― It was only last year that I made homemade pesto for the first time using the basil I grew in my garden. Can you believe it?! An Italian who never made pesto until she was in her thirties?! ;-) ∙ As I researched pesto more, I found that you can really use a variety of greens to make it -- spinach and kale to name a few. So when some fresh kale I bought in bulk at BJ's and fresh basil I picked up at Trader Joe's a week ago were both starting to get a little old, I figured I'd try making a [...].