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I was quite happy with the outcome of this pesto sauce. The basil and kale play so well together. At first though I wasn’t so sure how this was going to come out. After pulsing the kale down to small bits, I turned the machine off and stuck my nose in the food processor bowl and took a big whiff. Instantly, I was lost in my childhood years of mowing the lawn. I closed my eyes, inhaled deeply and in the far distance I could hear the hum of the lawn mower, my heart started pumping quickly as the excitement of mowing the lawn for the first time on my own came into memory. The sun was beating down on my back, the smell of fresh cut grass permeated my nose, looking down I found my new white sneakers, stained green and soon my hands had gone numb from the vibration of the motor.
After what seemed to be hours, I cut the engine of the lawn mower and took a step back to admire my work. I was smiling from ear to ear. Mom came out with a tall glass of Kool-aid in hand to reward me for my hard work. We walked to the far edge of the yard so we could take it all in… my mother broke into laughter at first glance. Apparently, NOBODY explained to me that you are to go up and down, up and down, up and down the lawn, making nice straight lines of cuts. Well, that is just boring! I for one, had a different idea. Psychedelic patterns! I was quite proud of my “art project” and couldn’t wait until the next time the lawn needed a trim.
Back to reality here… After inhaling the aroma of grass cuttings (kale) from the food processor, I realized that… I had to eat this stuff! lol Was it good that the food I was about to partake of, reminded me of mowing the yard?! I scampered off to the fridge to find another ingredient that would tame down the “greenness”. That is when the basil and spinach came into play. Fresh basil has an initial subtle peppery flavor with a tiny, slightly sweet anise flavor. This really seemed to marry well with the kale. And lets not forget to mention that by adding fresh basil to your meals can also give your diet an antioxidant boost.
I then decided to bring in the third green, spinach. This was to soften the bite of the kale, mellowing it out some. This salad is packed full of vibrant colors and layers of wonderful nutrients.
Pesto: yields 2 1/2 cups sauce