. September 24, 2020.

Pesto is the single best use of our huge basil plants!  It is easy, delicious, and easily adapted.

We are giving our basic recipe, suggesting changes and mentioning a few uses for Pesto.


  • 2-3 big handfuls of clean basil leaves
  • ⅓ C. Toasted pine nuts
  • ½ C. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut in half
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh lemon juice
  1. Place basil leaves, pine nuts, cheese and garlic in a food processor bowl. Roughly chop with off and on button.
  2. Slowly add olive oil through the feeder tube, with the processor turned on, until the density you want is achieved. You will probably use at least ½ C of olive oil)
  3. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl sides and then taste for salt.  The amount of salt depends on your taste and the salty taste of the Parmesan.  Generally, ½ t. Is sufficient. At the same time, add ½ t. pepper.
  4. Process quickly, scrape and taste.  Brighten the flavor with fresh lemon juice- we like the juice of ½ lemon.
  5. Process quickly and either use or refrigerate in a clean container until you are ready to use and then bring to room temperature by sitting on the counter.  Do not heat.  
  6. If freezing, do not add cheese until defrosted. (awe just freeze basil and make the pesto later with frozen leaves.


  • Use walnuts instead of pine nuts. 
  • Add a small handful of mint.
  • Add a small bit of cream to the pesto before serving.
  • Serve with additional parmesan cheese.
  • Serve with diced tomatoes


  • Mixed with pasta – we think angle hair is best.
  • Marinade for chicken.
  • Topping for flank steak.
  • On pizza.
  • As a dipping sauce.
  • On a sandwich.
  • Presented to a friend as a gift.


Fall Festivities 2020 Round Up

Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean we need to hunker down for winter just yet. There are plenty of fun fall activities just starting to kick off around the area. So get outside, enjoy the beauty of autumn, and explore some of the Toledo area! Toledo Fall Festival at Ottawa Park 2532

Go Digital!

Changing communications with COVID-19 You’ve texted (and occasionally even Face-timed) your friends, children and grandchildren countless times, and perhaps you have participated in an occasional Zoom event. But those modes of communication just don’t replace the face-to-face time and personal contacts that have been removed from our lives due to the pandemic.  But,  technology may

Autumn Adventures within Driving Distance

After a lazy summer soaking in the sun, gardening and afternoon swims, let’s look forward to the joys of changing seasons.  Approaching the time of pumpkin patches and chrysanthemums, cinnamon donuts and cider, changing leaves and crisp air — fall means a trip on the open road to witness the changes across the countryside. We

Mature Living Recipes

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Demi-Glace Butter I made this Food and Wine recipe recently as it stood out in a recent issue of the magazine and certainly caught the attention of my lamb-loving Greek husband. Overall, it was a hit, but I will change a few of the instructions next time. A rack of