Eeeeasy Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

“Great sorrow or great joy should bring intense hunger–not abstinence from food, as our novelists will have it.”
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt

French Bread Crostini with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

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_ _When you’re waiting for your dinner in a restaurant, I don’t think there’s anyone out there that doesn’t get just a little excited when you see your waiter finally heading towards you with an armful of plates. I never realized however, until my boyfriend pointed it out, that I actually start wiggling in my seat… I quite literally do a “happy dance” when I know I’m close to being fed. Get. In. My. Belly. Now that I’m aware of my actions, I try to control myself in public and I know Nick appreciates that (ok, Fun Police). When I’m making food at home, this dance doesn’t usually make an appearance but tonight was an exception—I took one bite of this and felt my shoulders starting to move…

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Spiced-Sweet Pecans

“There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out into the street in their apoplectic opulence.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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_ _ Yes, I initially made these to put in my salad, but I found myself being gravitationally pulled back to the kitchen over and over for handfuls of them. They’re like Pringles (“once you pop, you just can’t stop”?) except that you can’t use them to make those hilaaaarious duck lips… The best part is that the recipe is so easily adjustable to your taste– you can add more or less spice as you like, but if you do plan to use them like I did in the bacon vinaigrette salad, a little extra heat gives the salad complexity and is nicely cut with the blue cheese… Check me out, acting like I know what I’m talking about.

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