Sunday, August 15, 2010

Basil Mayonaise BLT's & An Award

This is amping up your traditional BLT.

We wanted a simple dinner Sunday, but company
was coming. 

What if we did the BLTs on nicer bread,
that crusty European style bread
that really expensive maple cured bacon


used some of the basil from the garden
in the mayo?

Shame, shame, shame on me for ever having made
an ordinary BLT with cheap white bread
and cheap bacon.

This was absolutely gourmet.  I would have paid
good money for this in a nice restaurant and
gone home and dreamed about it all night.

Make a chiffonade (thinly sliced) with your basil by
stacking the leaves on top of each other and
then rolling them tightly together.  Cut thinly
with a sharp knife.

Place it in a food processor with mayo.
I usually use light mayo.
My husband is anti anything light, so tonight
he slipped in real mayo.  Oh, I forgot how
good that tastes.

Chop until it is finely mixed in.

Basil Mayonaise

1 C. mayonaise
3-4 T. finely chopped basil leaves
Place in a food processor.  Use the chop setting
on pulse to finely chop the basil.

I tried this spread on garlic toast then topped with
tomato and basil bruschetta topping.  WOW!
(The flavor improves with time, so if you can make it
a day ahead, or at least an hour, but if you
can't, it is still so tasty.)

Butter both sides and toast the bread.  My daughter got me
this wonderful grill pan which works really nicely.
You can do it in a pan, on a griddle or in the broiler.

Spread both sides of the bread with the basil mayonaise.
Top with bacon, lettuce and tomato, in whatever
order you like. 

You may need toothpicks to hold it together.

I have to admit, we had it two ways,
one with untoasted crusty European style bread
and one with toasted.

I honestly can't tell you which one I liked better.
They were two different experiences.  The
soft bread was a wonderful texture,
but then the buttery toasted bread was a
whole different texture.  I can't decide!

You be the judge.  Try it both ways and let me know.

I was tagged by the wonderful Kathie at

She gave me the
Daily Dose of Chaos Award.

Now how did that sweetie know that by the
end of Sunday at our house it really is chaos?

Go check out her lovely blog.  She is a darling and
she is very clever and funny.  I am so glad we are
blogging friends.

The rules on accepting this award is that I answer
the questions so that you can get to know me better
and then I tag 8 other bloggers so that they can
answer the questions and you can get to know them
1.  What is your signature color?
Do you think this ink color along with my blog title is hint enough? 
Purple has been my favorite as long as I can remember.
I grew up in a time when avocado green and burnt
orange were really in and my mother loved them.  I
missed my inner femininity as I watched girlfriends get
pink and purple bedrooms, or I remember a blue toille that
I just loved.  I got a new room that I shared with my
two sisters in the finished basement and it had wood paneling
and orange, brown and green curtains.  Even then I
didn't like it.  In high school I chose a purple stone for
my class ring and people asked if I was born in February.
I said no, I just love purple.
Now the truth is there is more red and burgundy in my home
than actual purple, but my houseboat is purple on the inside
and outside and I see red, burgundy and pink as sister colors.

You probably didn't want to know that much did you!butterfly_glitter_graphics_purple.gif Pictures, Images and Photos

2.  What is your most embarrassing moment?
I love being a grown up because I just don't get embarrassed as
often.  When I was in high school I got on a tramp in front of
all boys (one including a boyfriend) and I heard a noise but
didn't think much about it.  I did flips and all kinds of jumps and
when I got done, a girl put her arm around me and told me my
short were ripped all the way up the back seam!  No boy said
a single word.

3.  Would you ever get anything pierced
other than your ears,
If so what?
I really am not even that into pierced earrings at the moment.
I started wearing chunky necklaces and the earrings seem to
much.  I don't want any other piercings and they all seem
like they would be uncomfortable to me.

4.  Are you a social butterly or a homebody?
I love to entertain and go out, but I love my evenings at home
too, so I guess I am a combination.

5.  Are you done having babies or do you want more?
I have to laugh at that question when you see the National
Enquirer or some magazine at the checkout stand
announcing this old woman having babies.  I have to
think of Sara in the Bible, I know how old I feel and
I am half her age.  No, I am done but I am willing
to have lots more grandkids come into my home and
I am glad it is them and not me.

6.  Are you loyal to your hairstylist or do you
try every salon in town?
I have had too many bad hair years because of stylists
so when I find one I stay with them.

(This is exactly how I have felt as I watch my hair fall to the floor!)

7.  How many times have you moved in your life?
We stayed in the same home my whole growing up years.
I had friends who were building and selling and
moving.  I loved seeing their new homes so
when I married and my husband said let's build and
sell, I said yippee, I have been wanting to do this
my whole life.  We did that and moved every two years
until our oldest was in 5th grade and then we settled down.
We built and sold 8 homes but didn't live in them all
and now we have lived in this home for 19 years.

8.  If you could plan your vacation with just you
and your love, where would it be?
Oh, we have had the opportunity to travel to so many
wonderful places, Israel, Turkey, Greece, England, Italy, France
Mexico, Hawaii.  I would have to say I love Hawaii an awful lot, but
I did hear of something I want to try:
Royal Carribean's Oasis of the Seas.

The center of the ship is open with rooms facing the atrium.
Looks fun and fattening to me!
I am tagging the following blogs:
(of course, she is my sister)
Delores at Vignette Design
Christine at Christines Home and TravelAdventures

Enjoy all of these wonderful bloggers.  They are all great
friends and you will love their fun and inspiring blogs.

I am posting this with

Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. This is the best time of year to have a BLT, love the idea of adding basil!
    Thanks for the shout out, have a great week:@)

  2. Fabulous! Flavored mayos and aiolis are a staple here too!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Hi Jacqueline! OMG! I knew I recognized that picture. I have been on the Oasis of the Seas and it was awesome. You really should go if you ever get the chance. My granddaughtr was crying when we left. She did not want to leave the ship and we take a lot of cruises but nothing compared to this. Or you can try the Allure of the Seas. Thanks a lot for thinking and tagging me. It was nice to know more about you.....Christine

  4. Congrats on the award! That BLT looks so delicious... I keep saying I'm going to make one - and I will. LOL

  5. This mayonnaise sounds fabulous and the sandwich, awesome! I think I would like it with the toasted bread! YUM! Congrats on your was fun reading about you:)

  6. That recipe looks delish!!! Congrats on your award - it's always nice to read about fellow bloggers.

  7. Jacqueline ,

    Wonderful recipe and my husband will enjoy it with tomatoes fresh from our garden. Congrats on being tagged and thank you for tagging and mentioning my little ole blog,,,I'm very flattered! I will put something together soon, we are going to be traveling so I will try to asap :) thanks again
    have a wonderful day

  8. OMG that looks fantastic!!!! In response to your comment on my would THINK everyone was Tex Mexing it but not in AZ!! What's up with that!! LOL

  9. That BLT looks great on that crusty bread with the basil mayo- yum!
    Thanks so much for the tag- I love learning more about my blogging buddies!

  10. reading about you :-) And the mayo with basil looks yummie since I am a big fan of mayo.

  11. Oh My gosh! That BLT looks soooo good. My mouth is watering and my stomach is growling. BLTs are a fave of mine. I don't know why I never thought of putting it on some "GOOD" bread. Loved your story about the split shorts, and you picked some great photos for your answers. Enjoyed this post. laurie

  12. Oh my! Now this is a BLT! Love the basil mayo! I have loved BLTs as long as I can remember but I've never had one this fabulous. It was fun getting to know you. Congrats on your award! :)

  13. That BLT looks amazing!!

    I loved reading your answers! and thank you for the kind words about me :-)

  14. I know what I am having for lunch today. Just have to step out my back door for the basil and the Fruit Market is just down the street. I am with your hubby, I want the real thing, no reduced anything. Maybe, that is why I love the older cookbooks. They go for taste no waist and hips ;) Congrats on the award!!

  15. Hi Jackie,
    LOVED reading about you. SUCH fun pictures too... I'm honored you picked me for the award BUT I don't have a "CLUE" how to AND where to answer the questions??? SO many things I haven't figured out YET!!!
    Hugs to you, Donna

  16. i am so entertaining with those (appetizers) great idea on the basil mayo!

  17. Hi, Jacqueline! I'm up for air from my blog break, and I enjoyed reading your answers. Neat!

    And I loved seeing that delicious spread you made. Now, I'm going to have to go eat something. You are a dangerous lady! LOL!

    Hope to be blogging again after the first of September. See you then...


    Sheila :-)

  18. A basil BLT...ummh, sounds delish! Congrats on your award too.

  19. Fun answers and congratulations on such a fast growing blog filled with so much creativity and goodness!

    The sandwich sounds delicious and I should try making it with basil as well. Our beautiful tomatoes are making their arrival and we also have fresh absil. Hmmm I know what is on the menu for this weekend! The bread looks like the Sour Dough loafs we buy at Costco each week,:)

  20. Ha - that's exactly how I feel when I get my hair cut. Seriously, I'd rather go to the dentist!!!


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  26. This BLT looks amazing!!

    This weeks theme at Sharing Sundays is SANDWICHES. You should come by and link this one up and any other sandwich you would like.



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