Friday, July 17, 2009

pass the herbs please, handsome

The last couple of years i have planted herbs just outside my kitchen door. I love having a variety of fresh ones to choose from as i cook. they're so easy to grow & do well in ground or in containers.

basil, cilantro, oregano and rosemary are my favorites.
i use my little williams sonoma herb snips & feel mighty cute doing so.

my sweet fella left early this morning for an out of town retreat with his fellow administrative team . so last night i made one of his favorite meals.

fresh tomato & basil sauce & pasta
home made meatballs

& yes i realize pasta and potatoes are probably not a proper combo, ina would be so disappointed. but being a meat & potatoes kinda guy, i knew this would make him happy.
red potatoes with parsley and rosemary. boiled & added butter and sour cream.

i love asparagus but for quite some time i couldn't get my girls to touch it. i began roasting those babies & now it's hands down their favorite green veggie.

snip the ends
roll the spears in extra virgin olive oil
add coarse salt , dried rosemary or basil
roast at 400 for about 20 minutes.
seriously yummy

we never have a single spear left over

sourdough bread
again, rubbed it down with evoo
added coarse salt & topped it with my fresh rosemary
broiled it up

fresh lemonade for the kiddos,
glass of wine for me

james taylor on the ipod
a perfect dinner was served.

darn it
i always forget dessert
maybe i can think up something sweet for that handsome fella

its a good thing he doesn't travel frequently
i miss that boy when he's gone for just two nights.


Kasey said...

I love a good herb garden...mine is planted in old washtubs out back...a pizza herb garden.
basil, oregeno, mint {for my mojito's} dill and chives.
and then in the other one are tomoto's....little yellow cherry...
so yummy.
*and you look lovely with your gorgeous man!

the wild raspberry said...

great photos!
ooooh, my tummy is growling!

Lissa said...

I LOVE this post! I can't wait to try the asparagus! Have a wonderful weekend! You're so lucky your hubby is home so much! * jealous much *

Cstargel said...

Cute, cute, cute, cute!!! My husband never travels either and went out of town last weekend on a guys trip and I posted on my facebook "I'm so glad I married a man that I miss when he's not around!" Thankful for our sweet husbands!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Cute photos, great recipe, and I totally agree when my husband leaves I hate it!!

I am always amazed about how much security and peace is brought into our house by just one big, strong man. Amazing isn't it?

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Yummo! You sound like a wonderful cook. Can I come over for supper:)

I loved the beach pics. So are a cutie! Yesterday I was still thinking about how many pictures you took and I seriously can't believe it. You are a kook. I took 2,200 pictures in all of last year and I take ALOT of pics!!

Tara said...

Paige you are too cute for words with your man there! Have you ever rolled the asparagus in olive oil, seasonings and some breadcrumbs and through them in the oven for a bit? They are sooo good! You dinner sounds so good, I must be hundry right now cause I wanted to eat the monitor! Have a great weekend...XO

Julie said...

Aww those are cute pics of you and your hubby.

Seriously yummy dinner there!


Kristin said...

Precious, precious pictures!!!!!!!! Don't be surprised when you come to my house and one of these babies is in a frame. I am just saying ahead of time!

Love it that you adore your Dan like that!

Speaking of herbs.... My Mom made dinner at the farm and asked if I would like some fresh basil on my fresh tomato pasta. I said oh yes! She then said, "Well then, go out to the garden and pick some." I was like, what? I was so used to fresh basil from whole foods and found out at 43 that there is nothing like fresh from the garden. Yum! I need to get out more I tell ya! Smile! Glad you have your garden. Lovin all the food you made. Always one with the yummy recipes! Beautiful my friend!

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Sounds like a wonderful meal!!! And man oh man what a cute couple!

Hope the next couple of days past quickly~ have fun though

melissa said...

I cook my asparagus the same way - delish!
Darling photos and I love your Bodin tunic - I have the exaxt same one! ;)

Jboo said...

Seriously -- you two are the cutest couple ever!! Your little garden and yummy dishes sound wonderful! Have a great week!


♥Aubrey said...

Red potatoes...yummmy! What adorable beach photos lady.

Heather H said...

i love it.

i love it all.

too cute. you are so darn cute.


southernjoy said...

such sweet photos!

We also love our asparagus roasted. It's the only way I cook it. And sourdough bread.. is there any other kind?!? Your dinner sounds fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Okay now I'm hungry :)
And I love the photos of you and your guy--awwwwwwww.
Hoping your summer is splendid.

Jo said...

I love to cook with my herb garden. This year with all the rain I'm at war with the bugs.

The asparagus sounds yummy ~ I'll have to give it a try since I have some in the frig!


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littlebyrd said...

This is sweet :) Boy that food sure looks good. I am not going to let my husband near the computer...he would get quite enviousof that home cooked meal!

Queen B. said...


julie said...

I just love your blog! Your pictures are beautiful! I want to take better pictures of my cuties! I take what I call "mom" pictures! They are awful! I am so intimated I just dont even try! But following your blog I hope to be better! I just started a blog and would love for you to stop by! Cant wait for more!

julie said...

Hey Paige! Thanks so much for stopping by! It made my day! It is a great picture because I didnt take it! Ha! I think I need a better lense for my camera! I really dont know! I hope you stop by again soon!

Tracey said...

Such a sweet post! Your blog is lovely!! I have those same herb scissors and feel equally cool when I use them:)


traci said...

yum. sounds like the perfect meal to me.

Firefly Hill said...

boy y'all are cute! (I'm half southern so I guess I can say that..right?)

sounds like a yummy dinner!

mimi charmante said...

Paige - I adore this post! A little food, a little romance, the beach - what more could a girl ask for? You are so fabulous in every way~