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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

If you’ve never worked with spaghetti squash, you have really missed a great no fat, low calorie fun food. It is actually a squash, that when cooked, can be pulled with a fork and the squash is identical in looks to spaghetti. Spaghetti Squash Casserole is a perfect example.

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Spring Greens, Strawberries and Bleu Cheese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Spring greens, fresh strawberries, pungent bleu cheese and chunky pecans makes this one of the most flavorful summer salads to be found. The dressing originally came from the Missouri Governor’s kitchen although I am embarrassed that I don’t remember which governor. The original dressing was very sweet so I reduced the sugar in this one.

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Herbs, Flowers and all things Garden

I love this time of year. The cool mornings and warm afternoons are ideal for gardening and I have taken full advantage of them. My yard has very little constant sunshine so it is difficult for me to plant vegetables. That and the squirrels that own the neighborhood and eat everything.

One year I decided . . . → Read More: Herbs, Flowers and all things Garden

Strawberry, Basil, Balsamic Granita

Granita is an Italian ice and as such does not require an ice cream machine. It is really easy, low in calorie and fat and is ideal for anyone looking for a sweet treat with the emphasis on treat and not sweet. The twang in this dessert is from a bit of white balsamic vinegar . . . → Read More: Strawberry, Basil, Balsamic Granita

Basil Oil

In case my regular readers haven’t noticed, my very favorite herb is basil. This year, I planted four huge containers with basil that are now so large, I have no idea what to do with it all. Pesto balls are overtaking the freezer, I have used tons of it everywhere in cooking, I’ve used it . . . → Read More: Basil Oil

Lemon Basil Mayonnaise

This is perfect for a vegetable dip, sandwich spread and just to eat with a spoon it is that good.

1 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (do not use dried for this) Grated rind of 1/2 large lemon

Mix all together. This may be made several days ahead.