Poached Duck Eggs over Sautéed Beet & Turnip Greens

This elegant presentation is sure to wow any dinner guest.

Ingredients:
3-4 duck eggs
1 bunch each turnip and beet greens, washed and patted dry
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. To poach the eggs, half-fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add a hefty pinch of salt. Meanwhile, crack each egg into its own small bowl and add a teaspoon of vinegar to each. Stir the boiling water vigorously with a balloon whisk until you have a whirlpool then immediately (and softly!) slip the egg into the pot. Turn the heat down low, and cook for three minutes. Gently lift eggs out of the pot and drain on paper towels.

2. Meanwhile, melt the butter or heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the greens and cook until they are just wilted and tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper; set aside.

3. To serve, add a serving of the greens to a plate, and then top with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper, as needed.

Variation: This dish is also excellent served with roasted root vegetables, such as beets, turnips or carrots.

Baby Beet & Carrot Salad with Herbed Crème Fraîche Dressing

This beautiful salad utilizes both the bright baby beets and tender greens.

Ingredients:
Dressing:
2 green onions, minced
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons juice
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more to taste
½ cup crème fraîche
2 tablespoons minced dill
2 tablespoons minced parsley

1 pound baby beets with greens (about 1-inch thick)
1 pound slender young carrots with greens (about 1/2-inch thick)1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon minced parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. For the dressing: Whisk to combine green onion, garlic, and lemon zest and juice, onion and garlic powder, and sea salt in a small mixing bowl. Set aside to marinate for a few minutes. Fold in the crème fraîche, followed by the fresh herbs. Taste and add sea salt as needed. Cover and set in fridge to chill. Just before serving, whisk in 1 to 2 tablespoons water to thin dressing as needed.

2. Preheat oven to 425°. Trim all but ¼-inch of beet and carrot greens (reserve beet greens), and thoroughly scrub vegetables. Set unpeeled beets in a small, 2-inch-deep baking pan. Add ½ inch of cold water and cover tightly with foil. Slide into oven and roast until beets are fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover beets, drain hot water, and set beets aside until cool enough to handle. Slice off beet tops and remove skin under cold running water, either with fingertips or a peeler. (Skin will come off very easily.) Quarter beets and sprinkle with sea salt.

3. Halve carrots and cut on the bias into 4-inch spears. Toss with olive oil and a pinch each sea salt and pepper. Scatter on a rimmed baking sheet and slide into oven to roast alongside beets 10 to 15 minutes, or until carrots just begin to curl up and the edges turn golden.

4. While vegetables cook, rinse and dry beet greens, and arrange leaves on a serving platter. Tuck beets and carrots into the greens. Spoon on the dressing, and finish with a few twists of pepper and minced parsley. Serve immediately.

Spring Warm-Up Recipes

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As temperatures inch upwards and sunlight continues to grace the gardens, spring is in full swing as evidenced by the bounty of produce filling this week’s box, from pea vines and rhubarb to spring onions, asparagus and golden beets. Accented by Northwest-made accoutrements such as Piri hot sauce, cultured butter flecked with gray sea salt and our own housemade chive blossom vinaigrette, as well as a dozen eggs, imported feta cheese and an elegant Italian white wine, this farm-fresh menu savors the delicate yet bold nuances of this beautiful season.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Scrambled Eggs with Green Garlic and Cremini Mushrooms
Earthy mushrooms and fragrant young garlic elevate farmstead eggs in this stunning scramble.

Baked Orzo with Spinach, Feta & Lemon

Tossed with sautéed spinach and garlic, plus lemon zest and feta cheese, this baked pasta dish is a winner.

Roasted Asparagus with Creamy Eggs
This classic recipe from The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper will soon be a household favorite.

Beet Salad with Chive Blossom Vinaigrette
Tossed with a light, honey-kissed vinaigrette and freshly-roasted beets, this salad sings of springtime.

Pan-Braised Radishes & Greens

Pan roasting radish mellows its spice, lending tender texture to this side dish.

Lemon & Butter-Braised Beet Greens

This side makes lovely use of incredibly tender, often-overlooked, beet greens.

Grilled Asparagus with Almond-Parsley Gremolata

A fresh blend of parsley, garlic, almonds and red pepper flakes adds big flavor to grilled asparagus stalks.

Green Garlic Salad Dressing
Flavor-packed ground mustard, vinegar and green garlic stalks mix beautifully in this easy vinaigrette.

Lemon & Butter-Braised Beet Greens

This side makes lovely use of incredibly tender, often-overlooked, beet greens.

Ingredients:
1 bunch beet leaves, washed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Cherry Valley Dairy cultured butter with gray sea salt
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over low heat, and add the garlic. Cook gently, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant but does not take on any color.

2. Add the moist greens, raise the heat to medium-high, and cover the pan. Cook until the greens wilt, about 2 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice.

3. Remove the cover; if there’s any excess liquid, cook until it evaporates. Toss greens with the lemon juice and pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more sea salt if necessary; serve hot.

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