|Pablo, ready to inspect the two containers of pesto I crafted from my windowsill basil plants.|
|Pasta with pesto, and cherry tomatoes, stuffed with pesto-vegan-cream cheese. Be mindful of portions.|
I guess I love old standbys, because more than any other way, I adore pesto on pasta: spaghetti, gnocchi, and even shirataki noodles. But since late summer/early autumn harvests also overflow with tomatoes, I decided to stuff a few with a basil-cream cheese concoction. Voila! Easy, peasy, eye-pleasing appetizer! Try these no-sweat pesto-stuffed tomatoes for an appetizer.
- 12 large cherry tomatoes, halved, with the insides scooped out
- 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese
- 2 T pesto, plus extra for topping
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Makes 24 appetizers (Serve about 4 per person)
In a small bowl, mix the pesto and cream cheese until smooth. Stuff each half with a healthy teaspoon of the mixture, then top with extra pesto. Adjust seasonings. Enjoy immediately.
|My granite counter: Volga Blue from the Ukraine|
Almost there! The folks from Addesso installed the granite counter on Friday and I must say it's gorgeous! Wherever you stand, you encounter a kaleidoscopic vista of blue, shimmery, silver-rainbow and hexagonal flecks, set against a dramatic black-green and grey backdrop. I am thrilled with my choice: Volga Blue from the Ukraine. I'm also glad I decided to pick out the slab and decide which parts to highlight in the installation. More photos will follow next time.
|Wherever you stand, small iridescent pockets of blue pop up and glint against the overhead lights|
|I went with the undermount sink and I'm glad I did. Cleaning up is so easy now. |
|You can get an idea of what the granite counter looks like, but it does not translate into 2 dimensions.|
New lights were also installed. Only problem is that the red tiles I'd bought [My favorite color, sigh!] look awful contrasted with the blues and greens in the granite. So I need to send back my tiles and choose new ones. Ideally, the tiles will last many, many years, so it's not a decision to be taken lightly. I'm a newbie at home improvement and had no idea there was so much back and forth, and reacting – something I don't like to do.
|Fridge area cabinets are installed. I actually have empty shelves for the first time in my life.|
Run, vegan, run!
One mo' thing: I ran the Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon last weekend. Although I didn't do as well as I had hoped [some days you have it, some days you don't], I still PRed by 6 minutes. Getting older really is only as bad as you make it out to be, so let's all stop whining and get moving :) Need to race more.