Pesto Pasta

Summer means I am in the mood for fresh-tasting foods. My basil plant got kind of sad while I was gone (no water, lots of sun) so I had to buy some basil from the store to make this dish. One thing I did not have to buy was pine nuts, surprisingly. You can actually use other nuts instead of pine nuts, so I substituted some hazelnuts that had been sitting around (and I had the exact amount, too–talk about good luck!).

This is an easy throw-together dish, assuming you have the ingredients. For pesto, you can make different substitutions and just get different flavor profiles. I decided to stick with the basic basil for my greenery, but you could use other herbs or even something like spinach.

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Sparkling (Wine) Blackberry Sorbet

Do you want a boozy summer treat? This is perfect for you, assuming you are of legal drinking age. Technically you boil off some of the alcohol, but there is still plenty left in the final product.

For my birthday, I received The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz and have been loving all of the ideas in it. I wanted to make something special for my and K’s one year wedding anniversary, so even though I posted the cheesecake, this is the real dessert I made for us. It needed to use blackberries since I had some that needed to get used up. I had my eyes on a few recipes, but once I saw that this one uses sparkling wine, I had to go with it!

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Meatball Soup

This might seem like a heavy dish for those of you experiencing a heat wave. We had a bit of a heat wave of our own last week–the temperatures got into the 70s! In June? Almost unheard of (haha…ugh).

To combat the cloudy, wet weather I made a comfort soup. It was filled with meat flavor, went well with a salad, and helped me get my slight Italian on with the meatballs.

Feel free to file this recipe away for when you have chilly weather and need a cozy soup. You can also substitute fresh herbs for the dried. That was all I had access to at the time. It may seem like there are a bunch of ingredients, but most should be pantry staples.

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Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet

I had been wanting to make this for a while, but first I had to make some other random treats. We love Molly Moon Ice Cream and were super excited when we got to go to the release party for their cookbook. I’ve already made some of their ice cream flavors (must post some more!!) but wanted to try their sorbets. The style is different from what I’ve made before. You end up making a simple syrup and mix it with the blended fruit. I was not sure how it would change the texture and/or flavor. To be honest, I do not think it did much. You could probably make this more like the basic sorbet style of using a food processor/blender to mix everything. But, it was nice and smooth, so maybe you want to try it this way?

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Bergers Cookie Cheesecake

I had to post a cake recipe today because it is a special day!

I am celebrating one year of marriage with my fabulous husband, K. We made it through some big changes this year (my move across the country, new job, getting used to our stuff mixed together, figuring out new routines). This made the start a little hard, but the year just kept getting better. I still miss my friends, family, and old coworkers from back home, but it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been able to make a life out on the West Coast. I didn’t realize how different marriage would be. I know it’s “to each their own”, but I am happy with our decision to wait until marriage to live together. Visits in the summer just can’t compare to the awesomeness that is having someone special at home who loves you forever, and has made the promise to stay with you no matter what. I feel like everything has fallen into place ok for us, and other than random snags (such as my house back home taking almost a year to sell!), we are content.

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