Good Morning Recipes

Rise and shine, it’s brunch time: Break your fast with this week’s lineup of favorites, from organic sausages and cinnamon-raisin bread to sweet and nutty organic cracked farro porridge and of course, fresh eggs from our flock of heritage breed laying hens. Spring is really starting to sing in the gardens, too, as you’ll also find fresh asparagus, pea and sunflower shoots, ruby-red rhubarb, turnips and Japanese Misome greens all in your box, as well as fragrant herbs and Belgian endive. Good morning, indeed!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Asparagus & Mushroom Frittata
This lovely springtime-fresh frittata can be easily served for brunch, lunch, or dinner; you choose!

Butter-Braised Turnips
Simmered in rich chicken stock, this dish is finished with lemon juice and thyme for fresh appeal.

Roasted Endive with Walnut Vinaigrette
This warm side pairs beautifully with this week’s frittata.

Rhubarb-Apple Cake with Almonds
A great baking project for an afternoon at home.

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
A simple, easy and incredibly flavorful salad vinaigrette to add to your arsenal!

Roasted Rhubarb

This rosy-colored roasted dish makes for an excellent dessert, especially served with vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients:
14 ounces rhubarb
1 blood or navel orange (or 1 lemon)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Demerara sugar

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 300°. Cut the rhubarb into 2 to 2 ½ -inch pieces and place in a medium bowl. Finely grate the zest of half the orange over rhubarb, then squeeze the juice of the whole orange into the bowl. Add the vanilla and sugar and stir to combine.

2. Pour the rhubarb into a baking dish and arrange the pieces so that they lie flat. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with crème fraîche.

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Polenta Cake with Italian Prune Plums

This luscious cake is kissed with juicy Italian plums and citrus peel.

Ingredients:
4 Italian prune plums, pitted and cut into wedges
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup polenta or yellow cornmeal
1½ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 egg yolks, plus 2 full eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon or orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
Crème fraîche for serving (optional)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan; line bottom with a 9-inch circle of parchment paper. Arrange plums on parchment in pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over the plums. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and beat until light. Add egg yolks and eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add lemon peel and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in the flour mixture. Spoon batter over plums in pan and spread evenly.

4. Bake about 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides of pan; cool cake completely. Invert cake onto serving platter; remove bottom of pan and parchment. If desired, serve with crème fraîche.

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.

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