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Stop and Smell the Basil…

We live in a fast-paced world. Sometimes, we need to just slow down and take a moment to appreciate the beauty around us.

As I walked through the market a few days ago, I smelled basil. I, personally, have a problem of going to the market and buying many things that are not on my grocery list, causing me to go over budget. However, I took a moment and smelled the sweet smell of fresh basil. I was instantly inspired to make pesto.

Pesto is a raw sauce that can be used to spice up pasta, soups, or even mashed potatoes. I used a food processor, but it is traditionally made with a granite mortar and pestle. You don’t really need a recipe for pesto. Just add however much of the ingredients that you like for the texture you like.


Author: Vallery
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. My easy way: Put everything in the food processor and pulse until mixed. Traditional way: Grind with a mortar and pestle.
  2. I like to put my pesto over whole wheat pasta, and top with grated cheese.

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about vallery

I am a lawyer-turned-baker. 
I left my 9-5 office job because I wanted to create recipes, videos, and most of all—Bake! I won the Great American Baking Show, and my debut cookbook Life Is What You Bake It contains some of the winning recipes! My motto is simple: When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd. We have the power to turn tart situations into sweet ones, and it’s my mission to teach people how.



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