I want an Audi. When driving on the autobahn I frequently see one of these drive up behind me or past me. I never knew how fast they could go until I started driving in Germany. I could be driving 90 mph and one of these will pass me like I'm going 40 mph. They are fast! Vroom!!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
As we are getting ready to vacation in Italy, I decided to make some Italian food tonight. I usually make my own pasta sauce but have never made pesto sauce. It could not be easier! Before I share the recipe I have to tell you how buying basil got lost in translation today. I went to the local produce store and asked for basil leaves. The man working there showed me two, he explained one was Italian basil and one German basil. So I asked for the Italian basil of course. When I got home and unwrapped it from the newspaper, yes they wrap fresh herbs in newspaper, I asked my husband if he thought it was the right kind of basil. He said it didn't look like basil to him. I decided to go next door and ask my neighbor who keeps fresh herbs growing on her window ledge. She said it was not basil but celery leaves and asked what I was making. I told her pesto and needed basil leaves. She handed me her plant. I told her I'd buy her another one and she asked if I was going to use the celery leaves. I was not, so we traded. I feel so blessed to live next door to someone who loves to cook.
I took this recipe from Rick Steve's Italy movie along with tips from online. There was a short demonstration on the movie which told what to put in it. This sauce is strong but very tasty! Serves about 4 people.
Easy Pesto Sauce
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup pine nuts (I heated them about 5 minutes on the stove)
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste