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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #330 on: July 23, 2012, 10:03:22 AM »
Hey Ron, those black berries look great! 

Do your plants have thorns?
Mine are absolutely wicked and I swear reach out to grab you!
Just getting berries now.





On another front, it is pesto time around here:



I am a bit trashy and have no pine nuts. ???  Is that critical?

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #331 on: July 23, 2012, 10:11:09 AM »
Nice basil and garlic!!

IMO it's critical to include a nut.

You can use pecans, almonds or walnuts. Macadamia nuts would be nice. Maybe even cashews. What I wouldn't use is peanuts.

The not quite pesto will be good without nuts but more like a chimchurri sauce. Nice on meat.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #332 on: July 23, 2012, 12:03:31 PM »
pine nuts
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #333 on: July 23, 2012, 12:18:31 PM »
IMO it's critical to include a nut.

I might be able to steal some cashews out of the backpacking gorp bag... ???

Probably don't need too many aye?  I always end up overloading with the garlic.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #334 on: July 23, 2012, 12:41:30 PM »
volume wise, I like to have about as much nuts as packed basil leaves. I use walnuts cause they are cheap and pine nuts are really pretty neutral flavour wise.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #335 on: July 23, 2012, 02:26:53 PM »
volume wise, I like to have about as much nuts as packed basil leaves. I use walnuts cause they are cheap and pine nuts are really pretty neutral flavour wise.

I disagree.  The flavor of the pine nuts are subtle but distinct.  They make the difference between a good pesto and a GREAT pesto.  They cost me $17.95/3lbs at Costco.  Three pounds makes a lot of pesto.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #336 on: July 23, 2012, 02:34:28 PM »
Probably don't need too many aye?  I always end up overloading with the garlic.
easy-peel hardneck is just way too easy. 8)

Eh?  Overloading garlic?  What means overloading garlic?  Fare non capirne.   ;)

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #337 on: July 23, 2012, 04:38:37 PM »
volume wise, I like to have about as much nuts as packed basil leaves. I use walnuts cause they are cheap and pine nuts are really pretty neutral flavour wise.

Holy crap.  1 to 1 with basil?  geez.  i might be screwed and be on the way to euges chimchurri!
I did confess that I was trashy. :-[

Eh?  Overloading garlic?  What means overloading garlic?  Fare non capirne.   ;)

 ;D, basically, when all you taste is garlic....that means garlic overload.
Heh, not saying that is a bad thing... ;) Man would you love some of the heads I have from this harvest.

Cheers to growing your own. 
Maybe next year will be a pinyon pine nut year here. 8)

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #338 on: July 23, 2012, 06:15:33 PM »
My favorite pesto I've ever made used pistachios. I made it plenty thick too. It was fantastic as a crust on grilled chicken. If you're looking for something different to try with your pesto I highly recommend it.
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« Reply #339 on: July 23, 2012, 06:45:24 PM »
A food Nazi friend of mine insists it isn't pesto unless it has pine nuts in it. I disagree. Maybe it isn't classic pesto but the Italians are famous for cooking with what is available or in season. A very pragmatic way of cooking.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #340 on: July 23, 2012, 09:16:44 PM »
A food Nazi friend of mine insists it isn't pesto unless it has pine nuts in it. I disagree. Maybe it isn't classic pesto but the Italians are famous for cooking with what is available or in season. A very pragmatic way of cooking.

thanks euge.  Italians don't need any food Nazis. :D

I love me some pragmatic design and cooking with what is available and in season. 
Imma find some kinda nuts.

I hate to actually spend any coin on this.
Costco man?  I thought for sure you might be using some kinda palm nut?
Come on man.
Subtle regionalism is cool. ;)


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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #341 on: July 23, 2012, 10:05:21 PM »
I think macadamia nuts would help make an awesome pesto. I have a pecan tree in my backyard and my neighbor grows a butt-load of cilantro in the cool months. Guess what I use to make pesto...?

I've grown onion successfully and will try garlic this fall? Keep looking at the pinnah's garlic and now must include this in my efforts!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #342 on: July 24, 2012, 07:49:40 AM »
It's not REALLY pesto unless you use a pestle and morter to make it. I don't use a pestle and morter to make mine anymore. I love mixing it up with pesto. I also like cilantro pesto. bitter greens like arugala, sorrel, mustard, even mixed leaf salad makes a really nice pesto. I like the pistachio idea. might have to try that next time I get the little green guys in my CSA.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #343 on: July 24, 2012, 11:59:40 AM »
It's not really beer unless you use saliva enzymes to convert the grain starches.   ::)
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Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #344 on: July 24, 2012, 04:05:50 PM »
Hey Ron, those black berries look great! 

Do your plants have thorns?
Mine are absolutely wicked and I swear reach out to grab you!
Just getting berries now.

No...my blackberry canes don't have thorns.  Good thing though. :)
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