Karen is here! She’s actually moving here on Sept. 23, but she’s here to sign a lease on her new place. Remember when we looked at three properties for her? She chose this one:
It’s a cute cottage in a development a bit out of town. It has green space and walking paths. The house is not as big as it seems – it’s just about as big as you see! It will be perfect for one.
Karen also just celebrated a birthday, so we made her a nice dinner (not that we wouldn’t anyways 😉 )
The star of the show was fresh pasta from a local shop here in town. It was whole wheat
The dough tasted AMAZING!
To go on the pasta, I made pesto! Nutty pesto.
Our basil is still chugging along!
I used walnuts and a few hazelnuts for the pesto – a heaping 1/3 cup.
Which I dry-toasted first. I think it made all the diff
Most pesto recipes call for 2 cups of basil. Who can 1) Afford that much basil 2) Spare to tear that much off of their plants!?
My recipe calls for just 1 cup
Plus, I also like the Garlic Gold nuggets in oil for this because they are roasted and don’t give you bad breath
Plus 1/3 cup Garlic Gold oil, about 1/3 a small block of parmesan, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/3 of a lemon.
Mocktail for the chef!
We cooked the pasta and on the side sautéed some Twin Oaks tofu (herbed) and fresh zucchini, tossed that with the pasta and an heirloom termata
Also to go with dinner we bought a big loaf of ciabatta from the local artesian bakery.
If Great Harvest loaves weigh 2 pounds, this guy was 2 ounces! He was SO light!
But very tasty! We brushed slices with Garlic Gold oil and salt + peppa and broiled for a few mins
This is a kitty that lives in our neighborhood and comes over to say hello! She wanted me to give a special shout out to Lillian.
After dinner we went to see Karen’s new place…and then dug into a brownie she brought from Charlotte Great Harvest
Sliced 3 ways. Wish I could say it was the best ever, but I only ate half and gave Matt my other bite.
Get excited for breakfast – I made Crunchy Buckwheat Granola!!!!!!!!!!!