Chive Blossom-Garlic Aioli

This flavorful aioli is wonderful served with freshly-roasted asparagus, or even with homemade French fries!

Ingredients:
1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry or chive blossom vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms

Method:
1. In a blender or food processor, drop in the egg and chopped garlic and process until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. (The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite.)

2. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Chive Blossom Vinegar

This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings; just swap it one-to-one with your favorite vinegar in recipes!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chive blossoms
1 cup white wine vinegar

Method:
1. Soak chive blossoms in water to clean, then dry them using a salad spinner.

2. Place chive blossoms into a large canning jar so that the jar is filled about halfway with blossoms. Fill jar with the vinegar, covering the blossoms completely.

3. Let blossoms steep in the vinegar at least overnight or up to several days in a cool, dark place. Strain blossoms from vinegar and pour liquid into a clean jar. Refrigerate for the longest shelf life (the vinegar should last several weeks in the fridge).

Spring Brunch Recipes

Wake up to the fresh flavors of spring with a delivery highlighted by Skagit River Ranch breakfast sausages, cinnamon-raisin bread, duck eggs and lovely, lilac-hued chive blossoms. This lineup is sure to delight any diner at your table, also including the first of the cherry tomatoes, our own lemon-caper dressing to drizzle over roasted cauliflower and pungent herbs like thyme, oregano and even lovage, the stems of which make perfect straws for homemade Bloody Marys (see recipes for details). Cheers!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Homemade Bloody Marys
The perfect straws for enjoying these homemade Bloody Marys? Lovage stems, of course!

Cherry Tomato Salad with Chives & Lemon
This incredibly-fresh salad should be made right ahead of serving.

Fried Duck Eggs Over Roasted Spring Vegetables
Shake up your breakfast routine with this hearty, healthy vegetable hash!

Sautéed Broccoli Raab
A variety of broccoli with long, thin leafy stalks, this hearty Italian green (also known as rapini) shines in an easy preparation from Gourmet magazine.

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower
Tossed with our bright lemon-caper dressing, this recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse is a snap to make.

Chive Blossom Vinegar
This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings.

Chive Blossom-Garlic Aioli
This flavorful aioli is wonderful served with roasted fingerling potatoes for brunch.

Fresh Flavors Recipes

Crisp and crunchy, verdant and vivacious, the flavors of spring are freshening up this week’s lineup with such ingredients as asparagus, French tarragon, Little Gem lettuce and microgreens. Also featuring fresh lemon-pepper linguine, locally-foraged morel mushrooms and smoked salmon, plus rich and silky duck eggs and even a coffee-kissed butter, immerse yourself in the kitchen with a glass of wine and enjoy this plethora of seasonal favorites.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Lemon-Pepper Pasta with Smoked Salmon & Asparagus
Bright with the flavors of lemon and smoked salmon, this pasta is a light and lovely lunch dish!

Poached Duck Eggs over Asparagus & Morel Mushrooms
This elegant presentation is sure to wow any dinner guest.

Tempered-Butter Radishes
These dipped radishes make for a wonderful starter or snack!

Charred Spring Onion Gremolata
This smoky sauce is wonderful atop grilled chicken or fish, or slathered on grilled bread.

Tarragon-Lemon Aioli
This bright aioli is fantastic served with grilled asparagus!

Chive Blossom Vinegar
This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings.

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