The Dark Days Challenge, coming up. We could say it was because we were organizing and cleaning the freezers. Nonetheless, we ended up having a largely local meal, from disparate parts. I made tomato sauce for the first time this summer. I used a marinara recipe from Sherri Brooks Vinton's excellent 'Put 'em Up!'. It's a multi-purpose sauce that, with tweaking, can become almost anything: pizza sauce, pasta sauce, bruschetta base. I had some cooked, cubed butternut left from making this delicious pilaf with quinoa, cranberries and nuts for Meatless Monday. In tidying the freezers, we found one small package of a gift from our neighbors Mike and Naomi of homemade deer/pork sausage. There is a good chance the deer was harvested from our farm, and the pig was raised by a friend of Mike's. The sausage was delightful with a smokey flavor and coarse texture. After cooking the sausage, everything went into a skillet to warm. We boiled some spaghetti, store bought admittedly. We'll get back to making pasta from scratch, now that things are almost closed up on the farm. We accompanied the meal with home made bread from the much-used 'Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day' by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. The pasta was topped with some grated parmesan, also store bought. This time next year we hope to be having homemade goat's milk parmesan. Dinner was followed by a cup of tea from homegrown spearmint, hung to dry in the back room! Now, that's not bad for eating local without really trying! Are you still eating local food?