It often feels like I blink and the weekends are gone. Distant memories before the sun has risen on Monday morning. As we settle in for the week ahead, I thought I'd share some things that haven been on my radar.
For starters, there's that garlic scape pesto you see above. I first fell hard for them last year, and adapted Dorie Greenspan's recipe, the big change being I swapped in pistachios for the walnuts. Pistachios have a lovely sweetness that helps temper the bracing bite of the young garlic. This year I decided to further discipline them with a quick turn on the grill. Wow!
I implore you all to give this a try too, and to keep things really easy, I just tossed it with some hot pasta for a simple, satisfying summer meal. In case you're wondering, it was an even split with the kids—Isabella in the nay camp, and Virginia asking for seconds.
Here's the base recipe. Just grill the garlic scapes until they're slightly charred before making the pesto.
Now onto some more Monday required reading.
- I love Amy's take on keeping that vacation vibe year-round.
- It's no secret how I feel about factory farming, and we all need to be concerned about why Big Ag wants to keep their secrets under lock and key. Thankfully, the ag-gag law didn't pass last week, but that doesn't mean they won't try again.
- No more boiling? This review of the Blue Chair Jam Cookbook on The Kitchn from last year caught my attention for the secret tip about using a 250ºF oven to seal jars of jam, instead of the traditional method using pots of boiling water. I don't have the book, and would love to hear thoughts from anyone who has tried this method.
- I've been on a crumble making craze, and rhubarb is a favortite of mine to pair with berries. If I can tear myself away for a moment, these rhurbarb-based drinks from Cheryl Arkison in the Calgary Herald sound lovely.
Be back in a few days with my recipe for quick homemade mayonnaise. I suspect it will come in handy with all the barbecues and picnics this time of year.