Our local Harris Teeter grocery store routinely offers samples of their fresh-baked bread. They put out cubes of bread with butter and other toppings like tapenade. Recently, they had baguette cubes with lemon artichoke pesto to spread on top. I had a sample. Then another. Then I told Mark to sample some. Then we both sampled again. That pesto was good. Really good. We bought some on the spot (we’re suckers that way).
But at $4.50 for a small container, the pesto wasn’t cheap. We brought it home and I cut up some bread and ate the pesto right out of the container. In the middle of my pesto orgy, I took a look at the list of ingredients: artichokes, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, parsley, green onion, garlic, and canola and olive oils. It was then that I had my great idea — I’d replicate the pesto and it would be less expensive (and better!) than the original.
You can guess where this is going. After spending far more than $4.50 for the ingredients for my replicated pesto, I futzed around a bit with the amounts, threw it all in the food processor, crossed my fingers, and gave it a whirl.
It was bad. I threw it over some pasta for dinner and neither Mark nor I could even finish our servings. Seriously, it was awful. What a disappointment.
So the white flag is up, Harris Teeter. Next time I want lemon artichoke pesto I will happily hand you my $4.50.