DATES SKEWERS with GOAT CHEESE & PROSCIUTTO

DATES SKEWERS with GOAT CHEESE & PROSCIUTTO

Serves 4:

1/3 cup soft herbed goat cheese
16 Medjool dates, pitted
16 large basil leaves
4 wide, thin slices prosciutto di Parma, each cut into 4 long strips
16 toothpicks, soaked in water 10 minutes

Heat broiler to low. Spoon 1 teaspoon cheese into each date; wrap with a basil leaf, then a prosciutto [...]

MANGO-RADICCHIO CAPRESE WITH BASIL VINAIGRETTE

MANGO-RADICCHIO CAPRESE WITH BASIL VINAIGRETTE

fresh!

Serves 4:

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil plus 8 whole large basil leaves
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
8 radicchio leaves, thick ends trimmed
2 large mangoes, peeled, halved, thinly sliced
8 1/4-inch-thick slices fresh mozzarella cheese (from one 8-ounce ball)

Blend chopped basil, oil, and vinegar in mini processor until most of [...]

GRILLED SCALLOPS & NECTARINES WITH CORN TOMATO SALAD

GRILLED SCALLOPS & NECTARINES WITH CORN TOMATO SALAD

Serves 6:

Dressing
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
1/8 teaspoon (generous) chili powder
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of Sea salt (or fleur de sel*)

Salad
24 large sea scallops, side muscles removed, patted dry
3 firm but ripe nectarines (white or yellow), each cut into 6 wedges
Olive oil, [...]

ROASTED PEPPER AND TOMATO SALAD

ROASTED PEPPER AND TOMATO SALAD

yum!

Serves 4:

Dressing
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Salad
1 1/2 pounds red or red and yellow peppers, roasted
1 tablespoon slivered fresh basil
1 pound fresh ripe tomatoes, cut in wedges
1 head of leaf lettuce or romaine
2 ounces goat cheese, [...]

SEARED SEA SCALLOPS ON LEMONGRASS SAUCE WITH BASIL, MINT & CILANTRO SALAD

SEARED SEA SCALLOPS ON LEMONGRASS SAUCE WITH BASIL, MINT AND CILANTRO SALAD

delicious!

Serves 8:

2 tsp canola oil
1 onion, chopped
6 stalks lemongrass, dry leaves removed, stems pounded; cut into 3-inch lengths
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 red Thai bird chiles, finely chopped (found in grocery stores’ Asian section)
2 cups dry white wine
1 can (28 [...]

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Photography by Mary Sylvester.