Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Pesto and a Cheese Curd or Two

I happened to look outside yesterday evening to see this beautiful sunset, so I snapped a picture so y'all could enjoy it to. Isn't it amazing?

So here's the pesto pasta process from dinner I told you about.
See yesterday's post for the recipe link.

The verdict:  We both like it. We didn't love it, but we liked it. Something in there tasted slightly bitter, and I'm not sure what it was. All I could taste was basil and lemon. Maybe I'll use less basil next time and not zest the whole lemon...and add more garlic. I had a couple of bites a few minutes ago straight out of the fridge cold, and it tasted about the same. The recipe says you can serve it chilled or warm.

I printed out another Basil Pesto recipe earlier in the week. I'm going to try it too next time I get to the grocery store to get the ingredients.

I forgot that I got these cheese curds yesterday at Target too. Target is the only place I've seen them. They're over in the produce in the specialty cheese section. I'd never even eaten a cheese curd until a few months ago, and these are just delicious. A small handful of these with an apple or some green olives is a yummy snack.

I have nothing on the crochet front. I didn't pick up a hook yesterday at all because my shoulder decided to flare up, big-time, right after I posted. I have no idea what I did to aggravate it. Today it's not throbbing, but I'm being very careful not to use that arm much at all so I don't irritate it again. I sure am bored not being able to crochet.


  1. Beautiful sunset! Thanks for sharing. Glad you liked the pesto pasta; I'm not sure if I could get past the color. Cheese curds? Wow, never tried those but now I'm intrigued. I don't go to Target much but I may have to. I hope your shoulder feels better soon.

  2. Thanks for sharing that beautiful sunset. I love it.

    Your pesto will be tweaked here and there and you'll love it not just like it!

    Cheese curds are a favorite item for our house. We get them at the farmers markets or whenever we goto Dairyland: wisconsin

    Poor shoulder! Ice it!! Hope your hooking again soon

  3. Amazing sunset. Such wonderful colours. Hope you can crochet soon.

  4. That is a beautiful, beautiful sunset. Thanks for sharing it with us northerners who only see snow and fog these days. :-) The cheese curds sound yummy. I had them once and loved them but they aren't easy to find. I'll have to give Target a try. The pesto pasta? Not so much. The green color does me in every time.

  5. Beautiful and yummy post. Hope you feel great soon!
    God bless

  6. Spectacular sunset! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  7. oh what a stunner, right out of GOD's coloring book, thank you for sharing. We like Pesto here, I make when we can get fresh from the garden. A little goes a long way, and I also freeze mine in ice cube trays and dispense as necessary. Do you put Olive Oil, and Parmesean cheese, and whatever you do don't forget the garlic.. Your banner is lovely, who can resist beautiful doilies?

  8. Wonderful sunset photograph!

    Pesto always looks so good to me, but I have never had it. Can it be made with any nut other than pine nuts (had them once and didn't care for them). Everything else in the ingredients sounds so good to me.

    I have never had cheese curds, either, but they sure look like they would be good. I've never seen them around here (St. Louis, Missouri). They are something I will be keeping an eye out for.

    Take it easy with your shoulder. I hope it will heal quickly.

  9. If I remember the recipe you used it said you could use the all of the Basil including the stems? Is that is correct that may be a problem. When I use fresh basil I get rid of the stems. It takes awhile to cut them out, but I do, because I think it changes the taste to bitter.

  10. Pretty sunset! The pasta looked yummy! Oi sure hope your shoulder settles down so you can crochet!!
    I feel rotten. Want to sleep, but can't breathe!
    XO Kris

  11. I love pesto and pasta... So delicious. I have only eaten cheese curds once at the Tillamok factory, here in the northwest. I thought it was ok ... Will have to try it again. Love the sunset... What a gorgeous picture.

  12. I agree with all your lovely blogging friends, beautiful pic :)) I love pasta, should have been born an Italian LOL...
    Hugs pat:))

  13. Cheese Curds are so Wisconsin, you must be rooting for the Packers today. So sorry about your shoulder, I had that small injury last weekend and it was not fun. Take good care of yourself.

  14. Beautiful sunset! I have never tried a cheese curd before. Do they taste like regular cheese? (I can hear the Wisconsin folks shaking their head). No need for me to even attempt the pesto at my house. Too many rednecks!

  15. Hi Pammy Sue!!

    I've never had Pesto before. Cheese curds are the best!!! I love eating them straight out of the bag. Sometimes hubby will buy a small bag and we'll eat them on our way back home from a trip in the city. I also love them in Poutine!!! Poutine is French fries, cheese curds and gravy. The cheese just melts and it's so yummy. Some places put Mozzarella instead but it's not a true Poutine.

  16. Hi Pammy Sue - I have a simple pesto recipe for you. Put 1 cup basil leaves,2 cloves chopped garlic, 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, and a little more than 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese in blender and chop. Slowly add1/2 cup good quality olive oil and blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like it a little thinner, you can add some cream when you're heating it. It's so delicious and not at all bitter.
    Now that I have the recipe out, I think I'll have to make some myself!

  17. Looks yummy! Everything tastes better with cheese, IMO, though I've never tried curd.

  18. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!...I love beautiful sunsets!!

  19. I think I could make pesto and cheese curds into their own food groups!! so yummy :-)
    Cheese curds are a Eastern Canada, North-east Mid-west US thing too, which is probably why many have never heard of or had them!


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