers of red bell pepper will surely stoke the fire in any belly. Read More

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Lemon-Lime Basil Sugar Cookies Recipe

By Laura Ratliff and Ryan Smith | September 20, 2011

lemon lime basil cookies

Photo: Laura Ratliff

Culinary confession time: I really, really dislike shortbread cookies. Even though my mom makes a mean lavender shortbread, I’ve just never understood why people enjoy eating sandy, flavorless, crumbly pucks. I could go on, but I’ll spare you more complaining. I refuse to eat them, so I most definitely refuse to bake them.

That’s why, when I came across a recipe for lemon-lime basil shortbread cookies in the July 2011 issue of Bon Appetit, I was initially disappointed-why ruin three absolutely stunning ingredients by using them in shortbread, of all things? Read More

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin Satays with Basil Corn on the Cob Recipe

By marcussamuelsson.com | September 1, 2011

Photo: Pete Williams

Photo: Pete Williams

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the grill is ready for one last feast. This Labor Day, invite friends and family over to partake in a twist on the traditional BBQ to become the new grill master of your town. With Grilled Pork Tenderloin Satays and Basil Infused Corn on the Cob, you will be getting the best of both worlds with a little Asian and Italian flair. Read More

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