Now, every year, I grow basil in the backyard. I then use this basil to make pesto at the end of the summer, once all of the basil has grown in. Since I had yet to make the Fresh Basil Pesto, I figured it was the perfect, safe, and tasty meal to cook for guests.
Since I just got back from Italy, I decided to literally spice up the pesto. Instead of adding only a pinch of salt and pepper, I instead added a ton of pepper and salt. This gave the recipe an interesting punch that was different than normal. Personally, I liked it better.
Also, in Italy, many of the pestos we tasted were made with almonds instead of pine nuts or walnuts. For some reason, this made the sauce taste just that much better. While I didn't use almonds this time, I plan to try using almonds the next time I make this recipe, and I suggest you do the same.
I hope the start of another year of school and work isn't hitting anyone too hard. Whenever you become overwhelmed, I suggest cooking. It relieves stress for many people!