Thursday, September 18, 2014

When the Tea is Brought

When the tea is brought at five o'clock
And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
The little black cat with bright green eyes
Is suddenly purring there.

Harold Monro

Tea time is for everyone! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

An Apple-a-Day Pesto

The neighborhood is busy with apple harvest. Pickers are filling bins with juicy, red, Fuji apples. The bins fill the back of semi-trucks who haul them to a nearby packing plant. There's nothing like a tree ripened Fuji apple! Its juicy water-core indicates a sweet and ripe apple. Our friendly neighbors are generous with their apples, so it is a perfect time of year to prepare foods with this delicious fruit!

An Apple-a-Day Pesto

  • 1 1/2 cups basil leaves, fresh
  • 1 cup parsley, fresh
  • 1 cup Fuji apple, cored and quartered
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. apple juice concentrate
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest, fresh
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

Place basil, parsley, apple, almonds, and salt in food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Stop pulsing and add apple juice concentrate, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Pulse food processor and then slowly drizzle olive oil into mixture. When blended, place pesto in a serving bowl.

Serve with apple slices, crusty slices of bread, and crackers. If you like to double-dip, add a bowl of peanut butter! Enjoy with tea!