I just wanted to give a quick update about my previous post’s lamentations. On Tuesday, I was able to find the pesto ingredients at one store, the first one I tried. I felt vindicated right there, even before I started the process. At dinner time, we put on the water to boil and I started the process. I cut the leaves from the plant, washed and let them dry. I peeled a few cloves of garlic and measured (yes I measured!) out the parmesan, pine nuts and olive oil. I grabbed the mortar and pestle and began to crush some garlic, basil, nuts and oil. I added in some sea salt and the cheese. I kept adding more until I used up all the ingredients. I ended up asking my son and my husband to help me crush the pesto. We finally had a nice sauce, sorry no pictures though, and the farfalle was ready. I also cooked some Italian sausage and made a nice big tossed salad. I had never had such good pesto as fresh homemade! I just wish I could keep a basil plant alive long enough for the new leaves to grow back again and give me enough for the next batch.