Celebrate the Launch of the Good Neighbor with Pesto

What better way to celebrate the launch of The Good NeighborFireworks 2016  today (cue the fireworks!) than by sharing some of the August recipes from the book, beginning with – PESTO!

The Good Neighbor is Frankie and Sean’s story (characters I introduced in Summer of Fortune).

In this book, Sean moves into Augusta’s cabin while he searches for the daughter he gave up for adoption fifteen years ago, and struggles to come to terms with the fact that he just might not find her. How, then, can he stand to see Frankie and her father so estranged, when a simple phone call might be all it would take?

The Good Neighbor begins in August, and since Sean is an excellent cook and there are a lot of cooking and gardening references ,

PESTO seemed like the perfect choice of a recipe to feature on today’s blog. And let me tell you, good pesto made from freshly picked basil is truly a gift.

If you don’t grow basil in your garden (yet) or don’t have room for a garden, you can treat yourself to a meal of fresh pesto before the summer is over by buying a plant, sold at most grocers at this time of year.

The best ingredients make the best pesto.
The best ingredients make the best pesto.

Once you try pesto made in your own kitchen with garden fresh basil leaves, you will never go back to the store bought variety.

And it’s easy! Since tastes and ingredients vary (types of basil, sizes of cloves of garlic & lemons, amount of salt) every batch will be slightly different.

You be the final judge of exactly how much of each ingredient to add. And with these ingredients, how can you go wrong?

I will be featuring more recipes from The Good Neighbor  all week, so stay tuned.
To read the “meet scene” at the start of the book, click HERE to go to The Good Neighbor page.
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You can buy The Good Neighbor in eBook or paperback on Amazon, kobo, and nook.

And don’t forget, for this last, beautiful week of summer, Lake of Dreams is free in eBook form on online retailers until the end of August. See the sidebar. No excuses!

Happy eating, and good reading,

 Judy sig

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Print Recipe
Fresh Garden Pesto
Once you try delicious pesto made with garden fresh basil leaves in your own kitchen, you will never go back to the store bought variety.
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients in a blender. I love my Ninja blender because it has multiple blades up the shaft so that everything grind more evenly. Otherwise, scrape down the sides often.
  2. Then, turn off the blender and TASTE. This is the most important step! Let the ingredients move around in your mouth. Let your friends and family taste, because you'll want to share this with those you love. Add more of what's needed. Pine nuts can be prohibitively expensive, so on occasion I don't have any and have used walnuts instead. tastes fine.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap to keep out air and prevent discoloration until use. Mix with al dente spaghetti. Top with more pesto, grated parmigiano, or sun-dried tomatoes. Leftover pesto freezes well in tiny leftover dishes or ice cube tray.

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