Hearty, Healthy Italian Recipes

This week’s box is packed with the vibrant flavors of Italy, found in the forms of fresh bucatini pasta, Italian sausage from Skagit River Ranch, and rustic bread—plus health-boosting, vitamin-rich produce, too, from hearty kale to beautiful locally-foraged mushrooms, plus crisp carrots, winter squash, bright radicchio and fresh leeks. Enjoy these seasonal beauties alongside farm-fresh eggs, fragrant herbs and both crème fraîche and fromage blanc from our own creamery; mangia!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bucatini Pasta with Italian Sausage & Kale
Everyone will be asking for seconds of this extremely satisfying dish.

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

Roasted Leeks
Seasoned with salt and pepper, roasted leeks make for a satisfying side dish.

Garlic Butter-Roasted Mushrooms
Roasted with capers and garlic, this simple mushroom dish is a real show-stopper.

Crème Fraîche Salad Dressing
Creamy, yet light, this dressing is fantastic tossed with greens and thinly-sliced radish.

Warm & Cozy Recipes

Warm yourself body and soul this week with a lineup centered around one of our all-time fall favorites: cozy risotto crafted from Arborio rice, a trio of locally-foraged mushrooms and our signature chicken stock, and finished with a dollop of our rich and creamy housemade ricotta cheese. Also including Gruyère cheese bread and a blended French red wine, this box is flush with seasonal produce like Lacinato kale, turnips, Parisian Market carrots, mixed heirloom tomatoes and a wealth of crisp salad greens. Cuddle up in your favorite armchair and enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Wild Mushroom Risotto
Crafted with a medley of wild mushrooms, this creamy risotto is a favorite here at the farm on chilly evenings.

Meyer-Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad
Tossed with a tart citrus dressing, this bright and fresh salad pairs beautifully with a bowl of risotto!

Butter-Braised Carrots with Thyme
Braised in sweet butter and tossed with garlic and thyme, these carrots are truly sublime.

Glazed Hakurei Turnips
These buttery glazed turnips are sure to delight.

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Custard
Ready in 10 minutes, this thick, creamy custard makes for a stunningly-simple dessert.

Meyer Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad

Tossed with a sweet-tart citrus dressing, this salad is fresh and bright and pairs nicely with just about any main dish.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch Lacinato kale, greens removed from thick stems, washed and patted dry
1 cup slivered almonds
⅓ cup Meyer lemon juice
1½ cups olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
Sea salt

Method:
1. In a small skillet, toast almonds until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

2. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice and 1 heaping teaspoon salt. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Using the flat side of a knife, crush the garlic cloves and add to the dressing, setting aside to steep.

3. Working in batches, cut the kale into thin ribbons and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the almonds. Remove and discard garlic cloves from dressing. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss. Taste for both dressing and salt, adding more as needed. Serve within 1 hour.

Brussels Sprout Crown Salad with Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette

This hearty salad is accented by apples, dried cranberries and a tart Meyer lemon dressing.

Ingredients:
1 Brussels sprouts crown head, cored and shredded
3 cups thinly chopped Lacinato kale
1 apple, finely diced
2 small avocados (or 1 large) diced
½ cup shaved almonds
½ cup dried cranberries

Dressing:
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 2 small Meyer lemons
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

Method:
1. Add salad ingredients to a large bowl.

2. Prepare dressing by mixing together mustard, olive oil, lemons, and maple syrup together with a fork until smooth.

3. Drizzle dressing over salad ingredients, and toss together until evenly coated.

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