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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pesto Palooza!

 My skin may turn green but I will be happy and well fed.

The farmer went to the Farmer's Market this week.  
"What should I get?" he asks.  "Scapes!" He hit the jackpot.  He found a pound and a half of garlic scapes for $2.  They filled the mini food processor 4 times.  Add to that, that it was time to prune back the basil.  Pesto heaven.  We actually wound up mixing the scape and basil pestos.  It was good.

There are a million pesto recipes out there, but they all boil down to 4 basic ingredients: green stuff (basil, scapes, or whatever), nuts (pine, almonds, walnuts...), cheese (Parmesan or Romano), and olive oil.  How much of each is really up to what tastes good to you.  Get fancy and add garlic. 

Spread it on crusty bread or 
mix with pasta and hunks of tomatoes.  We sometimes substitute spaghetti squash for the pasta.  Make sure that you lay plastic wrap directly on top of any leftovers that go in the fridge so that it does not oxidize and turn brown.  Or, freeze it and when the leaves fall from the trees, pull it out and bite into the taste of pure, green summer.  You can almost feel the sun on your shoulders.  Okay, that was really hokey, but you know what I mean.   Just make sure there is not any air in the container, 'cause freezer burn is not the flavor we are going for here.   

Trust me on this.  Just make it.  Be green, happy, and well fed..

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