Friday, September 19, 2008


With fall coming soon (at least that's what they keep telling us) it was time to pull out the basil and make one more batch of pesto for the winter.

I use a combination of two recipes for my Pesto, one that blanches and one that uses the basil fresh. I divide the leaves into 2 bowls....the lighter, smaller, more tender leaves go into one, and the bigger, tougher leaves (to be blanched) go into the other. Not sure it makes that much of a difference, but I think blanching helps to soften the bigger leaves and the un-blanched (is that a word?) give the Pesto a greener more intense color. For this recipe, I have about 6 cups of each...12 total.

After washing (and dividing) I quickly dip (in and out) the big leaves in boiling water...this cool strainer tool is a huge help scooping the leaves out.

A quick dip in the ice bath, and then onto a white t-shirt to pat dry.

At this point the basil looks identical to cooked spinach, it also serves to shrink the 6 cups of leaves down to about 1/2 cup of green glob (sounds

In food processor, grind together.....1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan,
1 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, 5 cloves minced garlic. Add Basil and 3/4 cup olive oil and process. You can add salt and pepper to taste but usually the Parmesan is enuf to do the trick.

Ready to go into the freezer....along with the batch I made earlier in the summer, this should get us thru the winter! (I actually made 2 batches this day...5 bags plus a container that went into the fridge)

Can't make fresh pesto and not use it! For lunch we had whole wheat pasta, sauted onion and peppers (still pulling these guys out of the garden:) and tomatoes. Mix hot pasta with several tablespoons of pesto and a touch of olive oil...add veggies....Yum!


Julie said...

That pesto looks fabulous! Do you take mail orders? :)

Maureen said...


...maybe that's how we can make some money here at the Garvers!

Susan Isaacs said...

Shoot! I published your comment before I read that your other comment, not to publish your comment! So I came here to say "rewrite it, I'll publish it" And now you've got me salivating over pesto and grape juice. Dang...

Susan Isaacs said...

Maureen here is what you wrote on my blog. Please repost, I love what you wrote and needs to be on the blog. So copy and then delete my comment here: ) (I think your hubby was right, she was talking about German philosophers and their terms like welschmertz, et al.) Please repost!!

I just want to say a big 'Ditto' to Bryans comments; he said everything I was thinking, better than I ever could have. I would like to add one thought tho. It seems to me that this Christian writer is doing the very thing she accuses Sarah Palin of doing....presuming to know God in such a way that she can interpret how He would react to a given situation or person. It's wrong on either side.

Maureen said...

thanks Susan....and to the rest of my readers (all 2 of you) the confusion you are feeling will be remedied by going to Gray Matter (sidebar), Susan Isaacs wonderful blog. Read the post called 'I hate politics'...heck read anything on there, she's great!