Monster noodles are back on our regular meal agenda, with one small addition. I don't often have quite enough ingredients on hand (despite shopping for things specifically- it's easy to dip into stuff that's meant for something else) to complete a big bowl of pesto, and lately I've been doing this thing to stretch my pesto that is making my life pretty goddamn awesome. KEEP IN MIND, that if you are a pesto purist, this is an abomination unto the lord, but I find it seriously delicious.
Take your normal pesto recipe, (which should be something like, basil, one clove of garlic, olive oil, parmesan, some nuts like walnuts or pinenuts, lemon juice, and salt & pepper) boil your noodles, and then spoon about half a cup of plain whole milk yogurt into a bowl. Scoop a small amount of pasta water out after the pasta is done cooking, dump it in with the yogurt and use it to thin it out a little, then dump that into the pesto and mix it around, and TA DA. Creamy pesto. Picture me, the super hippie, with small woodland creatures nesting in my armpit hair as I dig into my bowl of whole wheat spaghetti with creamy yogurt pesto, made with fresh basil, kale, and some chard from my own garden. DON'T HATE, PLAYERS. It tastes really good.
Speaking of my garden, I was looking up information about growing carrots last night when I realized I have not been thinning my carrots nearly enough. They were practically growing on top of each other so I pulled up a bunch of wee little babies to make room for the big carrots to grow.
I ate a couple of the bigger ones and they were delicious. I am transported by homegrown carrots, y'all. That is the #1 garden treat that I remember from my childhood, second only to fresh green beans off the vine, but it's too early in the season for those yet. Snap peas don't really compare. I'm thinking about taking all the thinnings and pickling them whole. I'll get back to you on that.
Additionally, I came home to this on my dining room table today:
This Frankie's Spuntino cookbook made its way home with my husband today, and tomorrow night we're going to some kind of fancy book release event as part of our date night? I actually am not 100% sure what the event is all about, but it's at my husband's job and it sounds like it's going to be cool. This cookbook is glorious, by the way. I think it's styled after vintage field guides, and I'm really into the illustrations and just the size and cover and gold leaf, it's really a beautiful book. Fuck you, Kindle. Books are pretty and they smell good. And don't give you cancer.
Finally, we had dinner with some old friends tonight, and the served us up (among other things) some nice little cookies. I thought they deserved mention because they're a recipe taken from another blogger, Soule Mama.
I think it was this recipe and the general consensus was that they tasted more like gingersnaps or graham crackers than coffee, but they were good and I enjoyed the texture, they reminded me of these.
Anyway. Portland was beautiful today, I've been eating really amazing food, seeing really amazing people, and this week marks the first consecutive 2 days off I've had since I started my new job, so I feel pretty goddamn rejuvenated right now. I HAVE TO GO START A LOAF OF NO-KNEAD FOR A SWAP TOMOMORROW (I'll be getting some strawberry-ginger-rosemary jam from a friend & I'm bringing her a loaf in trade).
(p.s. yeah, I had a couple of glasses of wine tonight, by the way)