The Proof is in the Pesto: Tips and Recipes from an Italian Chef


April 3, 2013 in #FSEntertainU,News

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Nothing says “garden-fresh” like homemade pesto — and nothing could be easier, either. The ingredients are few, inexpensive (since basil thrives in pots or beds) and simple, like all the best Italian cuisine.

The bright green flavourful paste is believed to have originated in the coastal Liguria region of northern Italy and its name means “to pound” or “to crush,” referring to the traditional preparation with a mortar and pestle.

Today, making pesto is as easy as tossing the best quality ingredients you can find into a blender and letting it do all the work. Once finished, it enhances almost any dish from pasta and gnocchi to pizza and bruschetta. It can also be drizzled into soups or tossed with potatoes, with zesty, delicious results every time.

And though we love the instant gratification of this year-round staple, there are a few key tricks to make restaurant-quality pesto, as explained here by Antonio Minichiello,  Chef at Veranda — the contemporary Italian restaurant at  Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.

Learn from Antonio’s best tips, then try it yourself with his recipes for Homemade Pesto and Simple Caprese Salad.

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It's Barista Bootcamp Day at Four Seasons Orlando ☕️ The first of only 4 fun classes revealing barista tips and tricks - and enjoying a...
Can I make you a latte? I've got some mad Barista skills now that I enjoyed the Four Seasons Orlando's #BaristaBootcamp!
Decisions, Decisions.... #Gelato delights abound at the @fsorlando. You'll find creamy & colorful confections at #licketysplit. #fourseasons...
Snowman Latte art at Four Seasons Orlando Resort. Joy! ⛄️
The hotel lobby bar is always a great place to hang out after a long day and @fsorlando is no exception! This is the 90's nostalgia inspired...
My latte art needs some work but this is the best cup of coffee I've ever made! Thank you Allison and the team of Lickety Split at @fsorland...
Making good coffee is not easy. I got lots of insider tips from @fsorlando Lickety Split manager Allison Burkard at today's #BaristaBootcamp...
I had so much fun tonight at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando Barista Bootcamp! I learned how to make the best cappuccino, tried my hand at l...
Do you remember your first time meeting Mickey Mouse? These little ones were definitely star struck! #lovemickey at Four Seasons Orlando #GO...
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The Barista Boot Camp @fsorlando was such an awesome experience!!! #FourSeasons #FSTaste #FSEntertainU #BaristaBootCamp 📷 @cosmopolitando...
This @fsorlando #coffee cold-brews for eight hours and packs a WAY bigger #caffeine wallop than espresso, double to triple a regular cup of ...
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