Balsamic Reduction

Make Your Own Balsamic Reduction | A Teaspoon of Happiness

Balsamic reduction is one of those things that I never considered making at home. In the past, I didn’t really care for it or think it was cool enough to give it a second thought once I left a restaurant. But a few weeks ago, something changed.  I went to this new restaurant in town, Rustique, where I had pesto everything, (I may have mentioned this in my last post or two) but each piece of my pesto-laden meal was crowned with this liquid gem – balsamic reduction.

Suddenly, I couldn’t stop thinking about balsamic reduction. It’s thick, tangy, sweet and syrupy. It’s the perfect compliment to a garlicky pesto sauce or some sweet strawberries. Even a hearty pork tenderloin or a simple salad. And, guess what. It’s easy to make at home. It only requires two ingredients and a little bit of patience. Try making some this weekend. You’ll see…. 

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Spinach Basil Pesto

Spinach Basil Pesto | A Teaspoon of Happiness
You guys know that I like pesto right? Are you sure? Ok. Because if you don’t already know, I’ll be glad to tell you again. I love it. I mentioned last week, when I posted my recipe for Smoked Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad, that I would share my recipe for my favorite pesto sauce, spinach basil pesto, and now I am. It really is my favorite. It’s my favorite because it’s the best. It’s the best because it’s adding the spinach makes the basil go a lot farther, and basil can be expensive. Even when I grow my own, there’s never enough.

Spinach Basil Pesto | A Teaspoon of Happiness
This recipe makes it easy for you to enjoy any of your favorite pesto-based meals for a lot cheaper. It’s a 2:1 ratio of spinach to basil, so whatever you make will be extra green. I also opted to skip the pine nuts – although you’re more than welcome to use them yourself if you want – and I went for sliced almonds this time. In the past, I’ve used walnuts and even mixed cocktail nuts in a pinch. You really can’t go wrong, but I would steer clear of straight up peanuts since the flavor is so overwhelming.

Spinach Basil Pesto | A Teaspoon of Happiness
Next up for my pesto crazy self? Pesto fries inspired by the ones I just had at a local restaurant!… 

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Smoked Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad | A Teaspoon of Happiness

Smoked Turkey Pesto Pasta Salad

It’s nothing new, but I’m on a bit of a pesto kick again. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the pesto fries I had the other night, followed by a pizza that was topped with pesto, goat cheese and caramelized onions. I also made spinach basil pesto at home (recipe to… 

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Butternut Squash Bread | A Teaspoon of Happiness

Butternut Squash Bread

Have you heard that it’s Spring? Well apparently the weather didn’t because it still feels like winter here. In fact, we’re supposed to get a big winter storm tomorrow. What. The. Heck. Luckily the sun decided to make an appearance today. Obviously, I didn’t get the memo either because I’m still baking like it’s fall…. 

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6 Recipes for Easy Entertaining | A Teaspoon of Happiness

6 Recipes for Easy Entertaining

Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken by The Comfort of Cooking Let’s be honest. Entertaining can be hard if you’re trying to cook and socialize at the same time. I can’t even tell you the number of times that I’ve been trying to greet people and serve drinks while stirring and flipping things that aren’t quite cooked… 

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Curry Chickpea Salad | A Teaspoon of Happiness

Curry Chickpea Salad

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself and my readers in the past couple years, it’s that we love a good chickpea salad. I don’t know if it’s the endless possibilities or the idea that chickpeas are healthy, but they’ve become some of my most popular recipes to date. Personally, I like to think… 

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