Gregory Rosensteel of White Plains sent in this recipe for the contest.
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He says: “In Valhalla, the sun and the soil are perfect for growing basil and other vegetables. My dad has an amazing organic garden. Every August I pick a bushel of basil and make pesto in small batches and freeze them in vacuumed-sealed baggies for the winter.”
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The recipe, after the jump.
Valhalla Garden Pesto
Makes 4 servings
2 cups packed basil leaves (picked from the garden and still warm from the sun), washed twice and dried in a salad spinner
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons pignolia nuts (buy at Apple Farm)
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped up
Pinch of salt
Put the first 4 ingredients in a food processor and let it whirl until well chopped.
Pour it into a large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix lightly.
Add the freshly cooked hot pasta and toss well using 2 spoons.