Artichoke Pesto with Parmesan Tortilla Chips

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
For Dip
2 (15-ounce) cans of artichoke hearts, drained
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt
For Tortilla Chips
4 whole wheat tortillas, each cut into 8 triangles
Extra-virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt
¼ cup parmesan cheese
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Place the [...]

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Asparagus & Mint Pesto

Makes approximately 2½ cups
Ingredients
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt
Directions
Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor [...]

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Basic Herb Pestos

Makes 1 ½ c pesto.

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Basil Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 cup basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil

Directions

Mix the ingredients up in a blender until smooth.

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Beefsteak Tomato Carpaccio With Herb Pesto

Carpaccio, traditionally a dish of thinly sliced raw fish or beef, has come a long way. This season’s hot herb trend is more than just plain old carpaccio, it’s a showcase of flavor creativity and is no longer reserved for just beef and fish.

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Cabbage & Bean Salad with Spicy Pesto Vinaigrette

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup red cabbage, shredded
½ cup carrots, grated
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 cup sliced radishes
1 cup baby greens
1 red chili pepper (fresh) and chopped
2 cups cannellini beans
¼ cup champagne vinegar
Juice and zest of one lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon basil sauce or pesto
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all vegetable sin a big [...]

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Carrot Ginger Soup with Cilantro Lime Pesto

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
4 cups carrots, chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Pesto, to garnish (recipe follows)

Directions

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add [...]

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Chicken Pesto Linguini & Meatballs

Here are some regionally authentic and classic meatball recipes as well as some modern, culturally fused recipes. All will reduce the chill of winter with a smile!

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Chicken Pesto Meatballs

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
For the Meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg
For the Sauce
Olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved from meatballs)
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
PREPARATION
To assemble meatballs, use hands to [...]

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Chicken, Peppers and Pesto Sauce

Serves 6
Ingredients
6 chicken thighs, boneless skinless
Salt
Pepper
1 red pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow pepper, sliced thin
1 orange pepper, sliced thin
1 red onion, halved and sliced thin
1/2 cup freshly made pesto (recipe follows)
Directions
Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on a large baking sheet, place the pepper and onion sliced all [...]

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Chicken, Red Pepper and Pesto Cream Sauce Pizza

One of the three basic pizza sauces.

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Cilantro Pesto

INGREDIENTS
1 bunch fresh cilantro (approx. 1½ cups)
3-4 cloves fresh garlic
Zest of 2 limes
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped and deseeded (optional)
Juice of 4 limes
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup walnut oil or olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
PREPARATION
In a blender, or with a handheld food processor, combine cilantro, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, lemon juice, jalapeño pepper and oil with [...]

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Cilantro Pesto Grilled Chicken Breasts

Serves 6

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Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Jalapeño Pesto

Yields approximately 2½ cups
Ingredients
1½ cups fresh cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
3 roasted jalapeños, deseeded, peeled and chopped
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1½ teaspoons salt
¼-½ cup olive oil
Directions
Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through [...]

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Citrus Shrimp Ceviche with Avocadoes & Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

Serves 4
This dish has great balance utilizing all types of citrus: limes, lemons and tangerines, and has slightly sweet herbaceous tones that blend well with the buttery-ness of the avocado. A lovely dish that is simple to prepare and exciting for your guests.
Ingredients
Ger-Nis Citrus Finishing Salts
1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
¼ [...]

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Cranberry Sage Pecan Pesto

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 cups fresh sage leaves
1 cup dried cranberries
½ cup pecans, toasted
1 cup Walnut or Pecan oil
Salt
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until everything is incorporated.
Season with salt to taste.

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Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

Serves 4-6
This recipe is inspired by two experiences actually, my trip to the Lingurian coast and my many trips to Al di La in Brooklyn and my many Sepia Al Nero meals I have had right here in my own backyard. I often try to recreate Anna’s dishes and with an okay amount of success [...]

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Fried Egg Pesto Tomato Sandwich

When it comes to fried eggs, there’s not much trickery involved. A fried egg is simply that, a fried egg. Eggs are fried with fat, butter, oil, lard, bacon grease or you name it.

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Goat Cheese Sundried Tomato and Pesto Pizza

Some tantalizing ideas for combining your favorite dough, sauces and toppings

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Green Garlic Pesto

Makes approximately 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ pound of fresh green garlic, dark tips trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
¼ cup pecorino romano cheese, finely grated
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a blender place the green garlic, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice [...]

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Grilled & Stuffed Cuttlefish

Serves 4
Ingredients
4 medium cuttlefish, cleaned and kept whole
½ cup fresh shelling beans, cooked
½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup pecorino cheese, finely grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon fresh pesto
Salt and pepper
Lemon wedges
Directions
Chop the tentacles up and toss together in a mixing bowl [...]

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Grilled Chicken with Lemon Thyme Asiago Pesto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
6 each chicken breasts, pounded flat
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper
Lemon thyme Asiago pesto, recipe below
PREPARATION
Marinate chicken breasts in lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper for approximately 30 minutes.
Grill and drizzle with lemon thyme Asiago pesto.
Serve immediately.
Lemon Thyme Asiago Pesto
Makes 1 ½ cups pesto
INGREDIENTS
4 garlic cloves
½ cup pine nuts
2 to 3 cups [...]

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Grilled Fresh Mozzarella Cheese with Basil Pesto

Serves 4
Ingredients

8 slices of country white bread
Basil pesto, recipe follows
8 slices of homemade mozzarella, sliced in 3” rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil
Directions

To assemble sandwich, smear insides of bread slices with pesto. Arrange a layer of mozzarella slices over the top and then place another piece of bread on top to make the sandwich. In a [...]

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Hand Pounded Pesto

Pesto, simply translated means pounded. It is one of the Lingurian regions most prized ingredients and traditionally hand pounded. Today many use food processors or blenders but you can still find devoted traditionalists who hand pound it proving that the taste is still superior with this method due to the increase of released essential [...]

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Heirloom Tomato and Pesto Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS
1lb Pasta, cooked
2 gloves Garlic, minced
4 medium Zucchini, chopped
1½ lbs. Heirloom tomatoes, chopped
2 cups fresh Basil leaves
Juice of one large Lemon
½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, sauté garlic, add zucchini and season with salt, cook, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, warm through [...]

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Herbed Lamb Kabobs with Garlicky Mint Yogurt & Mustard Mint Pesto

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup red onion, chopped fine
2 pounds ground lamb
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Garlicky Mint Yogurt (recipe follow)
Mustard Mint Pesto (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat broiler to high. [...]

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Kale Pesto

Makes 2-3 cups pesto

Ingredients

2 cups chopped fresh kale leaves, stems removed
¼ cup water
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons lemon zest (optional)
juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup chopped yellow onion
2/3 -1 cup extra virgin olive oil
chopped fresh red chili (options for heat lovers)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh [...]

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Lemon Asiago Pesto

Makes 1 ½ c pesto.

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Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

Makes 1 cup pesto
Ingredients
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves (substitute basil if you cannot find lemon thyme)
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Finishing Salt
Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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Lemony Pesto Verde

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions
In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand [...]

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Linguica Sausage, Chicken, Lobster & Steamer Clams in Herb Butter & Lemony Pesto

Serves 9
Ingredients
Olive oil
2 cloves, garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon red chili pepper, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 pound baby potatoes, whole
1 pound linguica sausage, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces.
3 ears of corn cobs, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 dozen [...]

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Little Lemony Fried Anchovies or Bait fish with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound fresh anchovies or bait fish
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 thai chili, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
Oil for frying
Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce (recipe follows)
Lemon Wedges
Directions
First prepare the anchovies or baitfish by cutting or pulling off [...]

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Pan Fried (Herbal) Cod Tacos with “Baja Style” Spicy Purple Kale Pesto Sauce and Pickled Red Cabbage

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons salt
4 pieces of cod, local & sustainable
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Canola oil
Dried Red Chili
“Baja Style” Purple Kale Pesto Sauce (recipe follows)
Flour tortillas
Lime wedges
Directions
Place the shredded cabbage in [...]

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Pasta Basil Pine Nut Pesto over Zucchini

Makes 1 cup (sauce)
Ingredients
3 fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
½ cup of spinach
5 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons flax oil
4 tablespoons white miso
½ tablespoon garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt, use less at first
½ cup pine nuts
Directions
Put the basil and salt in the food processor. Pulse a few times to begin chopping the basil leaves.
Once the basil is chopped [...]

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Pasta with Pesto alla Siciliana

Italy is known for being a country filled with food influence and amazing cuisine and Sicily definitely holds its own in this area. There is a wide range of food power on this tiny island due to its proximity to its surrounding countries, Africa, Spain and Greece…

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Pesto Buttermilk Dressing

Makes approx 1 ½ cups

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Pesto Cream Sauce (Pesto Sauce Variation)

Pesto sauce variation…

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Pesto Mayonnaise

Makes 2 cups

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Pesto Pasta Carbonara

Serves 4-6
A classic recipe herbalized, just the way summer basil likes it!
Ingredients
10 ounces orecchiette or small shell pasta or pasta of choice, cooked
¼ cup fresh pesto (using herbs and pesto of your choice)
2 eggs (room temperature)
½ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
6 slices thick cut bacon
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
Directions
In a [...]

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Pistachio Tarragon Pesto Chicken Skewers

Serves 8
Wine Pairing: Syrah
Ingredients
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted natural pistachios
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 medium garlic clove, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
16 1-inch pieces red onion (1/3 inch thick)
16 1-inch squares red bell pepper
8 lemon slices, halved
1 pound chicken tenders (about 8 large)
8 metal or wooden skewers (soak in [...]

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Red Basil Ginger Almond Cinnamon Pesto

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 cups fresh red basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
½ cup almonds, toasted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup Almond oil
Salt
PREPARATION
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until everything is incorporated.
Season with salt to taste.

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Soy Nut Pesto

Makes 1 ½ c pesto.
Ingredients
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted soy nuts
2-3 cups chopped fresh basil leaves
¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix all ingredients with an immersion blender, blender or food processor until smooth.

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Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 medium spaghetti squash
½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted
2 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cups Asiago cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375°F.
With a knife, slice three to four little slits into each squash so it won’t explode while [...]

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Spring Asparagus & Mint Pesto with Chive Blossoms & Smoked Gouda

Makes 2 ½ cups pesto

Ingredients
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt
Baguette
Smoked gouda
Chive blossoms

Directions
Place all ingredients, [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

Serves 6
Ingredients
For spring vegetable minestrone
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can [...]

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Strawberry Mint Gin Mini Pesto Elixir

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn
Ingredients
1 cup simple syrup
½ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
3 fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about a half of a tablespoon of the [...]

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Trofie Al Pesto

Serves 6
Trofie is a simple rolled flour and water pasta widely seen in the Lingurian cuisine. It’s like Linguaria’s version of Gnocchi. It’s a hand rolled pasta typically served with pesto and because of the extreme labor intensity is generally served in small portions. Trofie is not widely available outside of Italy and is relatively [...]

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Tunisian Potato & Herb Salad with Harissa and Yogurt

Serves 6
Ingredients
2 pounds yellow potatoes, cooked and cubed or cut in approx ½ inch cubes (peels on or off)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Cracked black pepper
¼-½  cup extra virgin Olive Oil
Yogurt
Fresh Mint Harissa ( recipe follows)
Directions
Toss [...]

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Turkey Pesto Meatballs

Serves 6
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
1 pound ground turkey
2 cups fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup pine nuts, chopped
8-9 cloves garlic, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved for sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 egg
For the Sauce
Olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (reserved from meatballs)
2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Directions
To assemble meatballs, use hands to [...]

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Whole-Wheat Pesto Mozzarella Panini

Serves 6

Ingredients

Whole-wheat bread
Fresh mozzarella slices
Tomato slices
Salt
Basil sauce (recipe follows)
Olive oil

Directions

Place basil sauce on each side of the bread slices and on the basil sauce place sliced mozzarella and tomato, season with a little salt.
Combine the slices to form a sandwich and brunch the top side with olive oil. In a panini pan or cast [...]

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Wild Ramp-Basil Pesto

Makes approximately 1 cup
Ingredients

¼ pound of wild ramps, cleaned and ends trimmed and chopped
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup toasted walnuts
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Directions

In a blender place the ramps, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice and pulse a few times until it gets chopped up pretty [...]

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Wild Ramp-Basil Pesto & Whole Wheat Pappardelle

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

¼ pound of wild ramps, cleaned, ends trimmed and chopped
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup toasted walnuts
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt
1 pound whole wheat pappardelle, cooked

Directions

In a blender place the ramps, basil, lemon zest, lemon juice and pulse a few times until it gets chopped up pretty [...]

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Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
15 medium yellow tomatoes cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
15 shrimp, tail on and cleaned
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup cilantro pesto, [...]

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Yemini Zhug with Grilled Halloumii

Serves 6
Ingredients
½  teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon rainbow pepper corns, toasted
1 cardamom pod, cracked and toasted
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½  teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic
2 cups cilantro leaves
4 -6 hot green chilies, chopped (any type is fine- Serrano, jalapeño, cayenne a combination of them all [...]

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