Notes from the Lake

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Bumper Crop of Basil

22nd July 2013

This summer we have a bumper crop of basil – 29 different varieties! That’s one for each year that I have been here at the spa. I didn’t plan it that way, that’s just what I found this year. Some of our old favorites are back, like Mrs. Burn’s lemon basil.

Last year this basil was so popular that I planted an entire row of Key Lime Basil. So there is plenty for guests, staff and the kitchen. I love the flavor in lemonade, with tomatoes and even in watermelon margaritas!

A…

On Friday, April 19 Lake Austin Spa Resort was delighted to host Chef Art Smith during our Culinary Experience Week.

 

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Grilled Shrimp on Arugula with Lemon Vinaigrette, Green Pea Soup with Little Vegetables and Pecan Shortbread Cookies

The executive chef and co-owner of Table fifty-two, Art and Soul, Southern Art, and LYFE Kitchen restaurants. His latest restaurant opened in late 2011, Joanne's, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with Lady…

What is your favorite kitchen tool and why? My Chefs Knife, you only need one great sharp knife

What or who inspired you to want to cook? My family, they are farmers. They did lots of cooking.

What is your favorite comfort food? Slowly cooked beans of any kind.

What was you best meal ever in a restaurant? White Truffle Pizza in Tuscany

What is your most used or favorite cookbook? Google, nobody buys cookbooks anymore they just Google them.Cookbooks are more about collecting.

What is…