Fresh from the ‘secret’ garden

11 Jun

The weather in Philadelphia (with the exception of Wednesday) has been incredible this week.  Not too hot, not too cold.  I love to open the doors, turn up the music and make some great fresh food! 

My muse


Our basil mushroomed in the past week.  When I say mushroomed I mean these were the biggest basil leaves I’ve ever seen!  Everytime I walked by it I thought ahhh pesto.  So I made sure to pick up some pine nuts last weekend when the hubby and I hit up Whole Foods

Not only was (is) this pesto amazing but it is sooo green!  We’ve been using it on everything this week. 


 Here’s my recipe:

  • 2 cups packed basil
  • 2/3 cup ex virg olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbl chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Add the basil first and get it all chopped up.  Slowly add oil and all other ingredients.

Can you smell it....

Delicious!  We used it on our Portobello sandwiches with fresh smoked buffalo mozzarella and roma tomatoes on a kaiser roll.  Yeah, it melts in your mouth.  I love using ingredients from our garden. 

Our jalapenos are ready for picking so stay tuned for my fresh salsa recipe!  Trust me…it’s gooood. 


The Staging Chick

One Response to “Fresh from the ‘secret’ garden”

  1. Tes June 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Fresh, healthy and delicious!

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