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Crazy Pesto, Crazy Pasta

June 24, 2010

Hello, hello!

This afternoon, I piddled around the hose, cleaning up and taking care of this and that.  Around 4, my friend Ellie called and we caught up for a little over an hour.  Living so far away sucks, but friends are only a phone call away!

Around 6:30, I got started on some dinner.  I didn’t really have a plan, but pesto sounded like a good place to start.  Only problem?  No basil.  No pine nuts.  No parmesan.  Huh.

Never one to accept defeat, I created this alternative pesto:

Lemony Parsley Cashew Pesto:

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And it was damn good.  The cashews added a slightly sweeter flavor to the pesto…I know it sounds like a weird combo, but trust me—this one’s a keeper! 

Into the food processor went:  1 bunch of parsley, the juice of 1 lemon (about 1/3 cup), 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup raw cashews, and salt and pepper to taste.

To go along with this crazy pesto, we opened up one of our souvenirs from Italy—crazy pasta from Florence! 

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Isn’t this striped pasta so cute?  We got it at the central market.  We tossed the pesto and pasta with some chickpeas, and dinner was served!

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Again, there are a lot of strange flavors going on here, but this pasta dish was really tasty!

Now we’re watching the movie Extract with Jason Bateman (love him).  It was written by the same guy who wrote Office Space and King of the Hill, so we have high hopes for it.  We shall see.

See you tomorrow!

25 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2010 1:19 am

    Let us know how Extract is! I really wanted to see it when it came out.

    That pesto looks delish! Eat, Drink & Be Vegan has a similar recipe! YUM.

  2. June 24, 2010 1:22 am

    That past look so fun!!! I need to pick some up next time I’m in Italy!

  3. June 24, 2010 2:00 am

    that pasta is so fun!

    I made pesto tonight, too!!

  4. thehungryscholar permalink
    June 24, 2010 2:14 am

    Jason Bateman is hot! Cannot wait to hear how this movie turns out!

  5. June 24, 2010 2:45 am

    Ooh, that pesto looks lovely. Sometimes the best recipes come out of improvisation. 🙂

  6. greensandjeans permalink
    June 24, 2010 2:58 am

    Pesto us seriously amazing. I need to start using it more. Possibly tonight

  7. June 24, 2010 3:22 am

    What cool pasta, and I bet really tasty with the pesto!

  8. June 24, 2010 5:01 am

    That has got to be the cutest pasta I have seen since the alphabet kind I ate as a kid- love it!

    I love the parsley twist on pesto. I bet it was delish!

  9. June 24, 2010 9:29 am

    Pasta looks delicious 🙂

  10. June 24, 2010 9:55 am

    wow that looks like such a fun dinner! I love the addition of cashews to the pesto and the chickpeas to the meal…not to mention all of those fun colors! 🙂 Makes me happy

  11. June 24, 2010 11:55 am

    That pasta is gorgeous! And that pesto? YUM! I’ve been eating cashews like it’s my job and mixing them into just about everything…why not pesto?!

  12. June 24, 2010 12:03 pm

    Love that pasta! It would be so great for a party to jazz up a simple meal. Must have been a great reminder of your trip!

  13. June 24, 2010 12:09 pm

    Love pesto, and what a great idea to use lemon and cashews! I actually have some cashews at home — may have to make it for dinner tonight!

  14. June 24, 2010 1:05 pm

    LOVE this pesto idea. YUM.

  15. June 24, 2010 1:11 pm

    I love how creative you are! I would have just given up but not you…you are amazing! 🙂

  16. June 24, 2010 1:22 pm

    I’ve never heard of the movie Extract! Hope it was good! hahah…that pasta sounds good!!

  17. June 24, 2010 1:39 pm

    That pasta looks beautiful! I love how you took some of your vacation experience back with you!

  18. Ginger permalink
    June 24, 2010 1:58 pm

    Love that pasta! And, the pesto sounds really good – way to be creative! (We’re having leftover mushroom burgers tonight – remember those? I can’t wait!)

  19. June 24, 2010 2:16 pm

    oh fun pasta! I want some of that! That would be great for an “Alice and Wonderland” themed party or something 🙂 Love pesto too, just made an arugula version myself a couple of days ago.

  20. June 24, 2010 3:14 pm

    I would pay you to be my personal chef! Seriously, you make the best dishes.

  21. Carina permalink
    June 25, 2010 7:39 pm

    How was the movie? Recommend it? I put Ofc Space as one of my faves.

    • June 25, 2010 7:43 pm

      Unfortunately, it wasn’t very funny 😦 We both love Office Space, so we had high hopes, but it was just kind of boring. Boo!

  22. ATX Jen permalink
    July 9, 2010 3:24 pm

    what did you think of Extract? Me & the bf thought it had potential but missed the mark :-/

    • July 9, 2010 4:21 pm

      Exactly!! It wa like it s approaching funny, but then it took some wrong turns and just ended up kind of bland instead!

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