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Some of the most distinctive foods in Italian cooking originated from the Liguria region of Italy.  Of them all, however, Pesto is our favorite.

Its name comes from ‘Pestato’, an Italian word meaning ‘Crushed’; and in this classic recipe from Genova, Basil is crushed with cheeses, pine nuts,garlic and olive oil to create our idea of the perfect Pesto.

We have found so many uses for this sauce; we would quickly run out of space listing them.

The recipe, below, is one of our summertime favorites. Simple yet flavorful, we think you’ll love it too.

The hazelnuts in this recipe bring an extra level tothis modified chocolate chip cookie that tingles the taste buds. These cookiesare best if you use a good brand of chocolate, such as Scharffen Berger,Vosges, or Lindt.

 

This is a flavorful familyfavorite and can easily be made with beef instead of chicken. Just substitute 1pound of thinly sliced flank or round steak and beef broth for the chickenbreast and broth.


Wash the leeks thoroughly, they grow in sandy conditions. Organic chicken stock  is the best choice.

 

Recipe courtesy of the Georgia Peach Council

Recipe courtesy of the Georgia Peach Council

Recipe courtesy of the Georgia Peach Council

 

This recipe was contributed Chef's Wife special member Jane Truesdel.

 

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This recipe was contributed Chef's Wife special member Jane Truesdel.

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This recipe was contributed Chef's Wife special member Jane Truesdel.

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A Standing Rib Roast and RayLen Vineyards’ 2006 Merlot is a great idea for your holiday meal.

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