December 11, 2012

HHDE day 10: pesto and link love

* read the original HHDE post here. follow along and post your daily endeavors in the comments! {click photos to enlarge}

after some holiday drinks with the work girls on monday, i made the most of the basil in the fridge and whipped up a batch of pesto. despite the not-great photo, it's an especially delicious batch! i'll be having it for lunch today with some trader joe's butternut squash agnolotti.


1 large garlic clove, peeled
2+ cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

optional, which i did here to keep the bright green color: blanch basil in boiling water for 20 seconds and immediately plunge basil into ice water bath.

after blanching the basil and toasting the pine nuts, i took the lazy way out. i shredded the cheese and cut the garlic clove in half,  then dumped everything but the olive oil into the food processor and let it do the work (most recipes will tell you to stir in the cheese at the end). with the blender still running, slowly add olive oil; adjust the amount of olive oil so that the consistency is to your liking. since i also add olive oil on top to further prevent browning, i went light on it. tah-dah!

in other news, my friend and fellow blogger carrie has been playing the HHDE "game" with me. she blogged about her december mini book; check it out here. also check out the MiUS online boutique for a superb collection of USA-made clothing and apparel from emerging designers.

carrie's mini scrapbook

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