“Pesto is the quiche of the ’80s”

One of the better parts about the weather being warm is the fact that I can actually grow plants outside without having to worry about my kitchen being cluttered up. You can see my roommate’s bamboo collection as well, but I think my favorite plant to grow though has to be my basil. Its versatile in cooking, re-growns pretty fast, and as long as you frequently water it, it’s pretty tough to kill. And of course, my first dish with said basil has to be pesto.

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There are lots of varieties of pesto, so you really have to edit it to your liking. I don’t use actual recipes, but rather go in the mood for what I’m looking for that day. Generally speaking, my pesto includes:

-LOTS of Basil. Practically an entire plant, actually.
-Parmesan cheese (Romano can be mixed in as well)
-Olive Oil
-Salt & Pepper
-Fresh Garlic
-Pignoli Nuts
-Optional: Spinach, raw onion

Now, what do I use it for?

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Bruschetta and pasta are probably two of the easiest recipes with pesto, but you can also make it with chicken, sandwiches, butter… I could go on, but I shall refer you to this link if you ever ever run out of ideas..

Happy Cooking!

xo SA

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Fashion as an alternative form of ‘expression’

Let’s be real, the magic carpet in Disney’s Aladdin has more facial expressions that Kristin Stewart, and he doesn’t even have a face. That, combined with the needy vampire girlfriend thing? Not my favorite. She is winning some major points back with this outfit.
Classic, streamlined, summery, while still being comfy looking, yet appropriate enough to wear to fashion week in Paris. Maybe this is just my continued profession of love for Chanel.

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What do you think? Are you a fan of this look? Is it something you would wear/copy?

xo SA

I am nutty and I know it….

Today I busted out an old favorite my mom always makes. This mixture is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, a 3 o’clock pick me up, or even can be accompanied by a cold beer. The best part is you can use a variety of nuts and ingredients to suit your taste.

The one I made today was from a box of unsalted nuts that was sitting the in pantry. The combo has cashews, pecans, pistachios, and almonds.

To start, throw whatever combo of nuts you want in a pan on low heat on the stove. Then season with some salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. My mom also uses a little pomegranate powder to give it a little citic/lime/lemon-y taste. When in doubt, cook like an Indian: there is no measurements, just take a guess and taste it; if you don’t like it, add a little more.

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Let the nuts warm up slightly and stir them around in the seasoning. Once warm, take off the heat and enjoy. You can eat them warm right away or let them cool and save them for later. The best part of this recipe is that it is healthy and is so easy to make it your own. As you can see I even threw in some chia seeds in mine and paired it with a green smoothie to make it a healthy alternative to nibble on.

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What do you think? What nuts/spices would you use?

toodles,

AC