From Daryl aka Avery:
CONGRATS to all the winners of our 5th anniversary photo contest! What a great job everyone did submitting photos of their adorable pets, fun libraries, quirky adventures, and delightful bookstores! Next time...kitchens and reading rooms, right! So many categories, so little time.
Speaking of adventure...
A few weeks back, my husband and I were lucky enough to take a dream vacation and cruise from Venice, Italy around the boot to Rome. On the trip, we stopped in Taurmina, Sicily and dined on some of the best pasta with pesto sauce I'd ever tasted. We had found a darling, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, recommended by the cruise director. It was off the beaten path. The wine list was extensive and delicious. And the owner fully understood my gluten-free issue. Wow! Did I mention the gluten-free pasta was divine?
Anyway, I had such a craving for a great pasta dish when I came home, I had to attempt to make the pesto. It was sooooo good.
And, well, (polishing my fingernails on my shirt front), I did!!
This is the simplest, easiest...did I mention simplest?...recipe imaginable.
Cook up some pasta, prepare a side salad, and get ready to feast.
BASIL PESTO SAUCE (for pasta)
2 cups fresh basil leaves, trimmed
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 – 2 teaspoons salt1 – 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped.
Add the oil and pulse again, until fully incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.
We had some meatballs left over from the night before and I added them to this, if you want a little protein in the meal. Enjoy!
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For STIRRING THE PLOT, which comes out September 30th, I'm going to be doing a number of giveaways, starting in August. Books, mugs, stuffed kittens! Make sure you're signed up for my newsletter and "like" me on Facebook, where information about the giveaways will appear. Look for pictures of Tigger, the ginger cat in the series, celebrating ala Halloween!
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