Sometimes being a food blogger has it's downfall. What could that be? Well, besides the endless time on the treadmill to try and balance out the whole pan of brownies you ate, everyone expects every meal you make to be amazing.
Don't get me wrong, I love feeding my family. But there are days, especially when I have been working on multiple recipes, that dinner rolls around and I am like, meh food schmood! Then you get the blank faces, and blinking eyes. But but but......we're hungry.....FEED US! *sigh* sometimes a girl just wants a delivery pizza.
I guess I can't complain much right now. Since July our weather here in Western Washington has been AH-mazing. 80 degrees, nice breezes, NO rain. So I have pretty much chained Kevin to the BBQ. I will throw together a couple big batches of sides like Deviled Egg Potato Salad, Lemony Broccoli Slaw, Kitchen Sink Macaroni Salad, Tarragon Pea Salad with Shallot and Bacon, or Grilled Ratatouille Quinoa, and leave the meat to my carnivore. He even took to making our baked potatoes on the grill, yummmmmy!
But the other night he asked what was for dinner, and I responded with, "Well we have some marinated chicken and corn on the cob to grill". I get the "look"
"I have to grill again? I don't feel like grilling tonight."
Now I am laughing inside. "Do you want me to grill?"
"No, it is just that I get tired of having to stand out there and cook every night"
OK, now I am seriously dying. "Hhmmmm ya, I can understand that"
"Uhhh hellooooooooooo, welcome to my world!"
Now don't get me wrong, I don't want to be a slave driver or anything. But I do admit that it has been nice for the focus to be off of me for a while. I explained to him that during the other 9 to 10 months of the year it is just assumed that I will have some sort of taste bud tantalizing, drool inducing, gourmet type meal on the table for dinner every night.
Come on, that is a lot of pressure here folks!
He was very sweet though and told me that he completely understood what I go through now. Then the next night I get.....sooo what's for dinner? *sigh*
But that is where this recipe comes in. Enter the humble pesto! I have kind of become obsessed with pesto lately. But how can you not be? It is simple to make, throw a few things in the food processor and zipity do dah you have a fantabulous sauce that is so full of flavor. You can use it on pasta, on a sandwich, slather it on meat....I am seriously in love!
What it kind of funny is that Kevin told me a couple of years back, that he isn't a big pesto fan. So for a while I didn't make it at all. Then little by little I started to sneak it in here and there. I made Pesto Stuffed Pork Chops, using my Classic Pesto, and Cilantro Pesto Pasta. There was Garlic Scape Pesto, Green Chile Pesto, and now this wonderful Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto.
I used it in a pasta dish for supper (that recipe coming Sept 22nd) and he loved, I mean luvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvved it! He not only had a huge bowl for dinner, he took another bowl to work for lunch. When I questioned him the next day on his past comments about pesto he said, "Well, it isn't that I don't like pesto, I just don't like it on sandwiches". Really? I remember him devouring these Creamy Pesto Shrimp Rolls.
And they say women are confusing!!
1 year ago - Thai Style Grilled Chicken Thighs
2 years ago - Farfalle with Sausage and Tomato Cream Sauce
3 years ago - Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
- 1 (7-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 cup fresh basil, packed
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, garlic, basil, and Parmesan in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Add additional oil if needed to reach desired consistency.
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed
- Store pesto in the refrigerator, or freezer, in an airtight container
Total time: 10 mins.
Tags: sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese, condiments, sauces