In the Kitchen: From Garden to Table Recipes

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Fresh Recipe | a block of parmesan and a grater

Get the most out of your new “fiesta garden” with these fun, fresh recipes.

 

Basil Pesto Pasta

Ingredients
Fresh Recipes | pasta in a bowl1 lb. spaghetti, linguine, or rigati pasta
4-6 cups of basil leaves (no stems or flowers) (divided)
2-4 cloves of garlic to taste
1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes (optional)
1/3 cup piÑon nuts
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese + additional for serving
1/2 cup olive oil (divided)
Salt to taste

1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to taste. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain well.

2

Place half of the basil leaves into the bowl of a food processor. Add garlic cloves, red pepper flakes (if using), piñon nuts, and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Pour over 1/4 cup olive oil over the mixture and pulse 5-6 times or until the basil is chopped into small pieces and is becoming paste-like.

3

Add the other half of the basil leaves, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup olive oil (adjust to your choice of texture and taste). Pulse the mixture another 5-6 times or until it is almost a paste. I prefer my pesto with larger leaf bits and less oil, so adjust to your preference.

4

Add the pesto to the prepared pasta and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately with cracked black pepper and shredded parmesan cheese.

Hot Pepper Infused Vodka

Ingredients
Fresh Recipes | peppers in a mason jar1 750 ml bottle of vodka
4-6 hot peppers (jalapeno, serrano, or habanero)
2 quart jars
Coffee filters or cheesecloth
Funnel

1

Wash peppers, then slice peppers in half. Be cautious with hot peppers. Wear gloves and wash your hands well to remove any pepper oil on your skin.

2

Place sliced hot peppers in the quart jars, dividing evenly between the jars. Pour half of the vodka in each jar. Save the bottle and cap. Place a canning or plastic lid on the quart jars.

3

Store the jars somewhere out of the sunlight. In 3-4 days, taste the hot pepper vodka for heat intensity. When it is spiced to your taste, strain the vodka through filters or cheesecloth into a jar. Discard the peppers.

4

Using the funnel lined with a filter or cheesecloth, pour the pepper vodka into the reserved vodka bottle. Cap the bottle and use for spicy cocktails.

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