Perfect Pesto

(If you are reading the post via RSS feed, you will need to click over to the site to view the video) You probably already guessed that I'd post about Pesto at least once this summer. After all, homemade Pesto sauce is my family's favorite new spread! We now add it to everything from pasta, to eggs, to sandwiches; we're always looking for more ways of integration. What's the best part about pesto? There aren't many ingredients involved and, it freezes well. So, you can do what we did when we learned to make pesto: make an obscene … [Read more...]

Pesto, Pasta, Peas and a Video

The stressful part about dinnertime for me is diversifying our meal options. I’ve gone to great lengths these past two years to try to vary our dishes so we’re not eating chicken with broccoli every night. I’ve also taken a lot of pride in making most of our dinners from scratch. But I must admit, when the weeks are hectic, sometimes it’s hard not to get caught in the routine of opening up the pantry door and staring at the cans, trying to figure out what can be thrown together on the fly. Yesterday was one of those days. I was home for … [Read more...]

Tomato and Almond Pesto Sauce

My garden is VIBRANT right now and my basil plants are leading the charge.  There’s no better feeling than to be able to pick veggies and herbs fresh from your garden and then to use them in a recipe.  And, thank god I wised up and learned that making homemade pesto is actually easy and a lot cheaper than any store-bought variety. I now make about one full Ball jar of pesto a week to keep up with the rapidly growing basil plant.  These jars line my freezer shelves like trophies.  We’ve been enjoying pesto on everything from scrambled eggs to … [Read more...]

A Homegrown Experience: Making Fresh Pesto

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.  ~Lindley Karstens Last summer my family created our first-ever garden on a meager 6×8 foot plot of land. It only received partial sunlight, was contained by a crude chicken wire fence, and looked very sparse. But, we were ready to give our little patch of land some  love.  Day in and day out, my 6 year old son and I watered and tended to our project. And in the end, … [Read more...]