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Almond Scotch Shortbread

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 1/4 cup sifted flour

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Blend in almonds,(toasted 5 minutes at 350 degrees)and flour. Roll dough 1/4 thick on a lightly floured board. Cut with a cookie cutter. Bake at 325 degree for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Pesto with Basil and Parsley

2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup almonds

Using a pestle and mortar, combine the basil and the parsley and crush until a paste starts to form. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to crush until a creamy paste has formed. Serve with pasta or bread.