Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pesto, Salmon, Beekmans and Cucumber Salad

We are having a stretch of nice weather so I've been harvesting the herbs in my garden. Over the years, I have collected a few Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks and their recipes are simple and tasty. I've been to the restaurant several times when I travelled to Ithaca, NY for my job. This pesto can be frozen in ice cube trays, and you can pop out a cube and add it to any pasta dish. I serve the pasta with fried chicken cutlets. It's also low-fat with no oil.

1 cup well-packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts *
1/2 teaspoon salt

*To toast pine nuts, spread them in a single layer on an unoiled baking sheet and bake in a conventional or toaster oven at 350° for about 3 to 5 minutes, until just slightly deepened in color.

Rinse and drain the basil leaves. In a blender or food processor, combine the basil, tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, and salt and puree until smooth. You may need to stop several times to scrape the sides of the blender or processor bowl with a rubber spatula.

I've been cooking my way through the "Summer" chapter of my new Beekman cookbook, and if you enjoy salmon as much as we do (once a week here), this recipe is a winner. 

I made the sauce without the green peppercorns since I didn't have them on hand. Instead of baking the salmon as the recipe suggested, we grilled it. It was restaurant quality and we loved it. 

I made the Cucumber-Dill salad as the side dish and it was also wonderful. Their recipes are so easy too.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Those look and sound delicious as the recipes read, Debbie! I love it when you get a new cookbook and so willingly try out recipes for as the trailblazer. I love tried and tasty.

  2. I have never heard of tomatoes in Pesto - might try that!

  3. I'm like Patti, and have not heard of tomatoes in pesto, but they sounds like a wonderful addition. The salmon and the dill cucumbers are making me hungry, Debbie!

  4. Tomatoes and pesto are the perfect combo. Have a wonderful weekend, Debbie.

  5. I also had never heard of putting tomatoes in pesto but I love the idea and can't wait to try it, Debbie! I love making my mother's refrigerator pickles in the late summer and the Beekman cuke salad sounds delicious to me too. The chicken looks delicious as way. Thanks for sharing these great recipes!

  6. This recipe is unique. So happy to see some different recipes. How fun to cook your way through the book.


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