Brian Larkowski

  1. Favorite Basil Pesto With Almonds Pasta

    Favorite Basil Pesto With Almonds Pasta
    With thanks to Brooklyn Farm Girl: brooklynfarmgirl.com Ingredients 3 cups of fresh basil leaves 4 cloves garlic 3/4 Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup roasted almonds or pistachios pinch of salt pasta of your choice (cooked) red pepper flakes to garnish   Instructions Combine basil, garlic, Parmesan Cheese, olive oil, almonds and salt in a food processor. Blend to...
  2. Hungarian Yellow Peppers

    Hungarian Yellow Peppers
    Today's pic-of-the-day is submitted on Facebook by Nic. He shares a unique bottom-up angle of his happy, healthy Hungarian yellow wax peppers growing in an AeroGarden 6.  Yum, these Hungarian peppers are making me hungry. To share your AeroGarden photo (with a chance at a free Seed Pod Kit giveaway) post pictures of your garden at www.facebook.com/aerogarden.
  3. Butternut Squash Soup

    INGREDIENTS 4 cups vegetable broth  2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch pieces 1½ tsp chopped fresh sage leaves  1 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper Sour cream and chopped fresh chives for garnish Preparation:  Serves 4 Bring broth to boil in large saucepan. Add squash and sage; cover and simmer until squash is very tender, about...
  4. Cajun Chicken Stuffed Red Peppers

    INGREDIENTS 2 large red bell peppers, cut lengthwise and seeded ½ lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ½-inch pieces 1¼ tsp Cajun seasoning 2 tsp olive oil 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 green bell pepper, diced ½ cup chopped onion  2 garlic cloves, minced  1¼ cups chicken broth  ½ cup white or brown rice ¼ tsp salt 2...
  5. Grilled Fish Tacos

      INGREDIENTS 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves 6 garlic cloves, minced 6 mahi-mahi fillets  4 tsp olive oil  Salt and pepper  12 warm corn tortillas  For Toppings 1 cup salsa  1 cup shredded red cabbage  ½ cup chopped tomatoes  1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro  Lime wedges Preparation:  Serves 6 Preheat grill to medium-high. Combine...
  6. Citrus & Basil Quinoa Salad

    INGREDIENTS 3 cups quinoa*, cooked 2 Tbsp shallots, minced 1 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp orange zest 2/3 cup fresh orange juice 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves 2 tsp olive oil ¼ tsp salt ⅛ tsp pepper 2 cups orange sections  ¼ cup almonds, chopped and toasted Preparation:   Serves 4 Combine quinoa and shallots...
  7. Grilled Tenderloin Marsala

      INGREDIENTS 4  garlic cloves, crushed ½ tsp salt, divided ¾ tsp pepper, divided 1 (2-lb) beef tenderloin, cut into 6 steaks 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1½ lb crimini mushrooms, sliced ¼ cup butter, melted 2½ tsp minced fresh marjoram leaves ¼ cup dry Marsala wine  Preparation:  Serves 6 Rub garlic and half of the salt and pepper evenly over...
  8. Thyme-Infused Summer Salad

    INGREDIENTS 7 firm-ripe peaches, rinsed  3 Tbsp honey  2 (5-inch) fresh thyme sprigs, rinsed 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 2 cups water 4 Tbsp lemon juice  1/3 cup olive oil  Salt and pepper  6 heads Belgian endive leaves (1½ lb total), separated  ¼ cup chopped fresh chives  2 Tbsp minced shallot  6 oz prosciutto, thinly sliced  1½ cups mixed greens ...
  9. Buttered Noodles with Chives

    INGREDIENTS 10 oz egg noodles 2 Tbsp unsalted butter ½ cup vegetable broth, heated ¼ cup chopped fresh chives 2 tsp garlic powder ¾ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper Preparation Serves 8 Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately toss with remaining ingredients...
  10. Mint Lemonade

    INGREDIENTS 8 large lemons, divided  20 fresh mint leaves, divided  1 cup granulated sugar  3 cups boiling water  4 cups cold water  Ice cubes Preparation Serves 8 Slice 7 lemons thinly. Seed sliced lemons and place in a large mixing bowl. Add 12 mint leaves and the sugar. Pour in boiling water. Let mixture sit for 45 minutes at room...

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