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we carriy many additional items to complete and complement your favorite recipe such as:
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- Fresh Breads
- Fresh Chips &
- Parchment Paper
    (by the sheet)
- Seafood Utensils
and more.....

 Toasted Almond Pesto
  • I like the toasted almond flavor in combination with the fresh basil for a nice variation on the usual pesto
  • Great on fish or pastas
  • Make a double batch and freeze it in small containers for single dinner servings

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used 1/4 teaspoon of each)

  • Add all but olive oil to a food processer or blender, then blend into a coarse paste. While machine is running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Add salt and pepper. Let the pesto rest for 5 to 10 minutes so that the flavors have time to meld.
  • Pesto freezes well.
  • Pesto is easier to spread when it is at room temperature. If you have it stored in the refrigerator, let it warm up a bit first.
  • This recipe makes enough pesto to cover 2 to 3 pounds of fish or pasta. Enjoy!
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