A little salt and three cloves gahlic,
More than that will give you cholic.
Two sprigs parsley, twelve basil leaves,
Six tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.

Pignoli nuts, try one-third cup,
Or toss in walnuts, broken up.
Dump all this stuff into your blender,
And zap till green gook you engender.

Then slowly add a half cup oil,
And that’s the end of all your toil.
’Cause you don’t cook this stuff called pesto,
Just toss on pasta, eat with zesto.

—From Eggs Benedict Arnold, work in progress