Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rustic Red Pepper Pesto

So, instead of writing (write, damn it!) I've been working on putting food away for the winter ala Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was a writer!

Today's task, Rustic Red Pepper Pesto.

It's 'rustic' because I don't have a food processor, which requires chopping by hand.

So, roasted red peppers (rubbed in olive oil and salt then stuck in the oven at 400 degrees for like half an hour)! Basil! Walnuts! Garlic! Salt and pepper!

Cut it up in small portions with a sharp knife, add some olive oil, party like rock stars!

Why aren't I giving you more specific directions? Because everybody likes their pesto a little bit different. Mine is garlic heavy and totally yummy.

Tip: I cut up the garlic, walnut, and basil first and mixed it all together. Then I added handfuls to chopped red peppers. That way I knew what was going on. I ended up with a little too much garlic, walnut, and basil mixture so I used some of yesterday's roast cherry tomatoes to make a roast cherry tomato and red pepper pesto to!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Five Tips For Writing On a Saturday Morning

1. Stop fantasizing about the farmers market. Go!

Wait--that won't help you get any writing done. Stop fantasizing about the farmers market. Go, and get back really fast!

2. Make sure you have plenty of coffee!

I failed the second step this morning. Drat. Must go out and get coffee, maybe they'll have it at the farmer's market.

3. Make sure you've done your dishes.

They're staring at me right now. They want me. They need me....
Never mind, this is a bad tip.

4. Make sure there wasn't a major political announcement before you got out of bed.

Paul Ryan? Really? Someone thought he'd be a good vice president? Whether or not the man's qualified, he's a lightning rod for controversy who caters to a base Romney already has! I feel like screaming at the television!


New 4. Don't turn on the television. Even if the political world is going crazy.

5. Write!

Put your fingers on the keyboard and write something, anything, even if it's just five whacky tips for writing on a Saturday morning!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tangy Baked Nectarines with Greek Yogurt

Ok, here's my seriously yummy dessert for the day:

Nectarine cut in half, drizzled with honey, almonds, and bits of fresh ginger. Baked at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes. Served on a quarter cup of greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey.