I first encountered this wonderful sun-dried tomato pesto twenty-five ago and was smitten the moment I tasted it. Definitely a time to bring it back, not because of nostalgia, but because it really tastes good. Our chef at the time, Steven Picker, prepared it for me and immediately we began serving it with the grissini (breadsticks) that I had been making for the bread basket at the restaurants. I intended it to be what we see a lot in restaurants today—the amuse-bouche, a small taste, something to excite the palate. We used to make it every night. The problem was our customers felt the amount we served was not enough and not wanting to be impolite, we would bring them more. It turned into a meal. I remember my father used to call such things, a forspeis, Yiddish for (a taste of what is to come), a special little appetizer. Mother used to call such things “appetite spoilers”. Needless to say, she was right, and that was exactly what they became, and the production was too much, and the pesto was too expensive, and our customers began ordering less appetizers, and this amuse-bouche became a meal, and then history.
Watch for the opening of our new Sarabeth's restaurant in New York City's Tribeca district early this summer — don't be surprised if you find this pesto on our opening menu.
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Before I begin today's post, I have to tell you that yesterday morning I went down to the ocean to photograph the sunrise and suddenly a pelican swooped down right next to me. I have been trying to get that shot for years. Yes, this was my big chance, so I thought. Well, in my rush to get the shot, I was standing in the water with my camera ready, not paying attention to where I was walking and I stepped on some shells and down I went, camera and all. Ruined! No shot and no camera. Very upsetting to say the least, as it WAS a good camera. Returning to our apartment, I tried my best to dry out the damn thing. No luck, so Bill, Debbie (our daughter) and I went off to Costco, yes Costco in Cancun, and we bought this new little Sony Cyber Shot. What a surprise, I love this tiny little camera and the photos are pretty good. You can judge for yourself. Now, check out our afternoon snack.
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