Mama's Arugula Pesto...or, Massive Recipe Fail

My daughter was standing in the family room, holding her nose and crying.  The tears because she knew she was in trouble for telling me the food smelled like barf, as well as for leaving the dinner table.  My husband took one bite and then, with barely concealed panic in his voice, asked "what IS this?"  Mama just put her head down and continued to eat what she, at least, was enjoying.

What "this" was was my attempt at arugula pesto.  A major fail with the family.  Arugula, for those who have not had it, is a peppery, tangy green.  We've used it a lot lately in our salad with sweet bell peppers and a "lemonade vinaigrette."  I was playing chopped in my kitchen, it being a cleaning out week where we only buy fruits, veggies, milks, and eggs.  Dinners therefore can only be made with those items and pantry/freezer ingredients.  Our cupboards are embarrassingly full, this is our way to reduce waste. However, as you see from this post, not all Cookin' Mama dishes are hits. 

We do not have a clean plate club in our house, never have.  The rule is, you at least taste what is on your plate.  Evie has a book about manners where one of the poems is about the Rabbit Twins "they don't always eat it all, but they each as much as they are able."  We refer to them a lot.  What you do not do is insult the chef, the food...and you NEVER say the meal smells like barf.  Even if your Daddy looks like he wants to agree.  Manners begin at home. Mama would be mortified if Evie pulled that at a friend's dinner table. 

However, Mama is not unreasonable and she gets that not all meals will be favored.  I said nothing when Daddy removed the offending green pasta from Evie's plate and gave her extra bell pepper salad instead.  I smiled when Evie bravely attempted to eat one piece of the offending green fusilli...and then grimaced as she ran to get rid of it.  I quietly retrieved the sriracha sauce from the refrigerator so Mark could drown out the flavor. 

Pesto is usually a green (basil being the high favorite), a nut (I totally forgot add one), oil, cheese, all whirred together in a blender.  The recipe I threw together produced a pretty bright green sauce.  It was tangy, cheesy, and I thought interesting.  As already stated, the family disagreed.  Therefore, I will include the recipe, but make at your own risk.

Arugula Pesto

1 bag organic baby arugula
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 stick butter (yep, that's one whole stick...I didn't say this was totally healthy)
1-2 cloves garlic minced
Juice of one half lemon
Squeeze of honey
1/4 cup shredded parmesan

Place all ingredients except butter and oil in blender.  Melt butter with oil in pan, pour over ingredients.  Puree all.  Mix with cooked pasta, serve with extra cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Lemonade Vinaigrette

 I do not measure this, it's more "to taste", but here are the ingredients used
Olive oil
Fresh lemon juice
Pinch Turbanado Sugar


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