Stewed Romano Beans with Tomatoes

Braising the beans lends them a beautiful texture without sacrificing any of their gorgeous color!

Ingredients:
1½ pounds Romano beans, trimmed and cut in 2- to 3-inch lengths
1 cup grated or chopped peeled tomatoes (about 3/4 pound)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Feta cheese for topping
Cooked pasta or grains, such as bulgur, quinoa, polenta or brown rice (optional)

Method:
1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a wide, lidded skillet or Dutch oven and add onion and a pinch of salt. Cook gently without browning, stirring often, until tender and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute, until fragrant.

2. Stir in Romano beans, tomatoes and half the dill. Add ½ cup water, bring to a simmer, season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer 20 minutes, until beans are tender. Stir in remaining dill and olive oil and simmer another 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.

3. Serve hot, warm or room temperature, with feta sprinkled over the top. If serving as a main dish, serve over cooked grains such as bulgur, quinoa, polenta or brown rice, or toss with pasta.

Happy & Healthy

As we greet June, we all have our fingers crossed for a warmer (and sunnier!) month ahead, don’t we? But despite any lingering June gloom, this week’s box at least is off to a bright and happy start with such favorites as rich and buttery King salmon, locally foraged Morel mushrooms, Pain au Levain bread and creamy chevre from Lost Peacock Farm. In addition to our farm-fresh eggs and garden herbs, this week’s lineup also awaits with such produce all-stars as asparagus, red spring onions and a beautiful mix of salad greens. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Morel Mushroom & Asparagus Eggs Benedict
Served over toasted bread, this eggs Benedict is truly stunning.

Asparagus with Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Topped with decadent cream, this simple side dish is just delicious.

Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter & Lemon
The sweet, nutty brown butter here lends a beautiful finishing touch.

Meyer Lemon & Dill Buttermilk Dressing
Drizzle this light and creamy dressing over your favorite salad greens, or serve with fresh veggies as a dip!

Charred Red Spring Onion Gremolata
This smoky sauce is wonderful slathered on grilled bread.

Meyer Lemon & Dill Buttermilk Dressing

Drizzle this light and creamy dressing over your favorite salad greens, or serve with fresh veggies as a dip!

Ingredients:
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup Greek yogurt
Zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon
2 tablespoons freshly-chopped dill
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method:
1. Combine buttermilk, Greek yogurt, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Stir in the chopped fresh dill and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Tzatziki

This signature Greek condiment is wonderful served with this week’s lemon chicken and potatoes.

Ingredients:
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 large cucumber, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice from ½ lemon
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
In a bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs and garlic. Stir until mixed, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for the best flavor.

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