Mediterranean Recipes

From asparagus and French radishes to chive blossoms and crisp Little Gem and Cegolaine lettuces, this week’s box is a beautiful display of spring’s best offerings. Use these provisions and more to help craft a delicious Mediterranean-inspired feast, with ingredients for a satisfying baked orzo, plus gorgeous sheep’s milk feta cheese, fresh oregano, sweet peppers and crisp cucumbers, all to go alongside in a salad. This refreshing lineup also features sliced multigrain bread, farm-fresh eggs and our housemade lemon polenta cake mix, so that you can enjoy each and every bite this box has to offer.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Mediterranean-Inspired Spring Salad
The light and bright salad is extremely versatile; toss in your favorite salad ingredients!

Baked Orzo
This hearty baked orzo recipe is incredibly satisfying!

Grilled Asparagus with Classic Gremolata
This healthy, easy dish is a classic way to serve asparagus in the Italian region of Lombardy—and it only takes a few minutes to put together.

Chive Blossom Vinegar
This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings; just swap it one-to-one with your favorite vinegar in recipes!

Chive Blossom-Garlic Aioli
This flavorful aioli is wonderful served with freshly-roasted asparagus, or even with homemade French fries!

Mustard Greens Pesto
Brilliantly green, this mustard green pesto packs a bit of a kick and pairs beautifully with grilled fingerling potatoes!

Lemon Olive Oil Polenta Cake
This rustic cake has a slightly-crunchy texture courtesy of polenta and is beautifully flavored by olive oil.

Baked Orzo

This hearty baked orzo recipe is incredibly satisfying!

Ingredients:
2 cups orzo pasta
4 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4½ cups chicken stock
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup freshly-chopped parsley
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté for about 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.

2. Add in the orzo, and cook for about a minute, stirring constantly. Add in broth and then salt and pepper to taste and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and sprinkle in the feta cheese, mixing well.

3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 2-quart baking dish. Add the orzo mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from oven and garnish with the chopped parsley before serving.

Variations: Try topping this baked dish with Kalamata onions, fresh herbs and sun-dried tomatoes, or with a helping of your favorite roasted vegetables.

Mediterranean-Inspired Spring Salad

The light and bright salad is extremely versatile; toss in your favorite salad ingredients!

Ingredients:
4 cups mixed spring salad greens, such Little Gem and Cegolaine
1 slicing cucumber, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
4 mini peppers, seeded and chopped
1 cup Kalamata olives
¾ cup feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh oregano or other fresh herb of your choice, stripped of stems and chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Place the greens, peppers and cucumber all in a bowl. Mix in the olives.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, and salt and pepper, and pour over the salad to coat. Toss well then sprinkle with feta cheese.

Eat Your Veggies Recipes

From golden frying peppers and red Cipollini onions to gorgeous Delicata squash and petite fennel bulbs, this week’s lineup highlights the beautiful vegetables of fall, plus accoutrements like our signature chicken stock and tangy feta cheese to help you enjoy these veggies in all their glory. Also included in this autumnal feast: Golden Challah bread, sweet-tart cranberry cakes and farm-fresh eggs. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Stir-Fried Vegetables with Chile, Garlic & Ginger
Serve this colorful stir-fry alongside potstickers and steamed rice for an easy weeknight dinner.

Fall Vegetable Frittata
Packed with fingerling potatoes, frying peppers, leeks and spinach, this easy frittata boasts incredibly fresh flavor.

Fresh Fennel, Radicchio & Apple Salad
Tart, crunchy and crisp, this cool salad celebrates the classic combination of fennel and radicchio.

Roasted Squash & Cipollini Onions
Dark brown sugar and fresh sage leaves lend an autumnal feel to this side dish.

Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower
So simple, so stunning: Use this basic roasting method as a jumping off point for enjoying this crunchy, mellow vegetable.

Challah Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Drizzled with a warm bourbon sauce, this dessert is sure to wow guests.

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