Whatever You Have Pesto

Our first of the month posts are usually for blog subscribers only, but with all the upheaval in the world right now, we’re trying to do any little thing we can to help our fellow bakers and cooks out.  This pesto recipe utilizes the blender attachment for the Ankarsrum mixer and gives lots of substitutes for ways to make pesto with what you might have on hand now.

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Pimento Cheese Burgers

Continuing on with the food holiday theme this month, and tipping my hat to National Hamburger Day on July 28th.  How do you make a really great burger? Grind your own meat.  How do you make it taste even better?  Make your own hamburger buns.  And how do you really take it over the top?  Fill it with a little homemade pimento cheese and slather some of that delicious southern spread on the bun as well.  That’s right, multiple recipes in this post for the ultimate summer grilling sandwich.

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Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

We all know that store-bought tomatoes taste terrible in the winter, actually they often taste pretty watery and bland most of the year unless your grocery store carries heirlooms or locally grown ones.  Even then, they’re usually a far cry from ones picked right out of the garden.  But there is an exception to this rule: grape tomatoes.  They somehow taste good no matter what time of year it is.  And in the dead of winter when your plate needs a little splash of freshness to get through the gloomy days, grape tomatoes are an excellent substitute for canned tomato products when making sauce.

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