Friday, July 29, 2011

My New Favorite Pesto

I found this recipe on The Sister’s CafĂ© and decided to try it.  It’s only slightly different from the one I used before but it was easily the best pesto I’ve ever had.  We have basil growing like weeds in our garden right now so it was fun to put it to use.  Our camera battery is dead so my husband took a picture with his phone.  Not bad, right?

¼ c. walnuts
¼ c. pine nuts
3 T. minced garlic
5 c. fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp  black pepper
1 1/4 c. olive oil
1 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
Put the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. While blender is running, slowly pour the olive oil in and blend until the pesto is finely pureed. Add the parmesan and puree for 1 minute. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.  I didn’t even put oil on the top and it has stayed nice.  We’ve eaten it on pizza and then tonight we put it on pasta.  It’s amazing!
(Green Bean recipe to follow)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Birthday Cake

Today is my Birthday!  I love Birthday’s.....and I love cake.  What a combo!  My husband bought me a gluten-free  chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting from The Sweet Tooth Fairy.  It was a splurge, for sure, but worth it.  If you live in the area you should really try that place out.  (Pardon my grainy-ness)
(My husband calls me “Ferger.”  A story for another day…)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The one that put me on the map…

This is just a silly little blog where I like to keep my favorite gluten-free recipes.  Mostly because, though I hate to admit it, I am getting flakier (word?) with age.  This way, I can pull up my site and have access to everything I make on a regular basis.  Someday I want to print them in a little book to keep in my kitchen, but I’ve got a ways to go for that.  Anyway, last month a delightful person who will remain nameless (only because I have no clue who they are) posted about my blog on Facebook.  Or something like that.  I’m not on Facebook so I don’t know exactly how that went down, but my mom called one day to inform me that I was “famous” because she found a posting that referenced my blog and my Baked Pasta with Summer Veggies.  What the crazy?  I thought the two of us (my mom and I) were the only ones who even looked at this thing and the next thing I knew I was getting hits from over 400 places!  Places I’ve never heard of like Willow Grove, PA or Belchertown, MA.  Then places I HAVE heard of like Russia, Chile, and the UK.  It’s been really fun for me to see where people are coming from, so please feel free to leave comments and let me know who/where you are.  Thank you, mystery person, for telling people about my little blog. Last night I made the squash recipe that was referenced and thought I would post a little picture.  I am terrible at food pictures, which is why there are few on this blog.  How do you take a decent picture of a casserole-type dish anyway?  Well, here it is.  The Baked Pasta with Summer Veggies (complete with a plastic lizard in the background). I thought it deserved some recognition for making us new friends in 13 different countries. =)  Thanks for coming by!