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Rosemary/Thyme Grilled Chicken with Walnut Dijon Kale Salad

Rosemary/Thyme Grilled Chicken with Walnut Dijon Kale Salad

This recipe is simple and satisfying and an perfect for a casual dinner with friends or family or just  your fabulous self. I often make this for family gatherings on weekend afternoons. The ease in effort allows me to spend more time with my loved but still host a wonderful meal. In the summer I love using fresh herbs from my garden for the marinade and dressing and grill the chicken outside in the backyard. Of course that is not a requirement, the recipe also works well with an indoor stove top grill.


A quick note on homemade vinaigrettes: 

Once you know the ratio of acid to oil, you don’t need a recipe. The traditional formula is 1 part acid to 3 parts oil, but this varies depending on the acid used and your personal taste. Many people prefer a 1 to 2 ratio of acid to oil. So experiment and see what you like!

Vinegar range in acidity from about 4 to 7 percent. The higher the acidity, the sharper the pucker power, and the more oil you’ll need to balance it. For example, Rice vinegar is less acidic so it needs less oil than others.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is often used in place of vinegar, but it’s slightly more acidic than some vinegars, so it may require a bit more oil. Over time, fresh lemon juice loses some of its punch, so it’s best to make a small batch and use it up quickly. Many vinaigrettes include a combination of vinegar and lemon juice.



Fun Food Quotes

Fun Food Quotes

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

“I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates’, food, for me, has always been an adventure” – Anthony Bourdain

Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. – Gael Greene

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” – Sophia Loren

“Cheese – milk’s leap towards immortality.” – Clifton Fadiman

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” – Oscar Wilde





Greek Goddess Breakfast

Greek Goddess Breakfast

This is how I start my day, everyday. It’s the simplest and possibly one of the most decadent recipe on Basil and Roses.

Enjoy feeling like a Goddess with every spoonful of this creamy yogurt which is well balanced with the crunch of walnut, the juxtaposition of the tang of yogurt with the sweetness of honey, and the thought of knowing you are starting your day on a high nutrition and pleasure note!