Dipping Oil with toasted garlic, rosemary and balsamic vinegar

I’ve always enjoyed dipping oils in restaurants but had never tried my own version.  This was very good; I gently toasted the garlic to bring out a more flavor and used some fresh rosemary too. We had this with a crusty baguette and some fresh steamed broccoli.  I actually dipped some of the broccoli in too and it was oh so delicious!

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  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs rice vinegar

Heat small skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and 1 Tbs olive oil.  Cook until garlic is very lightly toasted; add rosemary, remove from heat, then stir in remaining oil and the rest of the ingredients.  Serve with bread for dipping.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Fresh Basil Italian Pasta Salad

I do hope no one is getting sick of my fresh basil posts.  My herbs are growing like crazy (despite this dry, dry weather we are having) so I am trying out new things all of the time.  I seem to be on a bit of a basil kick, but it is so good!  I am addicted to the purple basil; it’s flavor is full but perfectly sweet.  I try to use a mix of the varieties when I make a recipe so any type will do.  I threw this together with some pasta I had left over from my past couple of recipes, and I couldn’t resist adding a few black olives for that tangy touch.

Fresh Basil Italian Pasta Salad

  • 2 – 3 ounces pasta
  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh basil
  • 2 Tbs sliced black olives
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 green onion
  • salt and pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Rinse and chill; drain well.  Prep basil by tossing with a little olive oil and slicing into thin strips ~ check out my fresh basil post for an easy technique.  Mix together pasta, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, basil, and olive.  Dice tomato and thinly slice green onion; add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly