Well, the ball didn't exactly bounce our way yesterday, so it looks like I won't be leaving the house on this beautiful Sunday. We really did plan to go to church this morning, win or lose, but we didn't get home until 2:30am. I knew God would understand if we slept in.
Coach is in for a long day at the office, so I figured now was a good time to tackle the garden that just won't quit. I picked a ton of basil this morning, surveyed the pantry to see what ingredients we had on hand, and proclaimed that today we would make Basil Pecan Pesto in mass quanities. The kids were thrilled because they know pesto making = lime squeezing/tasting and loud appliance usage, two things they love to hate.
I don't really have a tried and true pesto recipe. As with most things I make, it's a pinch of this and handful of that. Pesto is incredibly easy to make and almost impossible to mess up. You can easily change things up and still create something super yummy. Sometimes I use basil, sometimes I use baby spinach, sometimes I use both. Pecans are usually my nut of choice, but I've also used the traditional pinenuts, walnuts, almonds and even sunflower seeds.
Here's what we used today...
Basil Pecan Pesto
4 handfuls of basil leaves (rinse well and dry)
4 cloves of garlic
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup toasted pecans
juice of one lime
red pepper flakes
Toss basil, garlic, cheese, pecans and lime juice into a food processor or blender. Begin to process and slowly add olive oil to desired consistancy. Add salt, black pepper and red pepper to taste. Store pesto in refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for future use.
*To freeze: I put pesto in quart freezer bags, press out any air bubbles and freeze flat. It's easy to break off however much I need and toss the rest back into the freezer. Freezing in ice cube trays also works well.
Happily married to a college football coach for 14 wonderful years, mom to 2 amazing little knuckleheads, photographer, crafty chick, loves to cook, wannabe gardener, beach bum, pool floater, Saints fan, happy girl ___
ORIGIN: Natchitoches, Louisiana___
MAY BE SEEN: Getting rowdy at football games, riding on a Mardi Gras float, arguing with my computer, jumping curbs in the minivan, with my nose in a book, dreaming about a vacation, digging in the dirt, chasing kids and acting crazy with a camera strapped around my neck___
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ENEMIES: Long lines, slow drivers, hurricanes___
HEROES: Parents who made sure I've been loved every day of my life, my children who make me laugh until my belly hurts and my wonderful husband for always saying yes to my crazy ideas and loving me uncondionally no matter what___
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