Pesto with my Italian Double & ATOM

ATOM: A Taste of the Mediterranean

If it weren’t for the whole making-a-living part of life, I would spend all my days traveling the world without even giving it a second thought.  Unfortunately, making a living seems to be one of the cruel prerequisites to my globe-trotting dreams; so, until then, I travel when I get the chance and often resort to cooking to fulfill the rest of my curiosity.

This past month I thought of an idea that would be awesome to do with all the fellow food bloggers out there.  Let’s travel around the Mediterranean!  I know!  Why didn’t I think of this before?  My type of travel doesn’t require any sort of luggage or even a passport, just a hearty appetite for Med deliciousness.  We’ll taste it all; from the Portuguese influences present in Spanish cuisine to the earthy undertones unique in North African fare. 

The project has been appropriately titled, A Taste of the Mediterranean.  Each month I will feature a different culinary region from the Mediterranean (French, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern, North African and Spanish) along with an appropriate regional recipe.  This is where the traveling comes in.  The challenge will be to blog about your own spin on that particular recipe (or technique) for a chance to win that month’s grand prize.

Stamp from Italy 

Each challenge will also come with a unique stamp that all participants can use to decorate their blogs with!   If you need a smaller version of the stamp for your blog, click here.  Participate each month and collect them all!

Pesto with my Italian Double

What better place is there to start our Mediterranean excursion than in Italy?  The challenge for this month is based on the classic Pesto Genovese!  The sky’s the limit on the type of pesto you choose to make, so long as it follows the basic nut-cheese-garlic-oil combo.  All entries must be submitted (i.e. posted) by June 15th in order to be eligible to win that month’s prize. 

In the mean time, I leave you with a Pesto video I made with my Italian Double, Paolo.  I look forward to reading all the amazing pesto ideas everyone has to share!



All the rules & regs are posted here.

These are a couple of my favorite pestos: 

15 thoughts on “Pesto with my Italian Double & ATOM

  1. Tony I love your videos!!! You make cooking soooo much fun!! Keep up the great work. I’m looking forward to future videos.

  2. New commers are always welcome on my site and you are no exception. I love your site and will try my best to participate….

  3. Ciao… non hai anche una versione in italiano????? :-((((
    Sono negata in ingelese… mi piacerebbe molto leggere le tue ricette!!!!

  4. Jean Carlo – Thanks! I have lots of fun making the videos and I’m glad you enjoy them.

    Lina – Thank you!

    Canarygirl – haha, Paolo wasn’t easy to work with : ) Thanks for watching! I’m really looking forward to the pesto you make.

    HoneyB – I think YOU are awesome!! Thanks for watching the video.

    Kevin – I’ve been slowly eating all the pesto in my fridge this week; but cannot complain, the stuff is delicious! I hope you’ll join, I’d love to see what you come up with.

    Nina – Thank you! You have a great site, too! I hope you’re able to participate : )

    Morettina – Grazie! Mi dispiace, ma il mio Italiano non Γ¨ molto buono. Se si vede una ricetta di una foto che si desidera, fatemelo sapere e io cercherΓ² di tradurlo. Grazie per la tua visita!

  5. I want to see Paolo with his own set of video’s too! πŸ™‚
    This is too much fun, I love seeing “double”! Great video! You had me smiling the whole time!
    Congrats on your graduation and you MIXER!!!! We’ve got one too and it’s the BEST!!
    Thanks for the fun event, I wanna win! I do make a pesto, but didn’t write about it. I’ll have to get it up there to get in on the contest.
    I’ve got a little graduation giftie for you, send me your address!

  6. I think this is a fabulous idea. I hope to participate either this month or in the future. I’m glad I found your site!

  7. hey Tony , thanks for dropping by, now i’ve discovered your blog too, and its a really fun hangout, and your videos are entertaining πŸ™‚
    Cheers πŸ˜€

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