We love making pesto with our extra basil. It is such a beautiful herb and so easy to grow. We tuck it into our patio pots for convenient harvesting, pruning just above side branching stems to keep the plant looking attractive. Bunches of basil, as well as other herbs, make beautiful kitchen bouquets. When those bumper crops come along, we love to make pesto. Homemade pesto has fresh color and flavor you just can’t find in the premade versions at the store. For a quick and easy vegetarian meal, toss with pasta and top with toasted pine nuts. It is delicious on paninis and is a fantastic substitute for marinara on Mediterranean-style pizzas.
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Ghee (gee) is similar to clarified butter, has very low PUFAs, and an incredibly high smoke point (485°F), making it excellent for searing. It also sports a delightful nutty flavor that enriches any dish. Store at room temperature for up to 1 month or in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. It is beautiful. It is clean. It is natural! I guarantee you will become addicted to ghee once you start using it.
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This Avocado Remoulade (ray moo LAHD) is incredibly easy to make and yet quite elegant as an accompaniment to fish and frittatas. Its silky smooth texture and fresh flavor take dishes to new levels. You have to try it!
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Hummus is fantastic food. Not only is it incredibly tasty, but it also makes a complete protein (like meat) because it combines a legume (chickpeas) with a seed (sesame). We have never been vegetarians, but this is so good, I can almost envision it as possible. You can use canned chickpeas in a pinch. However, they cost more, and the canning liquid is often thick with additives. Can you guess that I am in favor of the dried?
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Ahhh… Hotter than Hades Salsa. 1997 was the year of the salsa (no, I am not referring to the dance). After every batch, Mark asked, “Can you make it hotter?” That is, until this version. He took in a big scoop, wiped the perspiration from his brow, and gasped, “Oh. This one is just right!” If you can’t take the heat, just use milder peppers. For a version that feels fresh from the garden, serve straight from the blender without cooking.
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