Chive Blossom-Garlic Aioli

This flavorful aioli is wonderful served with freshly-roasted asparagus, or even with homemade French fries!

Ingredients:
1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry or chive blossom vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms

Method:
1. In a blender or food processor, drop in the egg and chopped garlic and process until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. (The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite.)

2. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Chive Blossom Vinegar

This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings; just swap it one-to-one with your favorite vinegar in recipes!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chive blossoms
1 cup white wine vinegar

Method:
1. Soak chive blossoms in water to clean, then dry them using a salad spinner.

2. Place chive blossoms into a large canning jar so that the jar is filled about halfway with blossoms. Fill jar with the vinegar, covering the blossoms completely.

3. Let blossoms steep in the vinegar at least overnight or up to several days in a cool, dark place. Strain blossoms from vinegar and pour liquid into a clean jar. Refrigerate for the longest shelf life (the vinegar should last several weeks in the fridge).

Tarragon-Lemon Aioli

This bright aioli is fantastic served with asparagus, or other grilled or sautéed spring veggies!

Ingredients:
1 shallot, peeled and minced
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

Method:
1. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth; transfer to a small bowl. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

Cara Cara Orange Compote

Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent on French toast.

Ingredients:
2 Cara Cara oranges, peeled and separated, pith removed
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brandy

Method:
1. In a small, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, combine orange sections, sugar, and brandy. Using the back of a wooden spoon, mash oranges as they heat up to release juices. Stir until sugar dissolves.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

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