Say pesto — think basil. Basil is the main ingredient in the classic Italian savory mixture. Press one of the green, buttery leaves between your fingers and you'll be hit with a burst of perfume somewhere between licorice, mint and cloves.
Traditionally, pesto is a pounded paste of basil, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese. The origin is vague but some 17th century letters found in the archives of Genoa mention a basil based dressing called battuto d'aglio, literally battered garlic. The ancient method used a mortar and pestle to crush the ingredients into a coarse, pungent paste. By 21st century standards, the food processor makes short work of grinding the ingredients.
I've always associated the state of Georgia with the best peaches — sweet and juicy, fresh picked from local orchards. But on our annual trip to South Florida, we decided to break the 1000 mile trip at a hotel south of Savannah, Georgia where we could be sure, Sally, our little Sheltie would be welcome. At this time of year, it's not peaches but pecans that are the star harvest. Georgia is the leading pecan producing state in the United States with the nut harvest around mid-October. Billboards along the roadside advertised pecans in all their colorful glory. In stores, gas stations, and roadside stands, packages of pecans were being sold. Candied, chocolate covered, peppered with a bite, pecans were found in everything from baked goods (the famous pecan pie) candy, ice cream to a host of other treats.
Four pecan-oriented recipes follow after the jump.
Medical Examiners (ME's) and Coroners are charged by the state to determine cause of death. In the case of an accident, sudden death, homicide or suicide, the resulting investigation can lead to conflict between secular practice and Jewish law (halacha) or tradition (minhag).
Lower Merion Commissioner Cheryl Gelber hosted a notary and petition-signing party at her home. Seen here are (left to right) Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman, M.D.; Rep. Josh Shapiro, candidate for county commissioner; Joe Foster, MCDC vice-chair; and Jill Stein, co-chair of the LM-Narberth Democratic Committee.
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