• Zoe @Z's Cup of Tea

    posted on August 8, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I love basil – it works so well in just about everything. I hear you on how it grows, too: it’s just wild! I had a couple basil plants some years ago and it just grew and grew.


  • Lauren

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Basil just screams summer to me – but I certainly enjoy pesto year-round. I like your idea of using both walnuts and pine nuts in this recipe – I’ve used them separately before, but the combination must be even better!


  • SnoWhite

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I tried making pesto for the first time last summer and made it successfully without nuts! So, if anyone else out there has a nut allergy and wants to try pesto, it is possible to make it nut-free!

    Thanks for a great recipe, Amy. Hoping you rest a little and feel peace in the midst of changes.


  • Tracee

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I keep waiting for life to get “normal” too. But I remember times in my life when I felt I needed a little “pizzaz”, I haven’t felt that way in awhile. So it goes both ways I suppose. Maybe the word “normal” has gotten confused with the word “vacation”.


  • Molly Painter

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Beautiful analogy about growing without reservation, like basil. But even positive experiences can create a little unexpected “stress.” Good luck with your changes, Amy – can’t wait to see your new book!


  • abbie

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I sincerely know what you mean by hanging out in comfy, familiar navy pjs. I too like to have a sense of grounding especially in the face of change. I hope you find a bit of calm and peace as it all keeps rolling in. If I even know you a tiny bit, I know your enthusiastic, and life-loving spirit will handle it all with grace and deft. Oh, and many thanks for the pesto suggestions. I’ve been missing pesto a little since going gluten-free and not eating as much pasta. :)


  • Alisa

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Lately life has been screaming for downtime, hasn’t it?

    It has been so long since I have had pesto, must make!


  • cheryl

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    great minds! I made pesto this weekend and we had it on mahi mahi for dinner.


  • Jenn/CinnamonQuill

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I know what you mean about hearty basil plants; this year, my tomato plants didn’t even bloom, but the basil has taken off (last year it was the exact opposite). I have never thought to combine pesto with yogurt to make a dip. It sounds so good! Thank you for the idea; will try it soon!


  • Ricki

    posted on August 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I had no idea that basil becomes more peppery if you don’t clip it enough! I love pesto. We just had it this evening in another of my favorite ways–as a base on pizza. Mmm!


    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, My avid-gardening friend told me that you have to trim your herbs regularly of they get stronger and if they bloom then the flavor is totally off. I could be wrong but it’s a good explanation for my pesto being so potent. :)


  • Tawra@Living On A Dime

    posted on August 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I had forgot about making Pesto for a GF diet. I’ve only been doing this since March and hubby is trying it this week.

    Chicken and rice is starting to get old. :-) I will have to make some pesto.


  • Alex@A Moderate Life

    posted on August 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Ames!!!! HUGE HUGS! I stopped by for the tuesday link up and saw this post and i needed to come in and give you a big hug and a bit of wisdom…see, my basil plants got eaten by slugs this year and they are not tenacious and powering through! What i want to POINT out to you is that a basil plant can only do what you are talking about if the environment it is IN has been set up so it can do those things. YOU have set up an environment for yourself where you actually feel OK with change! That is wonderful because you can grow and learn and expand and move forward where a lot of other folks stay rooted in one place. Embrace that weird feeling…it IS life! You are doing great girlfriend and I love to watch you grow! :) alex


  • Alta

    posted on August 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Love your analogies in this post – basil, PJs…and I love your basil pesto. Pesto is great – I love to make a bunch with basil at the end of the season and freeze it!


  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on August 12, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I didn’t know that pruning basil changes the taste – GOOD TO KNOW! I am looking forward to making pesto – I have so much arugula and I am planning to make pesto out of that as well!


  • Aubree Cherie

    posted on August 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    This sounds so tasty! I love that you added walnuts and pine nuts :)

    ~Aubree Cherie


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