Midsummer Splendor Recipes

Fava beans to fennel, cucumbers to cauliflower, red radishes to zucchini, this week’s box is packed with a bounty of midsummer produce. Enjoy these all-stars alongside another farmhouse favorite: a summery risotto crafted with Arborio rice, roasted chicken stock and Cremini mushrooms and topped with a beautiful medley of grilled vegetables (see recipes for details). Also included in this lively lineup: Italian Rustica bread, sheep’s milk feta cheese, a dry Portuguese white wine, edible flowers, mini bouquets, and gorgeous ripe apricots. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Cremini Mushroom Risotto with Grilled Vegetable Medley
A summery spin on a farmhouse favorite—just remember to stir!

Grilled Vegetable Medley
This recipe is extremely adaptable depending on the veggies you have on hand; feel free to mix it up!

Grilled Lacinato Kale Spread
This creamy spread from the new cookbook, Any Night Grilling, is delicious slathered on slices of grilled bread.

Frisée Salad with Apricots & Hazelnuts
This salad is amazing with pretty much any stone fruit, from plums to peaches.

Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon Breadcrumbs
This light, crunchy side makes beautiful use of fresh snap peas.

How-To: Fava Beans
Our quick guide for peeling and prepping fresh fava beans!

How-To: Cook Mayocoba Beans

You can enjoy these beans straight out of the pot, or save and prepare them refried-style later!

Ingredients:
2 cups dried Mayocoba beans
1 small onion
2-3 tablespoons bacon drippings (or butter or lard)
1-2 teaspoons salt (plus more to taste)
2-3 quarts water
Pinch of Mexican oregano (optional)

Method:
1. Sort through the beans and discard any rocks or shriveled beans. Rinse and drain well.

2. Add beans to a pot and cover with 2-3 quarts of water, or so the water level is 2 inches above the beans. Add the roughly chopped onion and 2-3 tablespoons of bacon drippings (or butter or lard).

3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and partially cover. Let simmer for 1½-2 hours. Ensure that the water level is well above the beans by adding more water as they cook if necessary.

4. Start tasting them after 1½ hours. If they are hard or grainy they need a little more time. Once cooked add 1 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of Mexican oregano and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Give a final taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Either serve immediately, or store for future use.

Risotto Night Recipes

The calendar may say May, but the spring temps sure have remained chilly, so warm yourself body and soul this week with a lineup that stars one of our farmhouse favorites: cozy risotto crafted with arborio rice, wild and earthy Porcini mushrooms and our own signature chicken stock. Also including Gruyère cheese bread, soft, spreadable sheep’s milk cheese and a bevy of bold greens, this box is still flush with the offerings of spring despite the pervasive gray, from purple sprouting broccoli and gold potatoes to Hakurei turnips and red radishes. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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

How-To: Reconstitute Dried Mushrooms
Follow these simple steps to reconstitute the beautiful mushrooms for this week’s risotto.

Roasted Radishes
Seasoned with fresh thyme and red onions, these buttery radishes are an excellent accompaniment to just about any protein.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Salad
This room temperature salad from The Barefoot Contessa has just the right amount of crunch!

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

Comfort Classics

With a few flurries the air and what we hope are the last frigid overnight temps this week, this lineup accordingly invites you to cozy up to a comfy supper starring a risotto crafted with earthy dried Porcini mushrooms, Cherry Valley Dairy fromage blanc, our own white truffle oil and a truffle, sea salt and Parmesan blend topping. Also accompanied by golden beets, purple top baby turnips, iron-rich spinach and beautiful garden-grown herbs, plus Gruyère cheese bread, lemony olives and chocolate-coated almonds, this box will do wonders to ward off any lingering wintertime blues (as will a glass of French white wine!).

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

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

How-To: Reconstitute Dried Mushrooms
Follow these simple steps to reconstitute the beautiful mushrooms for this week’s risotto.

Braised Asian Greens
These tender greens are a great side dish.

Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans
This fresh salad combines gorgeous spinach and crisp apple slices and is finished with a light Champagne apple cider vinaigrette.

Mashed Turnips & Parsnips
This side dish is rich and comforting, thanks to the combination of turnips, parsnips and fresh herbs.

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