Spice It Up Recipes

From our smoky chili-citrus vinaigrette to drizzle over winter citrus fruit and micro cilantro in a salad to Skagit River Ranch’s famous all-natural chorizo sausages to mix into a frittata, this week’s lineup is sure to spice things up. Blending beautifully with fresh Northwest produce like leeks, scallions and Badger Flame beets, your box also includes fresh pomodoro bread and a ruby-hued Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina to help it all go down smooth. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Chorizo Frittata with Cherry Tomatoes, Leeks & Baby Spinach
Serve this satisfying frittata with a dollop of cooling sour cream on top.

Citrus Salad with Chili-Citrus Vinaigrette & Micro Cilantro
This citrus-kissed salad is smoky, just-slightly-spicy and an excellent accompaniment to a wedge of chorizo frittata!

Braised Fingerling Potatoes
Buttered and simmered in water, these rich, flavorful potatoes will wow.

Chili-Roasted Carrots
Roasted with chili powder and cumin then tossed with micro cilantro and lime juice, these carrots are bursting with zesty flavor.

Lemon-Lime Curd
Cool your palette with this classic curd recipe from Gourmet magazine.

Garlic-Sautéed Kale Rapini

Rich and vibrant, beautiful kale rapini is seasoned with fresh garlic in this appealing side dish.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch kale rapini
3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Once boiling, drop the rapini into the water to quickly blanch the greens (this will only take a minute, the dark greens will become a brighter green once softened).

2. Meanwhile heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat, then add the garlic, sautéing until soft and fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove kale rapini greens from the pot and place directly into the sauté pan, seasoning well with salt and pepper. Toss all the ingredients together. Once greens are almost fully wilted, about 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and serve.

Variation: This dish is also delightful with the addition of ¼ cup raisins, 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts and a splash of balsamic vinegar once the kale is sautéed with the garlic; serve warm or at room temperature.

Spring Foraging Recipes

Filled with colorful vegetables and a plethora of vibrant greens ranging from French sorrel and Swiss chard to kale rapini, this week’s box sings of spring, highlighted by a bright and earthy pesto crafted from locally-foraged nettles. Add to this equation fresh Grana-style cheese, Pain au Levain bread and hand-crafted pasta from Lagana Foods, and this fresh selection is a fitting welcome to the first full week of the season.

Here are some recipe ideas for the week:

Campanelle Pasta with Basil-Nettle Pesto
Tossed with sautéed leeks and fragrant garlic, this pasta is bright and fresh for spring.

Garlic-Sautéed Kale Rapini
Rich and vibrant, beautiful kale rapini is seasoned with fresh garlic in this appealing side dish.

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Grana
Nutty Grana cheese and rich butter add nuanced flavor to Swiss chard in this easy stovetop recipe from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.

Cauliflower Purée
This creamy side dish from Martha Stewart is an excellent alternative to traditional mashed potatoes.

Braised Kale Rapini with Sautéed Leeks & Garlic

This healthy, hearty side is tossed with olive oil-kissed garlic and leeks.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch kale rapini, trimmed of tough stalks and torn into large pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 leek, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced

Method:
1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the kale rapini and cook about 3 minutes or until just soft.

2. Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and coat the pan. Add sliced garlic and sauté until garlic softens, about 2 minutes; do not brown. Add leeks and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes.

3. Drain the rapini, removing excess water. Add to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook about 2 minutes to allow flavors to combine. Serve immediately.

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