Farmers Markets in New York City are entirely full of charm, of story, culture, accents, smells, freshest ingredients, homemade this, homegrown that. I watched a film recently in which the chef decided/created/imagined his dishes while at the market. Collecting and gathering ingredient combinations he wouldn’t have invented otherwise. A plethora of options, colors, smells, and flavors.
Locally, on Saturdays we have a farmers market on the corner edge of our neighborhood park. Whilst taking a stroll through, scanning the crowds, booths, produce, and flowers… I had not planned on buying anything, since we were on our way to Manhattan. But as I walked past the basil, I could. not. resist. The fragrance exceptional, even nostalgic. Spicy, smooth, sharp.
With Scott, our brother-in-law, visiting us in Brooklyn, it was a combined effort to take these pretty greens home and put them to use. You see, Scott happens to be exceptional at food prep – specifically chopping, and the proper use of knives in the kitchen.
Let me tell you, it is an extremely useful skill to have! I just learned 3 very basic (and fun!) chopping techniques from him. Rock-chop, tap-chop, and cross-chop. We had so much fun making basil together!
fresh parmesan cheese
*no measurements for this one, guys – chop and add until you’re satisfied! if you’re ingredients are fresh, you can’t screw this one up.
I used “cross-chop” for the entire recipe. (Scott, *my hand model* showed me this youtube to learn the chop techniques)
Start with plucking a big handful of basil leaves. Cross-chop it up. The longer you go, the finer it’ll get.
Drizzle in some olive oil.
Grab a handful of fresh parmesan and slivered almonds – cross chop like it’s your job.
I wish it WAS my job!
Pour in more olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Mix it up and toss with pasta, or spread it on a sandwich. Can’t go wrong – I even just dipped crackers in this stuff. Tasted amazing.
A very special thanks to Scott, the knife expert, knowledge enthusiast, avid reader, frisbee-ist (that a word?), genius airplane pilot, who is well seasoned in physics and american history, and ALWAYS learning something new on purpose. You inspire me!
from my Tiny Kitchen,
7 thoughts on “Almond Parmesan Pesto”
Great post. I would like to repost it to the Farmers Market Finds blog. Please let me know if that would be ok.
Thank you, and absolutely!
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I will of course give you credit, link to your page and let you know when it will post. Thank you!
We will be posting your recipe tomorrow on Farmers Market Finds! Thank you again for sharing!
Wonderful, thank you!