What To Do With Your Herbs- Part 4-Pesto

Creamy Italian Pesto

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My herbs are growing like crazy that I can barely keep up with them! My tomato plant is massive, yet I haven’t actually gotten a tomato to eat! I have this mama squirrel that has an obsession with my deck/apartment. She has tried on more than one occasion to get inside. I haven’t seen her as much since I got Henley but while at work yesterday, mama squirrel got into the tomato plant and destroyed most of the tomatoes. Revenge I believe :/

At least I have my basil which was growing out of C.O.N.T.R.O.L.!!! So what’s an Italian girl to do??? Make pesto!

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What You Need: 

•4 cups of basil

•1/2-1 cup of olive oil

•1/3 cup of pine nuts

•1/2 cup Parma cheese

•3-4 cloves of garlic

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What To Do:  

•Put all your ingredients in a food processor or blender (food processor works better but I’ve done the wooden spoon trick in the blender many times).

•Blend together until smooth by adding 1/4 cup of olive oil at a time.

•I like to combine my pesto with pasta or over chicken! Xoxo

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What To Do With Your Herbs Part 3-Mint Mojitos!

What To Do With Your Herbs Part 3

Mint Mojitos!

 

Here is another “What To Do With Your Herbs” Part 3.  This time we are talking mint and making them into mojitos!! What I love about using mint for summer drinks is that it gives the drink such a refreshing taste, even if you add it to water.

Needless to say, my mint was over grown and it needed help! The great thing about this recipe is that you can interchange it with any seasonal fruit or flavored rum you would like.  The possibilities are endless!

What You Need:

Mint Leaves (about four or five large ones per drink)

1/2 oz Simple Syrup (1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar, dissolved over heat)

1/2 Lime (juice)

2 oz Rum

Club Soda or Sparkling Water (I used Bubly)

Fresh Blackberries

 

What To Do:

  1. Muddle the mint leaves in a glass.  If you do not have a muddler, you can rip the leaves up and take a sturdy large spoon and jam it into the mint and try to break it up.  I mean this is real classy and how I do it haha

  1. Add in 4 four berries and mash with the mint leaves.
  2. Pour in the lime juice and the rum.
  3. Add a few ice cubes and top off your drink with sparkling water.
  4. ENJOY!