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.

oh, hummus

Nowadays everyone is making hummus… any kind – white bean, kidney bean, roasted beet,…. you name it! However, i have to say, as creative as that is, when i often times taste the traditional hummus some serve, it doesn’t even come close to being delicious and flavorful as it is meant to be.

I have my own version, of course with the help of Nani and my mother. But its still very traditional. Here’s the recipe so you can try it and tell me what you think!

Photo by: Hayley Boomhower and Sean Rea

. 1 can garbanzo beans
. 1/4 cup tahini
. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
. 3 tablespoons EVOO
. 1 lemon, juiced
. 1 tablespoon cumin
. 1 teaspoon salt
. 1 teaspoon white pepper
. dried oregano for garnish
. red pepper for garnish
. 1 fresh mint leaf for garnish

1. Drain the can of garbanzo beans and rinse with water.
2. In either a nutribullet or a blender, add all your ingredients and blend. Add more EVOO if it doesn’t blend well.
3. Finish it off on either a plate or a cute bowl, drizzled with EVOO, dried oregano, red pepper, and a fresh mint leaf.

Try it out and let me know how you like it! Anush!