I spent the entire day at my computer looking at crop data for the farm and I wished I could have spent my day on the farm : ) For the rest of the summer, I’m going to have Fridays dedicated to favorite summer recipes! I welcome your input and would love for you to share your favorite summer recipes. The main ingredient of the recipe will be seasonal and I’ll be sourcing it locally (and hopefully from my own back yard at times).
This year we decided to step away from the big backyard garden and instead grow all our vegetables and herbs on a patio garden. We have basil, mint, rosemary, dill, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, peppers and two hanging strawberry plants! The patio garden has given me the opportunity to garden without all the upkeep of a big backyard garden (I have almost no weeding to do!!) The girls also love the patio garden and I find it is so easy for them to help me care for it. A staple in the Carr family is pesto and I have an abundance of basil this year. Last year, all 12 of my basil plants were over taken by Japanese beetles and I practically lost the entire crop for the season. Thankfully, this year the patio basil is booming. When possible I like to pick, make and eat the pesto all in the same day, but using pregnancy as my excuse this year, I finding that I tend to make a big batch during the weekend to enjoy throughout the week. I am always amazed at the high price of fresh pesto at grocery stores because it really is so easy to make at home. Here is our recipe:
Carr Family Pesto:
2 cups of basil loosely packed (take stems off)
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
Place all ingredients (except olive oil) into food processor and turn on blender. Pour in 1/2 cup olive oil while blending. After blended taste and add/adjust ingredients as needed (add more cheese or olive oil). Add salt to taste. If you are planning on freezing the pesto than leave out the cheese (adding it when you are ready to eat)
Here are some of my favorite things to enjoy with the pesto:
Pesto and polenta, pesto and fresh pasta and pesto and couscous.