Good morning people!
We’re cooking chicken today, specifically Smoked Chicken with Peach Ginger Barbecue Sauce. Michelle and I have been talking about putting together a peach BBQ sauce for a while, and since we live in the peachy zone it seemed like this was a good weekend to do it.
I love pesto! I mean I could eat it right by itself with a spoon. But, it is also great on pasta, and chicken, and salmon, and just about anything. The trouble with pesto is that it usually contains nuts and my daughter is allergic to nuts. When I say allergic, I don’t mean she sneezes or gets a little itchy. I mean eating nuts involves shots of epinephrine, so when she is home from college (like now for summer), we don’t eat nuts. So, I decided to try making pesto with sunflower seeds. And, wow, you really can’t tell the difference between regular pesto and sunflower pesto. I mean maybe you could if you were eating them side-by-side, but just to take a bite, it tastes the same! Yay!
Guess what? These is another great thing about sunflower pesto. It is sooooo much less expensive than pesto made with pine nuts. Pine nuts are really expensive! So, even if you are not allergic to pine nuts, sunflower seeds are a much more economical option. Of course, if you prefer pine nuts or some other nut, feel free to substitute.