Putting Up

Saturday, June 28, 2008

So today I spent all day working in the garden. Man did it need weeding. But now it looks BEE.U.TI.FUL.

After a bottle of Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc last night, I proceeded to tell my friends that I would bring them all yellow squash and zucchini from my garden today, so I did! How fun it is to be the harvest fairy!

Lime Basil photo from here.

I also have just spent the last hour "putting up" (that sounds so professional and garden-y and all) a bunch of basil pesto. Yum, my hands, clothes, and whole house smell of basil. If you'd like to make some, it is SO easy:

  • 2 cups fresh picked basil leaves

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • up to 1/2 cup EVOO (nach, Rachel Ray)

pulse first 3 ingredients then slowly add EVOO while still running the Cuisinart.

That's it! If you want to eat it right away, add a little Romano or Parmesan and yum!

If you want to freeze it, then put it in baggies and freeze it. The next time you make spaghetti sauce from the jar (you know you do) add a hunk, and it will be just like you made that sauce fresh!

I also had a bunch of purple basil to harvest, and I did the same as above, but I toasted the pine nuts. OH.MY.GOD. It is so GD good, I can't stand it. The smell when I was blending it was heaven!

BTW, purple basil shot from here: 66 Square Feet. An awesome blog. Go there. Now.


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