The thing with a vegan pesto recipe (like any pesto recipe) is that it’s not really a recipe. I mean, you don’t need a recipe. You just need some ingredients and a food processor. The trick is to take your regular old non-vegan pesto recipe (assuming the only non-vegan thing in your pesto was parmesan cheese) and replace the parmesan cheese with roasted, salted cashews. Cashews are freaking amazing. I was snacking on them while making this pesto last night and noticed that they have the same qualities I love about parmesan cheese — they’re delicious and salty and even seem to hit the part of your brain that goes “ooooooh” when you eat some really good parmesan cheese.
(Note: I’m working on a vegan ranch dressing recipe, adapted from something from my Vitamix cookbook, with a base of raw cashews and avocado. It’s going to be pretty awesome once I get the seasonings right.)
Anyway, on to the recipe. I promise you this is just as good as non-vegan pesto.
Vegan Pesto “Recipe”
fresh garlic (I recommend going easy on the garlic so it’s not too overpowering)
roasted, salted cashews
whatever kind of salt you like (regular, sea, whatever)
Add all ingredients to your food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust as needed (I always need to add more salt and oil). Enjoy!
This has nothing to do with pesto, but I’m really sad the Nuggets fired George Karl. He’s a great coach, and I’m willing to bet money that the team will be worse next year than it was this year. On a personal level, I’m bummed because Soren has loved George Karl since he was a little kid. Every time George Karl is on tv, Soren says, “George Karl!” and goes to watch him. So now we’ve lost Masai Ujiri, Super Mascot Rocky, and George Karl. Rough time to be a Nuggets fan.
Did you see what Russell Westbrook is wearing at the 2013 NBA Celebrity Game? Holy crap it’s awesome.
Photo from Russell Westbrook’s Facebook
I’m not sure it beats what James Harden is wearing, though. I couldn’t find a picture of his outfit so I had to take one of my tv.
The shoes, which you can’t see here, are great.
I think Westbrook wins on clothes and Harden wins on glasses and, as always, facial hair. One of the best things I’ve ever read was the line in a Sports Illustrated article that said James Harden’s beard “juts outward from his chin as if trying to colonize other faces.” Love it.
If you don’t know about JaVale McGee, peep this (it’s short):
(FYI he has a tiny mustache tattooed on his finger. I normally hate anything faux-mustache related — OMG that thing several years ago where every wedding had a photobooth with fake mustaches on a stick was the worst — but JaVale McGee manages to pull it off.)
I think there should be a JaVale McGee reality show or, in the alternative, JaVale McGee should appear on an existing or defunct reality show. Here are some ideas.
JaVale McGee is The Bachelor
JaVale McGee competes against stars of Catfish: The TV Show on The Amazing Race
House Hunters International with JaVale McGee (subtitle: Are The Ceilings High Enough)
JaVale McGee hangs out with X Games athletes and learns to snowboard and do snocross
Iron Chef America: JaVale McGee (in one episode, contestants will attempt to duplicate Noodles dishes for guest judge Kenneth Faried, who loves Noodles)
JaVale McGee’s Apprentice (high school basketball players complete a series of increasingly difficult slam dunks in an attempt to become JaVale McGee’s apprentice)
JaVale McGee Lawman (JaVale McGee fights crime and finds Zen in and around Denver)
Lockup Extended Stay (JaVale McGee visits inmates at high-security prisons around the country)
It’s JaVale McGee or the Dog (for one week, participants trade their problem canines for JaVale McGee)
Flavor of Love (JaVale McGee chooses dates for Flavor Flav)
Facial Hair Around the World
JaVale Ink (JaVale McGee helps you choose your next tattoo)
Russell Westbrook used so much energy scoring 43 points in tonight’s loss to the Heat he had none left to put into his wardrobe. I’d be feeling pretty subdued, too, if my team were down 1 game to 3 against LeBron and friends (to be fair, I like Wade but hate James). Better luck next time.
In this episode of What’s Russell Westbrook Wearing, I present his post-game press conference interview from June 14, after the Thunder lost to the Heat (bummer). Remarkably, the star of this outfit isn’t the glasses — it’s the pants.
While we’re talking about fashion, today Soren dressed Coltrane up as Soren. That was confusing for everyone. Then he was all hey, I can be a dog.
Here is a picture of Russell Westbrook from the post-game interview after the Thunder beat the Heat on June 12. He wears awesome shirts and glasses after every game, but this particular shirt and these particular glasses are the best yet. I worry that it’s only a matter of time before his wardrobe, which gets progressively more awesome after every game, will eventually hit the point where it is impossible to become even more awesome.
Earlier this evening, I entertained myself by watching YouTube videos of Blake Griffin flopping. (Go here to check it out — I’m sure there are additions being made every minute.)
There are two things that are going to destroy the NBA. The first is shitty, ridiculous officiating. First of all, there is no reason “superstars” should get more favorable calls than any other player. A foul is a foul, period. Every foul should be called the same way no matter who’s on the giving end and who’s on the receiving end. And fewer fouls should be called because that shit is boring (if I wanted to sit around watching guys shoot free throws I’d — well, I’d punch myself and then get shitfaced because WTF) and it stops the flow of the game.
The second thing that’s going to destroy the NBA is the flopping. Flopping is #2 on my sports shit list, right after concussions, serious health issues, and suicide with respect to current and former NFL players. The first part of the problem with flopping is that guys do it at all. The second part of the problem is that shitty, ridiculous referees end up rewarding them by calling fouls when they see a flop. Like, oh man, dude is falling to the ground, which must mean someone hacked him. No. He’s just flopping.
Blake Griffin is an NBA superstar known for his aggro dunks. He’s also a goddamn flopping flopper, which kind of doesn’t make sense because you’d think someone so allegedly badass would be able to function like an adult instead of flopping. One time, he hit himself with his own hand and flopped. Seriously.
My favorite Blake Griffin flopping video was this one, which made me LOL.