Summer Basil

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Every summer I grow fresh herbs in pots that sit on the deck right outside of my kitchen. I love being able to step outside and cut fresh herbs for our cooking. This year I grew three kinds of basil: Siam Queen (Thai Basil), Nufar Basil, and Genovese Compact Basil. The Thai Basil is great for salads and Thai cooking. The Nufar and Genovese are great for making Italian Pesto sauce. Pesto sauce is made with basil, garlic, nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Today I made two kinds of Pesto, one with Pistachio nuts and the other with Pine nuts. Tonight we are enjoying  Paccheri Rigati, a wide large noodle resembling a rigatoni, with the Pistachio nut Pesto. The other Pesto I am bringing to my son who is spending the summer in New York City and he loves home-made pesto. We will our accompany the meal with a nice salad and delicious Focaccia bread.

Today I share a great quote from Albert Einstein.

Happy Last Day of April

Happy Last Day of April. This month was a very busy one for families around the world. Seniors in High School  hear back in the month of March from the universities they applied to. These students have until May 1st to decide where they want to attend. It’s a month full of college visits, analysis, and introspection. Today we celebrate our daughter’s decision with her request for sous-vide burgers and fun sides of macaroni salad and tater tots. I share a quote by Lao Tzu, that summarizes what lays ahead for our soon-to-be graduated seniors.

In 2014 we enjoyed a pasta dish of rigatoni with sausage, caramelized onions, red pepper, and ricotta cheese.