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!

Gather ‘Round the Raclette Recipes

This week, gather around to share a rustic and homey meal by the way of the Swiss Alps: Traditional raclette cheese draped over farm-fresh favorites including German Butterball potatoes, smoky Italian speck and our housemade cornichons and pickled onions. Also included: Raspberry-streusel shortbread, a medley of produce like apples, red beets and leeks, plus your own mini raclette-maker to melt that ooey, gooey cheese right at the table.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

How-To: Make Raclette
Let everyone assemble their own platter of provisions to top with melty raclette cheese!

Red Beet Salad with Cara Cara Orange Vinaigrette
This stunning salad is infused with bright, citrusy flavor.

Roasted Beets
This method creates tender, delicious beets that are easy to peel and serve in a salad.

Braised Fingerling Potatoes
Buttered and simmered in water, these rich, flavorful potatoes will wow.

Broccolini with Vin Cotto
Coated in a Balsamic vinegar glaze, garlic-flecked broccolini make for a warm, homey side dish.

Brown Sugar-Baked Apples
A true classic, this beautiful dessert is lovely topped with crème fraîche.

Cheese Please

During the quiet, gray afternoons of winter, another area of the farm bustles with life: the farmstead creamery. Tucked in its own charming little building next to the stone barn and replete with two 26-gallon Van Riet cheese vats, commercial equipment and a cheese cave, our beloved fromagerie is a quiet and tranquil spot to experiment with new cheesemaking recipes and techniques.

We make a wide variety of fresh and aged cheeses in-house—from the hand-dipped ricotta cheeses crafted from leftover whey to the rich and creamy Tomme, Vecchio and Grana styles that are brined and aged in the cave. Other fromagerie-made favorites also include fresh chevre crafted from goat’s milk, fromage blanc and silky crème fraîche. This year we have been busy developing several new cheeses as well, working with new recipes and techniques to expand on the skills originally gleaned during our training at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese and with cheesemakers Enrique Canut, Marc Druart, Peter Dixon and Gianaclis Caldwell.

We look forward to sharing delicious new cheeses, plus tried-and-true favorites from both our creamery and other local fromageries, in your weekly boxes all year long!

Spinach & Gruyère Cheese Bread Strata

Put this week’s cheesy bread loaf to good use with this spinach-kissed breakfast strata.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
10 ounces spinach, washed
3 cups Gruyère cheese bread, cubed*
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
½ cup shredded white cheddar or Gruyère cheese
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add the spinach and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander and drain, pressing with a rubber spatula to release as much liquid as possible. Scatter spinach and bread cubes in a buttered baking dish.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pour mixture over bread and spinach and then top with ½ cup cheese. Place dish in oven and bake until set in middle and golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes.

*The strata will turn out much better if the bread is slightly stale, so leave the loaf out on the counter overnight before preparing this recipe.

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