The wait is over!

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Waiting for tomatoes is harder than waiting for Christmas! This year I planted the wee plants and walked away. No cages. No pinching. No fussing. Just good soil, h2o, and a yank or two on the mega weeds. I have a forest of tomatoes with little to no disease! Ditto for basil.

20130804-190909.jpgGreen mass of untamed tomato plants! Better that the brown mess I usually get.

Pesto here we come. Freezes great!

2-3 cloves garlic
1cup nuts of choice (I use walnuts)
Chop up in processor

Add 2 cups jammed of basil and whiz together.

Drizzle olive oil in until it is the consistency you like. I tend to keep it thick like a spread for warm fresh bread. If I want to add to pasta as a sauce I just add extra olive oil to the pasta as I stir in the pesto. Also a touch of the pasta water makes the sauce super moist and creamy.

Add 1/2 cup parmesan or more if you like salty cheesiness. Might need to readjust the amount of olive oil. Whiz up a little and your done!

I freeze it in little throw away plastic containers. If keeping some in fridge, drizzle a thin layer of olive oil on top to keep from browning.

20130804-191205.jpgPesto pasta salad.

20130804-191809.jpggarden friend

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