The Weekly Yum-ster: Food Pantry Smorgasbord

The Weekly Yum-ster: Food Pantry Smorgasbord June 6, 2011
Food Bank For New York City

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When life gives you lemons, they say, make lemonade. So when the food pantry gives you asparagus, make hollandaise! (Actually, I just steamed the asparagus, and served it with butter and parmesan cheese, with a side of Italian herb focaccia bread.) This is one of the ways that being given a quantity of free food forces one to get creative. You get what you get, so you make what you get!

I went to a weekly food drop-off today, for the first time, and what a haul. An hour or so in line netted me four pounds of asparagus, which, after being picked over, yielded a usable three pounds. Also about two pounds of Anaheim peppers. I have NO idea what to do with those, so I’m scouring the internet for ideas. This is one advantage of the internet—ready access to hundreds of ideas about food! We also got a number of other, more typical items, like bread and snack foods. Whatever. I can use it for Sophia’s work lunches. Nothing I would buy myself—and I guess if it’s in the food drop-off, maybe no one else did either.

I also got some mini pound cakes, which I used as a shortcake substitute with some peaches and vanilla yogurt for dessert. Very yummy. I may go again. It’s a better culinary adventure than I’ve seen in a while.

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  • I’d have no idea what to do with all those peppers! …..Asparagus is kind of my favorite veggie right now, with some butter and maybe a little cheese. Yum!

    • Yeah, I was surprised at how good it was. I like Hollandaise sauce, but didn’t feel like making it. So I went for the easier butter and cheese idea, and it was really great!