Chef Sandra's Blog

It’s Basil Week!

If I had to choose just a few herbs to have in my kitchen, basil would definitely be on my short list of herbs to have available.  Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow both indoors and out, and is also considered the “ premiere culinary herb”. As a Personal  Chef,  I use basil in tons of dishes, and my clients especially love it when I use basil or other fresh herbs from my garden.  Basil combines very well with rosemary and thyme in meat dishes, fish, vegetables, cheese, soup and eggs and is also one of the main...
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10 Varieties of Basil and Their Uses

Who knew basil came is so many different varieties! Amazing fragrances like cinnamon, lemon, and lime and beautiful colors from bright green to deep purple. Whether you're using it for landscaping or to accent your favorite foods and beverages, you're sure to find a variety of basil that's your favorite.
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Why Radishes?

Did you know that radishes have a lot of great health benefits?  I grew up eating radishes from my dad’s garden and I planted radishes this spring in my own garden. I was researching recipes using radishes and ran across a Quinoa recipe that includes radishes.  I’m always looking for a new recipe for quinoa (which is a great healthy alternative to pasta or rice).  This is a recipe that I put my own twist on using radishes, parsley, mint and basil from my garden!  The chopping was well worth the time.  For another twist, this recipe is also good with grilled...
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Do you think home canning is a lost art? I think not!

Three days and counting before my first Home Canning series begins at the Dallas Farmer’s Market and I am so excited!    I can’t wait to meet the new breed of contemporary home canners who are taking an interest in learning home canning and what was once considered to be a “Lost Art”.  I’ve spoken with corporate executives, gardeners, gourmet chefs, retirees and families who are just concerned about food safety and nutrition. Urban canners love the fact that you don’t have to live in the country or devote every waking hour to a garden in order to enjoy the canning process. ...
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