For many, the end of summertime is signaled by cooler weather, football, and endless hours working on a leaf relocation program. For us, it is when Bean heads home. Although the blogging is a little light this time of year, the food typically isn't.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of hanging out with my brother's family, celebrating Bean's birthday, and enjoying...Pesto Man:
Although we feasted on Burkey Burgers, Bean, the Birthday Boy, also has a thing for shrimp. Since Pesto is a pretty common staple around here, we decided the ice cube trays were just a little too "normal" for storing pesto. Enter the LEGO Minifigure Ice Cube Tray, a bit of freezer time and voila, you have Pesto Man. He may not be pretty, or have articulable arms, but he tastes good, and that works for me. For his pesto filling, I used 4 cups of fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/3 cup of pine nuts, and 4 cloves of garlic. I added it all to a food processor and mixed it. I then added 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese. He had been in the freezer for about 3 long weeks.
With the shrimp grilled, Pesto Man met his fate over his hot ocean friends.
Birthday boy was happy with not only his virgin margarita and burgers, but his pesto grilled shrimp too. Happy Birthday Buddy, we'll keep the grills warm for you!