When I'm lucky enough to keep the chipmunks* away from our strawberries, I'm able to make one of my favorite summer snacks -- Strawberry Cilantro Salsa. This recipe is light, fresh, juicy, flavorful and healthy.
Last night I went to a great networking event for women entrepreneurs, hosted by my friend Judy. Judy is one of the most fantastic hostesses I've ever known, and even the best hostesses appreciate a hand now and then, so I offered to bring some food for the occasion.
June is a big month in the garden -- this is when our mid-season crops really start to take off. We've gone from sprouts to hardy blooming plants, beginning to produce fruit and getting close to harvest.
We are in a transition period in our gardening season -- the early season crops are just about done, and we've made room for the mid-season crops. We've eaten the last of our spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuces, and now we're anticipating tomatoes, peppers, squash and green beans.
I am lucky to be working with one of my favorite people on her garden this season -- my mom! Bonnie has experience growing her own veggies -- tomatoes, squash, okra -- but it was years ago, and so she was feeling a bit uncertain about how to get her garden going again.
Basil is my favorite herb, and this dish is one of my all-time favorite uses of it. We've served this to just about everyone who has ever eaten at our house, and I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't love it.