Tomorrow is my birthday and the festivities have already begun! Last night my husband and the boys and I went out for dinner at our favorite local restaurant. At the end of the meal, my children wanted to order (and split) the Coffee Affogato –vanilla gelato drowned in a shot of espresso.
My husband and I pleasantly argued over the merits (none) and shortcomings (caffeine) of this dessert for several minutes while the children observed, amusedly. I was pro-affogato, my husband against. Given that I have tended to be the strict one in the house it was nice to be on the indulgent, lenient side of this debate, even though I lost. They had plain gelato which all-in-all was a delightful treat.
While my husband drove home (north), the boys and I took the long-cut on foot, south and strolled down by the creek. It was an excellent evening. Great fun with my favorite people. Tomorrow the festivities continue; we are having several families over for dinner to test out many new recipes that I have been working on this week. Here is what my email invitation said:
Date: Saturday, August 2nd
Where: My House
What: Bring children, bathing suits for them (we’ll have the sprinklers on), baseball mits (for catch)
Don’t: Bring food
No: Gifts Por Favor
So, as you see, we have big plans for tomorrow. I might even sweep the backyard; though probably not. Rather than cleaning, I imagine I’ll be working on more recipes. I’ve been cooking up a storm lately and having great fun in the kitchen. Below is the pesto recipe that I created for tomorrow’s bash.
Lemon Walnut Pesto
- ¼ cup scallions, chopped
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 cup walnuts
- Place scallions, parsley, garlic and salt in food processor and pulse until well combined
- Turn on food processor and drizzle in lemon juice and olive oil
- Add walnuts and pulse until incorporated
- Serve with sesame crackers
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and have as much fun with this tangy pesto as we will. Enjoy!
hope your birthday was a happy one!
i have everything for this pesto sitting in the fridge right now- think i will try it over pasta for a light dinner tonight. it sounds so refreshing.
Elana – your birthday is definitely an occasion that merits emergence from lurkdom! I have been admiring and enjoying your fantastic recipes and this one is no exception. Thanks for sharing your passion for honest, whole living.
I wish you (at least) a year’s worth of recipe epiphanies and days well spent.
Didn’t realize that regular pesto had gluten… Thanks for coming up with a gluten free version… It looks delicious!
Ya’ara -Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes; I really appreciate your comments!
Anina -Thanks! I am so glad that we met this year, I really enjoy knowing you :-)
Margaret – Yes, indeed.
Courtney -I would probably say nachos smothered in cheese; I could eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner, day-in-day-out.
Kelly -Thank you so much!
Miriam -Thanks for your blessings and gratitude.
All of you made my day!!!!!
Have a great birthday—sending many blessings your way. You have given so much to many people—thanks
Happy Birthday Elana! Love, Kelly
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELANA!! I have to know… if you could choose one dinner and dessert in the whole wide world for your birthday (assuming food allergies were not a factor), what would it be? This will probably challenge you to think outside of the box because your gluten intolerance is always a factor in determining preferences.
This time of year, my ultimate meal would be mouthwatering, perfectly seasoned Fish Tacos and fresh baked Key Lime Pie with a mound of Homemade Whipped Cream! It will be exciting to see what you come up with. Have a very special day!
Happy birthday. These are the “good old days” to look back on and wish your children were little again. The voice of experience. Mamaggie
Happy birthday ! I want to wish you a very special day with your family and friends. Thank you for your amazing website and for sharing it with us. Your are the green & gluten free goddess !
I wish you happiness and satisfaction in your brilliant work on this site, May you evolve in this field and the challenge will ever stop..
And on another note – how typical it is to spend your birthday in the kitchen (I certainly do it every year, willingly)
All the best,