Frizzled Leeks

These crispy leeks are a wonderful garnish for salads, soups or main dish proteins like beef, pork or salmon.

Ingredients:
1 medium leek, trimmed of roots and dark green tops
2 cups neutral-flavored oil, such as peanut, vegetable or canola
Sea salt

Method:
1. Thinly slice the white and light green parts of the leek into 3-inch-long julienne strips. Rinse in a bowl of water to remove the grit, drain and pat dry.

2. In a small saucepan heat the oil over medium-high heat (it should reach a depth of about 1 inch) it reaches 325º and 350º on a candy thermometer. Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low to hold the oil in this temperature range. Add a small handful of the leeks to the oil.

3. Fry the leeks in batches, stirring often with a metal slotted spoon, until the oil is barely bubbling and the leeks are light golden brown, 1-3 minutes. (The oil temperature will drop when you add the leeks; let it return to the starting temperature before frying the next batch.)

4. Lift the leeks from the oil using the slotted spoon, tap against the side of the pan to drain off excess oil, and transfer to a large plate lined with paper towels.

5. Sprinkle the leeks lightly with salt while they are still hot. Let cool to room temperature before using as a garnish.

Cara Cara Orange Compote

Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent on our biscuits.

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.

Arugula Pesto

Stash this bright, zippy pesto in your freezer to add to the likes of pastas, soups or even roasted vegetables.

Ingredients:
4 cups arugula
1-2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 cup olive oil
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a food processor, combine the pine nuts, garlic, arugula, Parmesan, and about 1 teaspoon salt and pulse to blend. With the machine running, pour in the olive oil through the food tube in a slow, steady stream and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.

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.

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