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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

presto its pesto


P
esto is one of those things I make near the end of the season when I want to hold on to summer produce for as long as I can. Basil is starting to flower in gardens all over the place right now signaling an end to its bounty. I keep it simple. Olive oil, salt, pepper, lime juice and garlic. No cheese and no nuts. Keeping out the protein insures that it will last longer - I think! The tomato pesto I keep in a jar of olive oil out of direct light - the basil pesto I freeze.




I also like sun dried tomatoes and they make a fantastic pesto as well.



Pasta and pesto with a little carne molido and a few cheeses - simple, satisfying and scrumptious - the threes 'S's of goodness!

32 comments:

Jill said...

I love pesto...but I also adore cheese. I might miss it.

The sundried tomato pesto is beautiful.

Doggy.Bloggy.WTF said...

It's just too bad *you* aren't as nice as your pestos look. It ruins it for me knowing what kind of ugly person is behind the beautiful food.

doggybloggy said...

jill: why? are you giving up cheese?

doggy.bloggy.WTF: but arent 'you' 'me'? I cant wait till you cross over the line.....

TavoLini said...

mmmmmmm pesto! I've got the pine nuts and the nice bottle of olive oil waiting for our little basil plants.

(Looks like you have a hell of a new blog fan.)

Jenn said...

There's nothing a like a really good pesto to brighten up the day. I like to spread a generous helping on some warm crusty bread.

snugs said...

my basil didn't make it til June, I will have to wait a few more months to replant or buy fresh basil which I can not justify at $3.99 a pkg.

I think DB WTF/Jgrund needs anger mgmt or medication..he is one of those that could go postal on us doggy, but yes, you are a god here!

Marjie said...

I've never had pesto. I think my people would have a fit over green glop on their plates. And trust me, they would call it glop. I do not have an easy audience in my little corner of the world.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm craving that tomato pesto. Pasta addict right here ...

doggybloggy said...

tavolini: mmmmm pesto is right....yeah my new fan - neato huh?

jenn: that sounds like a nice snack to have right about now

snugs: do you have two growing seasons? thats cool. yeah this person is obviously someone you dont want around sharp objects...

marjie: you have a tough sell going on thats for sure - mix the glop in before giving it to them then its just green flecks!

TW: the tomato one has the right amount of sweet, tart and tang

Cucinista said...

Pesto is the besto.

Dawn said...

I couldn't agree with you more, I love sun-dried tomato type pesto. It is amazing on pizza.
Nice.

buffalodick said...

That looked "toney", and even the other big word- elegant...

teresa said...

this is just gorgeous, both of them, i love it!

Diana H said...

My garden is getting away from me because it's time to do stuff with everything. Pesto sounds like another add to the list thing I need to do. I wonder if I can steal an ice cube tray from my husband to freeze it in.

girlichef said...

Ah yes, the 3 S's... :P Looks delicious to me!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love pesto they are great on toasted bread too!

Juliana said...

Your pesto look so yummie, I never made it at home in spite of having basil growing at home, will sure give a try :-)

Melody said...

I do love the simplicity of this dish. Delicious!

Velva said...

I have a purple opal basil bush out back that is screaming to let me know that if I don't hurry-up it is going to seed. Your blog post is inspiring me to get those beautiful leaves and do something yummy! The great thing about pesto is you can freeze it and use your bounty all year.

Stacey Snacks said...

what's up with the dude d.b.wtf?
I don't like his tone.

I love the tomato pesto...looks so good, I could eat the whole dish of shells.......

Gina said...

Geez I hope that green is photoshoped and not the color of your kitchen walls....LOL>>> otherwise...mmmmmmm

Sophia said...

no cheese in pesto? Say it isn't so! But that is one gorgeous pesto...I don't even think it'll keep that long in the fridge...I'll finish it by then!

Anette said...

Aaah! the simplicity of it, it's the best! I have pesto on my sandwich today at work, it's good, but probably the boring cousin of yours, since it's from a jar.

Parita said...

Basil and Tomato are both my fav pesto's too....especially the sundried one! nothin better than having a jar of homemade pesto ready!

5 Star Foodie said...

I need to make a sundried tomato pesto - that sounds really good right now!

Just telling it like it is said...

MMMMMMmmm..
Pasta with so much more sweet!!!

Jormengrund said...

One major question here.

In this day and age of obesity and cholesterol, have you ever given thought to what all you're posting here?

Do you actually realize that you're enabling overeaters and high blood pressure cardiac kids the opportunity to put a proverbial gun to their heads with their finger on the trigger?

Or do you care?

Way to go Mr. Foodie wannabe.

How about you think over your content?

nora@ffr said...

pasta and pesto!! yummmmmmm!!! specially with lots and lotsa cheeesse!!

Chef Fresco said...

Yum! I love homemade pesto! These look yummy!

mermayd said...

the pesto looks great, i like the different types you have created. what's up with the "finger on the trigger" comment?? "In this day and age of obesity and cholesterol, have you ever given thought to what all you're posting here?

Do you actually realize that you're enabling overeaters and high blood pressure cardiac kids the opportunity to put a proverbial gun to their heads with their finger on the trigger?" Huh??? Isn't this a food blog for us to enjoy?? What, are you now cooking for school cafe's or something??? I guess it's flattering that this weirdo poster believes you have SO MUCH influence in the world that schools across the country and all types of people are reading your blog and getting all of their nutritional advice from you. way to go!!!

pigpigscorner said...

Pass me a plate of that pls!

Anonymous said...

Motherhen liked the breakfast on Labor Day. DelFi was up for it as well.

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