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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sweet Lemon Basil Pesto

It feel so good to actually start harvesting some of the fruits of our labor!  I have a "gone wild" Lemon Basil in my flower garden Should have used pots!  It is about 3 foot in diameter and at least 2 foot tall!  Well it WAS, until I cut it Monday.  I was able to share some with a neighbor and made yummy pesto.  My son gave me the idea of freezing it in ice cube trays then put them in a baggie. This way I can make more and use it throughout the year.  He said because it has olive oil you can pop one into a pan for fish or into your micro wave to use on breads or pasta!  I now have 40 cubs of pesto. All that from one cutting.  The recipe calls for pine nuts which I did use but they are really expensive, $6. for 1 cup.  It says you can substitute walnuts but would it taste the same?

First I cut off all the leaves then used my spinner to wash them and get them dry.

I TRIED using a blender because I don't own a food processor but ended up borrowing a friends.  The blender just didn't do the job.

I got my recipe at Simply Recipes   Fresh Basil Pesto 

My sister Ann at Tin and Sparkle made me this cutting board.  Perfect for serving bread or cheeses.

A friend gave the a set of 4 small dishes and  the olive oil dispenser.  I love the bright red.

When  served  with bread you can add a bit more olive oil and it will spread better and of course go farther!
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Have a Blessed week!  Debbie

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Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious and I imagine your kitchen smelled heavenly! Come say "hi."

Ann said...

Oh I so love pesto!!! I have a small pot growing with pesto, maybe I can mix some up--not as much as you. You know who uses pesto very frenquently? Kev--he would love this.

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

I love pesto! How wonderful that you were able to freeze so much for your enjoyment throughout the year. Great idea. I planted on little basil plant in my side garden but it's still quite small. Yours is impressive! Thanks for visiting me at Cottage and Creek. I'm your newest follower!

LV said...

I will leave the making to you, but certainly would enjoy having a serving.

katana said...

Pesto is amazing on pretty much anything! Would love to have some of that good looking food!