GREETINGS FROM CARMELA'S CUCINA,
I have two tips for you today. First go to the Minneapolis Farmer's Market during the week. Yes, there are fewer vendors, but there are also fewer people that make shopping difficult. Second, the Basil is just perfect now, so it is time to make Pesto.
I have not gone to the Minneapolis Farmer's Market on a Saturday for years because it is just too crowded for me. I have enjoyed the market in Edina on Thur. afternoons, the market near our lake home and then my husband will bring whatever I need on when the vendors are on the Nicollet Mall. But because a friend and I are having a dinner party tonight, we decided to make the trek down to the market yesterday and loved every minute of it. We were able to buy what we needed, actually had time to speak with the vendors and enjoyed the experience greatly. We vowed to do this frequently in the future.
High on the list was two large bunches of basil, which I have turned into tasty Pesto. I made enough this morning to supply us for most of the year. I freeze it in 1 cup containers and it usually is enough for a pound of pasta. If you use less, then just pour it in to an ice-cube tray and when frozen you can store the cubes in freezer bags and drop them into soups and stews. Pesto, it's a really good thing.
Enjoy this Pesto recipe from my cook book, Carmela's Cucina. And if you would like a personalized copy, contact me through my web site at www.caarmiescucina.com
2 cups fresh basil leaves
4 medium-sized garlic cloves
1 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Process the basil, garlic and nuts in a food processor with a steel blade until finely chopped. With the machine running, pour in the oil in a thin steady stream. Add the cheese, a pinch of salt, and freshly ground pepper. Process briefly to combine. MAKES 2 CUPS.
Carmela Tursi Hobbins