K.I.S.S.(or Keep It Simple Stupid) was a phrase I learned from my high school drama teacher Mr. Slater. It’s funny how certain phrases will stay in you mind for years after you’ve heard them. I remember trying to apply this phrase to what I was doing at the time in class and never really getting the outcome I wanted. It always seemed like I was trying to hard, which is the exact opposite of what the phrase means – if you’re trying too hard then you’re not keeping it simple!
So years after I first learned this phrase it seems more then ever that I use it on a daily basis when it comes to cooking and creating in the kitchen. When cooking from scratch, I find that it’s pretty easy to apply this phrase. We tend to over complicate things in life – wouldn’t you agree? The kitchen is a great place to bring it back down a notch, edit what you’ve been doing and come up with a recipe that is delicious without all the complications. When we first started using pesto, we of course looked for it in the grocery store. Anyone checked out the ingredients on a store bought pesto lately?? Very difficult to find one that does not have dairy or some type of preservatives. And once you have found an uncomplicated one, often the price is RIDICULOUS!
This pesto is what we use on our homemade pizza instead of the typical tomato sauce. Total cost of this is about $2 and makes enough to cover 2, 12″ pizzas with some leftover. This could also be used as your sauce base for a pasta or as a spread on your grilled cheese sandwich.
- 1 bunch Basil
- ½ of a lemon, juiced
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
- 7 whole walnuts (optional)
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of pepper
- Place all ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until a smooth sauce, scrapping down sides of blender with your trusty old spatula if you need to! If you find that it's not mixing well, add 1 tbsp of cold water as needed and continue to blend. Use right away or store in airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.