Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent served on crostini along with a soft cheese.
2 Cara Cara oranges, peeled and separated, pith removed
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brandy
1. In a small, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, combine orange sections, sugar, and brandy. Using the back of a wooden spoon, mash oranges as they heat up to release juices. Stir until sugar dissolves.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
This delectable compote is delicious spooned over yogurt, ice cream, even waffles or pancakes!
3-4 plums, seeds removed and quartered
3 tablespoons high-quality maple syrup
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamom
Pinch kosher salt
1. Squeeze the juice from the orange into a medium skillet, then add the maple syrup, spices and salt. Set heat to medium and gently stir mixture until sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to gently simmer (adjusting heat as needed) for about 5 minutes, then add quartered plums.
2. Continue to let the mixture simmer for another 5-7 minutes, or until the plums are tender, but still maintain their shape. If the liquid appear more watery than syrupy, remove plums with a slotted spoon and continue to simmer the liquid until a slightly syrupy texture is achieved, then pour over plums. Allow compote to cool to room temperature before placing in an airtight container. Refrigerate if not using right away.
Show Mom some love this weekend with a fresh and easy lineup highlighted by new spring produce such as Little Gem lettuce, asparagus, fragrant tarragon and Pink Beauty radishes, as well as house favorites like Challah bread, farm-fresh eggs and our own tomato soup. Serve up these seasonal beauties alongside a lineup of sampler-ready bites—think: Crisp flatbreads kissed with sel gris, country-style terrine, pickled heirloom blueberries and raclette cheese—while Mom sits back and relaxes with a glass of crisp Rosé wine. To Mom!
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Challah Bread French Toast
This lovely and light French toast is wonderful topped with maple syrup, confectioners’ sugar or Cara Cara orange compote (see recipe!).
Cara Cara Orange Compote
Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent on French toast.
Pea Shoot & Arugula Salad with Radishes & Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes and sweet pea shoots.
Asparagus with Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Topped with decadent cream, this simple side dish is just delicious.
These dipped radishes make for a wonderful starter or snack!
This bright aioli is fantastic served with asparagus, or other grilled or sautéed spring veggies!
These scones are wonderful topped with apple butter.
¾ cup, plus 2 tablespoons water
1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Combine the water and scone mix in a medium bowl. Stir with a spoon until blended. (Dough will be slightly sticky.)
2. Knead dough 5-6 times on a generously floured board, folding dough in half on top of itself each time. Divide dough into 3 pieces. Pat each piece into a 5-inch diameter dome, and cut each dome into 4 wedges.
3. Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve scones warm from the oven.