Cozy Comforts Recipes

Warm yourself body and soul this week with a lineup of cozy wintertime favorites like Gruyère cheese bread, earthy Shiitake and dried Porcini mushrooms, farm-fresh eggs, and hearty split grain emmer farro that can be prepared risotto-style with our signature, hand-crafted chicken stock. Additionally highlighted by crisp radicchio, carrots, leeks and garden-grown herbs, this box is also flush with a bevy of beautiful winter citrus fruit to further brighten your week. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Herb-Kissed Farrotto with Shiitake Mushrooms & Crispy Shallots
This truly cozy, risotto-style dish boasts immense flavor, cooked in chicken stock and accented with earthy mushrooms and crackly-crisp shallots.

How-To: Reconstitute Dried Mushrooms
Follow these simple steps to reconstitute the beautiful mushrooms for this week’s farrotto.

Radicchio, Farro & Apple Salad with Garden Herb Vinaigrette
Tart, crunchy and crisp, this salad celebrates the classic combination of apple and radicchio.

Garden Herb Vinaigrette
This flavor-packed vinaigrette is fantastic with both grains and greens.

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy makes the best of crisp carrots.

Meyer Lemon-Lime Curd
Serve this classic curd from Gourmet magazine with sliced pound cake or sugar cookies for an easy and elegant dessert!

Herb-Kissed Farrotto with Shiitake Mushrooms & Crispy Shallots

This truly cozy, risotto-style dish boasts immense flavor, cooked in chicken stock and accented with earthy mushrooms and crackly-crisp shallots.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
4 cups chicken stock
3 cups water
1 cup emmer farro, rinsed and dried
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons butter
½-1 cup reconstituted (see enclosed method) Porcini mushrooms, sautéed until golden brown in butter
2 cups Shiitake mushrooms, also sautéed until golden brown in butter
½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 cup packed parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

For the Crispy Shallots:
2 large shallots, extra thinly sliced + layers separated
Olive oil, as needed

Method:
1. For the farrotto, heat a Dutch oven (or heavy-bottomed pot) over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Once hot, add the shallots. Cook for a few minutes until lightly browned. Season with salt & black pepper.

2. Meanwhile, heat the stock and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat until just barely simmering. Keep the liquid warm over low heat.

3. Add the farro to the shallots. Stir well and toast for a minute or so. Pour in the white wine. Stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid has absorbed. Start to ladle the heated liquid into the pot, one ladle (or about a ½ cup measurement) at a time, stirring after each addition until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue until you’ve added all of the liquid. This process should take about 25-30 minutes.

4. To make the crispy shallots, heat a 12” saute pan over medium-low heat. Add enough olive oil to very generously coat the pan, creating a thin layer to shallow-fry the shallots. Add the shallots in one even layer. Fry for about 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shallots to a plate lined with paper towels. Season with salt and set aside.

5. Stir the butter, mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, and chives into the farrotto. Allow the butter and parmesan to melt. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve in a large bowl with the crispy shallots over top. Garnish with more freshly grated parmesan and any extra herbs.

Basque-Style Chicken with Peppers & Potatoes

A flavorful one-pot meal, accented by meaty potatoes and summery peppers.

Ingredients:
1½ pounds chicken thighs, with the skin
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons piment d’espelette (or cayenne)
1 red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 Basque pepper, deseeded and sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1½ pounds fingerling potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken stock
3 sprigs fresh parsley, plus more leaves for garnish

Method:
1. Mix together the olive oil and piment (or cayenne) in a large bowl. Add the chicken pieces, coating each in the oil as you do. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to one day.

2. In a large Dutch oven set over medium-high heat, sear each piece of chicken until it is golden. You may need to do this in batches. Transfer the seared chicken pieces to a paper-towel lined plate.

3. In the same pot, fry the red onions and garlic. If you find the pot too dry, add some olive oil. Sauté until the onions and garlic have softened. Add the peppers, potatoes and salt and stir to coat. Pour in the white wine and simmer until the liquid has reduced by two-thirds.

4. Add the chicken back to the pot along with the parsley sprigs and pour in the chicken broth. Bring the pot to a gentle simmer, place the lid ajar and leave to simmer for 30-40 minutes. The liquid should reduce by about half. Check the seasoning. Remove the cooked parsley sprigs and sprinkle with some freshly chopped parsley. Enjoy while hot with some crusty bread for dipping.

Rigatoni with Chicken Italian Sausage, Swiss Chard & Peppers

Everyone will be asking for seconds of this colorful and extremely satisfying dish.

Ingredients:
1 pound rigatoni pasta
1-2 red peppers, seeded and chopped
1 Walla Walla sweet onion
1 bunch rainbow Swiss chard, removed from tough rib ends and then roughly chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons freshly-chopped parsley
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus an additional tablespoon for finishing
Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Cook rigatoni for 5-7 minutes in a pot of heavily salted water until al dente, or just cooked through with a bit of bite left. Reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water, then drain, and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, cook the chicken Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink, breaking the sausage apart with a wooden spoon or spatula. Remove the sausage to a plate and set aside.

3. Wipe any excess grease from the skillet with a paper towel, then drizzle in 2
tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add in garlic, peppers and onions and sauté until all the veggies are tender and begin to brown in spots, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the chopped chard and wine and continue to sauté, stirring until chard is just wilted.

4. Add the pasta and chicken sausage to the skillet and toss to combine with the veggies; season with salt and pepper as necessary. Add chicken stock and simmer for two minutes or until slightly reduced. Finish by sprinkling each serving with grated Grana-style cheese and an additional swirl of olive oil.

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