Monday, August 30, 2010

New Camera! Arugula-Walnut Pesto Pasta

So ready for September 10th! I get to go back to Texas to help my mom cater a 4-day retreat for her work. I get to see my mom, have fun cooking with her (we always make amazing food), and get paid at the same time! Poor Jeffrey, when I told him that I was going to be out of town for 6 days he made a sad face and said "your going to leave me!"....but he is working on set everyday from 6am-8pm so he won't miss me too much. 

Here is the first meal I shoot with my new camera. It was trial and error so I didn't get every photo. Yesterday I had a video chat with Jeffrey's cousin Timmy (who sold us the camera), and he gave me some pointers. These photos were taken before those pointers, but they still look 10 times better!

Arugula-Walnut Pesto Pasta
1/2 pound bow-tie pasta
1 cup arugula (not pictured)
1/2 Tb lemon juice (I didn't have any.. so I used 1/2 Tb lemon juice)
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 Tb minced garlic
2 Tb olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup Gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup golden raisins (I only had plain black raisins, but they were good)

I was too hot to turn on my oven this day, so I toasted the walnuts on the stove (watch them because they will burn easily).

In a food processor, blend arugula, 1/4 walnuts, lemon, and garlic. Then while blending, slowly pour olive oil into the hole in the top of the processor. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta. Stir pesto into pasta. Stir in rest of walnuts, raisins and Gorgonzola. 

This was sooo yummy!

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