I bake bread for my family every week. Home baking is not that hard, not that time consuming, and certainly cheap! You don't need a bread machine or a lot of fancy equipment. This blog features a tutorial on home bread baking, tips on equipment and ingredients, and recipes for real home cooking.

Basil Pesto

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This is fast to make. Grind up the pesto while the water for the pasta is coming to a boil.
  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts or shelled walnuts
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound Fettucine or Spaghetti
  1. Start heating the pasta water
  2. Place the basil, nuts, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor, or chop these ingredients by hand with a sharp knife. If you are using a machine, pour in the olive oil and process until you have a smooth paste. If you are using a knife, chop as finely as possible, then transfer to a bowl and blend in the olive oil. (If you want to freeze pesto, stop here and put your pesto into small jars, coat the top with a little more oil, and then put it in the freezer.)
  3. Transfer to a bowl and blend in the cheese.
  4. When the water comes to a boil, salt it and then add the pasta. Heat a serving dish. When the pasta is cooked, transfer it to the serving dish. Blend a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water into the basil mixture, and then toss the pasta with the basil pesto.
We also use pesto as a sauce on "Green Pizza".

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There's more to food than just nutrition, otherwise we would all be eating custom-formulated kibble. I didn't exactly learn to bake from my grandmother, but my ancestors, even the ones I never met, have informed and influenced my lifelong exploration of cooking and food. Want to read more? Check out this entry from my home blog, French Road Connections