Okay, now I have spent all day long on a field trip to an art museum with a bunch of 7 and 8 year olds. 10 hours???!!! Can you just imagine how I feel at this moment? Actually pretty good. A couple of glasses of wine later and some good food it all seems much better than it did!
Yesterday afternoon was kind of cool though. I had gone to the organic Farmer's Market on Wednesday and had bought some organic basil and I sooo did not want it to go bad on me. Basil is pretty delicate. I decided that I would make some pesto from it to help extend it's life a little. I had a bunch of other pots in the fire during the day so I waited until after I had picked up the girls and instead of doing the regular homework we did some life lessons! I taught them how to make homemade pesto! The recipe was really easy using the food processor but they did get to get their hands into it by picking the basil. Enough about all that...here's the recipe.
2 cups fresh organic basil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
4 medium sized garlic cloves, smashed
salt to taste
Pick the basil leaves from the major stem and crush in the food processor. Add the parmesan cheese, add the olive oil slowing while the food processor is running. Add all of the other ingredients.
This should be good in the refrigerator for about 1 week. If you leave out the Parmesan you can freeze this, thaw it out and add the Parmesan and use then.
This is an excellent way to preserve fresh, seasonal produce!