Wednesday, August 11, 2010


When your spouse or significant other calls and says..."I was just asking my co-workers if they wanted to "STOP BY" the people...hate the pressure!!!!!
As we all know, a "stop by" needs to involve more than just the one cocktail that they are "supposedly" stopping by for......seriously...
The perfect go-to dish is PESTO...ingredients you could easily have or grab at a local market ..doesn't have to simmer, boil, bake...ready to go over pasta. I always keep refrigerated dinner rolls or frozen ciabatta rolls on hand....not fresh but they will do...
Ingredients: (this makes about a cup)
1-1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts*
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian parsley
1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Pine nuts should be put in a pan and toasted a bit on the stove until they start turning brown...let cool.
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the herbs are finely chopped. Add the oil and blend to a coarse puree. Season with salt and pepper. Cook some pasta and add the pesto....takes no longer to make than the pasta takes to cook....



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