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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

My Basil has been going crazy lately! We all know that when life gives you Basil you make pesto!

Basil Pesto

3 cloves Garlic
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
Juice of half a Lemon
1 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
4 cups fresh Basil leaves
3 tablespoons Pine nuts
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Olive Oil

Combine the garlic,lemon zest and lemon juice, and vinegar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to chop up the garlic and lemon.
Add the basil leaves, cheese and the pine nuts. Pulse to combine.
Basil Pesto

Remove cap to the feed tube at the top of the machine. Set the processor to mix and then slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
Place your pesto into a air tight container and refrigerate. Your pesto should stay fresh for about a week.
Or freeze and it will keep for about a month or longer.

Herb and Pea Alfredo

Herb Alfredo

It’s still too warm to crank on the oven. Oh how i’m craving a hot cheesy gratin and roast chicken! I suppose it’ll have to wait a few weeks yet. This cheesy, creamy dish is helping me get over it. No oven required.

Herb and Pea Alfredo
1 lb. Penne Pasta
2 Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
1 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Peas (fresh or thawed from frozen)
1/2 cup chopped Herbs (chives, parsley, tarragon, basil)
1 tablespoon Butter

Combine the eggs, egg yolks, cream and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
Whisk until well combined then set aside.

Boil the pasta in a large pot with 2 tablespoons of salt added to the water for 10-12 minutes.
Drain, return to the pot and set back on the burner turned to medium low, add the butter.
Add in the cream/egg mixture and stir continuously until the sauce has thickened.
Add in the peas and herbs, stir to combine.
Serve with the remainder of the cheese sprinkled over the top.

August Bookworm

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Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark
“Not only is Piper creating the sugar-sand-dollar-festooned wedding cake, she’s also the maid of honor. But a cloud seems to be hovering over the whole affair. Shortly after a bridesmaid mysteriously disappears, a kindly neighbor’s car is run off the road and a prospective witness, an innocent Amish teenager, is threatened to keep silent. Then a body is found on the beach where the wedding will take place. With the nuptials in jeopardy, it falls to Piper to unmask a killer.”

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments Series #6)
“Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…”

The Vacationers: A Novel by Emma Straub
“For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.”

Double Crossed by Ally Carter
“The world of Heist Society is introduced to the Gallagher Girls in an original crossover story by Ally Carter.”