Spring Delights & Delicacies Recipes

From red radishes and asparagus to the season’s first fiddleheads, spring produce continues to abound, both in the garden and foraged from the wild. This week’s box takes full advantage of these new delights with such complementary provisions as farm-fresh eggs, Italian black Nerone rice, rosemary organic honey, and Piranske sea salt. Add to this a loaf of Pain au Levain, baking chocolate, flavorful salad greens, fragrant herbs and Meyer lemons, and let the flavors of spring delight everyone at the table (especially Mom on her special day!).

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Sautéed Fiddlehead Ferns
These bright green fronds lend themselves to many of the same uses as asparagus. Here they shine with a simple dressing of butter and lemon juice.

Asparagus with Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Topped with decadent cream, this simple side dish is just delicious.

Braised Red Radishes with Shallots
Tender and juicy, these satisfying radishes are accented by fresh parsley and balsamic vinegar.

Charred Red Spring Onion Gremolata
This smoky sauce is wonderful slathered on grilled bread.

Grilled Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
A fresh blend of lemon juice, olive oil and garlic adds big flavor to grilled asparagus stalks.

Mint Simple Syrup
It’s going to get warm this weekend: splash a dash of this simple syrup into a glass of lemonade for a sweet cool-down.

Full of Flavor Recipes

Stacked with beautiful late-season produce—from tomatillos and heirloom tomatoes to peppers, cucumbers, sweet corn, purple carrots and more—this week’s box packs in the flavor (and brings a little heat, too!). Accented by peppery edible flowers, fragrant herbs including garlic and Thai basil, as well as a fiery hot sauce crafted from lush cucumber and Bird’s Eye chiles from Seattle’s Häxan Ferments, this vibrant lineup also includes a fresh baguette, our own farm-fresh eggs, and a beautiful mix of salad greens. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Cucumber Bird’s Eye Smash
A spicy, herbaceous cocktail crafted with this week’s fiery hot sauce.

Spicy Heirloom Tomatoes
Topped with sweet corn and a pinch of cayenne pepper, these juicy tomatoes make a wonderful side salad.

Cucumber Melon Salad with Feta
A true homage to summer, this salad from The Splendid Table is cool, crisp and juicy.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Corn & Roasted Sweet Onions
Roasted sweet onion adds a wonderful depth of flavor to this refreshing salad.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Great served with chips, or mixed into rice, this awesome salsa also makes excellent sauce for enchiladas!

Pepper, Fennel & Onion Relish
Jimmy Nardello peppers lend themselves well to this classic trio—an excellent condiment-style topping for sandwiches, scrambled eggs or even crostini!

Cucumber Bird’s Eye Smash

A spicy, herbaceous cocktail crafted with this week’s fiery hot sauce.

Ingredients:
½ cucumber, washed and cut into bite-sized chunks
4-6 basil leaves
Dash of simple syrup
1.5 ounces dry gin
Juice of 1 lime
Dash of Cucumber Bird’s Eye hot sauce

Method:
1. Muddle the basil leaves and cucumber chunks in a cocktail shaker along with about a half tablespoon of simple syrup. Add the gin, lime juice, and a few drops of the hot sauce and shake with ice. Strain into a glass over fresh ice and enjoy!

Homemade Bloody Marys

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

Ingredients:
4 cups tomato juice
1 cup vodka
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
⅓ cup distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
Lemon or lime wedges
Garnishes (choose any): Lovage stems (for straws), plus celery stalks, cherry tomatoes, dill pickle spears, pickled okra, and/or green cocktail olives

Method:
1. In a blender, combine the tomato juice, vodka, cucumber, vinegar, celery seed, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Securely fasten the lid and blend on high speed until completely smooth.

2. Taste, and add more hot sauce for more heat (it will taste quite intense now, since the mix hasn’t cooled over ice yet). Add the black pepper and garlic. Securely fasten the lid and blend for just a few seconds (or longer, for a completely smooth texture). Taste, and stir in ¼ teaspoon salt for more overall flavor if you’d like. Set aside.

3. Fill the glasses with ice, and pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Stir with a spoon, and garnish each with a lemon or lime wedge, a lovage stem for a straw and any additional garnishes of your choice. Serve immediately.

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