Confessions of a Cooking Challenged Writer and Garlic Scape Pesto #2

Hi everyone! In all my years of Take Back the Kitchen, I realize I have never had a post written by someone who has experienced true obstacles to cooking and is working on overcoming them.

Elizabeth Howard, a new friend with a wonderful blog, has eloquently written about her challenges in the kitchen.  She writes…

” …I bet you have an issue with food. I did. Er, do. Alma told me: “EVERYBODY has a story to tell about eating!” So here goes mine…

As a kid, I didn’t eat any veggies or fruit. I literally gagged on iceberg lettuce. My brain just did NOT like the idea of anything that grew out of the ground.

I do not know why.

My mom hated to cook, and made no bones about it. It was a chore for her to make three meals a day for 8 people after getting home from work.  She didn’t like to do it.

Like any mom of the ’70s, she was thrilled to indulge in convenience foods. Frozen and canned and packaged made her very content…”

For the rest of her piece and to check out her blog, click here:

Now for a simple and interesting recipe that any of us can make!  My friend Lauren gave me a different scape recipe years ago but I did not have all the ingredients handy the other day so I created this new one.
Spread on toast  and add some cheese, mix into eggs or put in pasta. YUM!!!
Garlic Scape Pesto:

1 cup chopped garlic scapes, about 4-6 scapes (can get at Farmer’s Markets and some supermarkets)
1/2 cup almond butter or sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup olive oil
pinch of salt
Puree in a food processor until creamy consistency of pesto


2 Responses

  1. Loved your guest blogger post. But let me understand this… to see pictures of you and the children (oh they have all grown so much!) I have to go to other people’s blogs? LOL….

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