Where has the month of October gone? Where have the basil plants gone? Dena Weiss-Tisman’s class has been covering the progress of the basil growing in our garden. I should have covered the basil with a sheet to protect it from cool nighttime temperatures. What was left after an early frost were the smallest leaves clinging to bunches of future seedlings. As the children stripped the leaves, we talked about the plant’s need to procreate, sending forth its seedlings for next year’s basil plants. They combined the leaves in a food processor with garlic from our garden, olive oil, parmesan cheese and a few walnuts. Voila, pesto! Was it too thick? Add more olive oil. Not salty enough? Add more parmesan cheese. When it tasted “just right,” the students packed it into plastic containers and put it into the freezer for pizza making in the winter. Of course some pesto was set aside for them to eat on crackers for snack. Thanks to former parent, Ian Conway, for this easy to follow pesto recipe! No measurements needed……just combine ingredients to taste!