A great late summer pasta with Grilled Cherry Tomato Sauce & Chicken Italian Sausage

Orecchietti with Grilled Cherry Tomato Sauce and Chicken Italian Sausage

It has been a long time since I have posted any new recipes on the blog.  On April 1st, we lost our 26 year old daughter, just two days after I posted my article “The Journey to a Thankful Heart”.  Needless to say it turned our life upside down.  But I still love to cook and share my passion for food, so here is a delightful recipe I created for you.

We’ve had a beautiful September here in Seattle and I’ve got a tomato plant loaded down with sweet cherry tomatoes. So what to cook with them? They are great in pasta, especially if you roast or grill them in advance. This could easily be a vegetarian pasta but we chose to make it with a good Chicken Italian Sausage. It was very simple yet so delicious! I love cooking from the garden.

Click here, or on the photo above for the recipe

The Journey to a Thankful Heart

Frank & Rhonda in Pienza, TuscanyToday I am posting the second article in a series I am writing on food, cooking, and the table.  This second article is a deeply personal one.  I hope that you will enjoy it, and that it will help you in your own journey to a thankful heart.

Link to Article

Philosophizing about food, cooking and table

Frankie in the vineyard

Today I am beginning a series of articles on food, cooking, and the table.  My outlook on these things may seem unique to some of you.  My own perspective has changed much over the years.  My attitudes have been honed by life, by cooking, by gardening, by travel, by the view of others who love food, and maybe even by the One who created it all.

If you might indulge me a bit, I’d like to begin with two short stories.  The first took place see more…

Sangiovese grapes

My wife Rhonda checking out the fruit

More cooking from my garden… Salmon with Lemon-Basil Pesto

Lemon-Basil Pesto

One of the things I always make in the summer is fresh Basil Pesto.  A recipe can be found in my cook book, Frankie at Home in the Kitchen.

This summer I did a little twist on the recipe.  I grew some basil known as Lemon Basil.   I made a batch of pesto with it and it was the most delicious pesto I have ever made!  The color was very bright green and the flavors were fresh, lemony and bright.

Salmon with Lemon-Basil Pesto

I used this pesto on some salmon we grilled to share with friends.  It was amazing!  So may I suggest that next year you try to find a Lemon Basil plant.  I found mine at Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville.

Buon appetitio!