Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pesto Pronto

Todays post will be short and sweet.
My basil is growing like a weed. I went out yesterday and picked a big bunch and made fresh pesto. It was wonderful. For dinner we had a simple pasta of fresh pesto, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh chives.
Pesto is so easy to make. I found this recipe a number of year ago in The Silver Palette cookbook. It's the best recipe that I have found. I think the walnuts give it a very meaty taste. My Italian exchange student said that almonds also make a great pesto, so you may want to experiment a bit.
I grow my basil, tomatoes, and herbs in pots. If I can have a little garden, anyone can. Just make sure your pots get lots of sun.
So here's the recipe. Enjoy!!!

2 cups of fresh basil
1 cup of shelled walnuts
1 cup of very good olive oil
1 cup of parmesan cheese,freshly grated
1/4 cup of romano cheese, freshly grated
4 cloves of fresh garlic
salt and freshly ground peopper to taste

Put all ingredients in a food processor. Process.
Congratulations, you now have pesto.

The Silver Palette Cookbook is a great cookbook to have in your collection. Mine was given to me by a very special friend. This friend had just earned her doctorate and had been offered a one year position at the Field Museum here in Chicago. Rather than rent an apartment, we invited her to stay with us. She introduced me to so many wonderful new things. So now you can reap a little of her generosity with this recipe.

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