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Pasta with Fresh Corn Pesto and Basil

Yesterday I ventured to the Union Square Farmers Market to pick up a few ingredients for a recipe that I found in Bon Appetit magazine. Once again the myriad of tents filled to the brim with fresh fruits and vegetables had everything I was looking for…and more. Instead of buying an overpriced bunch of basil from whole foods that costs about 10 times more than it should, I picked up a basil plant for only four dollars. I also got several ears of sweet corn. Vegetables, flowers and more. Soon I was armed with several bags of goodies and went home to get cookin. The recipe that I was about to try was Tagliatelle with fresh corn pesto and basil. I halfed Bon Appetit’s recipe and made a few changes as well. Below is the recipe I ended up using. Fettucine with Fresh Corn Pesto and Basil 3 cups corn kernels (about 4 large ears) 1 large garlic clove, minced salt and pepper to taste 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan 1/4 cup pinenuts 8 ounces …

Rel’s Ravenous Review of Il Cortile

On Mulberry street in Little Italy, there are countless Italian restaurants. Which one to go to? Which one to choose? Sign after sign of Italian menus beckon pedestrians to come in and mangia. A few nights ago, my boyfriend and I decided to go to Il Cortile. As soon as we walked up to the entrance, a server brought us to a tiny nook outside where we could sit. Finally! It was nice enough to sit outside! When we sat down, we were brought our menus and a huge basket of bread. The bread basket was impressive for a few reasons. First of all there were about 6 different kinds of bread: focaccia, bread sticks, crispy sesame rods, and sliced baguette and more! Furthermore, there was enough bread there to feed a small army. My one complaint is that while the bread tasted fresh, it wasn’t warm. Perhaps this is a bit picky of me, but I think if you’re going to go all out on the bread basket, it might as well be steaming …