Rumors of a castle going up in Evergreen Hills were verified on Halloween. Forty or so neighbors dropped by to see the newly finished Honeydukes Sweet Shop...
|New bay windows add much needed display space to Honeydukes|
|And light into the interior.|
|Flooring in the kitchen means the proprietors no longer need fear a visit from the health department.|
and the "still under construction" Hogwarts Castle.
Back of the castle with Snape's Potion Lab and Professor Sprout's greenhouse.
Our neighbors, Sara and Thomas, hosted the annual neighborhood Halloween Party with Pizza and potluck side dishes. Of course I took pasta with pesto! Why would I take pesto, you might ask? Because I had a huge bucket of basil, a gift from Maren and Christopher McLaren, so I started in on mass producing pesto with my little itty bitty Cuisinart. Wishing I had ordered a new bowl for my large one!
See how to make pesto below. If you already know how, click on over to your next blog! And thanks for stopping by.
|Remove flowers and stems. Wash and drain basil.|
|You will need some garlic. I love this braid of garlic bulbs that my husband picked up at a roadside fruit and vegetable stand.|
|And some cheese and nuts|
|Peel three cloves of garlic for each batch. Can you tell I love garlic? You can use less if you prefer a less piquant pesto|
|Chop your cloves of garlic smaller since you don't want to bite into a large chunk of garlic and the processor doesn't always chop them thoroughly.|
|Fill container of processor with the basil, two tablespoons of olive oil and your garlic, process until it looks crumbly.|
|Add a couple of handfuls of cheese and about one half cup of nuts. My hands are small...guessing it is about a cup cheese. Don't worry about being exact. You can always add more cheese when you add the pesto to the cooked pasta.|
|Place tablespoons of pesto on a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for adding to soups or spaghetti sauce. Once frozen, place in freezer bags or containers for long term storage. I also freeze pint sized batches for pasta with pesto.|
If you want a delicious dish, cook up a lb. of pasta...doesn't matter what shape, although I usually use fettuccine noodles. Rice pasta works great if you are gluten intolerant. Drain the pasta & add your pesto (1/2 to 1 cup depending on your taste preferences) and a lb. of fresh mozzarella chopped. Return to heat and stir until cheese begins to melt. I don't melt the cheese all the way. Always like to know what I am eating, plus it doesn't stick to the pan as much. Such a simple dinner dish. Serve with a salad or add roasted peppers to garnish the pasta for a one dish meal. So now I have a plethora of piquant pesto!
Stop in soon to see a post with photos of the sugar skulls that the children in my Sunday school program made for the Dia de Los Muertos altar which will be in the sanctuary of St. Mark's on the Mesa for the next two weeks to remember the saints in our lives.