Holiday Brunch

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle this week by lingering over a warm and cozy brunch that stars smoky, locally-sourced bacon, fresh German stollen and cinnamon-raisin breads, farm-fresh eggs, and crisp Honeycrisp apple cider. This lovely lineup also includes such seasonal favorites as Brussels sprouts, D’Anjou pears, Lady apples and beautiful braising greens, as well as a trio of dreamy delights from our own creamery—herbed fromage blanc, compound butter and silky crème fraîche. Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, break out the breakfast skillet, and enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Baked Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast
This homey recipe from The Pioneer Woman can easily be done a day ahead and chilled until ready to bake.

Maple-Spiced Apples
These fragrant apples are wonderful served on top of pancakes, waffles or French toast.

Bacon & Leek Scramble
This hearty scramble will fill you up to start your day.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears
This unique flavor combination is accented by salty pistachios.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Apple & Bacon
Also tossed with brown sugar and apple cider vinegar, this warm side is sure to wow.

Crème Fraîche Salad Dressing
Creamy, yet light, this dressing is fantastic tossed with Bibb lettuce.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Apple & Bacon

Also tossed with brown sugar and apple cider vinegar, this warm side is sure to wow.

Ingredients:
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed of tough ends
6 slices of bacon
1 tart apple, finely diced
2 large shallots, minced
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Method:
1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until most of the fat has rendered and the meat is crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve. Drain all but 3 tablespoons of the drippings from the skillet. Meanwhile, shave the trimmed Brussels sprouts using a box grater or mandoline.

2. Add the diced shallots to the skillet and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes, then add the mustard seeds and stir to coat with the oil. Add the shaved Brussels sprouts to the pan and cook, again stirring until sprouts just begin to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Add the apple cider vinegar and brown sugar and toss thoroughly to combine.

3. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving platter. (Be sure to scrape up all the delicious browned bits from the bottom of the skillet when doing so!) Crumble the bacon over top and add the apple slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Good Morning Recipes

Rise and shine—it’s breakfast time! This weekend, cozy up to a brunch-themed box that stars such farmhouse favorites as smoky organic bacon, farm-fresh eggs from our heritage breed hens, and hearty and healthful multigrain bread, plus bubbly prosecco, Dick Taylor drinking chocolate and our housemade crème fraîche. Also accented by French Breakfast radishes, purple sprouting broccoli, sweet Italian peppers, pears, kiwi berries and last of the season heirloom tomatoes, this lineup is sure to help you start your day off right.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bacon, Onion & Herb Quiche
Light and bright, with a touch of smokiness courtesy of the bacon, this quiche is bound to be a sure-fire hit.

Baked Eggs with Crème Fraîche & Fresh Herbs
These oeufs en cocotte boast a wonderful balance between the rich crème fraîche and the bright parsley and chives.

Fingerling Potato ‘Homefries’
These creamy, rustic potatoes are flecked with fresh parsley and red pepper flakes for heat.

Bietola Swiss Chard Gratin
Creamy with just a hint of mustard, this rustic gratin makes for a lovely side dish.

Prosecco-Poached Pears
This simple poaching method produces a beautifully-light dessert.

German Potato Salad

This ultra-flavorful and satisfying side dish is best served warm.

Ingredients:
1½ pounds fingerling potatoes, such as this week’s German Butterball variety, washed and cubed into 1-inch pieces (no need to peel)
8 bacon slices, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Fresh chives, minced
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt

Method:
1. Bring a medium-sized pot of water seasoned generously with salt, to a boil. Toss in the potatoes and reduce to a simmer, cooking until the potatoes are just barely fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and reserve the potatoes.

2. Coat a large sauté pan lightly with olive oil. Toss in the bacon and bring to medium heat. When the bacon is getting brown and crispy, toss in the onions and cook until they are very soft and aromatic, 7 to 8 minutes ; add the garlic and cook until soft but not browned

3. Add the stock and vinegar. Toss in the cooked potatoes while they are still warm; mix together and cook until the liquid has absorbed into the potatoes. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with chives and parsley and serve warm or at room temperature.

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