PANTRY BASICS – BASIL PESTO

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 you know what I mean). She has a garden (something I desperately long for and cannot wait to have someday) and she grew the basil in a giant pot. I took it home and made a giant batch of …Read More

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 tomatoes on the vine sitting in a bowl on the counter begging to be eaten.

Now, for someone who doesn’t really eat a whole lot of cheese, …Read More