I love pesto sauces. My latest favorite is sun dried tomato pesto. Ingredients: 4 ounces of sundried tomatoes 1 teaspoon of dried basil 1 teaspoon of dried parsley 3 cloves of chopped garlic ¼ cup of chopped toasted pine nuts ½ small chopped onion 1 ½ tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 1 ½ teaspoons of tomato paste 1 medium tomato chopped 2 ½ tablespoons of red wine ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup of parmesan cheese grated Salt to taste Method: Reconstitute sun dried tomatoes with…

As CVC’s Sommelier, Amy creates packages for events, mixing signature cocktails and beverage pairing menus unique to every client’s interests. After studying wine for nearly a decade, she earned a certification as a Master Sommelier from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Amy recently served as Beverage Coordinator for Sea Dog Brewing Company. Originally from Connecticut, Amy has worked in the food and beverage industry for 10 years, the last five spent in Maine. She enjoys staying on top of beverage trends and incorporating them into…

So many of us have discovered what a wonderful thing an herb garden is. You can have one on a sunny, well-drained and fertile soil garden, on your kitchen windowsill, or on your deck or patio. Fortunately, herbs are easy to grow and even easier to pick and preserve. They do not like shade or wet soil, and the more you fertilize them, the weaker their flavor is. I am a good candidate for growing an herb garden since I am a terrible gardener! You should see the…

Dried herbs are a must for any quick cooking. They add great flavor and are inexpensive and are long lasting. Whether you dry your own herbs or buy them from the store use the following tips to get the best flavor: Most herbs begin to lose their flavor after 6 months. I believe that this is a fact of Mother Nature. It is not a coincidence that in autumn we dry our herbs and they last throughout the winter and spring until a new batch of herbs can…