Posted at 11:02 am , on July 17, 2015
In June, Joe and I spent a few days vacationing in Florida. We spent the majority of our time near Cocoa Beach where we enjoyed long walks along the beach. Also, we spent a day at the Kennedy Space Center which gave us chills at times taking in all the history of the space program. They house the Atlantis Space Shuttle there and it’s an amazing sight to see in person. One day we drove inland for a day trip to Orlando and spent a few hours at Downtown Disney. We weren’t there to go to the theme parks, just a day to spend walking around and enjoying the atmosphere, shop and enjoy some good food. We stopped by Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe and enjoyed a light lunch. I wasn’t particularly hungry so I ordered the Bruschetta with roasted tomatoes, pesto, topped with fresh arugula and shaved parmesan. The first thing I tasted was the tomatoes. The texture was thicker than roasted tomatoes and had a caramelized sweetness that tantalized my taste buds. Every bite was an experience in sweet tomato flavors with a hint of saltiness in the background. The pesto was fresh with olive oil dripping over the side of the toasted bread and it was all topped with fresh arugula and shaved parmesan. I made a note to self to make this when I got home. My version is close but I added some bacon bits and brushed my Arugula pesto over the bread with some chiffonade basil leaves. I made a little sugary blend to sprinkle on top to try and recreate that sweet caramelized flavor. I came pretty close, see what you think!
Posted at 9:49 am , on December 16, 2011
The summer of 2010 we met Joe’s family at Yellowstone National Park for a family vacation. While the brothers and other family members were away on their backpacking adventure, I stayed back with Joe’s mom, Joan. Joan and I took day trips throughout the park and on one occasion we traveled to Jackson Hole for a day. We walked the square in awe of all the neat shops, galleries and restaurants. When lunchtime was upon us we settled on this little place called Trio Bistro. Everything on their menu looked so enticing. I couldn’t make up my mind and finally decided on a Panini sandwich which came with a side bowl of soup. There were 2 or 3 soups to choose from and after careful consideration I picked the BLT Soup which to my surprise was one of the most memorable soups I’ve ever tasted. The soup was rich with tomato goodness with a dollop of arugula pesto, sourdough croutons and crisp bacon sprinkled on top. I couldn’t stop thinking about this soup and had to find a way to recreate it. What I made may not be exactly the same but it’s pretty darn close and if you like tomato soup, you will surely love this one.
Posted at 9:39 am , on November 8, 2011
Have you ever paired BLT with pasta? If you haven’t yet, then you’ve got to try this pasta. This is my go to pasta when I need a pick me up and one of our favorite comfort foods. There are different versions of BLT Pasta but I like the combination of crisp bacon, roasted tomatoes and pesto.
Posted at 10:01 am , on September 27, 2011
Nothing beats a good burger don’t you think. I like to layer a burger so that when you take that first bite you can taste all the different flavors that are going on. This pesto burger has balsamic roasted tomatoes that will burst in your mouth both literally and figuratively. You will need plenty of napkins because it will drip down your chin good . . . with arugula pesto and roasted tomato juiciness. The mess will be worth it, I promise.
Posted at 10:04 am , on September 23, 2011
There was a time not too long ago when I put arugula seeds into a little ceramic pot in my sun lit kitchen window. I could grow a small amount of arugula, just enough to add a hint of taste here and there to a sandwich or salad. But recently arugula has become available in all the grocery stores and I can enjoy it whenever I like. It’s got a unique spicy taste that I love and has become one of my favorite pesto’s to make. This arugula pesto sets the stage for upcoming recipes. Hope you enjoy!