Cozying Up to Fall Recipes

Much like the autumn leaves that are beginning to burst into brilliant shades of orange, yellow and scarlet, our gardens are gracing us with a bounty of vibrant produce, from colorful peppers and juicy tomatoes to fragrant fennel and crisp garden greens. Celebrate the best of the season this week with a warm-and-wonderful risotto made with our flavorful chicken stock, Grana-style cheese and locally-foraged white Chanterelle mushrooms, plus multigrain bread, farm-fresh eggs and a robust red wine—pour a glass, ladle some piping-hot risotto into a bowl, and cozy up in your favorite easy chair.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

White Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto
Creamy and delicious, this recipe is a favorite here at the farm—just remember to stir!

Baked Fennel
This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Bietola Swiss Chard Gratin
Creamy with just a hint of mustard, this rustic gratin makes for a lovely side dish.

Slow-Roasted Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
These roasted beauties are incredibly sweet and juicy.

Pepper, Fennel & Onion Relish
Jimmy Nardello peppers lend themselves well to this classic trio—an excellent condiment-style topping for sandwiches, crostini or scrambled eggs!

Sunday Supper Recipes

In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s box includes all the fixings for a cozy, Italian-inspired meal to share with your nearest and dearest—from fresh bucatini to Skagit River Ranch Italian sausage and crusty Italian Rustica bread. Side dish-worthy produce such as carrots, cauliflower and Bietola Swiss chard, plus orchard apples, herbs, farm-fresh eggs, and a crisp Rosé, all help to round out this robust fall meal.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Honey-Kissed Carrots with Sea Salt
The opposing flavors of sweet honey and flaky sea salt balance this beautiful side.

Whole-Roasted Cauliflower
This dish can’t be beat for presentation, served whole and topped with olive oil and sea salt.

Slow-Roasted Celery
This unexpected side is sure to be a new favorite.

Bietola Swiss Chard Gratin
Creamy with just a hint of mustard, this rustic gratin makes for a lovely side dish.

Italian Parsley-Caper Vinaigrette
This adaptation of the pungent vinaigrette from Joshua McFadden’s Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables is magical drizzled over roasted cauliflower!

Harvest Time Recipes

The amazingly sunny weather of late sure has kept the gardens happy! Thus, a colorful plethora of produce continues to delight in this week’s lineup, which includes everything from fall favorites like Italian eggplant, Bietole Swiss chard, and sweet D’Anjou pears to summery peppers, cucumbers and even more tomatoes. To accent this beautiful bounty, you’ll also find freshly-baked Pain au Levain bread, crisp salad greens, farm-fresh eggs, a sweet mini bouquet and imported artichoke leaf pasta in your box. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Artichoke Leaf Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes & Basil
Using fresh tomatoes, top-notch olive oil and an authentic Grana-style cheese are key to this dish’s success.

Escarole Salad with Grana-Dijon Dressing
A wonderful side salad!

Baked Fennel
This classic Italian finocchi gratinati is simply sublime.

Bietole Swiss Chard Gratin
Creamy with just a hint of mustard, this rustic gratin makes for a lovely side dish.

Eggplant Caponata
This traditional Tuscan relish is lovely on toasted Pain au Levain bread.

Kale Gratin with Parmesan Bread Crumbs

This no-guilt gratin skips the cream, but still boasts big flavor thanks to a topping of toasty bread crumbs.

Ingredients:
2 pounds (about 2 bunches) kale, tough stems removed, leaves chopped
1½ cups fresh whole-wheat sourdough bread crumbs
½ cup grated Grana-style cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, cheese and 1 tablespoon of the oil until well-blended.

3. In a large frying pan, warm the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the kale and sprinkle with a healthy dash of salt. Stir until the kale is wilted and coated with oil. Add ¼ cup water, cover and steam until the kale is tender, 6-10 minutes. Transfer to a shallow baking dish and smooth the top. Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture.

4. Bake until the bread crumbs are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve.

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