A few snaps from the past week’s cooking adventures.
Oh! And if you live in the NYC area, I’ll be cooking a fancy dinner on August 27 in Brooklyn–details and tickets are available here!
It was the week of basil.
Actually, it was the week of pesto.
I’m into hand-pounding my pesto these days. I truly feel it has a better flavor—more basil-y, less bitter—than that of pesto you make in three minutes in the food professor. This batch took me a while…
…Trust me, 24 minutes feels like a lifetime when you’re pounding as hard as you can, over and over…
...but I think it was worth it.
In addition to the pesto mountain, there was a mountain of summery vegetables..
...stuffed with Nicoise-style flavorings: dainty herbs, nice olives, rice, tomatoes...what else? Other good things, I'm sure.
And there were beets. Oh, such beets.
I made the beets into one of my favoritest salads: an orange vinaigrette + steamed beets + crazyfresh raspberries + purple basil. Sigh. SUMMER. You know?
Oh yeah, and a million calzones, filled with the first tomato sauce of the season, and artichoke hearts, and delightful eggplant....not a bad week!