Today’s Harvest – Garlic Scapes – Nut Free Garlic Scape Pesto

Time to make some pesto!  Garlic Scape Pesto is a fresh and delicious take on pesto.  Easy to make, it is great as a dip, spread or on pasta.  This is also a nut free recipe using sunflower seeds.

 

Nut Free Garlic Scape Pesto
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Recipe type: Spread, Sauce, Condiment
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Serves: 6-10
 
Garlic Scape Pesto is a fresh and delicious take on pesto. Easy to make, it is great as a dip, spread or on pasta. This is also a nut free recipe using sunflower seeds.
Ingredients
  • 6 garlic scapes, chopped
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup freshly grated Asiago, Romano, or other hard cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the garlic scapes, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and sunflower seeds in the bowl of a food processor. Drizzle the olive oil over the mixture. Blend until the pesto is a brilliant green color and smooth in texture. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Chives everywhere! What do you do?

Lord, I know I have tried and tried and to rein in my chives, but I seem to fail every year.  I just don’t have the heart to rip out all those seedlings that I know will be so beautiful and they have naturalized all over my garden.  So, what do I do with them?  Well, along came this post over at Food in Jars and I knew I had found a partial solution.  Chive Blossom Vinegar!

This is an easy to make and delicious addition to your vinegar collection.  It takes about two weeks start to finish and will keep for several months.

First, you start with a quart canning jar full of chive blossoms.  Pluck them from the garden, rinse them well and dry them in a salad spinner or between paper towels.  Then stuff your jar full to about 1/2 inch of the top.

Then, you fill the jar to the top with white vinegar or white wine vinegar.  I prefer the white wine vinegar.  Cover it and set it aside in a cool dark place for two or three weeks.  When the three-weeks are over it will look like the picture below.  Notice the AWESOME ReCap mason jar lid.  I purchased that through the first Kickstarter project I ever supported.

After your two weeks are up, filter our the blossoms and enjoy your vinegar.  I used a funnel and sieve and filled one of those awesome Italian soda bottles that I save for purposes like this.

Chive Blossom Vinegar
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Recipe type: Dressing
 
An easy way to use all those abundant chive blossoms
Ingredients
  • 1 quart jar full of chive blossoms
  • 3 cups or so of white wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. Pluck a quart jars worth of chive blossoms
  2. Rinse and dry chive blossoms
  3. Fill quart jar to ½ inch of top with chive blossoms
  4. Add White Wine Vinegar to within ¼ inch of the top of the jar
  5. Cover and set aside in a cool dark place for two to three weeks
  6. Strain blossoms out of the vinegar and re-bottle it
  7. Enjoy in salads recipes and dressings!