Linguine with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil & Olive Oil

Linguine tossed with Heirloom Tomatoes
1 pound Linguine pasta, cooked al dente
¼ cup slivered fresh garlic
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cups chopped fresh heirloom tomatoes
½ cup Sauvignon Blanc (I used Kenwood Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc)
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup whole basil leaves
Asiago cheese

Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, Wine

Sauteed Tomatoes

In heavy bottomed sauté pan, heat olive oil. Drop in garlic and cook until it becomes translucent. Add tomatoes and sauté for one minute. Add stock and wine and simmer for 2 minutes. Season the sauce with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Add basil leaves, remove from heat and toss in pasta. Serve immediately with cheese on top. Recipe inspired from our Executive Chef  – Robin Lehnhoff-McCray.

Linguine Heirloom Tomatoe with Chicken Tenderss,

Enjoy ~Crystal


Herb Cocktails for Spring

Spring Cocktails

Spring is here and with an abundance of fresh herbs at our fingertips my neighbor and I decided to experiment with mint, basil, gin, ginger and freshly squeezed juices. Refreshing and perfect for the warm weather ahead!

Basil LeafHerb Limeade Basil LeafStrawberry BasilBasil Leaf Gin & Ginger

Herb Limeade

Herb Limeade

4 ½ ounces gin
3 leaves fresh basil, roughly chopped
3 leaves fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ½ ounce honey, heated up (allow to slightly cool)
Splash of club soda
Lemon Sugar Rim

Place the herbs, gin and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice and honey and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with lemon sugar. Float soda water and garnish with more mint leaves. Makes 2 cocktails

 Tip: to make sugar stick to the rim of your cocktail glass,  wipe rim with lime wedge. Also, we decided to warm the honey a bit, it allowed for better mixing.


Strawberry Basil

Strawberry Basil

3  ounces gin
1 ounce fresh lime juice 
½ ounce triple sec
1 – 3 strawberries
3 leaves mint and basil, roughly chopped.
Lemon sugar rim
Splash club soda

How to Make Strawberry Basil

Combine all ingredients except the club soda in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the strawberries and herbs together. Slice remaining strawberries and add to glass. Add ice and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with lemon sugar. *Note: smaller pieces of herbs made its way into the cocktail so I ended up straining the leaves out after I took the photo above.

Gin & Ginger

Gin & Ginger

2 ounces gin
½ orange, juiced
½ ounce agave nectar
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
3 mint leaves, torn

Place all ingredients in a shaker with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice and mint leaf.

~Cheers to tasty libations and the beautiful warm days ahead of us! Crystal

Which cocktails are you enjoying this spring?

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