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For families with children, tuck in a list of babysitters and phone numbers (check with them first to make sure they want to be included) and a recreation center bulletin. Add a jug of sweet tea and plastic cups to make this gift over-the-top great.

Devon Delaney, Princeton, New Jersey
Recipe by Southern Living March 2006

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
chill:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Yield:
Makes about 1 1/3 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat pine nuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until toasted.

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  • Process pine nuts and next 7 ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. With processor running, pour oil through food chute in a slow, steady stream. Transfer to serving bowl.

  • Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Serve with fried chicken strips or hot wings, cherry tomatoes, and crispy breadsticks. Garnish, if desired.

  • Note: If using purchased basil, 4 (1-ounce) packages will equal 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves.

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