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).

Mustard Greens Pesto

Brilliantly green, this mustard green pesto packs a bit of a kick and pairs beautifully with grilled fingerling potatoes!

Ingredients:
1 bunch mustard greens, trimmed and chopped
½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
6 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon sea salt
1½ cups extra virgin olive oil

Method:
1. Toss pecans, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds into a bowl, and cover them by 2 inches with warm water. Allow them to soak for 4 to 6 hours, drain and rinse well. (If you’re short on time, you can substitute roasted nuts and seeds.)

2. Place soaked pecans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and garlic into your food processor. Pulse 3 to 4 times until just combined. Toss in mustard greens and sea salt and pulse for a few seconds.

3. Turn the food processor on and slowly drizzle olive oil into the seeds and greens until it forms a smooth and uniform paste. Serve immediately or transfer to mason jars, cap with additional olive oil and refrigerate for up to a month.

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Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

A simple, easy and incredibly flavorful salad vinaigrette to add to your arsenal!

Ingredients:
8 cloves garlic, roasted and peeled
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Method:
1. Combine the garlic, vinegar, mustard, honey, lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste, in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until emulsified. Set aside until ready to use; the vinaigrette will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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