Lemon Thyme-Infused Olive Oil

Set out a bowl of this infused oil alongside freshly-sliced bread and watch it disappear before dinner!

Ingredients:
1-2 cups high-quality olive oil
Small bundle of fresh thyme stems (leaves still attached), thoroughly washed and dried
Rind of 1 lemon

Method:
1. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan.

2. Add the thyme stems and lemon rind and allow to steep several minutes in the oil (oil temperature should be 180°).

3. Cool, strain the oil of thyme and lemon and then pour into a resealable container until ready to use.

Crème Fraîche Salad Dressing

Creamy, yet light, this dressing is fantastic tossed with greens and thinly-sliced radish.

Ingredients:
¼ cup crème fraîche
¾ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1-2 scallions, white parts only finely-minced, or 1 shallot, peeled and finely-minced
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and pepper

Method:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, olive oil, and honey.

2. Add the scallion or shallot, vinegar, salt, and pepper and whisk again. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste, or a touch more vinegar if you prefer your dressing on the acidic side.

Black Radish Cream

Substitute this zingy spread for horseradish in your favorite recipes.

Ingredients:
1 cup coarsely-grated black radish*
1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh oregano or chives, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine all ingredients. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired. Chill before serving.

*To grate the radish, first trim the radishes from their green tops, and then wash and scrub their tough outer skin. Then, using the large holes of a standard cheese grater, grate the radish flesh on a paper towel-lined plate. Use paper towel to then squeeze any excess moisture from grated radish, then incorporate as described above.

Baked Caramelized Onions

Whip up a batch at the beginning of the week, then enjoy these beauties tossed with roasted vegetables, incorporated into sandwiches or mixed into scrambled eggs all week long!

Ingredients:
5 pounds yellow or red onions, or a mixture of both (about 5-6 onions total)
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon salt

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Peel and trim onions, then half and cut into ¼-inch slices.

2. Place onion slices into a large stockpot or Dutch oven, then drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt, tossing to distribute. Cover and place in oven.

3. Bake onions for 2 to 2½ hours until golden brown, stirring the onions every 15 minutes or so, scraping the sides of the pot so that the onions do not stick. Store the caramelized onions in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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