Monday, April 30, 2012

Pasta, Shoes, and Shoe Beer

This evening I continued our efforts in saving for our children's college fund (even though I refuse to allow them to go to college -- don't tell Jen) by using up 100% freezer items and leftovers to create a tasty (and nutritious -- sort of) dinner!

Iceberg Salad with Red Onion, Crouton, Avocado, and Mustard Vinaigrette

I made a salad with some of the babies' leftover iceberg lettuce, avocado, red onion, croutons, and leftover mustard vinaigrette. Now the race is on to finish the remainder of the iceberg lettuce in the fridge before the babies grow to the size of the next inaccurately selected vegetable or fruit.

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sweet Italian Sausage, an Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Bella Lodi

For the main course I cleared some sweet Italian sausage from the freezer, browned it up in a pan, added leftover broccoli rabe with garlic from the other night, oven roasted tomatoes, and cooked orecchiette with a little chicken stock, olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, and grated Bella Lodi.

PF Flyers 75th Anniversary American Farmhouse Ale

Jen got this beer at a work event for PF Flyers. For some reason they brewed beer and gave it to her! Of all the treats she's brought me home from work events this was one of my favorites. How many people can say that they've had a beer brewed by a shoe company? Also, how many people would want to say they've had a beer brewed by a shoe company? This was a very tasty beer which was actually very reminiscent of my first home brew I made last October. It was an American farmhouse ale and supposedly (according to information here) was one of only 75 bottles brewed. After reading that I felt a little guilty for just drinking it down with some pasta. I feel like I should have saved it as a collectible.

I guess I need to save some room in the fridge for the next shoe-themed beer Jen brings home: the Vans Hefeweizen.

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