If you haven’t planted your herb garden yet, it’s time to get started. The first step is to decide what type of herbs to plant. Since this post is about pesto, I would suggest one of your herb choices to be basil so you can make basil pesto using the recipe below. You’re free to choose other herbs, but if one of your choices is not basil, your basil-free basil pesto is going to look a little less green and taste a little less good.

Lucky for you we’re giving basil away–just the basil, you’ll have to make your own pesto. But don’t worry, it’s so easy even Amanda could make it. I don’t think she has, but that’s probably because she’s been busy designing websites. Or maybe it’s because she just doesn’t want to.


  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese


Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

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Now what? You can add pesto to your favorite pasta, sandwich, pizza, cracker, etc., then lift food to your mouth, chew, swallow, enjoy, repeat. And although this has not been clinically proven to do anything, pesto can be used as a face mask, but it should be noted that this method has been known to cause acne and squirrel attacks.

One small step for man, one giant leap for Anda-kind


Last year Anda Creative teamed up with Los Angeles-based footwear company Dynasty Footwear, Ltd. to create a brand identity system for a new shoe called PEX. The synthetic EVA material used for the shoes creates a durable yet comfortable product, while the holes provide extra ventilation (less stink) and style (more cool).

Anda created a logo inspired by the shoe’s unique ventilation holes. The logo can be used in its entirety as well as a product-crossing, stand-alone P. In addition to the identity system, we also created presentation graphics, a brand/usage book, store displays, shoe boxes, and product hang-tags.

Now, after several months of design and production, PEX have hit the shelves and are ready to hit the streets on your feets. Find PEX in area shoe stores or purchase online: Bealls

On the Leader Board: Anza Leadership

Anda Creative and NYC-based branding services specialist Kathie Holsenbeck, worked together to build a new identity and website for US/Sweden-based communication/leadership speaker Pamela Mattsson. The assignment started with a new name and finished with a new website … and a snac

Happy Gumdrop Day!

Mark your calendars! February 15 is not just the day after Valentine’s day, nor is it just the day Anda Creative is filing its taxes. It’s National Gumdrop Day. Many of you may have received an announcement in the mail, but if not, don’t worry. It simply means you’re not on our mailing list. Send us your contact information so you don’t miss out on big events such as National Gumdrop Day (and if you hurry, we can mail you a GD Day card to help celebrate…and make your own GD’s). All the cool kids are doing it!


SSAWG 2011 (Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group)

Back Forty Creative is back in St. Louis after a trip to Chattanooga, TN for the 2011 SSAWG conference. Despite traveling with a snow and ice storm from St. Louis to Nashville, the conference went very well.

ACRES 2010 – A Voice for Eco-Agriculture

Back Forty left Indiana Ave. in Missouri for Missouri Ave. in Indiana to attend last week’s 2010 ACRES U.S.A. Conference. Indianapolis was as clean and friendly as our exhibit booth … until we broke out the blueberry ink. It went over really well, minus the person visiting an adjacent booth who reached over and tried to write his contact information with quill and ink. A frustrated Byron Dale gave up.

It was a great experience to be a part of the organic farming community. We received a lot of positive feedback about our work, obtained several good contacts and leads, enjoyed the company of our neighboring booth (Thanks for the organic lollipops, Barb!),  and were encouraged to attend even more organic farming conferences. We see MOSES and SSAWG in the near future, so we hope to see you there, too.  In the meantime, we’d love to hear from any attendees.

Shooting the final roll of Kodachrome at the Missouri State Fair

This is a recent article written by Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

For six decades it sat perched atop the mountain, the king of color film. But time has almost run out for Kodachrome. The last photo lab in the United States that still develops it is in Parsons, Kansas. Dwayne’s Photo will process their last roll on December 30. Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen found his last roll of Kodachrome 200 and took it to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.