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August 2016

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The Basics: Easy Pesto Recipe

August 22, 2016

Pesto

Pesto and I are like two peas in a pod all summer long. I make a batch at least once week, no joke. It’s an easy and quick process, you can FREEZE it, and best of all, it’s delicious. Growing up, my mother would serve pesto noodles often, accompanied by large slices of my dad’s organic tomatoes. To this day, this dish is one of my top 5 favorite dishes to eat and make. I have struggled for years trying to duplicate my mom’s recipe, and I think I may have finally settled on my favorite.

Enjoy!

You will need
2 cups of tightly packed basil leaves (Add a 3rd cup if you like it more “basily”)
1 cup of parmesan cheese (or Pecorino cheese)
2 cups of olive oil (or coconut oil)
Salt & pepper (I leave the amounts to your tastebuds)
1 cup of toasted pecans (or toasted walnuts, or toasted cashews, or toasted pine nuts, or NO nuts!)
3-4 cloves of peeled garlic (Or garlic scapes. But DON’T over do it with the garlic. Trust me.)
Food processor with sharp blade
Tiny spatula
3 small glass canning jars with lids (if you want to freeze it)

Prep time 10 minutes (picking, washing & taking the leaves off the basil stalks)
Process time 10 minutes (make sure you have all the ingredients and supplies ready to go)

Steps
Pack the basil, garlic & nuts into the food processor
Blend until it’s ground up (you might need to stop once and scrap the leaves off the edges)
Add salt & pepper to taste
Add cheese (I’ve seen recipes suggesting to add the cheese AFTER you unfreeze it, but I feel like it doesn’t matter)
Start to blend while drizzling the olive oil into the top of the food processor

Use immediately over pasta, zucchini or summer squash noodles or in a quesadilla, or pour carefully into jars to freeze for later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle

Creative Union Dinner Part IV

August 20, 2016

Are you curious as to what exactly the #creativeuniondinner is? I’ll tell you.

It is a dinner 4x a year hosted in Virginia Beach by the extremely talented duo of Mary & Zoe. The summer Creative Union Dinner: Part IV was by far my favorite to date.

Think of a beautiful (yet extremely sweaty!) summer evening on New Earth Farm. Starting off with a cooking class on the art of homemade pasta, spiralized zucchini and summer squash and pesto sauce (does anyone remember the secret ingredient?). Then settling onto inviting picnic tables in the middle of greenhouses, beds of gorgeous zinnias, sunflowers & tall corn stalks. Covering the tables (arranged by the lovely Mary), was local decor and place settings from Anthropologie, Seabright, & hand lettered place cards by Amanda Krovic. With a plate full of the delicious food that you just helped to prepare, all the while surrounded by local small business owners who share the same creative vision that you do. Oh, and don’t forget the old tired cat and a farm rooster who kept a close eye on us! Desert may have been my favorite part, of mouthwatering macarons by Rose Macarons.

And the best part of all this? It was my drawing of the dinner that Mary & Zoe asked me to create. One of my first large commissioned pieces!

New Earth Farm

Okra

Food Lab w ball flowers

Shelves with jars

 

Stepping stones

Zucchini and Summer Squash noodles

Corn

Sunflower

Place

Becky & Tessa

Rooster

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