in order to make the carrot-basil muffins to use up the carrots i'd bought a couple of weeks ago and the radishes we'd gotten from farmer kretschmann last week (sliced the radishes thinly to serve sandwiched between muffin halves) (not a very tasty side, but we ate them anyway), i'd bought a big package of fresh basil last week. the kretschmanns will deliver basil bushes to us at various points later in the summer, but it wasn't last week.
anyway, whenever there's basil in the house, smartboy LOVES to make pesto. he discovered how easy it is (ridiculously) and how much he loves it (more than maybe anything other than me or the dogs) last summer, and now it's a compulsion. basil in house = smartboy must make pesto. i do not argue with this.
he blends, in our little immersion blender's attachment jar, whatever basil leaves i leave him after i've made whatever i'm going to make, a teaspoon of salt, half that much pepper, a teaspoon or two of (jarred) minced garlic, a couple of tablespoons of pine nuts or walnuts, half a cup of olive oil, and the same amount of parm. he then plops a huge dollop on some reheated pasta, scoops most of the rest into a refrigerator container, and mops the rest out of the blender with some hearty bread. he loves him some pesto, my boy does. i always read about people freezing pesto. i've never had a chance to try it. ours disappears within a day or two. seriously.
anyway, tonight i'm scooping a bit in the middle of some butterflied turkey tenderloins along with a little bit of whatever cheese we have in the house, closing each tenderloin with a toothpick, and roasting them in a casserole. i'm sure we have a starchy side awaiting us in the fridge (he cannot have a meal without a starch; i totally can) and tons of salad greens. meal complete. must make sure to find a casserole that exactly (or as close to it as possible) fits the tenderloins after stuffing; too large will let the oil from the pesto run away from the meat and they'll dry out before they're finished cooking--yuck--and too small will steam them and make them soggy--also yuck.
in knitting news, been working on the copper tubey and have probably six or seven inches of body ribbing now attached to the sleeves. i may actually finish this on time. the sexy knitters club is voting AGAIN on the next knitalong pattern; it looks like tempting ii is still going to win (it also was the clear winner in the first poll). as you may recall, i botched my first attempt at it, but i may try it again in a different yarn this time. jenna's pattern calls for a stretchy cotton blend, which actually makes a lot more sense for the amount of coverage you get than does a wool blend, so this time out i'm thinking of the superbargain yarn about which every knitter-along raves, knitpicks shine worsted. same gauge, slightly different makeup, less yardage, but way cheaper and beautiful colors. of course, since i already have the beautiful aqua buckle, i'll probably still use black. though i'm thinking of making it for someone else this time (my brother's wife) who's a bit more designery and artsy-fartsy in her accessorizing--i worry that my original intended wouldn't wear this, though she'd appreciate the aqua and black combo.
anyway, if i make it for susan, i might choose one of the blues or greens instead of black, and get a different buckle. she looks divine in those colors and wears them often, and there are some good wooden buckles with which to pair it. so we'll see. might make a nice christmas gift for her.