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Best Condiment Ever

basil pistachio pesto in a mason jar

My kid-self might scoff at me for this one, because I used to be obsessed with ketchup. I’d put it on everything, wouldn’t try a piece of chicken without it, and thought it was the best thing ever. (I also don’t like mustard, so that helped with ketchup’s winning title.) Little Nikki would be shocked I ate a burger this weekend with no ketchup on it.  Just a big Jersey tomato slice and a good spread of pesto. How grown up of me.

blue cheese burger with pesto, corn on the cob, caprese salad

Pesto is totally my favorite condiment now. Is that pretentious? I don’t care. It’s so versatile and fresh. And in the summer, you have no excuse but to make it yourself.

I’m not going to give you an exact recipe for pesto, because I don’t know one and it’s a bit silly to figure it out and write it down. But I promise if you combine the following ingredients in a food processor you’ll get something yummy.

farmer's market basil pistachio basil in a mason jar

Basic Basil Pesto or Best Condiment Ever

What you’ll need:

  • Basil – since I can’t really grow my own, I like to get mine in bunches from the farmer’s market. Stop, stand still, smell it first. Ah.
  • Nuts – In this case I used pistachios, but you can also use walnuts, pine nuts, pecans, whatever
  • Garlic – I use the kind that’s pre-chopped and kept in jars with olive oil
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Chop basil, nuts and garlic in food processor. Drizzle in olive oil until it’s at the spreadable consistency you desire. Mix in parmesan.

Put your basil pesto on pasta, sandwiches, eggs, burgers, steak, pizza. Seriously. It’s good on everything. Bon appetit!

Fudgy Brownies

want to make some brownies? Yeah, of course you do. here’s a simple recipe that yields a fudgy, nutty brownie…oh so wonderful. I made these for my co-workers that had to go to a meeting on a Sunday night (!). Seriously, after work on a Sunday night you’ll need a brownie like this. To make them, you’ll need:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 chopped pecans

Melt chocolate and butter in a double broiler.

Remove from heat. Add sugar and vanilla.

Stir in eggs one at a time.

In small batches, mix in flour and salt.

Stir in pecans.

Pour into an 8″x8″ pan. Someone suggested that I line it with parchment paper, but I actually don’t recommend this…it didn’t turn out so well for me.

Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes.

Dig in! Sooo gooey and chocolately!