Farmer’s Market Bounty

Some pretty pictures of the food I made this weekend after trips to the Farmer’s Market. This will be a shortly worded post (gasp! Adam write a shortly worded post?) because I really took these pictures for another project, let’s just not tell anyone I shared them here, k?

Red and Yellow Tomatoes with Basil

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Goat’s Milk Yogurt with Raspberries and Goldenrod Honey

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Spaghettini with Basil Pesto

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Actually, screw the shortly worded thing, I’d like to speak in praise of pesto. Pesto is so easy to make and perfect for your leftover basil which I had after the tomatoes. Pesto-making isn’t even cooking, it’s blending. You need a food processor. That’s it. Drop in 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup pignolis and 4 or 5 cloves of raw garlic. Pulse until it makes a paste. Add 2 cups of basil leaves packed. (About one big bunch.) Salt, pepper. Turn the processor on and then slowly drizzle in half a cup of olive oil. This is the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe, I should mention that. But I don’t think she really owns the pesto-making patent. And in the summer time, nothing tastes better–believe me–than delicious skinny spaghettini strands coated in garlicky pesto. Go make some now, you monkey.

2 comments

  1. The pictures are amazing, AG. Practically calendar-quality. Now there’s a thought – The Amateur Gourmet Calender 2006? Complete with yummelicious pictures, funny anecdotes on different dates, pictures of Lolita trailing throughout…

  2. Agreed – excellent photos!

    One thing I keep wondering, though: you host the photos on Flickr, but you don’t make your photos clickable so one can visit them on the Flickr site. Why eez theez? Worried about bandwidth? Wanting to keep all the commenting in one place? Already have enough Flickr fans marking them as faves? Not wanting your other food photos to be viewed in an out-of-post context? Such pondering I feel compelled to do…

    Meanwhile – thanks for the encouragement on the pesto! Since moving to Vegas, I’ve been mentally rating each buffet based on what it can offer me in the way of pesto joy. The Wynn’s pesto mashed potatoes *and* their pesto tortellini in more pesto are currently hogging the top two spots…

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