I have made a resolve that this summer will be The Summer of Tacos and Sushi.
I will keep you all posted on how that goes.
For now I want to share the ultimate summer dish...Pesto.
I often eat pesto with a spoon. I eat it mixed with cream cheese spread on bread. A dollop in soup. On warm brown rice. Brushcetta...of course on pasta...on pizza...and sometimes I even wear it as perfume.
I make my own pesto because it is so easy...because it is so healthy...because it is cheaper...because it is far superior in every way to the pre made packaged stuff.
All the things you will need to make your own are readily available during the summer and are cheap and ultra fresh.
You will however need a food processor. If you don't have one you can use a blender, but I have had a much easier time with my pesto since getting a food processor. If you get one you can use it for all kinds of things, it is an essential for the serious cook and I could make a case for it even for the weekend cook. If you only eat things out of packages...don't bother...befriend a serious cook.
|You will need all of these things.|
|Here I removed the basil from the stems and put it with the parsley in the whirl machine.|
|Dump all your other ingredients in, I like lemon zest too. It adds a hint of freshness.|
|Pulse the whirl machine a few times to chop everything up.|
|Then let them whirl together until a thick paste if formed.|
|Then with the whirl machine on, pour in the olive oil in a steady stream.|
|Let the whirl machine go to town for a few minutes until your pesto looks something like this.|
|I made my pesto into a pasta salad. I discovered these little babies at the store and love them for pasta salads because they cook up to just the right size.|
|They are so tiny and cute, I just love them!|
|Cool your pasta under running water, then toss everything together thoroughly. A few squeezes of lemon help to maintain the fresh green color of the pesto.|