Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pesto #2 and Mushroom Blini with Smoked Salmon

Having made my first pesto a mere three weeks ago, I can't stop imagining different combinations of ingredients to whirl about in my little food processor. This past week, the night before my two most monstrous midterms, I took a study break and created this pesto. Once again, pine nuts were out of the question. So, along with marvelously budget-friendly basil from Trader Joe's, I reached for pistachios. I also substituted lemon juice for 1 tbsp of the olive oil. This was my favorite pesto by far of the two I have made.

I unfortunately did not write down the ingredients at that moment, so this is my best guess.

Basil-Pistachio Pesto
4-5 cups fresh basil
1/3 cup pistachios
2 tbsp olive oil
juice from half a lemon
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Place all ingredients in food processor and puree.

Last night, I came up with dinner on the fly inspired by the mushrooms and smoked salmon staring at me from the back of the fridge. I had made blini once before, topped with smoked salmon, sour cream, and dill. So when I found this recipe for Mushroom Blini, I set to work.

I didn't change the blini recipe, except to use whole-wheat flour instead of white. For toppings, I set out sour cream, boursin, a mushroom saute I whipped up with the extra mushrooms, the leftover pesto, and dill.

I also served some Roasted Mini Potatoes alongside the blini. I simply tossed them in olive oil and sprinkled over 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe's and put them in the oven at 400 until I had finished making the blini (about 30 minutes).

Last Friday night, to start off my spring break, I set out to make a lemon meringue pie. However, I could not get the filling to thicken for the life of me! I ended up freezing it...and it still tastes delicious. But I will not let myself be defeated.

Does anyone have any good lemon meringue pie recipes for me or foolproof methods for working with cornstarch??


  1. Hi Amy! I'm so glad to have found your blog via the KY FB Group. How exciting that you are studying to be an RD and that you live in Lexington! Can't wait to keep up with your posts and recipes!

  2. Mmmmmmmmm meringue! My mouth is watering! I love words like "meringue." They make me know it's sure to be delicious :) But do you know that I don't think I've ever had a lemon meringue pie? I must remedy that.