There is literally nothing that compares to the smell and flavor of fresh basil! Fresh leaves in Caprese salad and on pizza Margherita, bruschetta and sandwiches are all delicious, but nothing compares with handmade pesto.
It is hard to describe the experience of biting into your first fried green tomato. The combination of hot, acerbic, juicy tomato encased in brittle fried cornmeal and flour is nothing short of exquisite despite its humble ingredients.
A gratin is baked or cooked under an overhead grill or broiler to form a golden crust on top and is traditionally served in its baking dish. It matches wonderfully with roasted or grilled meat and fish dishes.
Sautéed greens are healthy, easy and wonderfully adaptable. They are an addition to our dinner table at least once a week. They can be mixed with pasta or white beans for a hearty vegetarian meal or served as a side dish. Served cold, they make a delicious summer salad, too.