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Pesto Mussels


  • 3 pounds of mussels

  • ½ cup of dry white wine

  • 3 tablespoons of prepared fresh pesto sauce


  1. Add the pesto and wine to a large, deep pan. Heat them over medium heat until they begin to simmer.

  2. Add the mussels and cover until they have steamed open—about five minutes.

  3. A great way to make this dish more luxurious would be to add just a hint of cream, or, instead, add a selection of halved colorful summer tiny tomatoes (they look like heirloom cherries) to a tablespoon of hot oil before adding the wine and pesto to the pan. Their skin will crackle, and they will erupt a bit, mingling their sweetness and sun-burst texture with the sauce.

Grilled Garlic Peasant Bread Ingredients

  • ½ round of peasant bread

  • Olive oil for drizzling
2-4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

  • Course salt

Grilled Garlic Peasant Bread Procedure

  1. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat.

  2. Cut the bread into thick slices, and then cut them in half again.

  3. Char the bread lightly on the grill, 2-3 minutes per side.

  4. Rub the hot bread with the cut end of a garlic clove. The garlic will melt into the bread…move onto the next clove as it dissolves away.

  5. Finish the grilled garlic bread with a light drizzling of golden olive oil and a sprinkling of course salt.

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