Sunday, September 14, 2008

Menu Planning: Sept. 14-20, 2008 and making pesto

Last week, we made pasties and cheesecake for Than's 11th birthday.  Since he is the youngest of the top four, he had a little "coaching" from the big kids as to the menu plan.  So much for hotdogs and boxed cake mix!  

We never did eat out at Beefaroo for dinner.  Daddy was too busy (eating at Brio of Bacchus!!) to join us.  He had some clients in from Finland for work.  He had to take them hither and yon, so we didn't see much of him last week, but they did give us some of this:

I can hardly think of a more appetizing name! 


 Actually, they are like mini-fudge blobs and not at all bad.  Sometimes foreigners bring my DH all sorts of cool stuff when they come for business: mustard from Dijon, Twinings from London, and now... Wiener nougats from Finland!  Thank you to: Akseli, Jarmo,  Hannu, Leif,  and Riesto.  Even though, you totally consumed my husband's time for an entire week, I am thankful you learned so much learning about pieces parts of airplanes and giving us business and blah blah blah. Especially thank you for the chocolate.  

Anyhoo, where was I?

Menu planning

Monday: oriental chicken salad
Tuesday: turkey brats/ fries/ cabbage salad
Wed: black beans and rice
Thursday: leftover soup/ bread
Friday: Mexican chicken and rice

Here's a great thing to do with that wonderful, fresh basil: pesto! 

Grab a bunch of fresh basil. 
Grab a few cloves of garlic.
Add 1/2 cup pine nuts and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
Add it all into the food processor and grind it up.  After grinding it down, add the oil a small amount at a time until  a nice paste/ sauce forms.  

You can use pesto in place of sauce for pizza.  It is SOOOOOO yummy.  We have the Wolfgang Puck pizza going here.  This is a vegetarian version: pesto, sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers with fresh yellow tomatoes covered with goat cheese and a little mozzarella.  Wow!!  

As you can tell, we really rough it here! 


Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to make my own pest but thought it was complicated. I was having pizza this week and not really sure what to put on it. I may have to make a stab at it since you made it look so easy. You asked about the jars and the lids, when you pierce the hole and push the dispenser in it actually is a tight squeeze so it keeps it in place. You would not need any kind of glue. HAve a great start to the week.

Anonymous said...

Finland, huh. . . sounds like a fun group - I think the "gifts" sound like nice perks! Anyhow, I love your pesto recipe and the pictures are terrific.

Anonymous said...

That pizza looks so good. It's almost inspiring me to learn to use the food processor we got for our wedding. Would you believe I can only remember using it once in eight years? I thought, "Washing this thing is way too much work. I'd rather grate cheese by hand." But making pesto by hand is probably not such an easy endeavor. So maybe it's worth the clean up after all.

Mmm. And Weiner Nougat. Finnish goodness. Looks intriguing.

Anonymous said...

I'm drooling all over the keyboard from reading your pesto and pizza ideas! Will definitely try them.

Chocolate by any other name is just as sweet...but it can't compete with hubby's presence. Sorry about that! Bless your baby's heart. Good thing he's got a great mom to make his birthday special anyway!

Anonymous said...

PESTO! It was amazing and really simple...if only I had a food processor!