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February 03, 2010


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If it makes you feel better here in Maine you sometimes get dirty looks at the table for being so difficult as ordering your dressing on the side. Your pesto looks beautiful.


That looks great. I like knowing what I get in my pesto sauce so I'll try this out!



wonderful pesto recipe :) You should not be afraid of pesto! Pesto is actually recommended to use as a sandwich spread or salad dressing because it is much better compared to cream based dressing/spreads.


Looks great. We use pesto on everything, eggs, sandwiches, pizza... a little goes a long way.

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie

Excellent pesto! So nice to make it the old fashioned way with mortar and pestle!


That Alice Waters book is a great one.

I wouldn't want to live in a world without pesto. Sometimes when you don't know what to cook for dinner, there is nothing like spaghetti with pesto.

shelly (cookies and cups)

I love pesto! This is awesome how you did it all with the mortar and pestle. I have only ever done it in the blender, but I imagine this was would be more fun :)


Pesto is one of my favorite sauces! I love your step by step pictures in the mortar and pestle - like some of your other readers, I've always blended it.

jenn (Bread + Butter)

I love pesto. I'd have it everyday if I could. Seriously. I usually make mine in a food processor, but I'd love to try it making a mortar and pestle. I bet it's got a bit more of a chunkier consistency.


I love your photos. Props to making it the old fashioned way! It's the best!

Joan Nova

Great pesto-making photolog. Admirable...I make mine in the Magic Bullet. :(

Rachel Cotterill

I love pesto so much - I could eat it every day!


I love homemade pesto and have only used the mortar/pestle to make it once. YUM.


How cool that you used a mortar and pestle! I never order pasta with pesto at a restaurant because they use so much oil and put so much on the pasta! Much better to make it yourself.


I am SO jealous of your mortal and pestle! I would LOVE to make pesto in such a manner. :) Looks delicious.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

This is beautiful. I love that you made it with a mortar and pestle instead of your food processor/blender. Your pictures are fantastic!


I absolutely love homemade pesto, espeically because you can control the amount of oil in it. But I have never made it by hand. I will have to try this method really soon.

Tangled Noodle

Came back from your Tuscan White Bean & Prosciutto salad post - this pesto is a key ingredient! Look at you, all mortaring and pestling your spectacular pesto, while the more wussy me would resort to a food processor. I recently had a weird reaction to pine nuts (my tastebuds went haywire and everything started tasting bitter) but I would totally risk it again for this!

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That looks great. I like knowing what I get in my pesto sauce so I'll try this out!

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