Thursday, July 17, 2003
Garden Update

My herb garden has been rather mixed in its results. The coriander died horribly and is now nothing but a few yellow sticks. The mint flourished for a time, but is suddenly turning brown for some mysterious reason. The catnip provided Bernie with endless hours of amusement, but is now flowering, so the leaves are yellowing. The rosemary is flourishing, causing me to realize just how rarely I use rosemary in my cooking...

The basil has grown tall and proud. This afternoon I went to the store to get some romano cheese. When I got home I picked three cups of fresh basil leaves. I tossed them into a blender with some garlic, some pine nuts, some cheese, some salt, and some olive oil, and hit the puree button. I was worried, as I'd heard blenders weren't as good as food processors for this kind of thing... but it turned out beautifully. I have a nice batch of delicious, pretty green pesto awaiting my pleasure.

So I'm off to boil some pasta!

(The pesto recipe I followed was from Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," which is basically my bible these days)
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