One of the great joys of mine is being able to create meals with fresh ingredients. I started gardening some years ago and it gives me great joy to be able to harvest fruits and vegetables and enjoy the freshness as I eat them. Growing up in Trinidad it was very normal to have fresh fruits and vegetables to eat. My grandmother would harvest vegetables like eddoes out of the ground and immediately cook them for us to eat. She even had chickens running around that I am sure I ate at some point after playing with them.

I learned about basil a few years ago after never eating it all my life – it smells great. Then, I learned that basil is used to make pesto sauce so I decided to give it a try. I get a really good harvest from my basil plants which makes it possible for me to make enough pesto to last me until the next year. I am not a fan of nuts in my food so I opted to skip the pine nuts. My pesto consists of basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper.

All the ingredients are combine together using my Vitamix blender which makes quick work of blending the ingredients into a creamy pesto sauce. I’ve used the pesto sauce in my pasta meals as well as on baked chicken cutlets. How do you use your pesto sauce?

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