Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More Cupid

I never really loved pesto until I started making it with cashews or pistachios. I guess I'd only eaten the jarred stuff. I don't mind pine nuts, but they're not usually in my pantry. Making it fresh is such a taste difference. I used basil, cashews, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. Just whir everything together in a food processor. It's okay on pasta, but I prefer it on toast. With a gooey egg on top. It only keeps a day or so in the fridge, but it freezes nicely.

My dollar store candy dish is filled with caramel filled kisses. They might last until Valentine's Day. I've been busy crafting for my loves.

Monday, I made these Funeral Sandwiches. Awful name, no? I wonder if they're called that because you make and marinate them beforehand and then pop them in the oven when you're close to serving. I used some rolls I made (and burned the top of). Someone cranked my oven when I wasn't looking. I used turkey, swiss, and cheddar, but I kept the sauce the same. I halved the sauce for this amount.

To go with the sammies, I made tomato soup in the crock pot using leftover Great Northern beans, canned tomatoes, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, bay leaf, and smoked paprika. To finish, you puree everything and add some milk for creaminess. It was pretty good and made a ton.

I went through my orphan blocks and thought about making a Valentine quilt. Have you ever seen V's Kitchen Sink quilt? She's a master at them. Me, not so much. I would need a lot more blocks. And that trio of hearts on the left was supposed to be a table runner.

A little lava lamp action. The kids had to have these years ago, and now I enjoy them. They remind me of my grandmother. She had one in the 1970s and I was mesmerized by it.


  1. Hate you as always. Wanted to make pesto yesterday but the grocery store was out of basil. aagh. you'll have a great Kitchen Sink quilt but you need a bunch more blocks!

  2. Well now I am hungry and may actually have to stop reading posts and eat breakfast! I agree with Tonya--you have a great start of a kitchen sink Valentine's Day themed quilt!

  3. My new favorite pesto: cilantro, parmesan, olive oil, raw unsalted cashews, kosher salt. Yum yum yum! I like it on a sandwich with swiss cheese, or in a chicken casserole I make that has a cornbread-like crust--and which my 10-year-old won't eat.

  4. I make pesto all summer with my fresh basil but I never have pine nuts so I use walnuts or even pecans. And sometimes I don't have enough basil so I use parsley or spinach or whatever else is green and handy. ;) p.s. Those funeral sandwiches look good and now I want some tomato soup to combat this rain we're getting all day...


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