How on earth is it already August and how on earth am I going to be 28 tomorrow! I feel like it was just my birthday and I was sipping a cappuccino in Paris. Needless to say this year (and hello this summer!) has flown by,
I came home from Cape Cod on Monday (more on that idyllic place later) to a bag full of vegetables from my mom's garden. Now if you recall mom and I planted our first attempt at a garden last year and had a pretty successful thing going. This year...not so much. I have no idea if it was all the rain we've had or the crazy heat wave but nothing is growing like last year. Our squash took over and basically killed the green beans and peppers. But we are starting to get more tomatoes and THAT is my favorite part and the whole reason I wanted a garden. There's nothing like popping a cherry tomato straight from the vine into your mouth. Summer perfection.
So after dipping every clam and lobster into a bowl of butter this weekend I wanted to make something light with the produce from the garden. Zoodle time! The one thing also doing extremely well in the garden are the herbs, so pesto was the plan. I love using walnuts in my pesto because they are so much cheaper than pine nuts (like why are those things so expensive?) and at Whole Foods you can get just enough for a recipe in their bulk section.
I freaking love pesto but one thing I haven't quite figured out is how to keep it that super vibrant green color? I feel like it dulls up when I zip it in the food processor? Anyone have tips for that?
But mastering a perfectly green pesto seems like the perfect thing for a 28 year old to do! I always get super reflective on birthdays (and New Years.) First I just think it's a good thing to take a look back and see what you've accomplished in the last year. It's also a chance to look ahead and think about what exactly you want the next year to bring. We can't control everything but there are things we can do every day to help accomplish those goals. Even if we're not entirely sure what those goals are... Right now my goals revolve around the kitchen (that pesto I just mentioned, learn to poach an egg, make a batch of cookies by scratch without a recipe), my job (build better relationships with people I work with, tell more stories that impact our community, take a photography class) and my friends/family (start sending more handwritten notes, learn to accept and love people's flaws, take time to get coffee with friends I rarely see). There's so many more but I'll keep it there for now, here's to making 28 the best year yet!
And I hope that involves eating more of these zoodles! Enjoy!
walnut pesto zucchini noodles
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