Pasta + Provisions

September 9, 2010

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:

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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 😉 )

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The star of the show was fresh pasta from a local shop here in town. It was whole wheat

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The dough tasted AMAZING!

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To go on the pasta, I made pesto! Nutty pesto.

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Our basil is still chugging along!

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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

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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

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Plus, I also like the Garlic Gold nuggets in oil for this because they are roasted and don’t give you bad breath

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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.

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Mocktail for the chef!

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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

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Also to go with dinner we bought a big loaf of ciabatta from the local artesian bakery.

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If Great Harvest loaves weigh 2 pounds, this guy was 2 ounces! He was SO light!

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But very tasty! We brushed slices with Garlic Gold oil and salt + peppa and broiled for a few mins

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Tasted great!!

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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.

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After dinner we went to see Karen’s new place…and then dug into a brownie she brought from Charlotte Great Harvest

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Sliced 3 ways. Wish I could say it was the best ever, but I only ate half and gave Matt my other bite.

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Get excited for breakfast – I made Crunchy Buckwheat Granola!!!!!!!!!!!

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1 Kati September 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

That pasta looks so FRESH and delicious!


2 Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life September 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I could seriously eat that pesto with a spoon it looks that damn good!


3 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Dinner looks amazing! I think it must be pasta night. We had pasta too! Glad Karen is there and you guys are all getting things settled! Enjoy the rest of your evening!


4 i can eat, can't i September 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

lovely pictures!! save me that cocktail! youre cat is so cute! i want a kitten!! i had a pollen test today and i’m super allergic to cats and dogs. ive always knew but just hate that it ruled out.


5 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

That pasta looks so good right now!!!

Karen’s place looks great!


6 erica September 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm

the pasta looks deeeeeeelish! (so does that brownie!)
i like the place karen chose. very cute, love the fireplace :)

is that a stray kitty or someone’s cat that roams the neighborhood? so pretty!


7 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I’ve never had pesto before…well I have once when I realized I was allergic to it (pine nuts!!). I need to make a proper pesto with other nuts.

Welcome to Cville, Karen!! Her house looks so rad. I’m moving in :)


8 Camille September 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm

What a wonderful, gourmet looking dinner!
When I see other bloggers make pasta it makes me think that maybe I think pasta… but as beautiful as it is, I’m just not a fan :(


9 Paige @Running Around Normal September 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

What a delicious pasta! I could definitely go for pesto that only calls for a cup of basil :)


10 Dorry September 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Fresh pasta MAKES the dish – yum! And your pesto looks perfect.


11 Tiffany (Stuffed With Fluff) September 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Holy yum, that pasta looks amazing. Pasta is always best fresh.

Loving the cottage Karen chose…happy belated bday to her =)


12 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

That pasta looks wonderful. I don’t think I’ve ever had fresh pasta before!

I must not eat enough basil — is it that expensive?


13 Hannah September 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Everything tastes better with that Twin Oaks tofu… but you still need to try sunergia’s! 😀


14 [email protected] September 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I just made pesto also but I never thought to use nuts in it. I think I might need to mix some in to one I already made.


15 [email protected] September 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I love the style of the houses out there! So my type!! Don’t did many quaint little cottage houses like that in Albuquerque.

Your completely homemade dinner looks so yummy!!


16 Kristy @ September 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Oh, wow. Fresh pasta is sooo good! And with homemade pesto?!?! Stop it! Stop it right now! 😉 Gotta love a carb-heavy meal.


17 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Ooh, that pasta looks delicious. And I have those same measuring cups!


18 Bee Goes Bananas September 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Wow, what good news! By the way, that ciabatta bread looks to die for!


19 Haley September 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I’m already trying to figure out what else I need to make that yummy buckwheat granola! yum!


20 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Looks yummy Kath! Does your crunchy buckwheat granola have an strong flavor from the buckwheat? Ive only had one experience with buckwheat and it was a little overpowering. Just curious b/c it looks so good!


21 Kath September 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

I don’t really taste the buckwheat at all!


22 Rebekah @ Rebeltarian September 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Fresh pasta and pesto! Drool…


23 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

That pasta looks incredible! I need to make pesto sometime soon.

Karen’s place looks so nice. :)


24 Cara Craves... September 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Mmmm to your pesto pasta.
I just recently ordered some pesto online from Costco (I live in Korea and 1. there is no basil here and 2. you can’t buy pesto in the stores) so I am super excited to make some pestoey pasta with my new purchase.


25 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme September 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I have to say, I’m one of those people who makes pesto with 99% basil. As in multiple cups. But Trader Joe’s sells packages of it (I usually buy 2) that don’t cost a lot of money! And when you think of how much it sells prepared, when usually oil or something else weird is the first ingredient, it’s not so bad a deal.

That pasta looks delicious!


26 Chelsey September 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

mmm your pesto looks really really good!!


27 Kris September 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm

When I make pesto, I usually sub Italian parsley, arugula, or spinach for half the basil (although I grow basil year round here in FL). I also make a cilantro walnut pesto where I again sub out half of the cilantro to make the flavor more mild.


28 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

i love that you added hazelnuts, i’ve never tried that in pesto before! i really love walnuts in mine…super creamy and rich!

happy birthday karen :)


29 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) September 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Even though I just finished dessert and am still full, I think I could eat that whole bowl of pesto pasta!!! Holy cow that looks good! Dinner for tomorrow maybe?! :)


30 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Dinner looks amazing :) I love love love basil pesto :)


31 Emmalinda September 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Ciabatta is one of my favorite breads. It’s so light b/c of all the holes! :) I used to work at a sandwich shop where we made all of our sammies on ciabatta. Yum!


32 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I also enjoyed pasta with homemade pesto for dinner tonight. I bet the Garlic Gold made it extra tasty!


33 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Oh YUM that sounds amazing!


34 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

oh that pasta dish looks so fresh and lovely :)


35 [email protected] September 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm

That pasta looks so good! I love pesto in the summer :-) And how cute is that house? I hope she keeps the walls the same colors.


36 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Oh I love pesto! I actually had some for dinner myself. I didn’t have locally made doughy pasta though–I’m a little envious :)


37 Krystina September 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

That pasta looks so rustic and tasty.


38 Wei-Wei September 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

My friends are looking over my shoulder as I read this – and all of them salivating. Including me. 😀 (Seriously. I’m always that kid who keeps looking at photos of food before lunch. Heh.)


39 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 9, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Pasta looks great, and I love visiting kitties!


40 Phoebe September 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I almost never comment, but I just wanted to say that I’ve always thought it was so nice that you and Matt have such a close relationship with his mother (and of course with your family too, though I assume you mention that less frequently because they do not live as close!). Parents being an important part of adult children’s lives is a really nice custom that lots of other cultures have, and it’s really nice to see it practiced in America as well! I hope I remain that close with my family when I get married.


41 Mallory@ Untie the Ribbons September 9, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Pesto lovers unite!


42 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman September 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm

That pesto and pasta looks delishious! Great job on the pesto! I like that you used walnuts in yours:)


43 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I haven’t had fresh pasta in along time! That looks absolutely delicious!! YUM 😀



44 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 10, 2010 at 1:50 am

Congrats to Karen!
The pesto recipe – great! I always hate it when they call for so much basil too :(
BEAUTIFUL cat, gosh!!!


45 Gree September 10, 2010 at 5:21 am

The pasta and pesto look amazing, I love the idea of using the garlic gold for a milder flavor. And that granola looks fabulous!


46 JL Goes Vegan September 10, 2010 at 5:24 am

The nutty pesto looks amazing!!!


47 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 10, 2010 at 5:31 am

That place she chose is so pretty! I love the staircase.


48 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 10, 2010 at 5:32 am

Mmmm…I *love* pesto with pasto and bread for dunking ‘n’ dipping. What a lovely dinner. 😀

(p.s. the cat is adorable!! 😀 )


49 Lillian September 10, 2010 at 5:52 am

Hello to the cat, although I am not fond of other cats!

Lilly Y.


50 Kath September 10, 2010 at 8:17 am

Hey Billis,
Hope your sinuses are better!


51 Lauren September 10, 2010 at 6:01 am

Nothing tastes better than fresh pasta. I don’t even like pasta but fresh pasta is a different story. Congrats to Karen! :)


52 [email protected]:// September 10, 2010 at 6:19 am

I wish I could find fresh made whole wheat pasta. That looks like the best pasta EVER. :)


53 Christie {Honoring Health} September 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

My CSA sells a huge bunch, probably a pound, of organic basil for $3.00. Yes, $3.00!


54 stacey-healthylife September 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

Love miss Lilian


55 Simply Life September 10, 2010 at 6:24 am

Looks like a great meal and I love her house!


56 Heidi - apples under my bed September 10, 2010 at 6:49 am

that pasta looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!


57 Astrid@ September 10, 2010 at 7:20 am

Great pics of the pasta!

There must be karma in the universe this morning as I just finished reading a great review of the KitchenAide pasta attachment. Do you or Matt ever make whole wheat pasta and do you have a recipe to share?


58 Kath September 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

We have made it before – but we usually just cut by hand


59 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 10, 2010 at 7:21 am

that pasta looks amazing- we ate fresh pasta in italy and it makes such a difference!


60 Stacey September 10, 2010 at 7:35 am

That pasta looks DELISH, I think I may try my hand at making pesto sometime in the very near future 😉 Happy Birthday to Karen!


61 Teri September 10, 2010 at 7:47 am

Looks soooo yummy!!!!


62 whitney September 10, 2010 at 8:01 am

Your dinner’s lately have been making me crave a yummy homemade pasta night.
Your pasta looks so moist and fresh I bet it tasted even better.


63 Emily @ Relishments September 10, 2010 at 8:06 am

I’m so jealous of your basil! Ours started out alright, but now it looks pretty terrible. Tips?


64 Kath September 10, 2010 at 8:18 am



65 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 10, 2010 at 8:08 am

I bet that fresh pasta made such a difference in the meal! Boxed pasta just doesn’t compare!


66 TaraElektra September 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

yum, that looks so delicious! very nice celebratory dinner for Karen. I’ve taken to having mocktails inspired by KERF. I love half cranberry juice and half club soda when eating out!


67 Allison K September 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

Holy cow that pasta looks good. I now REALLY want fresh pasta for dinner. Yum!


68 Natalia @asideofsimple September 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

I can’t wait to try your pesto sauce. I know exactly what you mean when recipes call for so much basil; I’m happy yours won’t destroy my plant!


69 Katherine September 10, 2010 at 11:38 am

Yumm that mocktail looks delish. awww, Lillian is so adorable!


70 JessicaE September 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Hey Kath!

Just wanted to drop a line agreeing with Libby’s canned pumpkin being the best. It truly tastes and looks the best, and the texture is the best for oatmeal.

P.S. Also wanted to say that I watched some of the healthy Living Summit presentations and i am very impressed with your public speaking skills. You sounded very organized, eloquent and intelligent.


71 Kath September 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Aw thanks! I thought it sounded like “UM” was the word of the year!


72 notyet100 September 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm

pasta looks yum..


73 Sassy Molassy September 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Oh my gosh, I can’t tell you how amazing that pasta and pesto look! I want to leave work immediately, go buy a food processor and get to work! Yum. Love Karen’s new place. Looks perfect.


74 The Healthy Apple September 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I love puttin’ nuts in my makes all the difference and is sooo yummy!


75 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Darn, I was pulling for Karen to choose something in town so she could enjoy getting around without a car sometimes. Can you and Matt bike to her new place?

The secret to being able to spare 2 cups of basil for pesto is growing a lot of basil! We make it one of our priority items because we love pesto and it IS expensive to buy that much basil. I’ll have to try toasting the walnuts next time.

My diagnosis for the brownie (based solely on the photo) is that it’s not chocolaty enough 😉


76 Meagan September 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I’m surprised you think basil is expensive. If you buy it at the right place it really isn’t. Maybe it’s time to find a new source! Also, cutting back the basil plants every once and a while (every few weeks after it gets huge and before it flowers) is crucial to the health of the plant, doing this surprisingly yeilds ALOT of basil.


77 kelly burnett September 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Pasta looks great! But our very favorite thing now is the Crunchy Buckwheat Granola…and I shared the recipe with lots of my friends and we are all crazy about it! I’m going to try it with some pumpkin pie spice and almond extract next. Think it would taste nice and fall-y :)


78 Cara September 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

wow that pasta looks absolutely amazing. I like the idea to use something other than pine nuts in pesto. looks great!


79 Sana September 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Pesto is actually my favorite dish to make (Read: only) It’s simple, fresh and easy :)!


80 Courtney Leigh September 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I must share this pesto recipe. The basil actually plays a supporting role and the spinach makes it cheaper, and more vitamin rich. It’s super delicious. And I’m sure you could sub the garlic gold nuggets for the fresh ones. I’m making my grocery list for the week and this post means I’ll be having pesto pasta for certain!!


81 Courtney Leigh September 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm

It helps if I actually link the recipe, right? 😉


82 elizabethlacy September 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I have more basil than I know what to do with! I’ve been trimming back the basil bushes and making pesto like mad. Do you have your basil in full sun with good dirt and adequate room to thrive?

I can’t bear to make pesto any other time of the year because of the prices! Bell pepper prices make me cringe too.


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