PANTRY BASICS – BASIL PESTO

classic basil pesto-2 I never thought I’d be posting a recipe for basil pesto so late in the year, but seasons here are practically non-existent, and locally-grown produce can really surprise you—it’s a mix of Northern hemisphere and Southern hemisphere crops pretty much all year round. Which brings me to this pesto: nice, big bunches of sweet basil aren’t always easy to find, but when I went to meet a friend of mine (hi Sammy!) for coffee a couple of days ago, she surprised me with the biggest bunch of basil ever! (okay, not ever but y ... Read More





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Tomato-Ricotta Tart

Tomato-Ricotta Tart I want to have a clever, or interesting, or funny story to go with this ricotta tart, but I don’t. I was cranky and hungry and tired and hungry and I was working on a weekend (bummer) and cheese is all I had in my fridge. Now, I am not a big cheese eater—R. is, so you can imagine my disappointment. But you know, when all you’ve got it cheese (ricotta and feta, in this case) you might as well make [cheese] pie. Or something to that effect. The other ingredients were in the pantry, and I had a bunch of bright red, plum ... Read More





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