Cilantro Pesto & Friday Nights.

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Lists. I love lists, you know I love lists. So I fashioned a list for y’all.  I’ve called it “Things to do on a Friday Night.” Aaannnnndddd GO!-> have cravings for Spanish Rice.
-> watch the sun lazily dip below the mountains. It’s 4:40p, and it must go home-mustn’t be late for dinner.
-> kiss husband goodbye, for a night shift awaits him.
-> contemplate doing cartwheels throughout the house because, after all, you are home alone.
-> catch up on reading a few favorite blogs (herehere, & here to name a few)
-> something not to do? Drool over Tastespotting while you are on a detox (I want to eateverything).
-> make a list of crafts to complete over the next couple months (list inception?!?!)And of course . . .

-> tell you fine people about cilantro pesto.

I made this, took a few pics, then proceed to inhale. SO. GOOD. I found this recipe a few months ago while I was craving pesto but was suffering from a basil shortage (because sometimes I’m lazy & can’t be bothered going to the grocer. You do it too). Enter stage right: cilantro.

This is the stage where parmesan is grates & cilantro roughly chopped.
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Marriage & pulverization in a food processor. Almonds & olive oil are added for nuttiness, depth, & an overall creaminess.
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I can usually count on Matt to be a good sport & taste test whatever concoction I come up with, but I think this was one of his favorites! We had it for taco night, nacho night, fajita night, chips & pesto while watching a hockey game, & thickly spread on a toasted baguette that was getting ready to be grilled cheese. Yes, my family loves Mexican.
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Vibrant. Delicious.
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Cilantro Pesto makes just over 1 cup
½ cup whole almonds
2 cup cilantro, large stems removed (give or take a bit, depending on how you like the consistency of your pesto)
⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
4 garlic cloves
½ cup olive oil
1½ tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
pinch- ¼ teaspoon pepperProcess your almonds in a food processor or a high-speed blender until they are crumbs. Don’t let them turn into almond butter! Add the rest of the ingredients & blend. Taste, and adjust salt, pepper, oil, & lemon as you like. Enjoy on everything.

Listening to: La Blogetheque Take Away Shows

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