Monday, November 21, 2011

Spinach & Chive Linguine in Impromptu Pesto

There's nothing like working a ten hour shift and coming home to bags of goodies from Trader Joe's.  This week's find was Spinach & Chive Linguine  Yum.

My family decided that it would be best kept simple with a bit of olive oil, but that wasn't for me.  I was, however, inspired by the idea and decided that it has been far too long since I've last made pesto!  But what was I going to do?  I didn't have any fresh basil!

That's okay, though.  My winter reserve of dried Basil served just fine.

While the linguine cooked, I quickly dug through my cabinets for some sea salt and black pepper to grind, the aforementioned dried sweet basil, some extra virgin olive oil, and my trusty blender.  From the fridge, I snagged two fresh garlic cloves, some grated (vegan) parmesan, a container of Shedd's Spread Country Crock, and my stash of hempseed left over from my summer pesto.


HOW TO MAKE THE IMPROMPTU PESTO:

QUICK PREP:
- scoop 2-3 tablespoon-balls of country crock into a cup
- add 2-3 tablespoons of grated (vegan) parmesan
- melt/soften the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds on High
- mince two fresh, peeled garlic cloves and add to mixture

WHAT TO BLEND:
- country crock, parmesan, and garlic mixture
- 3 tablespoons of hempseed
- 3 tablespoons of dried sweet basil
- 3-5 tablespoons of olive oil
- fresh ground sea salt & black pepper to taste



After blending all these ingredients into a thick paste, add this glorious concoction to the drained linguine and stir, keeping the pot on low heat.  The outcome should be a creamy, chunky, lactose-free and nut-free pesto over spinach & chive linguine.  Serve with some garlic toast for a quick and easy any-time meal!  DEEEEE-LISH!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MUSIC: Tri-State Conspiracy - "OUTBREAK!"

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- On Saturday, November 12th, New York City based swing-ska band Tri-State Conspiracy celebrated the release of its newest album "Outbreak" with a crowd of rowdy, dancing fans at The Studio at Webster Hall.  Showcasing tunes from their new album, TSC headlined an eclectic line-up of musicians.

The Rudie Crew kicked off the night with some ska/reggae that had the crowd dancing right off the bat followed by the gypsy/cabaret style of Amour Obscur and a rousing set from The Cryptkeeper 5.  Overall the night was an exciting success to fit a variety of musical tastes and to celebrate yet another musical victory for Tri-State Conspiracy.  Their album is available now on Itunes and CDBaby.


After years of following this band across the tri-state area, I am pleased to see how much they have grown together musically and technically over the years.  They never cease to impress me and I have never brought anyone to see them who hasn't excitedly come back for more.  I wish these amazing artists the best with their new album and in all their future endeavors... which I hope there will be many more of.  They have kept the heart of the scene that I remember loving so much growing up alive in every up-strum and brass instrument on that stage.  Their fans are loyal, amazing people, who are always happy to dance with a stranger and make a new friend.  I have a deep respect and admiration for these men and am thankful for many years of musical celebration.

If you've never seen Tri-State Conspiracy live, please check out the video below for a taste of what you missed!  More video is available on youtube (skablog).  Please show your support!