Monday, September 27, 2010

Local Leftovers

Make Your Own Pasta Night
When you are left with just a few veggies and small containers of meat or fish, it is time to get creative. At our house, it usually calls for a make your own pizza, pasta night or a stir fry. These nights end up being the most fun because everyone gets to choose exactly what they want and the fridge gets cleaned out in the process. 

We usually do a make your own pasta or pizza night on the night before we pick up our new CSA box for the week or on a Friday night when we're feeling lazy. Our goal is always to make sure that we use or preserve the entire farm box by the time the next one arrives. We are really trying to make sure that nothing gets wasted. 

Make Your Own Pizza or Pasta Night Ideas

pizza crust (try Gluten Free Kneads)
brown rice pasta or whole wheat pasta from Pasta & Co. on Kerby Lane
basil from our garden or Johnson's Backyard Garden
fire roasted tomatoes from Boggy Creek Farms (market at the farm on Wednesdays and Saturdays
homeade pesto (basil, olive oil, arugula, pine nuts and parmisiano reggiano)
fried sage leaves (our garden)
olive oil, Texas Olive Ranch (Austin Farmers' Market on Saturdays)
arugula from Johnson's Backyard Garden
pine nuts
mozarella cheese from Full Quiver Farms (Wheatsville or Central Market)
pear tomatoes from Johnson's Backyard Gardens (CSA box or Austin Farmers' Market on Wednesday and Saturday)
ground bison (leftovers) from Thunderheart Bison (Austin Farmers' Market on Saturdays)
shredded chicken (leftovers) from Dewberry Hills Farms (Wheatsville)
pork sausage from Richardson Farms (Wheatsville or Austin Farmers' Market on Wednesday) or sweet Italian sausage from Wheatsville's meat counter

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