Along with busy days and festive nights, December has brought with it a continuation of November’s wet and windy weather. Accordingly, this week’s lineup invites you to sit down to a cozy, comfy supper after a damp day with risotto crafted with earthy Chanterelle mushrooms, herb-kissed fromage blanc and a truffle, sea salt and Parmesan blend topping, plus soft, chewy focaccia bread and a beautiful Washington red wine. Also accompanied by Lollipop radishes, Chioggia radicchio, leeks, Brussels sprouts and beautiful garden-grown herbs, this box will do wonders to ward off any rainy day blues (as will a glass of heirloom blueberry juice!).
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto with Fromage Blanc
Creamy and delicious, this recipe is a favorite here at the farm—just remember to stir!
Fresh Radicchio, Fennel & Apple Salad
Tart, crunchy and crisp, this cool salad celebrates the classic combination of fennel and radicchio.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Buttered Breadcrumbs
Topped with buttery, golden brown breadcrumbs, these Brussels sprouts are the epitome of comfort food.
Seasoned with salt and pepper, roasted leeks make for a satisfying side dish.
Lemon-Olive Oil Custard
Ready in 10 minutes, this thick, creamy custard makes for a stunningly-simple dessert.
In keeping with the warm, soulful flavors of classic Oktoberfest, this week’s lineup takes a trip to Bavaria with favorites such as smoky bratwurst links, wholegrain mustard and our housemade tangy sauerkraut. Complemented by an array of fall all-stars like Delicata squash, Hakurei turnips, leeks and rainbow carrots to incorporate into comforting side dishes, this box also includes red Pimento peppers, roasted pecans and our signature cornichons, plus Honeycrisp apples and our accompanying apple cake mix to bake up a fitting dessert for this cozy and comforting feast—prost!
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Bratwurst with Caramelized Onions & Sweet Peppers
This inviting main dish is incredibly flavorful! (If you happen to have any leftovers, try piling them into a sandwich with this week’s pumpernickel bread.)
German Potato Salad
This ultra-flavorful and satisfying side dish is best served warm.
Buttery Braised Leeks
Accented with just a squeeze of lemon, these sublime leeks are also a worthy side dish.
Baked Delicata Squash
Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful recipe from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.
Honeycrisp Apple & Rainbow Carrot Slaw with Poppy Seed Dressing
This refreshing, brightly-colored slaw is a snap to do-ahead.
F&L Apple Cake
Moist and incredibly flavorful, this cake comes together in just minutes!
Rich with locally-foraged mushrooms and herbs, this pasta beautifully captures the flavors of fall.
1 pound semolina pappardelle
2 cups Chanterelle mushrooms, washed and patted dry
¼ cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided in half
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup combined fresh chopped parsley, sage and thyme
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
¼ cup grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Drop in pasta noodles and cook until al dente, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and rinse, reserving ½ cup of the starchy cooking liquid.
2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter with the olive oil over medium heat, stirring to combine. Add Chanterelle mushrooms and garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes until mushrooms are soft and tender and then add chicken stock and cook until reduced slightly, another 3-4 minutes. Add in fresh herbs and season generously with salt and pepper.
3. Add in drained pasta and toss everything together. Add in reserved 1 tablespoon of butter and grated cheese, and mix to distribute. If pasta seems dry, add in reserved cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until adequately moist.
Mixed with our own duxelles and sautéed mushrooms, then topped with roasted squash, this creamy and delicious risotto is a favorite here at the farm.
1½ cups Arborio rice
4 cups chicken stock
½ cup white wine (if desired)
½ finely chopped onions or shallots
1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic (if desired)
8 tablespoons butter or olive oil (can use a mixture)
1 cup duxelles
¼ cup grated Grana cheese
2 cups cubed and roasted Black Futsu squash
1 cup Hedgehog mushrooms, sautéed in butter
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil and then turn down to a simmer to keep hot.
2. In another large saucepan over medium low heat, melt 4-5 tablespoons of butter and cook the onions until soft but not brown. Add garlic and continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Turn the heat up and add the Arborio rice, stir for about one minute. Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and continue stirring until almost absorbed.
3. Add another ladleful of stock and the wine (if using) and continue stirring. Repeat until all the stock is gone and the rice is creamy and tender.
4. Stir in the remaining butter, the duxelles and grated Grana until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add generous helpings of the roasted squash and sautéed mushrooms to each portion of risotto, and sprinkle with fresh parsley and a grating of Grana-style cheese before serving.