Here’s the thing about having a tree nut allergy: for me, most of the time, I don’t feel left out at all. Having spent my whole life knowing not only that nuts are off limits but potentially deadly, they truly don’t have any allure. If I see nuts in the grocery store, on a table, or at a fair, I generally give them a wide berth and carry on with my day. It’s rare for me to see a food with nuts and think “man, I wish I could have that!” It’s only when the nuts are well-hidden, they’re the only food option nearby, or I’m extremely hungry that I feel any resentment towards foods with nuts (or the people serving them.) I know everyone is different and this is not a universal attitude, but that’s how it is for me. Except for Pesto. I don’t know precisely what it is; maybe it’s the fact that the nuts are well-hidden in pesto, maybe it’s the tantalizing aromas of garlic and basil that come with it, or maybe it’s just that I’m attracted to the foods pesto is generally put onto. Regardless, pesto sauce is one of the few nut-containing foods that I regularly salivate at and wish it didn’t contain those dang nuts.