Arugula Pesto

This bright, flavorful pesto is wonderful drizzled over this week’s pasta!

Ingredients:
4 cups arugula
1-2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 cup olive oil
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a food processor, combine the pine nuts, garlic, arugula, Parmesan, and about 1 teaspoon salt and pulse to blend. With the machine running, pour in the olive oil through the food tube in a slow, steady stream and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Incredibly sweet and juicy, these roasted beauties are wonderful atop crostini.

Ingredients:
1 pound cherry tomatoes, or diced heirloom tomatoes, or a mixture of both
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 300°. Place a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the tomatoes with oil, then season with salt and pepper. Transfer the tomatoes to the prepared rack

2. Roast the tomatoes until skins are shriveled but tomatoes are still plump, about 1 1/2 hours. Let tomatoes and their juices cool to room temperature.

Variations: For added punch, toss tomatoes with your favorite fresh herb, such as thyme or oregano, or minced garlic, before roasting.

Sweet Onion Confit

This buttery-sweet topping is wonderful served in sandwiches or atop bratwurst!

Ingredients:
2 sweet onions
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon balsamic or sherry vinegar (optional)

Method:
1. Peel and slice the sweet onions. Heat a bit of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

2. Add sweet onions, sprinkle with salt, reduce heat to medium low or low and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are extremely tender and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Keep heat low enough so onions are cooking but not browning; caramelizing will brown them inside-out rather than bits of browning on the outside first. Finish with a splash of balsamic or sherry vinegar, if you like.

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Homemade Corn Stock

This sweet, golden broth can be used to add flavor to soups, chowders or even risotto in lieu of chicken stock!

Ingredients:
6 corncobs
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 stem fresh parsley
2 stems fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
Water

Method:
1. Put corncobs, peppercorns, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, and 8 cups cold water in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 1⁄2 hours. Strain, discard solids, and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

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