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Make the Most of Your Favorite Summer Herb with a Basil Pesto

During my Italian Lunch cooking class today, we made ricotta gnocchi with three sauces – marinara, pesto and butter sage.  While the marinara and butter sage sauces were quite delicious, the pesto made me appreciate the abundance of basil this time of year.  So, I share my recipe for basil pesto.

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Ingredients:

½ cup pignoli (pine nuts)

10 stalks of fresh basil

3 cloves of garlic

½ cup parmesan cheese

6 tablespoons of softened butter (yes, this recipe is a rich one!)

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

Remove the basil leaves from the stalks and place them in a food processor.  Add the pine nuts, garlic, cheese and butter and blend until it forms a paste.  Add the olive oil little by little as well as the salt and pepper to taste while blending the other ingredients.  Be sure to use a spatula to push down any ingredients stuck to the sides of the food processor in between your processing.  Toss the pesto with gnocchi or your favorite pasta – a little goes a long way!

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Time for Edible Flowers

Now that June is upon us, you are likely working on your gardens.   Herb garden or flower garden? Hanging baskets or clay pots?

In addition to using flowers to decorate your outdoor living space, consider bringing edible flowers into your kitchen to garnish dishes from main courses to desserts.  Try some nasturtium to brighten a salad or lavender to enhance the flavor of a dessert.

One of my favorite ways to use edible flowers is to add them to a gnocchi brodo just as the ricotta gnocchi float to the top of a boiling chicken stock.  Marigolds and day lilies provide bright, warm colors and an interesting texture to this soup.

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I will have to wait until later this summer for my favorite garnish to a gnocchi brodo – zucchini blossoms.  Simply slice the blossoms into strips and stir them into the brodo for their distinct flavor and color.

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Amada: Spanish Tapas with a View of the Atlantic

Please enjoy my May edition of The Judicial Palate – a review of Amada in Atlantic City.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association, a publication of the Delaware State Bar Association. Copyright © Delaware State Bar Association 2014.  All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.