Cider-Braised Beets

These delightful beets from Rick Rodgers’ The Big Book of Sides are sure to be a new favorite.

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh apple cider
1 bunch beets, green tops removed, peeled and cut into ½-inch-rounds
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons finely-chopped fresh tarragon
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Combine 1½ cups water, the cider and butter in a large, deep, non-reactive skillet. Add the beets and enough water, if needed, to barely cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the skillet with the lid ajar. Cook at a brisk simmer until the beets are just tender when pierced with the tip of a small, sharp knife, about 20 minutes. Season the beets to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beets to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the tarragon and serve.

Brunch Time Recipes

Can you feel it? The tulip shoots are stretching towards the skies, birds are gathering up twigs to build their nests, and we even shed our jackets one afternoon last week: The march towards spring is gaining momentum! Celebrate the changing seasons with a delicious brunch lineup filled with some of our favorite provisions—from Skagit River Ranch’s all-natural breakfast sausages and farm-fresh eggs to spiced apple butter for spreading on a warm muffin made with Fairhaven Mill cornmeal. Also included: Fresh raisin bread, crisp apple cider from Sauk Farm, cocktail pecans, fresh produce like Cara Cara oranges, Cremini mushrooms and springtime leeks, plus a truly gorgeous gorgonzola dolce cheese. Good morning, indeed!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Cremini Mushroom Scramble
Earthy mushrooms and fragrant garlic elevate farmstead eggs in this stunning scramble.

Apple & Pecan Green Salad with Gorgonzola Dolce
This beautiful salad is light and fresh, a perfect pairing for this week’s brunch fare.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Uitilizing both apple cider and apple cider vinegar, as well as shallots and Dijon, this punchy vinaigrette is packed with flavor.

Roasted Leeks
Seasoned with salt and pepper, these leeks make for a satisfying side.

Gorgonzola & Honey Roasted Potatoes
An interesting, yet classic, Italian combination of sweet and savory.

Cornmeal Muffins
Moist, fluffy, and easy to make from scratch!

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Utilizing both apple cider and apple cider vinegar, as well as shallots and Dijon, this punchy vinaigrette is packed with flavor.

Ingredients:
1 small shallot, peeled, cored and quartered
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons apple cider
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Method:
1. Purée all the ingredients in a blender, food processor or with an immersion blender in a bowl until smooth, about 30 seconds. Use immediately or store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving if it becomes solid.

Apple of Our Eye Recipes

From dried fruit and pie-spiced pecan-almond butter to crisp-pressed cider and Jonagolds from the orchard, this week’s lineup is filled with apple-themed delights, as well as other fresh provisions to keep you cozy during these chilly days, like Skagit River Ranch bacon, egg grattini pasta, and stollen fruit loaf. Also in your box: Farm-fresh eggs, a Columbia Valley Chardonnay and winter all-stars such as Chantenay carrots, Badger Flame beets and Delicata squash. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Raisin Bread Crostini
With plump, juicy raisins throughout, this week’s loaf makes excellent crostini to pair with our apple butter, plus maybe even a few bacon bits on top!

Celery & Fennel Salad with Herbs
This side salad from Martha Stewart is incredibly crisp and refreshing.

Cara Cara Orange & Pea Shoot Salad
This crisp, citrus-kissed salad is both bold in flavor and beautiful in presentation.

Carrot & Apple Sauté with Rosemary
This fun combination sings with fresh flavor!

Cider-Braised Beets
These delightful beets from Rick Rodgers’ The Big Book of Sides are sure to be a new favorite.

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