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Food on Fridays with Ann
On Tuesday, Aimee announced on Facebook that she would be having Pioneer Woman’s Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce for dinner.I realized I had some fresh basil growing in the garden and decided to make it myself.Whoa. Does that look delicious, or like something from a science fiction film from the 1970s?Anyway, as I headed out to the garden to harvest the basil, one of my daughters was cruising the yard to clear it of doggie-doo so that the Belgian Wonder could mow. I had my kitchen scissors and a plastic cup in my hand to gather the basil.My daughter leaned down and gasped. “Mom! A baby bunny!”In the grass, frozen, pretending to be nothing more than a leaf or dandelion fluff, crouched this little bunny.We had to save the bunny from this guy.He’s a really good dog, but you know, bunnies seem an awful lot like squeaky toys.So we worked together to save the bunny from his giant jaws…not to mention the spinning lawnmower blades.Fortunately, a friend of mine knew what to do. I took the bunny to her house next door, and she fixed him up in a little cage with fistfuls of sweet clover to munch on after he settled down.Meanwhile, my husband and other daughters discovered the tiny nest from which this bunny had escaped. In the nest, they found that the bunny had four siblings.The kids brought over the remaining bunnies to my neighbor so that all five could stay together, away from our dog’s domain. I chatted with my neighbor for quite a while after the girls headed home; so long, in fact, that the sun sank behind my roof line.Oh, wait. The unplanned bunny rescue mission threw me off track. The pasta! The pesto! The basil!The sun was sinking, but I still had time. I thanked my neighbor, ran home to clip a bouquet of basil and raced inside to prepare the pesto. Good thing it was super easy and super fast.Pioneer Woman said to just dump it all in the food processor, which I did: basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. Whirrrrrrr.Meanwhile, in a pan (I used a skillet), heat a blob of butter and some cream (I used half & half). Add the pesto.Then I just stuck the spaghetti in the sauce and mixed it up. Pioneer Woman used a cute curly pasta, but I just used what I had in the pantry.Then dice a fresh tomato and mix in.The flavors and texture of this dish rival that of any restaurant’s specialty. To me, this was like a main course from The Cheesecake Factory or Maggiano’s. I couldn’t get enough.To respect Ree’s intellectual copyright, I’ll just send you over to get the recipe from her website, Pioneer Woman. You can get the recipe by following her step-by-step tutorial featuring her luscious photography and charming commentary, or by accessing her printable version.The pasta with pesto cream sauce was a feast, and I could linger on it all day and all night.But I know what you really want to feast your eyes on. Let me leave you with this: