German Potato Salad

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

Ingredients:
1½ pounds baby red or fingerling potatoes, 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.

Spring Sunshine Recipes

This week’s beautiful weather sure has jump-started the gardens! Crisp and crunchy, verdant and vivacious, the flavors of spring are thus freshening up this week’s lineup with such ingredients as pea and sunflower shoots, purple sprouting broccoli, leeks and chives. Also featuring fresh pappardelle pasta, Skagit River Ranch Italian sausage, Tunawerth cream cheese, our own duxelles and cornichons, plus top-quality baking ingredients, this box of seasonal favorites invites you to immerse yourself in the kitchen before heading back outside with a full plate and a glass of wine to enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pappardelle Pasta with Duxelles & Italian Sausage
This light, creamy pasta is a show-stopper, topped with mushrooms duxelles and savory sausage.

Spring Greens Salad
Featuring arugula and chives, this bright and fresh salad is our go-to side salad for pretty much any meal!

Oven-Roasted Leeks
Seasoned with salt and pepper, roasted spring leeks make for a satisfying side dish.

Buttered New Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
This simple recipe from Ina Garten brings out the buttery flavor of new potatoes.

Quick-Pickled Sweet Onions
These snappy little onions are fantastic served on sandwiches and salads.

Spring Greens Salad

Featuring arugula and chives, this bright and fresh salad is our go-to side salad for pretty much any meal!

Ingredients:
1 head of Romaine lettuce
1 head butter lettuce
1 bunch arugula
1-2 cups microgreens, such as pea and sunflower shoots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped dill
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded, and sliced
1 medium avocado

For the dressing:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Pinch of sea salt
Several grinds black pepper
1 small clove of garlic, minced

Method:
1. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic in the bottom of a salad bowl.

2. Wash the greens and dry very well. Tear into bite-sized pieces over dressing. Do not toss. Wash herbs and spin dry. Add to top of lettuce. Add sliced cucumber slices on top.

3. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for several hours. Just before serving, peel and slice avocado and add to greens. Toss gently, but well, and serve.

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.

Ingredients:
8 large eggs
1 cup Farm & Larder crème fraîche
Pinch nutmeg
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

2. Season the crème fraîche with salt, freshly ground pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.

3. Place a heaped tablespoon of crème fraîche in the bottom of a small individual ramekin or custard cup*, followed by a sprinkling of parsley and chives. Crack an egg on top, add a second tablespoon of crème fraîche and sprinkle with an additional pinch each of salt, pepper and nutmeg. Repeat with remaining ramekins.

4. Place the ramekins in a baking dish and pour enough lukewarm water into the dish to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the egg yolks are set to your liking. Finish each serving with additional chopped herbs.

*This dish can also be made in a large baking dish, or even in a few smaller baking dishes. Spread a thin layer of cheese and herbs on bottom, carefully crack eggs and space out evenly, then dollop additional cheese and add water as directed above.

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