Presto Pesto

February 4, 2007

Cooking, Journal, Lauren

I made pesto tonight.  I’m always watching people do it on television, and it looks so fun. You need: olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.

Behold: Thy Ingredients!

I toasted the pine nuts.  I’d never tasted them before, and they’re kind of weird.  Like a nut made of gin.

Gin nuts, gin nuts, whatcha gonna do?


Throw everything into the blender.  I could have used my food processor, but that would involve finding it, then cleaning it.  The blender’s handier.

Get in there, cheese.

Buzz it up and you’re done!  It has a powerful lot of flavor, I tell you whut.  I’m not sure if I like it yet.  Tomorrow I’m going to put it on some fish, and also pasta.  We’ll see!  How ’bout that for being adventurous!

Looks gross, tastes strange.

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14 Responses to “Presto Pesto”

  1. Michele (Brad's friend) Said on:

    This final photo of the finished product actually looks like Beth’s picture of her green pregnancy vomit! (I sure wish I knew how to insert a link here! Brad -- help me!)


  2. Lauren's mom Said on:

    I’ve never made pesto. I had in once at a fancy restaurant in California (with spaghetti). It cost a LOT of money. It was okay, I guess, but there was too much of it. Maybe that justified the high price.


  3. Brad Said on:

    You must go through olive oil like CRAZY! Olive oil lamps, olive oil sugar scrubs, olive oil pesto… Maybe it should have it’s own category… “Things I Do With Olive Oil”


  4. Beth Said on:

    Can you make it with another nut? Things that taste like pine trees should either be a practical joke, or should give me a good buzz…


    • Brad Said on:

      I’ve had pine nuts in one of my invented salads. In my opinion, pine nuts don’t taste like pine trees. They didn’t taste like much at all to me. Sort of buttery, sort of like a sunflower seed. But not much flavor at all.


  5. Peggy Said on:

    I agree with Michele … or … the pesto looks like another episode of fruit regurgitation. What’s really going on in your house?


  6. Lauren Said on:

    Peggy -- we posted at the exact same moment!!! That’s got to be dangerous for the universe, don’t you think? (Sorry, my sci-fi geekiness rears it’s ugly mutant head.)


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