Basil

Fabulous Cilantro Pesto

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Ingredients

 

  • 1 (16 ounce) package farfalle pasta
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and return water to a boil. Cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain well.
  2. In an electric food processor or blender, blend cilantro, garlic, vinegar, Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, nuts, and salt. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil, and blend the pesto. Add more olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Pour pesto in a small saucepan and warm over low heat, stirring constantly, until pesto begins to simmer. Pour over cooked pasta and toss.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

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Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • skewers

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.
  2. Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

Basil-Cinnamon Peaches

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 strips lemon zest (1-by-2-inch strips; see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 3-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 3 ripe but firm medium peaches, halved lengthwise and pitted
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine water, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and cinnamon stick in a large nonreactive saucepan (see Note); bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves. Add peach halves. Return to a brisk simmer, cover the pan and simmer, turning the peaches occasionally, until they are tender when pierced with a skewer or paring knife and the skins are loosened, 20 to 25 minutes (depending on the ripeness of the peaches). Transfer the peaches to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  2. Return the liquid to a boil and cook until reduced to about 3/4 cup, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in basil and let cool to room temperature, about 40 minutes.
  3. Slip off and discard the peach skins. Place the peaches in a storage container and strain the cooled syrup over them. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.

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