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Linda Soper-Kolton, Chef, came to the Sanctuary as a guest chef to share her love of compassionate cooking in our then-fledgling culinary program. Lured by the magic of the Sanctuary, her love of animals and the urgency of our mission, Linda stayed on to lead and grow the culinary program, inspiring and educating with love, patience, and delicious food.
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Sara Boan, Chef, joined the Sanctuary staff in 2016 and has been developing recipes and sharing her passion for vegan cooking ever since. She teaches award-winning year-round vegan cooking classes at The Homestead and leads food demos for weekend tour visitors in the spring, summer and fall. When she’s not teaching, Sara is most likely spending time with her partner, snuggling with her rescued kitties or enjoying a cup of freshly brewed oolong tea.
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Garlic Scape Garden Pesto

By Chef Linda

Pesto is the perfect summer condiment–toss it with grilled vegetables, spread it on crostini, or used it to jazz up pasta salad: it's the quintessential summer staple. The ingredients are often only steps away, growing abundantly in the garden or in pots. When my basil and kale are on the verge of taking over the back yard, I know it's time for pesto. Garlic scape pesto is an extra-special treat, made in early summer when the long tops of hard-neck garlic contort themselves into wild curls. Scapes can also be found at farmers markets and even in some stores in early summer. Grab 'em while you can, because they add a beautiful, gentle spiciness to your favorite summer dishes and they are the perfect warm-weather ingredient to jazz up your traditional pesto.

We use nutritional yeast to replace the cheese often used in non-vegan pesto to impart the richness and depth of flavor. Substitute your favorite nut for pumpkin seeds if you prefer, though pumpkin seeds are great for nut-free guests or family members. Pesto freezes well, so be sure to make a double batch to brighten your meals on even the gloomiest days of winter.

Ingredients

 About 10 garlic scapes, cut into chunks
 2 kale leaves, tough stems removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
 ½ cup basil leaves
  cup raw pumpkin seeds
  cup cup nutritional yeast
 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
 ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Directions

Place garlic scapes in food processor and process until finely chopped. Add kale, basil, pumpkin seeds, and nutritional yeast. Pulse until just blended, scraping down sides with a spatula. Add oil, lemon juice, and salt. Blend and taste to adjust seasonings. Use immediately, or store extra in an air-tight container, covered by a layer of olive oil. Pesto can also be frozen for several months.

Garlic Scape Garden Pesto

Garlic Scape Garden Pesto

DifficultySuper Easy
YIELDS
About 1 1/2 cups

garlic scape garden pesto
INGREDIENTS

 About 10 garlic scapes, cut into chunks
 2 kale leaves, tough stems removed, torn into bite-sized pieces
 ½ cup basil leaves
  cup raw pumpkin seeds
  cup cup nutritional yeast
 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
 ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste

DIRECTIONS

Place garlic scapes in food processor and process until finely chopped. Add kale, basil, pumpkin seeds, and nutritional yeast. Pulse until just blended, scraping down sides with a spatula. Add oil, lemon juice, and salt. Blend and taste to adjust seasonings. Use immediately, or store extra in an air-tight container, covered by a layer of olive oil. Pesto can also be frozen for several months.

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