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Bonus 4th Video! How to Make Basil Pesto

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We hope you enjoyed our 3-part video series on local, organic, and sustainable food in San Diego! Now for something a little different: a cooking segment that shows you how to make one of my favorite dishes, classic Ligurian pesto.

I used to make pesto every day when I was a prep cook at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee (I carried my 9-inch chef’s knife in my jacket walking through the park, and -yes- my mother made me demonstrate at parties). I also lived in Italy for three years so the Italians whispering on my shoulder tell me to use only the best ingredients—because it makes a grandissimo difference. Subpar oil and processed Parmesan powder? That’s not going to taste very good. Especially because all the ingredients are raw, you have to use the right ones to let them sing. It’s just a matter of putting them together—the recipe couldn’t be easier, I promise!

But nothing gets us in the kitchen like a sweet deal, so my partners Gustiamo and Pacific Sun extra virgin olive oil are offering these limited-time promotions:

PACIFIC SUN extra virgin olive oil: Enjoy FREE SHIPPING on orders of any dollar amount (usually only applies to orders of $65 or more). Expires 2/10/12. Enter code: LTBB. Offer only valid by clicking through this link.

FAELLA pasta: Buy one package of Faella pasta and receive a second one FOR FREE (a $7.85-$10.75 value). Expires 2/10/12. Enter “LTBB” under “special shipping/delivery instructions.” (2-for-1 will not be reflected online, but will be added to your shipment after processing.) Offer only valid by clicking through this link.

And now that you have all the tools, here’s how to make delicious basil pesto!
Click here to watch the video.
Click here for the pesto recipe.

Have you seen all four videos? We’re using them to pitch a TV show that talks about real (not processed) food in various cities across the country! Would you watch? Any improvements we could make? We’d love to hear from you!

Jan. 27 2012 |
  1. Kate F.

    Wow, I just woke up, had my coffee, and never thought I’d crave pesto at 7am on Saturday, but there you have it! I ordered the Pacific Sun and am hoping I can find some fresh basil soon…looks so tasty, Jane!

  2. LiztheChef

    Top notch video, probably the best I’ve seen – and I watch a ton…Might have been fun to see you “grate” the parm in the processor to show viewers how easy that is. It’s always hard to keep in mind how important it is to speak slowly throughout the video. You did extremely well. Sometimes I compare early “Barefoot Contessa” shows with current ones. It is striking to see how rushed Ina appears in the earlier shows.

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