Cara Cara Orange Compote

Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent spooned over French toast!

Ingredients:
2 Cara Cara oranges, peeled and separated, pith removed
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brandy

Method:
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.

Very Merry Recipes

Pour yourself a glass of wine, invite over a few friends, and cuddle up on the couch to enjoy a festive sampling thanks to this week’s lineup of antipasti-ready bites—think housemade eggplant caponata spooned over crackly crostini, smoky-and spicy crepinette salami, Marcona almonds and imported Italian charcoal parchment crackers, plus wintery produce that ranges from Cara Cara oranges and Brussels sprouts to mixed radicchio and Robin’s Koginut squash. Get ready to mix and match to your heart’s content with this box, which also includes multigrain bread, farm-fresh eggs, and even a petite gingerbread house kit to make it a holly jolly evening indeed.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Cara Cara Orange Compote
Tart, sweet and lively with bright citrus flavor, this compote is excellent served on crostini along with a soft cheese.

Sweet Onion Confit
This buttery-sweet topping is wonderful in sandwiches or even atop crackers.

Kale Salad with Roasted Squash & Apples
Topped with a maple-mustard vinaigrette and candied squash seeds, this salad would pair nicely alongside this week’s antipasti bites.

Candied Squash Seeds
Great for snacking, scattering over salad or serving atop soup!

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

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears
This unique flavor combination is accented by salty pistachios.

Plum Compote

This delectable compote is delicious spooned over yogurt, ice cream, even waffles or pancakes!

Ingredients:
3-4 plums, seeds removed and quartered
1 orange
3 tablespoons high-quality maple syrup
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamom
Pinch kosher salt

Method:
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.

A Mother’s Love Recipes

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 cheesewhile 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.

Buttered Radishes
These dipped radishes make for a wonderful starter or snack!

Lemon-Tarragon Aioli
This bright aioli is fantastic served with asparagus, or other grilled or sautéed spring veggies!

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