A good friend gave me a beautiful bouquet of fresh basil from her garden.


I find my salad spinner to be the best tool for washing fresh herbs.


Once the basil is clean and dry it goes into the food processor:
2 cups of packed basil leaves
3 or 4 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts
and pulse until leaves are finely chopped. With food processor running on low add in a slow, steady stream:
1/2 cup good olive oil

Add salt and pepper to taste.


If you’re going to use immediately stir in:
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

I froze mine using a silicone ice cube tray. Cover tightly before putting in the freezer. I will add my Parmesan when I’m ready to use the pesto.


Now all we need is some pasta.

In the Beginning…

I love to cook. I love to feed people. I’m not a gourmet. I have no professional training. I’d never make it on Top Chef or on Chopped. But I love to experiment and to try new things. I love to share my creations with people. Sometimes they are awesome. Sometimes, maybe not.

I hope my blog will entertain you and maybe even inspire you.

PS. My daughter named my blog “The Finnish Dish.” Most of my recipes are not Finnish but the best parts of me are…so in fact I am the Finnish Dish!