Frisée Salad with Apricots & Hazelnuts

This salad is amazing with pretty much any stone fruit, from plums to peaches to this week’s apricots.

Ingredients:
1 medium head radicchio, torn into bite-size pieces
1 medium head frisée, torn into bite-size pieces
2 apricots, pitted and cut into thin slices
¼ cup hazelnut oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 ounces chevre cheese, crumbled
½ cup roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a large bowl, whisk the hazelnut oil with the red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

2. Add the radicchio and frisée and toss until coated. Add the apricots slices, goat cheese and hazelnuts, season the salad with salt and pepper, toss gently and serve.

Blue Cheese & Pear Salad with Arugula Greens

Tossed with a light balsamic vinaigrette, this crisp salad is both bold and beautiful.

Ingredients:
4-6 cups arugula greens
1 D’Anjou pear, cored and thinly sliced
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic until well combined. Season to taste with salt and ground pepper.

2. In a large serving bowl, combine arugula greens and pearl slices. Toss with about half of the vinaigrette, adding more to taste as desired. Crumble blue cheese over top and serve.

Slow-Roasted Celery

This unexpected side dish is sure to be a new favorite.

Ingredients:
2 bunches celery, halved lengthwise, leaves removed and coarsely chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, pressed
3 tablespoons apple cider
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
3⁄4 cup vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
2⁄3 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the celery for 3 minutes, scoop them out with a slotted spoon, and let drain. Place the celery on a baking sheet, cut sides down.

3. Whisk the garlic, apple cider and olive oil together, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the celery with half of the dressing and half of the parsley and slide the baking sheet into the oven. Pour the stock over them and cook for 45 to 60 minutes (depending on the thickness of the celery), until the celery al dente and the tips are coloring.

4. Transfer to a serving platter if desired. Drizzle with the rest of the dressing; sprinkle with the rest of the parsley, celery leaves, cheese, and hazelnuts; 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!

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