1st of the month featured blogger plus a pesto sandwich

Yes, today is What’s Cooking Wednesday, but it’s also the first of the month, which means it’s time for a featured blogger, and who better to feature than Shannon of Tales from the Fairy Blogmother, creator and host of What’s Cooking Wednesday?

Shan’s was one of the first blogs I ever read, months before I had one of my own, and since then, I’ve always looked forward to finding out what she and her family (includes two adorable little girls!) are up to. Shan writes about her life as a mom and wife and active fundraiser for many good causes (and so much more!) with such honesty, I can’t help but feel like we just chatted on the phone after reading her posts. And I just *love* when she shares family memories as well.

So what I’m saying is, you should visit Shan on Wednesdays for sure to check out all the lovely WCW recipes, but hang around the rest of the week too, and you’re likely to find yourself wondering what the fam’ is up to this weekend.

(I hope that doesn’t sound creepy Shan, but I really do wish I could come to your parties and family get-togethers!)

Now for those of you who expected a recipe today, I’m going to cheat a bit–I *did* post two recipes last week, you know.

Here is what I had for lunch yesterday:

You want a closer look?

That’s prosciutto cotto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto on a fabulous, fresh “rosetta” roll. The pesto recipe can be found here, and this panino was a great way to use up pesto left over from the previous night’s pasta.

If even after the pesto, you’re still feeling recipe-deprived, be sure to come back Friday when I’ll be posting my part of the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest round-up (including prize winners). Lots of great O Foods coming your way soon, so stay tuned!

22 Beans of Wisdom to “1st of the month featured blogger plus a pesto sandwich”
  1. Gil

    Great pictures with such brilliant colors! These posts always make me go looking for a late night snack.

    Well you know what our grandmothers would say about that…Mangia! Mangia!

  2. I just came from Shan’s site. Today was my first WCW post. Woot.

    I’m liking the look of those sandwiches. yum.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..My first “What’s Cooking Wednesday” post – Rigatoni with Sausage

    Woohoo! Welcome to WCW!

  3. 10.01.2008

    Aaaah so that’s were all my blog buddies are getting the WCW initiative!

    Hey, since you *did* give us a closer look… do I see ice crystals on your leafy lettuce?

    Oh, Michelle, you’ve just made me very hungry…

    Actually there’s no lettuce on there! That’s just the way the bread separated at parts with pesto on either side 🙂

  4. 10.01.2008

    Are you a blog stalker? Nah! I think your recommendation just sounded sweet.

    Diane Mandy’s last blog post..Exclusive!!! Sarah Palin Debate Preparations

    Hee hee…thanks Diane! I hope Shannon feels the same way 🙂

  5. 10.01.2008

    See, I think that is a really decadent sandwich. All that pesto. mmmmmmmm. It’s just so satisfying even to just think about it.

    Diana’s last blog post..Jerry’s O Menu

    I’m having another one right now Diana…and mmmmmmmm is right 🙂

  6. 10.01.2008

    Ah, Michelle, when are you going to make some nice pesto chicken salad? With some leaves or tomatoes, it’s a piatto unico! Leftovers are welcome, too.

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..Friday nights

    You know we don’t tend to have a lot of chicken. We have hens for eggs, but the males hardly ever get the axe, and you know what happens to the old hens….

  7. 10.01.2008

    Mmmmm, now I am hungry!!! Not fair to torture me this early Michelle 😉

    My Mélange’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday: Best of Paris

    Sorry Robin. Hope you find some pesto soon 🙂

  8. 10.01.2008

    What a beautiful and delicious sandwich!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for putting together the wonderful Ofoods event!

    I love your blog and can’t wait to take a look around! My family is from Catania (and many still live there)…I would love to go visit and stay a while!

    Aggie’s last blog post..Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    So happy you’ve come by! Catania is just a quick trip across the Strait of Messina for me…in fact, one of P’s sisters lives in Messina and goes to Catania frequently.

  9. 10.01.2008

    All I can say is “YUM”, can you send me one?

    Deb R’s last blog post..The state of our country.

    I wish I could Deb!

  10. I think I’m going to start using “…plus a sandwich” the way we used to say “all that and a bag of chips.”

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Cluesday communiqué 1: the credit crisis

    Plus a pesto sandwich though! I remember how you enjoyed my “here at BE” reference…well I’m loving the “THE clue-by-four.” It’s an event!

  11. 10.01.2008

    Oh yum….it brings back memories of backpacking through Europe and when in Italy…I gorged on fresh tomatoes and mozzarella with basil and olive oil….

    Glad to bring back such great memories 🙂

  12. I think of it more as a stick to club stupid with, but you feel me.

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Cluesday communiqué 1: the credit crisis

    Well that’s an event if I’ve ever heard one 😉

  13. 10.01.2008

    Hi Shan!
    That sandwich looks yum Michelle… I can never get that close and have the photo turn out as clear as that. I should probably read the manual or get a new camera.:)

    If your camera has a macro setting, that’s your best bet Joe 🙂

  14. 10.01.2008

    Oh…that is making my mouth water…maybe I should go eat some breakfast? I still don’t think that it would be as good as that panino…

    sadira’s last blog post..Decorated…

    Hope you had a nice breakfast anyway 🙂

  15. 10.01.2008

    I don’t eat meat anymore, but at one point when I was in Calabria I was partial to a similar sandwich–tomato, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella and tuna on a roll. Mmmmm.

    pizzocalabro’s last blog post..Some Conversations Are More Fun to Overhear Than to Experience

    I didn’t think I’d enjoy pesto on a sandwich as much as I do…will have to try it with tonno!

  16. 10.02.2008

    I am so craving that sandwich. Yum. You take the best photos of food. I always go away hungry when I read one of your food posts!

    Kacey’s last blog post..Family Traditions

    So happy you enjoyed 🙂

  17. 10.02.2008

    Thanks, I just had that ah-ha moment, pesto! Why didn’t I think of this? A few co-workers and I have created our own lunch at the office. Rub garlic on a baguette slice, drizzle olive oil and balsamic on the slices, add a slice of prosciutto, mozzarella,a slice of Polish heirloom tomato, and a basil leaf. Pesto would add so much to this. Grazie!

    DL’s last blog post..Lines

    Just go easy on the garlic if you’re adding pesto too! Your co-workers may not want to be around you later 😉

  18. 10.03.2008

    Well Wow! I’m not even sure what to say. Thanks. And you are welcome any time. Always room for one more at the table. Especially my first WCW participant! I should be cleaning the house, but reading this was way better:) Thanks a million Michelle!

    Shan’s last blog post..she’s a real cowgirl now

    Yes, the house cleaning can definitely wait! Hope you got some more visits today 🙂

  19. 10.03.2008

    I’ll easily share your lunch, michelle. What could be better than a simple yet fresh tom sandwich!

    myfrenchkitchen’s last blog post..Montgolfière en France

    Mmmm I agree Ronell 🙂

  20. 10.05.2008

    I love that close-up picture of the sandwich. Thanks also for the link.

    Hélène’s last blog post..Memories of the Past – Apple Crisp

    Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for stopping in!

  21. 10.06.2008

    I had one of those rolls with a little butter every morning for breakfast when I lived in Rome. Unless I had pizza rossa from the joint in campo dei fiori. Damn, I love and miss those rolls.

    Peter’s last blog post..Livin’ La Vita Povera

    They are tasty, Peter; hope you can enjoy one soon 🙂

  22. 10.14.2008

    I like my sandwiches similar – but I put cream cheese, with italian seasoning sprayed over it, slices of hard boiled egg, tomato, and cucumber. Yum Yum! Or alternatively, slices of turkey with mustard, olives, onions, melted mozzarella, and lettuce. Sooo goood. Ok, now I am official hungary (in Hungary!). Thanks Michelle!

    NewWrldYankee’s last blog post..Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty & Blog Talk Radio

    Hee hee…me too!

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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