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Toasted Walnut Basil Pesto and {Blendtec Giveaway}

by Aggies Kitchen on August 9, 2011

(this giveaway is now closed…thank you to all who entered)

I have been making pesto this past month like it’s nobody’s business. Every time I run out, I make more. I put it on everything…pizza, pasta, soup, bread and even use it as a dip for…pretzels.

I love me some pesto.

I normally make my pesto with pine nuts, but since I have a Costco sized bag of walnuts hanging in the pantry I have been using walnuts instead. And I like it. It gives the pesto and earthier flavor, and if you didn’t know, walnuts kick butt in the nutrition department. So it’s all good.

Now in addition to this pesto recipe, I have another favorite thing to share with you. My new Blendtec blender. Blendtec was nice enough to send me a blender to try out as well as one to give to one of my readers – that’s you.

How cool is that? You will love this blender people, it’s hard core. I have made 20 something smoothies in it already (there is a digital counter on the blender that counts your uses, my kids and I think that is the coolest thing). I’ve even started to make whole juices. I’ve made salsa … and this pesto. I’m having some fun with my new blender. And the winner will too.

Giveaway:

Blendtec Total FourSide Blender (value $484.95) plus an additional WildSide jar.

(Blender is factory reconditioned, as the one I received is)

Starts today, Tuesday August 9 and ends Friday, August 19 at 12 noon (EST) {edited to fix date to Aug 19, not Aug 20}

Sorry, giveaway open to US readers only. Winner will be chosen randomly using Pick Giveaway Winner plugin application {edited to write Pick Giveaway Winner plugin application instead of Random.org}

To enter into the giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what you use your blender for the most.

Additional Entries can be earned by:

(leave a separate comment after you complete each item, each comment will count as an entry)

1.  “Like”  Blendtec on Facebook.

2. “Like” Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook. (if you already a fan, let me know, that counts as an entry!)

3. Follow @Blendtec on Twitter

3. Follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter (if you already follow, let me know, that counts as an entry!)

4.  Share about giveaway on Twitter: “I want to win a Blendtec from @aggieskitchen and @Blendtec! http://bit.ly/nV2cZJ

5. Share about giveaway on Facebook with link to this post.

6. Subscribe to Aggie’s Kitchen RSS feed.

Good Luck!!

Toasted Walnut Basil Pesto

Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

4 heaping cups of basil leaves
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 – 1/3 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/4 – 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 lemon (helps maintain fresh green color!)
big pinches kosher or sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Add all ingredients to the pitcher of your blender (or food processor) and blend until smooth.

 

(Disclosure: This giveaway is being provided by Blendtec. All opinions here, as always, are my own.)

 

PS…apparently I’m in the giveaway mood. Head over to Family Kitchen to enter to win a new cookbook!

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Georgiana August 19, 2011 at 7:19 am

I would love to make healthy fruit smoothies and green veggies juice smoothies too! :)

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Renata August 19, 2011 at 7:20 am

Homemade nut butters would be fun to try in the Blendtec and yummy! :)

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Renata August 19, 2011 at 7:21 am

I follow you on Facebook

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Renata August 19, 2011 at 7:21 am

I follow Blendtec on Facebook

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Renata August 19, 2011 at 7:21 am

I follow Blendtec on Twitter

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Renata August 19, 2011 at 7:22 am

I follow Aggie’s Kitchen on Twitter too :)

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Betsy August 19, 2011 at 8:09 am

I am not sure I am as good as Renata but it SURE does feel like I follow you around! ;)

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook August 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

Smoothies and sauces :)

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook August 19, 2011 at 8:12 am

I follow BlendTec on facebook.

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook August 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

I follow you on Facebook.

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook August 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

I follow you on Twitter.

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Melissa@IWasBornToCook August 19, 2011 at 8:14 am

I follow you via RSS.

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Sheila Sepulveda August 19, 2011 at 8:15 am

I am now following Blendtec on Twitter :)

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Sheila Sepulveda August 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

Now also following “Aggie’s Kitchen” on twitter :)

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Chrissy Sawyer August 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

I make smoothies for my kids in my blender several times a week. My oldest child won’t eat a fruit or veggie to save his life so I make the smoothies so that I can get some healthy foods into him.

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Sheila Sepulveda August 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

Just shared about the giveaway on twitter!

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gina smith August 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

I follow you on Twitter

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gina smith August 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

I already “like” Blendtec on Facebook

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Sheila Sepulveda August 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

Shared it on FB too! :)

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gina smith August 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

I already “like” you on Facebook

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Sheila Sepulveda August 19, 2011 at 8:23 am

Lastly, I subscribed to your feed :) Boy do I hope I win, hahaha :) :)

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gina smith August 19, 2011 at 8:23 am

I follow Blendtec on Twitter

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gina smith August 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

I shared this on Twitter

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gina smith August 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

I shared this on Facebook!

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gina smith August 19, 2011 at 8:32 am

I put you “rss feed” on My Yahoo page!

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Lenore August 19, 2011 at 8:32 am

I use my blender most for smoothies at the moment, but I love the idea of using it for sauces and soups :)

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Lenore August 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

I already like Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook :)

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Lenore August 19, 2011 at 8:34 am

I follow @blendtec on twitter :)

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Alicia August 19, 2011 at 8:34 am

As we have no food processor, I use my blender for everything. To puree soups and sauces, make smoothies, crumb graham crackers, cookies or nuts for crusts, and some of it actually turns out okay lol.
Thanks for this cool giveaway :)

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Lenore August 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

I also follow @aggieskitchen on twitter :)

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Lenore August 19, 2011 at 8:36 am

I tweeter about your giveaway :)

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Alicia August 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

I “Like” you on facebook

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Alicia August 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

I “Like” Blendtec on facebook

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Alicia August 19, 2011 at 8:39 am

I subscribed to your RSS feed

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Alicia August 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

I shared about the giveaway with link to this post on facebook

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Mhari Fleischman August 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

I follow Aggie’s Kitchen on Fb.

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Mhari Fleischman August 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

I follow Blendtec on FB.

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Elvira Michta August 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

Hi I follow your FB/twitter/blog and Blendtec FB/twitter. I use my blender to make sauces and pestos for family dinners.

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Zeynep Thomas August 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

I use my blender for frozen drinks, smoothies and crushing ice

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April August 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’ve been using my sad little blender to make salad dressings. I can only imagine the wonderful things I could do with the Blendtec!

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April August 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

I follow you on FB

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April August 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

I follow Blendtec on FB

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Cassie McBride August 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I subscribe to your blog via RSS feed!

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Claire August 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Making protein shakes!

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