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Herb Pesto and My Best Omelet June 7, 2009

Filed under: food,Home and Garden — erinp @ 2:13 pm
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I was inspired today. I’ve been eating crap lately and my body is craving freshness!

Breakfast: the best omelet I’ve ever made. Two eggs, one whole scallion, two mushrooms, three slices of tomato, a touch of Parmesan cheese, and a sprig of dill.

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Then I made some pesto. I never use a recipe so it’s a lot of guessing whenever I do this. Today I grabbed a handful of fresh basil, sage, and thyme, and threw it in the processor with slivered almonds, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. I could eat this all right now:

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It’s Harvest Time! August 31, 2008

Filed under: food,Home and Garden — erinp @ 10:57 pm
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Our garden has grown a bit wild, so today we decided to start thinning our herbs and vegetables. The basil had flowered weeks ago and I had tons of leaves to work with, so naturally, I made pesto.

The first batch was mostly basil with some spinach to fill it out and make the color greener. I used two cups (packed) of basil and spinach leaves, 1/2 cup of olive oil, a handful of almonds (cheaper than pine nuts), 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper. The process in photos, from start to finish, is below. Matt helped to cut the whole stalks and dodged the hundreds of bees and after I picked the leaves, I put the pretty flowers in a vase.



The second batch was a mixture of the purple basil and sage. It was…interesting. Not sure yet about the taste. The sage was so strong that I had to add a little extra olive oil and even about a tablespoon of honey. The color is much darker:

 

Pesto! June 30, 2008

Filed under: food,Home and Garden,Uncategorized — erinp @ 11:05 pm
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Our basil is growing out of control, so I made some pesto yesterday. Today I ate it on Trader Joes lobster ravioli and it was delicious (of course I forgot to take a photo of the ravioli). Here is it on bread–it doesn’t look appetizing but believe me, it’s good.

I improvised the recipe. I used about a cup of fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese (bought a chunk and cut it into pieces), 1/4 cup of almonds (because pine nuts were about 4 times as expensive), salt, pepper, and olive oil. Just throw everything except the oil into a food processor, get it all chopped up, and then add the oil, about 1/4 cup, a little at a time. Taste it, and just add more of what you need (in my case it was more cheese and nuts, because the basil was so fresh and tasted so strong. So easy, so yummy. But it only stays good for a week in the fridge.