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"What's for Dinner Honey?" Judy's Kale Pesto


"What's for Dinner Honey?"

Life is pretty hectic for all of us but sometimes it's out-of-control Clown College.  Around here it's been a little over-the-top as of late.  Not so much like a Merry-go-Round, more like Whack-a-Mole.  Something comes up, I whack it down, only to have something else pop up.  Crazymaking really.

In the middle of the madness, I came home to a bag on my doorstep, filled with the makings of a delicious dinner.  Tucked inside was a lovely card from a friend who understood.  Heard the strain in my voice and made it all better just by acknowledging that I could use a little break from my carny life.  Lucky me.

Now lucky you, because I'll give you her recipe for Kale Pesto.  She wanted me to put it over pasta, but I just ate it right out of the jar.  Standing in the kitchen with my coat still on. My life hadn't gotten any less hectic, just richer for knowing her.

We all have someone like that, someone who props us up, straightens us out, and sends us back out into the ring to fight again.  It may be time to make them:

Kale Pesto- From Judy

1/2 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves {more if you like}
1/2 pound {about 3 cups} chopped kale

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add walnuts and stir or gently shake the pan constantly until the nuts are toasted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let the walnuts cool.

Remove the entire stem of the kale and chop it all coarsely.  Pulse the garlic until it is finely minced, about 30 seconds.

Add kale, toasted walnuts and Parmesan cheese and pulse until chopped. You may have to stop the food processor, open the top, and push the kale down toward the blades.

With the food processor running on low, add olive oil in a steady stream until you get the consistency you want.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over hot pasta, spread on crostini and top with chopped tomato, or eat out of the jar standing in the middle of your kitchen....