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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Simple Basil Pesto


IMG_2559Pesto in the Fall? Why not.

We’ve had massive amounts of basil growing in our backyard this year.  Pesto is something that we’ve been talking about making all summer, and finally tried it for the first time last night.  It was in the 70s, so it was perfect weather for something light and refreshing!

I used my mom’s recipe, which was very unscientific (we’re Italian). It ended up going something like this:

3 cups of basil
3/4 cup parsley
1/2 – 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 – 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1-3 cloves of garlic
Lemon Juice (not pictured) – optional

IMG_2567I’m including ranges for some ingredients because they greatly influence the flavor, and everyone has different preferences.  If you’re unsure of what you like, start small and add a little more at a time until it tastes good.

We’ve read recipes like this one that suggest blanching the basil to keep the pesto extra green.  We skipped it this time around, but may experiment next time.  We put it on pasta with sauteed spinach, onions and tomatoes – and have about a cup leftover for later!

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Do you have a favorite pesto recipe?

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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