Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rise and Shine

alarm clock

The swiftest hours, observed as they flew—

Towards this afflicted fancy fastly drew;

And, privileg’d by age, desires to know

In brief the grounds and motives of her woe.

— Shakespeare

It’s Sunday again – already? What happened to last week? Based exclusively on the bad weather and relentlessly bad news – I’m already sick of Comey and he hasn’t even officially started his non-apology tour - I’d say good riddance. However, I’m getting a bit too old to be so cavalier about time’s passage so I’ll just note that it wasn’t the best week ever and let Judge Jeannine put Comey in the proper perspective:

I decided to while away some of my precious time yesterday by using up the really, really big box of baby arugula I had unwisely bought. I decided to make arugula pesto. It was ridiculously easy and even more ridiculously good.

Arugula Pesto Recipe


  • 2 cups of packed baby arugula leaves
  • 1/4 cup of shelled walnuts, toasted (1-2 minutes in Micro works)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove peeled, rough chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Place garlic, walnuts, arugula, lemon juice and salt in bowl of food processor (mini-processor works best for this quantity) and pulse briefly to chop. Pulse while drizzling the olive oil into the processor – you can add more if you want a thinner pesto. Remove the mixture from the processor and put it into a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

That’s it! I’m not much of a food blogger so I forgot to take pictures in process. This is a shot after the fact, with my dirty Cuisinart mini and our dinner salad bowl as a prop:

pestoYes, I’ve still got left over arugula

But trust me it was really, really good – and pretty.


I’m saving it for today as I already had dinner cooking when I decided to be creative with greenery. So what do you think, grilled chicken? Pasta? Shrimp? Steak? I’m open to suggestions.

The sun’s out here today and already melting last week’s snow so if you’re in the path of the late-season blizzard  blowing through today don’t worry, better days are on the way.

sun moon and stars

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