Two knocks on the door. Timid. Yet hopeful. Knocks.

Come in!

Enter Sophie.

“Hey Joanne, I was just wondering. Ummm. Did you mean to leave your pesto thawing on the counter?”

Notice the gleam in her eyes. The bated breath. (Diaphragm contracted. Chest expanded. Intrapleural pressure rising. Waiting to exhale.)

Why so tense, you might ask?

You see. I am a hoarder. (They made a television show about me on A&E. You may have seen it. It’s called…wait for it…Hoarders. Yeah, for an arts and entertainment channel they need to work on their creativity. Talk about eponymous.)

But only when it comes to food. (Things like class notes? They go in the garbage as quickly as possible. The sooner, the better, in my opinion.) But the pantry is a different story. My freezer contains probably eight bags of cranberries. And six containers of homemade pesto. Not to mention all of the cans of pumpkin and jars of peanut butter that are sitting on my bookshelf. And don’t forget that partridge in a pear tree. (I wish. I’ve heard good things about partridge meat.) I collect these things. Just in case. In case of what I’m not sure. Because I amass them. And then when it comes down to it, I have an aversion to using them.

Because. I start to think. What. If.

What if the day comes when I really need them? And then I don’t have them. Because I’ve used them on frivolous recipes. Joanne, I say to myself. You should just wait until the perfect recipe comes along. Never mind that by the time that occurs it might be cranberry season again. In which case you will probably just start adding new bags to the year old collection that is already in the freezer. And will still be just as opposed to using them.

Yeah. I have a definite problem.

It’s really amazing that Sophie and Sarah tolerate me.

Thankfully though, (for all parties involved) the next bread on the HBinFive assignment sheet was Pesto and Pine Nut Bread. And so I just had to do it. Face my fears. Head first.

Out came one of the containers of pesto. (Recipe here.) Into the dough it went. Along with some pine nuts. (Breathe, Jo. Breathe. Everything is going to be okay.) Rise. Preheat oven. Shape. Rise again. Bake. (Recipe for the bread is here.) Cool.

Eat. Rejoice in the fact that this? Was one of those perfect recipes. This bread tasted like pesto. If you can imagine such a thing. It was good. Really good.

And then, of course, because I knew that I was having you guys over for the Regional Recipes round-up, I had to make a dip to go on it. Because how can you have company over without some kind of nosh to offer up? (This is where my Italian roots come out. I really like feeding people. It’s in my genes.)

So into the food processor went some eggplant. Tahini. Cilantro. Garlic. Lemon juice. A few whirls of the blades.

And out came baba ganoush. Magic I tell you. Magic.

Baba Ganoush
Serves many, adapted from David Lebovitz

2 medium eggplants
1/2 cup tahini
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1 1/4 tsp coarse salt
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp chile powder
a few pinches of cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
cilantro or parsley

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Prick each eggplant a few times, then char the outside of the eggplants by placing them directly on the flame of a gas burner and as the skin chars, turn them until the eggplants are uniformly-charred on the outside. (If you don’t have a gas stove, you can char them under the broiler. If not, skip to the next step.)

Place the eggplants on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until they’re completely soft; you should be able to easily poke a paring knife into them and meet no resistance.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Split the eggplant and scrape out the pulp. Puree the pulp in a blender or food processor with the other ingredients until smooth.

Taste, and season with additional salt and lemon juice, if necessary. Chill for a few hours before serving.

The bread has been yeastspotted and will also be featured on the HBinFive roundup over at Big Black Dog later this month!
So please. Come in. Pull up a chair. Have some bread. With some baba ganoush. And settle in. (There will be no cell phone use permitted during the round-up so please turn all such devices to the off position. Notice the fire exits on the left and right side of the apartment. In the event of an emergency, walk – don’t RUN – to the nearest one. And please, no matter how hungry you get during the round-up, don’t eat your neighbor. It’s not polite.)

Let the round-up begin!

First up is Jasmine of Confessions of A Cardamom Addict. When I saw this recipe for Lamb, Prune and Almond Tagine with Honeyed Caramelized Onions, on her site I knew I had to beg/convince/coerce her to submit it. Thankfully, she graciously complied.

Marisa of The Creative Pot and I share a (not so) secret love of Claudia Roden. By which I mean we are completely enamored with every one of her recipes. Mia cooked three of them for this event, all of them gorgeous and delicious.

We have Zhoozshed Up Tabbouleh:
Sweet Potato Salad with Green Olives:
Zucchini Puree with Tomatoes:
Mia of Vanilla Strawbery Springfields who is one of my best blogger friends threw me a surprise birthday party this year, at which she cooked the chicken with caramelized onions and honey that I had posted for the event. They say imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, so what better present could I have asked for!
Faith of An Edible Mosaic and I are on the same page when it comes to birthdays in that we bake for those we love (rather than give gifts…at least in my case). Thus, she made this Knafeh for her husband Mike’s birthday this year. I can definitely see why this is his favorite cake…after this it may become mine as well! Move over carrot cake, there’s a NEW dessert in town.
If you think Middle Eastern food is only for adults, you are wrong because Azita of Turmeric and Saffron claims that her kids love these Persian Zucchini Kookoo. I must be five at heart because they have got me drooling.
Christine of Kits Chow made this Muhammara in an attempt to clean out her pantry. This looks so delicious that I would never have guessed that she had just thrown it together from things she had on hand. The hallmark of a good dish!

Daniel over at Casual Kitchen submitted this recipe all the way from Chile! (Yes he has survived the earthquake, thank god.) He describes this shrimp in tomato sauce as both exotic tasting (it has cumin and cinnamon – my favorites) and simple to make. A winner for sure.
Yasmeen of Health Nut always features the most colorful and flavorful dishes that I have ever seen. They are so aesthetically pleasing, it’s insane. Which is why I was so happy when she regaled us with this Matazeez with Vegetables and Salmon:
As well as this lamb kabouli:
Andreas of Delta Kitchen, who was inspired by the leeks that are currently in season, made this fantastic Herbs and Green Egg Pie from Iran. Talk about seasonal cooking!
What is food porn? The timeless question that Greg of Sippity Sup asked himself while making this dish. To be honest, I’m pretty sure that if you Wikipedia’ed the term, these zucchini fritters with dill would show up on the page.
Jagruti over at Joy of Cooking decided to try to make couscous using a new set of spices and flavors than her traditional method. And I sure am glad she did, because this Couscous with Moroccan Vegetable Tagine looks excellent! Then again, it has butternut squash so I was already predestined to like it.
When Ann of Split Pear-sonality asked me if she could submit more than one recipe, I told her the more the merrier. Little did I know what wonders she had in store for us! First up, she brings us this Milk Pudding with Balsamic Strawberries. Yes I always try to eat dessert first.
Lamb Kabouli.
And, if those last two weren’t enough to send you into foodie heaven, this Middle Eastern Saj bread.

Kim, the lovely writer over at Stirring the Pot, said that her Saffron Chicken Kabobs and Couscous with Pistachios, Chickpeas, and Corn had magical qualities…they even allowed her to tune out her eight year old daughter at dinner! Now that is some high quality stuff. What I love most about these recipes, though, are that they came from books that Kim got out of the library…which also happens to be MY favorite place to get cookbooks! You know what they say, great minds think alike.
Deb of Kahakai Kitchen, one of my oldest and dearest blogger friends whipped up two beautiful dishes – Cherried and Chickpea’d Farro and Ground Lamb Kefta Patties with Tahini Sauce from not one, but two of my favorite chefs (Nigella Lawson and Claudia Roden). Needless to say, I will be making these soon.
I loved PJ of Ginger and Garlic‘s approach to this blog event. Rather than try to choose a specific recipe to make, she took the flavor profile of Middle Eastern cuisine and ran with it. Ending up with this stuffed lentil za’atar bread with a yogurt dip. Genius.
Sayantani of A Homemaker’s Diary, knowing that the way to a man’s heart is through food, made this Moroccan Harira for her husband on their anniversary. Lucky guy!
Tami of Always Eat on the Good China (and a fellow hostess over at Our Krazy Kitchen) relives memories of her college roommate with this Armenian Easter Bread (Choreg). Even if didn’t already celebrate Easter, I’m pretty sure I would start just so I could eat this bread.
A bread lover like myself (she must know that I want to experience every complex carb out there), Elra delivers this Manoushi bread with Za’atar and Sumac, two spices that are indigenous to the Middle East. Wouldn’t you just love a piece of this for breakfast?
Martha of Seaside Simplicity brings us what she calls a party in a bowl. This dish seems so colorful and delicious, my stomach is having a party just thinking about eating it!
Ruchika of Ruchika Cooks was lucky in that she got experience Middle Eastern food firsthand on a trip she took to visit her sister in Dubai. Check out her post to see all of her beautiful photos! And also her recipes for the three scrumptious dishes she made!

First up we have Egg Kofta Biryani.
Next, veg seekh kabobs.
And last but not least, Laban.
I was so happy that Debbi of Debbi Does Dinner decided to join us because…this was her first blogging event ever! Not only did Debbi participate but she refused to be holed in by foods that were familiar to her and instead chose to make two completely new dishes! The first was this colorful Salatit Khodar Meshakel or mixed vegetable salad.
And the second were Manti, also known as Turkish dumplings.
SE of Denufood graces us with two beautiful dishes, the first of which is a batch of Almond/Chocolate Rugelach. These delicious little Jewish cookies are some of my favorite treats! I can’t believe she got them to roll up so perfectly…that is no easy feat.

She also finishes up the last of her fresh (homegrown) dill with this Shepu Bhaath or Dill Rice Pilaf. Way to end the dill season with a bang!
Next is my submission of Chicken with Caramelized Onion Baby Onions and Honey. Not much to say about that. Except that I loved it. And was truly sad when I ran out of leftovers.

Last but not least, Graziana of Erbe in Cucina brings us a beautiful Herb Baked Omelet (Kuku) from Iran. The best part is, it was made entirely of herbs from her garden!

So this brings us to the end of our travels, at least for this month. Thank you all for stopping by! And for submitting these fabulous recipes! I am SO impressed by the turnout!

The fun does not end here, however. Because next month we are headed to….IRELAND. In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, when EVERYONE is Irish (even this Italian girl from Queens) I invite you to cook some Irish soda bread, Guinness stews, or just about anything with Bailey’s. Please join in and send your entries to [email protected] by March 31st along with your name, a photo of your dish and a link to your post!

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86 Responses to Baba Ganoush on Pesto Pine Nut Bread…and the Regional Recipes Round-Up!

  1. Wow Joanne what an awesome collection of recipes! It’s not even 8am and just looking at this has me starving (and drooling)! I can’t wait to visit all of them this weekend – even more can’t wait to try them myself! Yum, yum, yum! Excellent job on putting it all together too 🙂

  2. Luigi says:

    OK I was hungry before I saw this, now I could eat a horse, or my desk, whichever is tastiest. Fantastic collection of recipes, impressive work by many clever people.

  3. SE says:

    wow…wonderful roundup, Joanne !! Early morning and I fast on Tuesdays…and am seeing all these wonderful dishes here !!! Can’t wait till evening !

  4. Excellent and delicious round-up – I printed far too many recipes to try – thanks, Joanne!

  5. Excellent and delicious round-up – I printed far too many recipes to try – thanks, Joanne!

  6. Pam says:

    OMG…girl….I love your sense of humor! Those dishes look really great and so many…way to go!

    Just didn’t work out to participate last month! Love saying Baba Ganoush!…fun…fun…fun!


  7. Joanne
    Loved your MCeeing all these dishes and guests! Wow, you can be in charge of my next party! Please!

  8. Another hilarious post and what a round-up you have! I have a lot of printing to do!

  9. Amy says:

    I want a bite of that bread! I always have pesto in the frig. Always.

    So…um…holy smokes, Joanne! Look at that collection of recipes from everyone. Awesome. (I can’t believe nobody made Naan!) When I get back from my trip, I’m going to go through each one in more detail. They all look absolutely amazing. And love your choice of Baba Ganoush.

    p.s. wait until you own a home and can devote an entire room as a pantry. You won’t believe the things you’ll stock pile.

  10. Yummy round up Joanne! I love baba ganoush, but never made it at home. Now I have the recipe right in front of me.

  11. Elra says:

    Gorgeous round ups Jo, Love everything here. In fact, would love to try some of the recipe.

  12. wow!!! What an awesome collection of recipes Joanne!!!I love the name baba ganoush… looks simply yumm!

  13. PJ says:

    wonderful roundup, Joanne! everything looks so delicious.

  14. Erica says:

    Wow, Wow!!!!What a beautiful list of dishes!!!!I have to check some of those recipes.

  15. It’s been a million years since I made baba ganoush. This looks wonderful!

  16. Oh Joanne, I’m SO glad you were brave and used your lovely pesto! 🙂 My goodness, the bread sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to try your baba ganoush! 🙂

  17. katerina says:

    I am totally a hoarder too, but for different reasons. First I forget things are in the freezer unless they went in recently, and second I would rather cook anyways! I have endless yummy soup and stew leftovers in the freezer which never seem to get used.

  18. Bob says:

    Bread that tastes like pesto? I’m so there.

    Crap, I had meant to send something in for this roundup! I had a recipe picked out and everything. All right, Irish is next. I can make something Irish in the next month, especially if it gives me an excuse to grab a bottle of Baileys. 😀

  19. Mimi says:

    Oh my. I knew I shouldn’t have come over here, so much good delicious food!! I’ll restart Weight Watchers tomorrow (tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow….)

    Frozen pesto hoarding? Aren’t you just prepared for the next great basil shortage?

  20. Laurie says:

    What an awesome roundup! I love your pesto pine nut bread.. yum!
    And I love the medical terminology jargon.. glad you love your studies!

  21. great roundup. I don’t know what to try first

  22. Gulmohar says:

    Awesome round up with so many yummy dishes…would love to try some of them..

  23. I would so love to try that Pesto and Pine Nut Bread! Excellent round up of amazing dishes! I will have to try to participate in the Ireland one for sure.

  24. Ann says:

    Great job, Joanne! what an impressive round-up, you did an awesome job collecting and collating everything! Phew..where do i even begin bookmarking….

  25. Karen says:

    Wow, what a roundup! Everything looks really great! Sounds like a fun group to belong to!

  26. Debbie says:

    Wow…what a great round up Joanne!!! I don’t know where to start – so many fantastic looking dishes!

  27. Andreas says:

    Impressive roundup. One could easily spend the time from breakfast to lunch reading all those recipes.

  28. Azita says:

    this is a great round up Joanne! everything looks so tasty and amazing! i’d love to try the pesto and pine nut bread, delicious! thank you!

  29. I was blown away by your round up. I am quite not exposed to Middle Eastern cuisine, so my knowledge about it is very minimal…
    looking at the pictures (and reading the links) made me want to try them all… Let me know when you are going to SouthEast Asia, I’ll be happy to cruise along with you…

  30. Kathleen says:

    This is the most amazing round up ever. What a talented bunch!

  31. Holey moley what a round-up!
    Very colourful, flavourful, and delicious.

    So funny, I am exactly the same as you with ingredients. “Scarcity thinking”. What if??? 🙂

  32. Debinhawaii says:

    Wow! What a round-up! I am drooling over all the fabulous dishes–so many wonderful recipes. Thanks for being the hostess with the mostess–your bread and baba ganoush look delicious.

    Can’t wait for Ireland! 😉

  33. Pam says:

    I’m a hoarder too! Great roundup!

  34. totally am a pack rat. i can’t waste food/let it go. hahhaa.

    AND sinuses suck. UGH! it’s getting better tho. i spent the hwole lab yetserday only hearing out of one ear. haha.

    UGH! girls like that. what’s sad is that most of the guys think that they’re hot! whatever. i just get as sweaty as i can. =D

  35. Hey Joanne,
    It is an excellent roundup. I missed this event this time but I will certainly be making something for next event. I have started following you from today so I keep tabs on events and posts dear!

  36. Mari says:

    OMG this post was incredible! I want to drive to the nearest middle eastern restaurant and order everything on the menu!

    Ohhh and that is exactly how I found out about Luigi being a daddy! he left a comment so nonchalant lol in true Luigi style lol

    Soooooo my race is this weekend and I am sitting here with ice on my shins…I feel like a REAL RUNNER! hahahahaha

  37. ruchikacooks says:

    Excellent round up Jo, thanks for bringing so many dishes in one post..Have already marked a few..The BG you made is heaven with pita bread, though I share a lot with the love of my life, this one I will not.

    Now I have to go search for Irish dishes(hope I wont end up in a pub)..I am also hosting an event- the Home remedies..So is there a Doc in the house 😉

    You can send some simple remedies(not medicines) either for beauty, pregnancy, cold, flu, aches…

  38. Katy ~ says:

    A mouthwatering collection of fabulous recipes and photographs to go with. Oh my! Such talent and diversity and deliciousness.

  39. Shannon says:

    wow, so many great recipes!! and i am such a hoarder, too! trying desperately to be better about using what i have in my fridge/freezer/cupboards…

  40. Danielle says:

    mmm….everything looks so darned good!

  41. Faith says:

    Lol, my hubby is a hoarder! (When it comes to EVERYTHING though! 😉 ) It looks like pesto was the perfect use for this gorgeous bread, especially with baba ganoush. This is a really fabulous round-up Joanne!

  42. Debbi Smith says:

    Your bread looks amazing and I love all the great recipes! I can’t wait to go through them more when I have time, thanks! ~

  43. dessert girl says:

    Pesto pine nut bread?? That sounds soooo good! And the Rugelach are beautiful!

  44. Pam says:

    So many great recipes – I am literally drooling.

  45. Nicole, RD says:

    HOLY DELICIOUSNESS!!!! Everything looks fabulous and what a wonderful turnout! That cake from Faith looks wonderful! When I saw it on her blog, I was so intrigued and drooled just reading the ingredient list!

    I’ll work on something Irish. That would be a good challenge for me and I want to participate toooooo!

  46. Kim says:

    Wow Joanne! That was one heck of a roundup. How exciting to have so many people participating. I “hoard” too! Some ingredients are hard for me to come by, so I have a tendency to save them for “special recipes” – whatever that means:D
    The pesto bread sounds delicious. I need to get back on board with hbin5.
    Drooling over that roundup – so many delicious things! I’m excited to celebrate Ireland!

  47. sophia says:

    Loved the round-up, Joanne!
    And wahaha! I’m a hoarder, too! I have two gallons of milk, two mega-loaves of bread, a packet of pita, 5 lbs of cheeses, 18-eggs carton, 2 heads of cabbage, 3 packs of brussel sprouts…

    Ah, my roommate never says a word though, God bless her!

  48. Ok am late and have a 1000 excuses but wont list ’em (will send u an email instead-lol)…
    Hey Joanne u know what,we grilled aubergines today,yeah we grill ’em as close to the fire as possible,traditionally we’d grill em on wood fire, and they look jus as charred and toss a salad thats so healthy n delish (will post later) and was actually think of making this dip that saw Nigella whip but lemme tell u i had no idea its called Ganoush :-)))))
    Love this recipe ,only i dont have jars of pesto and need to sprint to the maket if am making some :-)))0
    I more of a chocolate and sprinkle hoarder ,though that chocolate never reaches the hoarding stage…

    You know ,givin ya this little gift was one of my most exciting blogger moments ,waiting for ur reaction and for eveybody to wish u…:-))))

    And would love to gift u this month too so if u can ……errr… negotiate with a recipe or 2 maybe :-))))and i’ll gladly play along and imitate ur rocking deliciousness babes….

    And Sophie and Sarah love u not tolerate u… sure of this one …
    Amazing round up …wanna bookmark quite a few ,begining with ur ganoush and am so in love with my jar of tahini these days i tell u….
    hey is Marisa also Mia?

    You have quite a turnout-aint suprised and it’ll be muc bigger next time round too and gurl soon Joannes Regional fest’s will be the talk of the town…..

  49. It is posts like these that really inspire me … and I could use some foodie inspiration about now.

    Love, love, love the pesto and pine nut bread idea. Thanks!

  50. Jagruti says:

    Hey Joanne

    Great round up…lots of new dishes for me to try…I love your pesto and pine nut bread..thanx for sharing…an award waiting for you at my space….plz collect it..

  51. Marisa says:

    Wow – what a stupendous roundup! Pretty much ALL of the dishes look mouthwatering – I don’t know where to start.

    Great choice for the next round too – was just thinking I should do some Irish foods this month for St Patrick’s day – you read my mind!

  52. Graziana says:

    great round-up! I’m already thinking of some irish treat…

  53. Joanne says:

    Don’t make me pick just one! Everything looks so fantastic. Send those Chefs over to my house!

  54. Yasmeen says:

    I usually stock up on seasonal berries 😀 The pesto bread and baba ganoush sound rich and satisfying together.Love the delish round up!

  55. Lynda says:

    Yum! I feel like I’ve gained a couple calories looking at all of that great food. And the baba ganoush!UMM. I can’t wait to bake the pesto bread next week. Great post. I’m off the check out the other blogs.

  56. Ann says:

    Hey Joanne, I got a “bloggie award” so i’m passing it on to you, since thats what I’m supposed to do with it. And here I was ringing up George Clooney to escort me to the “award” show….

    Can’t wait for Ireland, never cooked that cuisine before – sounds like fun!

  57. Sippity Sup says:

    This is a great round up and I am honored to be included. GREG

  58. Bridgett says:

    Wow….I am in love. lol. Everything looks just perfect.

  59. Mary says:

    You’ve done an absolutely fabulous job with the round-up. Kudos. Everything looks delicious.

  60. Joanne, you are so funny about your hoarding of food, that made me laugh. I’m glad you were able to use some of your ingredients and make something awesome, the pesto and pine nut bread sounds so good!

  61. msmeanie says:

    Wow. I’m away for just a few days, and you’ve posted so many amazing recipes already! You’re too quick for me. 🙂 Great roundup, and the baba ganoush looks delish!

  62. teresa says:

    fantastic roundup! i love this! and the bread, i love pesto enough as it is, but to put it in a bread? i can’t wait to make this! great job joanne!

  63. Catherine says:

    Everything looks great- what a wonderful roundup!
    Thata Baba Ganoush sounds terrific! I’ll take your word for it and try that delicious looking magic soon!
    Have a wonderful week!

  64. Chef Aimee says:

    All wonderful! Being Armenian, the Cheoreg is my favorite from this list! My grandmother taught me and my sisters how to make it, and I look forward to the experience each Easter!

    Joanne, your baba looks amaaaazing!

  65. theUngourmet says:

    I’m a bit of a food hoarder myself. I forget what I have sometimes. This on one great looking round-up!

  66. vickys says:

    You might just be slightly evil..but evil nonetheless! I love all the entries, and presenting them to me ALL AT ONCE, Phew! I’m overwhelmed with yumminess. 🙂 I’m definitely entering your roundup next! St Paddy’s day here I come!

  67. What a great collection. I was so busy cooking for Dave, I forgot. Forgive me.

    May I make it up to you by telling you I have a cookware giveaway. I think, you recently said you need more. Drop by. You might just win or you might not. sob

  68. Kerstin says:

    What a fabulous roundup! I’m the same way with ingredients – mainly baking chips. I get nervous if I have any less than 10 varieties available at any given moment – it’s crazy, but I like having options!

  69. Shirley says:

    Are you born in the Chinese year of the Rat? That hoarding personality sounds familiar.

  70. Cindy says:

    hi jo!!!!

    was so happy to see your comment (thanks!) yet bummed to hear about the hip. never worried about you, tho … defer or not, you’ll kick boston’s butt when you’re back in business.

    been stalking you and i seriously cannot believe everything you’ve been up to in the kitchen. sounds like school is also going well … so happy for your success!

  71. Oh my, what a delicious round-up of recipes! I’m so impressed with the variety!

  72. melrose says:

    Excellent!!! I love Ireland and I’d like to participate for the first time! I’ve found out about this event thru Maria from Plachinka:)

  73. Michelle says:

    WOW…WOW…WOW! What a great roundup! Such gorgeous pictures and I wish I had more time to explore each and every one of them! Darn it all that work is heating up for the season!

    Glad the Pesto Bread was so good, I’m making mine today!

  74. Pesto bread sounds like my dream come true. Totally with you on the hoarding. Recently I’ve been dreading the next time I move since I’ve gotten so many new things since the last. It’s not just food now but food styling props…

  75. Kits Chow says:

    That is one roundup! Love all the recipes. Thanks for hosting.

  76. Femalechef says:

    Wow I am speechless ………great job!!!

  77. Bonnie says:

    Wow, a lot of food. I love pesto and keep a whole freezer full of it as well. Thank goodness for the pesto bread and a chance to use it.

  78. Cristie says:

    What a round-up! TASTY EATS! I thought I was coming for the pesto bread and whoa, man so much more for the view. Love your bread, wasn’t it great?

  79. Jenny says:

    This bread had the most delicious smell while baking from the pesto. I made mine from canned because I didn’t have any fresh basil on hand, but fresh pesto is the yummiest!
    Off to check out some of the other yumminess that you’ve posted here now.

  80. petra says:

    I can so identify with your “problem” I am actually in the process of having to clean out four freezers (well only one is a chest the others are tiny top of the fridge kind) before the movers come the end of may. Good thing though is I have rarely gone shopping since I started. I have it all in the house…somewhere

  81. Petra says:

    oops, i had the wrong web address on my “fingers” saved that zaatar. Brings back memories

  82. Ezzie says:

    Love pesto…hadn’ thought of putting baba ganoush on it…wonderful idea! And wow this roundup is great!

  83. Elwood says:

    What a roundup! I think I gained 10 lbs just reading it.

  84. Wow! What a great roundup! Very interesting recipes. And, the pesto bread looks great! Thanks for the pesto recipe!

  85. Ruth Daniels says:

    So sorry I missed taking part in all the fun. I love travelling around the world – all those great foods to eat.

    Great roundup.

  86. Danielle says:

    I loved the pesto pine nut bread!! What a great combo with the baba ganoush! You know what would be interesting (this just came to me)? grinding the pine nuts before adding them to the dough and then making pita! 😀

    Anyways….great round-up…tons of great looking dishes.

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