Pesto Pasta

I’ve really enjoyed growing a small herb garden on my balcony in midtown Houston. I decided to use my basil to make homemade pesto and it didn’t disappoint. I love Ina Garten and she’s always my go-to chef for recipes. I’ve modified her pesto recipe for my tastes; its so fresh with great spiciness from the basil and garlic.


  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup pignolis (pine nuts), toasted
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups good olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Place the walnuts, pignolis, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.


Chicago Deep Dish Pizza – Uno’s

When I was on my way to my niece’s birthday party in Wisconsin in January, I got stuck in Chicago because of the weather. My connecting flight was cancelled and I was lucky enough to have a place to stay in my father-in-law’s downtown apartment. It was late, I was by myself and it was a blizzard outside, but I decided to go out and get some pizza. My husband recommended that I go to Uno’s, which just so happened to be right around the corner from the apartment. I sat at the bar and made friends with the bartender and ate my first Chicago style deep dish pizza. The pesto pizza was out of this world – the crust is buttery and flaky and the pesto, tomato and melted cheese combine to make it the perfect bite. It takes 45 minutes to make the pizza but it’s worth the wait.