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Suburban garden lust: pesto

There aren’t very many things that I like about the suburbs, but I am green with envy over people who have gardens in the summer. Unless of course that person is my dad and I can reap the benefits of said garden in the form of pesto and fresh tomatoes!

We chopped down two whole basil plants to make traditional and purple pesto (made with purple basil). Saveur magazine was devoted to pesto this month, and featured tons of variations, but we used the classic pesto Genovese recipe.

The only thing really unique about this recipe is that it calls for you to blanch the basil to take some of the bitterness out before putting it in the food processor.

Pecorino, parmesan, roasted garlic, pine nuts – can’t go wrong with that. Pesto pizza is one of my favorites, but I can also settle for just eating it right off of the spoon.

We taste tested with a little quinoa spaghetti and fresh tomatoes in fig balsamic; I felt like Mario Batali.

More on my other Michigan eats later!


Feeling Jovial

What a way to be welcomed into the office on a Monday morning!  A package of free pasta and cookies from Jovial Foods!  I love their tag line, “inherently good”, as well as this message on the back of the cookies:

“Cookies should bring joy to everyone.”


Thanks to Sure Foods Living for hosting this give away!

I’ve never seen fusilli-shaped gluten free pasta, so I’m very excited to try this out.  I might have to make this asparagus pasta recipe on their website.

I tried out one of the Fig Newton-esque cookies, and it was really satisfying!  It has a buttery, crumbly texture, and I love that they’re packaged in pairs – that means that I can’t down the whole package at once!