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Monday, July 4, 2016

EASY PEASY PESTO

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Returned from a wonderful two and a half week holiday in England and Wales only to find my gardens completely consumed by weeds.  The task that lay ahead looked daunting, but after liberating the intended plants from the intruders I discovered a glorious crop of basil in prime harvest condition.  The first batch of pesto is now in the freezer and when winter winds blow I need only thaw a container of this delicacy to enjoy summer all over again.

Recipe:

Cut basil about 2" from ground level so it will continue growing for future

harvests.

Fill the sink with cold water and submerge the stems and leave to thoroughly clean

Place leaves only in salad spinner and discard the stems

Stuff food processor with leaves and 2 cloves of peeled garlic

Add a good quality olive oil and process to an oily paste consistency

Add more leaves and olive oil and process to machine capacity

Add coarse salt (sparingly), Parmesan and/or romano cheese and

pine nuts.  Pulse briefly to blend.

Spoon into freezer containers and top with a thin layer of olive oil.

This is so good mixed with pasta alone, but even better with shrimp,

sautéed peppers and mushrooms. 

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