What is it about from-scratch cooking that is so satisfying? There are plenty of nights where it’s just not possible to do everything from scratch, and the meals vary along the spectrum of “throw-the-fish-sticks-and-french-fries-in-the-oven” all the way to “Caesar salad-with-homemade-dressing-with-homemade-croutons-with-freshly-grated-Parmesan-with-grilled-marinated-chicken”. And while I’m not a food snob and am totally fine with tossed together meals that are still somewhat healthy (just ask Josh!), there is something special about the meals that take time and energy. I tend to savor each bite and linger a little more over each flavor.
Last night was one of those meals. Since it was a Friday night, pizza seemed quite appropriate! By default, I most often make BBQ chicken pizza, but as I thought about it, a tomato pesto pizza seemed perfect. On hand or in the garden, I had tomatoes (both beef steak and cherry), basil, pine nuts, garlic, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and basic pantry items. I had never made pesto before, but a little research online made it seem easy. With that, a delicious summer meal was born: