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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Not Your Grandma’s Apple Butter

Apples always equate autumn to me.  Growing up in Georgia, every fall saw us traipsing off to the North Georgia mountains for apple picking, apple festivals, apple anything.  Roadside stands littered the drive with handmade signs announcing an array of apple delights.

For me, everything paled in comparison to the huge apple orchards that opened to the public for U-pick excursions.  These operations usually offered a wide variety of activities for kids and adults including hay rides, bounce houses, apple bobbing, apple contests, petting zoos, etc.  There was always a little store overflowing with apple bread, apple pies, apple fritters, fresh apple cider, and of course, already picked bushels and baskets of apples for those who would rather not wander the orchards.

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