Tuesday, December 16, 2008

HHDD #24: Pesto! The Round Up!

I know we are all in the middle of one sort of a rush or another. The holidays are coming up (or here already for some of us), year end reports and performance reviews are shaking a stick at us, and we are each trying to get as much done before 2008 finally draws to a close (and before the Big Holiday Dinner is upon us oh my!). I leave for the southern shores of this archipelago on tomorrow and, as you can imagine, I am trying to get a 101-item to-do list done before I go. But this weekend I carved out a bit of time for me to go over these fantastic pesto recipes you all managed to send my way despite the crazy days! :) Looking at all your gorgeous entries for Hay Hay it's Donna Day: Pesto was wonderfully therapeutic and did much to revive my sagging energy! Thank you to all those you participated!

My former Southeast Asia neighbor, now globe-trotting friend Bordeaux, of Marita Says puts my favorite herb, cilantro, on pesto duty with this Cilantro Pesto! Served on some fish tacos which I think is just the perfect way to have them! :)

Bron of Bronmarshall.com stuck with the basic rough chop pesto recipe I posted and tossed it with some New Jersey Benne Potatoes, and served that with pan-fried Akaroa Salmon and a simple garden salad. Doesn't that sound like a delicious meal? :) Easy to throw together too!

From The Constables' Larder, Giff whips up some Arugula Pesto and uses it to top a delicious Lentil and Ham Soup! I love how brightly green the pesto looks agaist the lentils! And I love arugula! Must try this soon :)

Suzana from Home Gourmets makes a Rough Chop Rocket Pesto...rocket/arugula...I'm such a happy camper here! :) She tops a lovely White Bean Soup with the pesto for a warming dinner on a chilly night!

These pretty little tarts are brought to us by Ilva of the fabulously photographed Lucullian Delights. Check out her Puff Pastry Baskets with Artichoke and Pesto Filling but don't go on an empty stomach! They look and sound absolutely delicious!

Bee of Jugalbandi makes a brilliant Basil and Almond Pesto -- look at that wonderful color! Bee also shares a lot of pesto making tips...I definitely took notes! :) Thanks Bee!

Manali at Cravings shares her Sun Dried Tomato Pesto that looks just mouth-watering on some penne pasta! This is one pesto I have yet to try making...very soon I'm sure as this entry has me craving! ;)

Sarina at the TriniGourmet makes a Blanched Basil Pesto...now, I have never blanched my basil when making pesto but it certainly sounds like an interesting technique! This step is suppose to preserve the color and soften the punch of flavor as well. Thanks for sharing this entry Sarina! :)

Tartasacher of the blog Mil Postres (love the name!) joins this round with a sweet pesto!!! Yay I say! And you thought pesto was only for savories? Well, take a look at this Panna Cotta with Sweet Pesto and Raspberry Sauce and be convinced otherwise!

The lovely Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey? has got me drooling over her Sun Dried Tomato and Purple Basil Pesto -- doesn't it sound so colorful? :) And the perfect light meal amidst all this holiday feasting!

Zaira of La Cocina de Zaira makes some Egg Noodles with Walnut Pesto and Sbrinz Cheese. I love experimenting with different nuts and cheeses in pesto so this has definitely got the wheels in my head turning :)

And here's my original entry...Donna's Rough Chop Basil Pesto! I loved discovering this rustic, no-processor way to make pesto, both for it's ease and for it's robust flavor. Thank you Donna! :)

So there you have it friends! The round up for Hay Hay it's Donna Day: Pesto! Hope you enjoy going over these recipes as much as I did :) Now it's time to vote! Voting begins now and will go on until Tuesday, December 23. Votes can be emailed to eighty_breakfasts(AT)yahoo(DOT)com. I will post the winner after the Christmas holidays!

Now I'm off to Davao (down south...lovely beaches, amazing seafood!) for a wedding! Looking forward to fun times, good food, and some (much-deserved!) R&R :) I'll see you (and your votes) when I get back! :)


Manggy said...

Great round-up Joey! I certainly learned some new tricks from this one. Sorry I wasn't able to participate-- that rush got to me! I hope I can next time (gulp). Have a safe and fun trip to Davao! And pics! ;)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a gorgeous roundup! Really wonderful! I love pesto...



Bordeaux said...

Roundup up already! You are industrious. Thanks for hosting, then entries look great!

MeetaK said...

brilliant! i am bookmarking this for sure! joey you are always a gracious hostess!

Giff said...

lovely round up Jo. Been enjoying browsing through everyone's entries.

Valentina said...

What a super round up. I will send my vote. unfortunatelly I missed the entry. just so busy unfortunatelly. have a lovely time.

Bron said...

Thanks so much Joey, you are a HHDD hostess with the mostess!
Some super entries here... thanks so much again!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! No worries! I learned some new tricks too! :)

Thanks Rosa! Me too!

Hi Bordeaux! Yes! I wanted to get it up before I left!

Hi Meeta! Thank you! I love the entries :)

Hi Giff! Me too! I am looking forward to trying them!

Hi Valentina! I hear ya! Looking forward to seeing you in future HHDD rounds!

Hi Bron! Aw! Thanks! And thanks for facilitating! :) I got a bunch of entries also after I extended the deadline...yay! :)

Katrina said...

Love pesto! And since I don't own a food processor, I might just try that rough-chop pesto one day. :-)

Have fun and hope you eat well in Davao!

Ilva said...

Thanks Joey for this beautiful roundup! I have enjoyed participating a lot!

Suzana said...

Great roundup! Thanks for choosing such a nice theme, Joey - you're the perfect host. I'm off to check entries, so I can cast my vote. ;)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Busy days indeed but pesto is a little zing that can lift anybody and these are beautifully diverse! You picked a wonderful theme Joey and put up a grand round up!

Shalimar said...

great recipes.. I actually made salmon with pesto but with so busy schedule, did not take photos

have fun in davao... Merry Christmas too

Marketman said...

Everyone is crazed with holiday preparations, so let me wish you and C an early very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Belinda said...

I hope you had a wonderful time in Davao, Joey...with beaches, seafood and a wedding all in the cards, I'm betting it was all fabulous...and I'm hoping for photos! :-) As for the pesto...goodness, they all look so splendid in their vivid spring green finery, I don't know how you will ever choose a winner! :-)

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

Oh I love this post! Pesto is such a delicious and versatile concoction, I can't get enough of it.

mikky said...

all the recipes look great... great job, joey... and have a great year ahead... hope your Christmas was fun and full of meaning... :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katrina! The rough chop is easy as pie to make :) We were none-stop eating (and drinking!) in Davao! It was for a wedding so you can just imagine!

Hi Ilva! Thank you for participating! Glad you enjoyed this round and I look forward to seeing more of your gorgeous offerings on HHD! :)

Hi Suzana! Thank you!!! :) Thanks for participating! Winner will be announced soon!

Hi Tanna! Yes! And the busy days are not yet over ;) New Year’s dinner to prepare and another out of town trip to plan for! But pesto is easy to sneak in ;)

Hi Sha! Salmon with pesto sounds delicious! I made a cilantro pesto to go with salmon once and it went together fabulously! Hope you are having a happy holidays!

Hi MM! Thank you!!! Hope your Christmas was wonderful and your New Years equally so! :)

Hi Belinda! Thank you! Have yet to upload my photos, but will post a little collage here as soon as I do :) It was a fantastic trip!

Hi Ari! It really is :) And a great way to use up extra herbs to boot! :)

Hi Mikky! Thanks! Hope your are having a wonderful holidays as well!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Happy New Year to you Joey! x

ChichaJo said...

Happy New Year Amanda! :)