My outdoor basil plant is truly out of control. Unruly, wild, and nearly untamable. Kind of like my hair right now. Since there’s rain in this weekend’s forecast, I’m going to do something about the abundance of these herbs. PESTO.
2 cups fresh basil (remove the stems)
½ cup pine nuts
3-4 cloves of raw garlic, minced
1/3 cup good extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Puree in food processor. Serve over gnocci.
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I followed this recipe exactly, except for the parsley. It took be about an hour to make because I cleaned up as I cooked. I recommend serving with homemade mashed potatoes.
- 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 2 ounces all-purpose flour, divided (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
- 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons drained capers
- 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Place 1 teaspoon flour in a small bowl, and place remaining flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle both sides of chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour in shallow dish; shake off excess.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
- Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until liquid almost evaporates, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup broth to reserved 1 teaspoon flour; stir until smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth to pan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half (about 5 minutes). Stir in flour mixture; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, juice, and capers. Place 1 chicken breast half on each of 4 plates; top each serving with about 2 tablespoons sauce. Sprinkle each serving with about 2 teaspoons parsley.
Julianna Grimes, Cooking Light
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3 tbsp honey
Dice the avocado, and mash together with a fork. It came out a bit chunky (ew) for me, so I recommend using a blender.
Leave on for 20 or more minutes. Rinse off gently with cold water. My face feels brand new!
(the orange juice I used happened to be fresh blood orange juice, which I had in my fridge)
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