Tonight we had plans to carve pumpkins.
But first, wine.
We had a very affluent basil plant this year. What better way to use up the end of the crop than by making pesto? On a related note, how are we still harvesting from our garden at the end of October?!
Pesto always seems so 'fancy' to me, but it's really quite easy to make. And it freezes well...it'll be nice to taste our summer basil in the dead of winter!
makes 1 cup
2 c fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 c pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
1/4 c olive oil (I like to use less oil than most recipes)
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over medium heat, tossing often. Remove from heat when slightly golden. (Watch out, they will burn quickly!)
3. Add the oil and blend until smooth.
4. Once combined, stir in the parmesan cheese and taste for salt & pepper.
Note: Use immediately or store in an airtight container. It should hold up for a couple of days in the fridge or a couple of months in the freezer. The basil will blacken when exposed to air, so either top with a layer of olive oil or plastic wrap (directly touching the pesto) before putting away.
We enjoyed the pesto as a sauce for spaghetti squash, which we topped with a fresh, albeit orange, tomato and a bit more parmesan cheese.
And then guess what was on TV...It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!!!
I was giddy, grinning ear to ear. I just love the Charlie Brown movies! I think Kate may have been laughing at me, but I was too busy swooning over Snoopy dressed like a World War I Flying Ace to notice.
Berries tossed in sugar
I like how they suggested pressing half of the crumble mixture in the bottom of the pan like a crust.
Layer on the berries.
Sprinkle on the remaining crumble mixture.
Bake until golden and bubbly.
With some whipped topping, if I may!
I'm totally having this for breakfast tomorrow. But with yogurt instead of whipped topping. Yum!
While this was baking, I got to work on my Halloween costume. I'm going to a Halloween party tomorrow night and am really excited to show you what I made. But it will have to wait because I want it to be a surprise!
So, we never actually got to carving our pumpkins tonight. But I think the wine, pesto, triple berry crisp, a homemade Halloween costume, and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown totally make up for it. Pumpkin carving on Saturday!