But, for me -- food is love. So the question is -- what can I send out for a meal? Something that would FEED A BIG CROWD?
It's summertime -- and the answer is P-E-S-T-O...!! I pride myself on making the best Pesto in Iowa. (because I'm the only Iowa person I know who makes it)...
First order of business -- I picked a FIVE GALLON BUCKET OF FRESH BASIL LEAVES. Holy Cow. I filled the bucket with water, and picked off each leaf, putting it in a second bucket of clean water. Then, I rinsed the basil for a THIRD TIME...before laying it in a single layer, on a clean bath towel.
|It's important to remove all sand or dirt..and pick off the flowers and stems...you want THE LEAVES ONLY.|
|You must handle the leaves gently, or they'll turn black. At this point, I roll the towel, to absorb all the water. I let that sit for awhile. An hour or two won't hurt...|
|I know we've discussed this before. But your FOOD PROCESSOR does all the work!!|
|John has a bumper crop of fresh garlic. It is SO MUCH BETTER than what is available in the stores. It's juicy and CRISP. I start by putting three cloves of peeled garlic in the food processor and whirring it good...|
|Then, I add 1/2 cup of English Walnuts...and whir it again...|
After the basil is completely chopped up, I alternate the last two ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive oil and Parmesan Cheese. One batch takes about a cup of each. The consistency you're going for is bottled spaghetti sauce.