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Romina’s Homemade Pesto

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One of my cooking goals is to become more comfortable with the general principles of how things are made.   To be able to throw something together like pesto without having to check a recipe first, or to understand the ingredients well enough in order to figure out my own creative twists.

My roommate made an amazing pesto today.  She loosely followed a recipe from the Food Network, but improvised a little.  Obviously I can’t give you the whole recipe here due to copyright concerns, but I still documented the process so you can get the general idea!

So: We started with fresh basil from our lovely basil plant.

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Basically, the recipe involves throwing the basil into a blender along with cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil.

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We used Parmesan cheese, although the recipe actually calls for pecorino cheese, which as I understand it is similar to Parmesan but a little sharper.  We’ll have to try that next time.

And then, we blended it:

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Voila.

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