Monday Musings + Basil Walnut Pesto (revisited)

1. The author of a blog I read every now and then recently posted about the cathartic effect of a sad movie. This got me thinking about my favorite tear-jerker movies… you know, the ones you sit down to watch with a box of tissues at the ready. I realized that many of my all-time favorite films are actually quite sad at the end: Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, Brokeback Mountain, The Departed… (the list goes on); not quite sure what that says about me? I guess I just enjoy a good cry every now and then.



2. The company I develop recipes for – Key Ingredient – has just released an explanatory video detailing in a concise manner what they’re all about. Check it out here!



3. Although I am aware that it is still mid-summer, I am already longing for fall. We are in Lincoln City, OR* (right on the coast – about 2 hours west of Portland) for John’s cousin’s wedding weekend and the cool temperatures have me yearning for crisp days and warm sweaters.



4. Despite #3, I’m still enjoying summer’s bounty to the fullest, and my Basil Walnut Pesto is a fantastic summery addition to any meal (or snack).

Get the recipe on The Back Burner!




*I’m falling in love with the coast of Oregon! Not only is the coastline gorgeous, but the fresh seafood is just as good as back home in Boston.

Exhibit A:

Some of the guys went fishing a few days ago and caught a ton of fresh crabs. These legs and claws were so good! Sweet & succulent crab meat ranks even higher than lobster in my book ;). Mmmmm.


10 thoughts on “Monday Musings + Basil Walnut Pesto (revisited)

  1. Those are some of the best looking crabs I’ve seen! Oregon sounds wonderful. I’ve never been but I keep hearing such great things about it.

  2. We went to Portland and Hood River last summer, and I absolutely fell in love. Ben and I even talked about moving there… maybe someday!

  3. That looks absolutely delicious. YUM. Its funny because my wife used to make a great basil walnut pesto. I might have to get her to make another one :)

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