This week’s spotlight is on another one of our favorite producers, Flour City Pasta! About Flour City Pasta: We met Jon Stadt, the man behind Flour City Pasta, back in 2013, when we began selling our vegetables at the CNY Regional Market, but his story goes back much further than that. Ten years ago, Jon was in Seattle visiting relatives for Thanksgiving. Of course, he inevitably found himself at Pike Place Market (again and again, actually) and happened to meet a vendor selling artisinal pasta. Jon was so intrigued that when he returned home to Macedon, NY, he began reselling that same pasta in his area. Little by little, Jon started to think about how he could improve his model by offering a product that continued to be made inthe traditional way, but used local, organic ingredients. Two years in, he took a leap, buying his own pasta machine, and turning his garage into his classroom. With just the right mix of perspiration and inspiration, Jon taught himself to make the flavorful, hand-crafted pastas that we know and love today. You can buy Flour City Pasta at Green Planet Grocery in Fairmount and at Side Hill Farmers in Manlius. Even better, stop by the C Shed at the CNY Regional Market, and meet the man who makes the pasta! About Tomato Basil Pappardelle: In addition to the organic tomato paste and basil leaves used to make this pasta, it also includes some of our very own beets, for color and added sweetness! We have a fancy recipe all ready for you to try out if you’re feeling ambitious, but at the end of the day, Jon’s favorite way to eat this pappardelle is simply with a classic red sauce that heightens the wonderful tomato flavor of the pasta.
White Bean and Sausage Pasta Bake By Holly Rodricks Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Flour City Pasta Tomato Basil Pappardelle 1 bag Baby Spinach, stems removed and leaves finely chopped (approximately 1 cup) 1 1/2 cups cooked Great Northern or Cannellini Beans (or 1 15-oz. can, drained) 1 (15 oz.) can whole Tomatoes, drained and broken up into chunks 3 cloves Garlic, finely minced 1 tbsp. Whole Grain Dijon Mustard 3 tbsp. Olive Oil, 1 tbsp. reserved 1/4 tsp. ground Cayenne 1/4 tsp. Pepper pinch of Salt 1/4 cup Heavy Cream 1/4 cup White Wine (Optional) 1/2 lb. Hot Sausage 1 cup shredded Mozzarella or fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella (The small cherry size) Instructions: Preheat oven to 400º. Bring water to boil and cook Pasta according to package instructions. While Pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk Garlic, Mustard, 2 tbsp. Olive Oil, Cayenne, Pepper, and Salt. In a large bowl, place chopped Spinach, Beans, and Tomatoes. Mix together with hands until evenly combined. Drizzle dressing over spinach mixture and mix by hand again until all ingredient are evenly coated. Drain Pasta and toss with remaining 1 tbsp. Olive Oil. Pour Pasta into 9×13″ casserole dish, forming an even bottom layer. Add Spinach mixture on top, spreading evenly. Drizzle Heavy Cream and White Wine over Spinach mixture. Snip end of Sausage and squeeze meat out to form little meatballs. Nestle these evenly throughout Spinach mixture. If using Ciliegine Mozzarella, nestle throughout Spinach mixture, similar to meat. Bake for 30 minutes. If using shredded Mozzarella, bake for 15 minutes. Then removed and sprinkle shredded cheese across top and bake for additional 15 minutes. Allow dish to set for 10 minutes, then serve hot!
What can I say? The white bean craze continues! This meal hits all those hearty seasonal spots, with its delicious, vegetarian goodness. Mushroom and White Bean Stuffed Squash By Holly Rodricks Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 Acorn Squash, halved and seeded (Other, similarly-sized squash such as Carnival or Sweet Dumpling can be substituted.) Olive Oil 1-2 tbsp. Salted Butter 1/4 cup Red Onion, diced 1 clove Garlic, finely minced 1/2 lb. Baby Bella Mushrooms 1 cup White Beans, rinsed and drained 1 tsp. Whole Grain Mustard 1/8 tsp. White Pepper 1/2 Parmesan Cheese, grated Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 375º. Lightly coat interior and exterior of all 4 Squash halves in olive oil. Sprinkle all over with Salt and Pepper. Set aside. In a frying pan, over medium heat, melt Butter. Add Onions and cook gently until partially translucent. Add Garlic and sauté until aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Add Mushrooms, White Beans, Mustard, White Pepper, and Salt to taste. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Lay Squash, hollow-side up on rimmed baking sheet. Stuff with sautéed mixture and sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan. Bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until Squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Serve hot, with a side of roasted winter vegetables!
When I think of pesto, a variety of pasta dishes immediately come to mind, but this week, I wanted to push outside the box. This recipe offers a refreshing take on cooking with pesto that embraces all of its delicious qualities while inspiring a new approach, and it includes white beans, which I’m just crazy about. And it provides the perfect opportunity to dig into the delicious pesto in your shares this week, compliments of a Main Street Farms and Crooked Carrot collaboration! Pesto and White Bean Soup Inspired by the Food Network Kitchen Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 small Onion, diced 4-6 cloves of Garlic, sliced 1 bunch Kale, stems removed and leaves torn into chunks – or – 1 bag Baby Spinach pinch of Red Pepper Flakes 2 (15 oz.) cans Cannellini Beans, drained – or 3 cups cooked Cannellini Beans 1 cup Water 3 tbsp. Pesto 2 tbsp. Grated Parmesan 3 cups Chicken Broth 1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers, diced 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives, chopped (Optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat oil in stock pot over medium low heat. Sauté Onions until soft and translucent. Add Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes. Sauté until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes. Add Cannellini Beans and Water and simmer until thick, about 8 minutes. Stir in Pesto and Grated Parmesan Add Chicken Broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add Kale or Spinach and mix until just begins to wilt the leaves. Stir in Roasted Red Peppers and Olives. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Serve hot with fresh, crusty bread. Image courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pesto-bean-soup-recipe.html.
We wanted to take a moment to celebrate our local partners who helped us kick off our very first Winter CSA share, back in December – Dave and Carly Dougherty of Food and Ferments! About Food and Ferments: Let’s just say, when we met Carly and Dave, we became instant friends and collaborators, sharing community with people of like minds and having the pleasure of growing vegetables for them to turn into delicious fermented foods. Although Carly is originally from the CNY area, she met Dave in his hometown of Philadelphia. With roots in farming and food, it wasn’t long before they teamed up to launch Food and Ferments in 2012. In 2014, they returned to Central New York, making their home and building their kitchen on the farmland where Carly grew up, at Twin Oaks Dairy, an organic farm still run by her family. While living in the big city together gave them broader perspective, returning to Twin Oaks was truly coming home, to deep connections with the land and farmers, to shared meals and family. Dave and Carly’s experiences together have given them a shared vision of a hybrid life – days spent shredding cabbage and culturing fermented beverages in the country, paired with weekends traveling to cities and local towns, selling goods throughout the east coast from Philadelphia to Upstate New York. You can find Food and Ferments near our Main Street farmstand in the C Shed at the CNY Regional Market in Syracuse every Saturday. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and try out more of their wide selection of deliciously fermented foods! About Old World Sauerkraut: Food and Ferments’ Old World Sauerkraut is made from Main Street Farms’ green cabbage, caraway seeds and sea salt. Carly and Dave’s favorite ways to eat it are: atop eggs and cheese on breakfast sandwiches alongside eggs and bacon in the morning as a condiment for hot dogs or sausage in lieu of salad dressing We enjoy Dave and Carly’s food and their friendship, and it’s been a treat to get to share their story and their handiwork with you!