Winter Squash Soup

Top this silky, creamy soup with candied squash seeds.

Ingredients:
2 winter squash, such as Robin’s Koginut or Delicata, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups chicken stock
¾ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place the squash, cut sides down, in a baking dish. Add a few tablespoons of water to the baking dish, cover with foil and bake 35-40 minutes or until tender. Cool.

2. In a large stock pot, melt butter. Add the onion and garlic cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.

3. Scrape out the squash flesh from each half and add to the pot with the onions. Add the stock and cream. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes.

4. Purée the soup in a blender or food processor, or in the pot using an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Lacinato Kale Frittata

A wonderfully-easy entrée!

Ingredients:
1 bunch Lacinato kale, leaves separated from thick ribs and cut crosswise into wide strips
¼ cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced paper thin
8 large eggs
¼-½ cup Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt

Method:
1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a broiler-proof nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes, or until garlic is soft and fragrant. Add kale, by the handful, tossing to coat leaves with the oil. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until kale is completely wilted and tender. Season with ½ teaspoon salt.

2. Preheat oven broiler, positioning oven rack about 4-6 inches from heat.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, Grana and an additional ½ teaspoon salt. Slowly pour egg mixture over greens. Cook eggs over medium-low heat without stirring for 8 minutes, or until almost set.

4. Transfer skillet to broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until top of frittata is browned. (Check often to make sure it does not burn.) Remove and let sit 1-2 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving.

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Whole Grain Hotcakes

Crafted with hearty whole grains and nuts, our signature mix produces one satisfying flapjack!

Ingredients:
1 cup hotcake mix
1 cup water

Method:
1. Mix together mix and water in a large bowl.

2. Heat skillet over medium-high, adding a dab of butter to grease the pan. Spoon a scant ¼ cup hotcake mixture into the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until browned on both sides. Set aside and repeat process; mix should yield 12-14 hotcakes.

3. Top with maple syrup and sautéed apples and enjoy!

Fall Vegetable Frittata

Packed with fingerling potatoes, peppers, leeks and spinach, this easy frittata boasts incredibly fresh flavor.

Ingredients:
8 eggs
1 pint Ozette fingerling potatoes, washed and thinly-sliced
4 frying peppers, washed, seeded and chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and thinly-sliced
1 cup spinach leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced potatoes to the skillet and sauté for about 6 to 8 minutes, until tender but firm. Remove from skillet. Add another tablespoon oil, then add the peppers, leeks, spinach and garlic. Sauté for an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until the greens are just wilted. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Remove from skillet.

3. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs and thyme with a pinch of salt and pepper. Return the potatoes to the skillet, arranging in an even layer. Top with vegetable mixture and then pour eggs evenly over the vegetables. Drizzle olive oil around the edge of the pan to ensure easy removal.

4. Transfer to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the eggs have completely set in the center. Serve straight out of the skillet, cut into wedges, or flip onto a serving plate.

Variation: For added bite, try adding ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese to the egg mixture and then bake as directed.

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