Harvest Time Recipes

The amazingly sunny weather of late sure has kept the gardens happy! Thus, a colorful plethora of produce continues to delight in this week’s lineup, which includes everything from fall favorites like Italian eggplant, Bietole Swiss chard, and sweet D’Anjou pears to summery peppers, cucumbers and even more tomatoes. To accent this beautiful bounty, you’ll also find freshly-baked Pain au Levain bread, crisp salad greens, farm-fresh eggs, a sweet mini bouquet and imported artichoke leaf pasta in your box. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Artichoke Leaf Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes & Basil
Using fresh tomatoes, top-notch olive oil and an authentic Grana-style cheese are key to this dish’s success.

Escarole Salad with Grana-Dijon Dressing
A wonderful side salad!

Baked Fennel
This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Bietole Swiss Chard Gratin
Creamy with just a hint of mustard, this rustic gratin makes for a lovely side dish.

Eggplant Caponata
This traditional Tuscan relish is lovely on toasted Pain au Levain bread.

Bietole Swiss Chard Gratin

Creamy with just a hint of mustard, this rustic gratin is wonderful served with this week’s Gruyère cheese bread.

Ingredients:
1 pound Bietole Swiss chard, with both stems and leaves intact
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1¾ cup heavy cream
Grated Parmesan
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Butter, for baking dish

Method:
1. Heat the oven to 350°. Cut the chard leaves from the stems. Chop the stems into short lengths, then cook briefly in boiling, lightly salted water until crisply tender. Remove the stems. Drop the leaves in the boiling water briefly, until they relax. Drain, let cool, and wring out the leaves. Spread the stems and leaves in a buttered shallow ovenproof dish.

2. Put the mustard in a bowl and stir in the cream and a grinding of salt and black pepper. Pour the seasoned cream over the stems and leaves, cover with grated Parmesan, and bake, 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is bubbly and golden brown.

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Eggplant Caponata

This traditional Tuscan relish is lovely on toasted bread.

Ingredients:
1 sweet onion or 2 Tropea onions, peeled and minced
1 eggplant, chopped into ½-inch chunks
1 sweet Italian pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, or 1 summer tomato, seeded and chopped
2 celery stalks, thinly-sliced
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons golden raisins
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon capers
Sea salt and pepper
Fresh basil leaves, torn

Method:
1. Add chopped onion to a skillet with the olive oil, and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add chopped celery stalk, peppers and eggplant and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes until vegetables are tender.

2. Add golden raisins, chopped oregano and about ½ cup water. Bring mixture to a simmer, and allow water to evaporate, cooking about 8-10 minutes

3. Add cherry tomatoes and cider vinegar and capers; cook for about 5 minutes, until mixture is uniform and tomatoes are beginning to burst. Season with salt and pepper and top with torn basil.

Baked Fennel

This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Ingredients:
4 fennel bulbs, cored and sliced
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a frying pan over high heat, sauté the fennel slices with the butter for about 15 minutes until tender, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Transfer to a baking pan, sprinkle the fennel with the grated cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 10 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown and melted.

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