Talina’s Pesto

There are so many delicious recipes for pesto… so of course I have one of my own too!

It’s not too different from the traditional pesto recipe, but its just so delicious.
Pesto is great to put on toast with some tomatoes and extra olive oil, pasta, a grilled cheese and pancetta sandwich, ….oh the possibilities. Try me recipe out and let me know what you think

Photo by: Hayley Boomhower and Sean Rea

. food processor

. 1 bunch of fresh basil
. 1/4 cup almonds
. 1/4 cup grated white cheddar cheese
. 3 garlic cloves
. 1/2 cup EVOO
. juice of 1 lemon
. salt and pepper to taste

1. Pull the basil leaves off the stems of the basil. Add it to a food processor.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until it becomes super fine and spreadable.
3. Enjoy on some fresh made pasta or a piece of toast.

Lavash Flatbread Pizza

There is nothing like getting creative with pizza. This one is the easiest thing you can do especially if you only have 5 minutes to make a quick dinner. I like making this on the grill too, but you can do it in the oven too.



Makes 1 pizza
1 lavash bread
3 tablespoons EVOO
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup green olives
1/4 cup peyaz (an Armenian mixture of onions, parsley, and spices…don’t you worry, next post is all about this lovely topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (if you are grilling, preheat the grill to high heat)
  2. On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, place you lavash bread and drizzle with 1/2 the amount of EVOO (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  3. Add the green olives and the peyaz, finally topping it off with all the mozzarella cheese
  4. Drizzle with the remaining EVOO and place the sheet pan in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the lavash edges are golden (if you are grilling slide the pizza right onto the grill to get the nice grill marks on the bottom)
  5. Take it out of the oven and place on a cutting board to slice into triangles and serve

See? How fast and easy was that? Try it out and leave me a comment about your experience!


Photos by : Sean Rea(https://www.instagram.com/seann.rea/) and Hayley Boomhower (https://www.instagram.com/daily.hayleyy/)

Shrimp Gnocchi

Oh how I love gnocchi. If you give me a bowl of gnocchi everyday, I will eat it all with a huge smile on my face. My dad called me last night on my way home from work asking what I was up to. He said that he has some shrimp he’s making and wants me to come up with something to make with it. I told him I would be there in 15 minutes and to put a pot of water of the stove to boil.

My dad makes the best shrimp. He starts out putting the shrimp in a pan and sautés in very little olive oil. Once the shrimp is cooked, he adds butter… LOTS of butter. the butter thickens and in go the parsley and garlic. The garlic becomes aromatic, and the whole house smells uh-may-zing! Lastly, a great splash of some white wine until it all clumps together on the shrimps and makes a delicious sauce.

So, I get there and of course, the house smells great, and the water is boiling on the stove. So I quickly put a pack of gnocchi in the water for 3 1/2 minutes (until one floats to the top). I quickly take them out of the water so they don’t over cook, and finish it all off in the pan of shrimp.


Doesn’t that make your mouth water?!