Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Localvoring in Your Own Freezer

What garden goodies do you have hiding in your freezer?

Although i've eaten my way through about half of it, there a a few items that i never seem to get around to. Another bag of frozen (grated) zucchini? Oh, no.

Since that's an unpleasant feeling, i quickly move my attention to something else. But actually, it's time to use some ingenuity and become creative with those frozen blocks of flavor and vitamins.

Beans, broccoli, spinach, and kale are easy to use. Open up your favorite cookbook, and voila!

But what to do with the dozen containers of basil pesto?

Pesto Rice Pilaf

Saute onions and rice in a tablespoon of oil.
When they're browned, add a bit of stock, put on the lid; add a little more stock, put on the lid;
and then add all the stock and simmer.

Meanwhile, toast some pine nuts in a skillet in a tablespoon of olive oil.

When the rice is "al dente," add your basil pesto from the freezer
plus a handful of sun-dried tomatoes and the toasted pine nuts.

I also have Garlic Scape Pesto hiding in my freezer, so I add 8 ounces of this "green garlic" as well.

Enjoy this full-bodied combination of satisfying flavors! (Pleasant! Very pleasant indeed.)

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