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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 http://simpllyrecipes.com   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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Sue Loves Cherries for Rednesday, and A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday 

5 comments:

Mildred 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.
Hugs
Ann

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!
~Lynn

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!