Breakfast Favorites

Whether you favor a breakfast-for-dinner feast on Halloween night, or a leisurely brunch after enjoying that extra hour of sleep from Daylight Savings, this week’s lineup is sure to satisfy with cozy fixings like organic buckwheat groats to enjoy steaming hot with savory sausage patties from Skagit River Ranch or cinnamon-kissed orchard fruit, plus farm-fresh eggs and fresh-baked raisin bread. Also included: All-natural eggnog, seasonal beauties like golden Chanterelle mushrooms, Turk’s Turban squash and Taylor’s Gold pears, and a duo of fun Halloween treats. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Savory Buckwheat Groats Breakfast Bowl
This cozy, comforting recipe is extremely versatile—add in your favorite breakfast meat, some seasonal veggies and top with a farm-fresh egg or two!

Buckwheat Groats with Cinnamon-Kissed Apples & Raisins
Topped with fall apples, this sweet groat bowl option is also fragrant with cinnamon.

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.

Butter-Braised Turnips with Greens
Simmered in rich chicken stock, this dish is finished with lemon juice and thyme for fresh appeal.

Baked Delicata Squash
Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful side from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.

Irish Apple Cake
Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious apple cake is sure to be a new favorite.

Risotto Night Recipes

Much like the autumn leaves bursting into brilliant shades of orange, yellow and scarlet all around us, our gardens are gracing us with a bounty of vibrant, colorful produce, from bright, crisp-tart apples and spicy, peppery greens to orange-fleshed Robin’s Koginut squash and rainbow-hued Watermelon radish. Celebrate the best of the season this week with a warm-and-wonderful risotto made with our flavorful chicken stock and hand-crafted white Chanterelle mushroom ragout, plus Gruyère cheese bread, farm-fresh eggs and a robust red wine—pour a glass, ladle piping-hot risotto into a bowl and head for your favorite easy chair.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Risotto with White Chanterelle Mushroom Ragout
Crafted with our own mushroom ragout, this creamy and delicious recipe is a favorite here at the farm.

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash & Apples
Topped with a maple-mustard vinaigrette and candied squash seeds, this salad would pair nicely with this week’s risotto supper.

Candied Squash Seeds
Great for scattering over salad or serving atop soup!

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

Bok Choy with Garlic & Ginger
Fresh ginger and fragrant garlic lend big flavor to sautéed bok choy greens.

Lacinato Kale Frittata
A wonderfully-easy weeknight entrée!

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash & Apples

Topped with a maple-mustard vinaigrette and candied squash seeds, this salad would pair nicely with this week’s risotto supper.

Ingredients:
8 cups packed Lacinato kale, destemmed and roughly chopped
1 apple, cut into large matchsticks
1½ cups cubed and roasted winter squash of your choice, such as Robin’s Koginut
¼ cup thinly-sliced red onion
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup candied squash seeds (see recipe)

Dressing:
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. In a large bowl, toss kale leaves with half of the vinaigrette and use your hands to massage the vinaigrette into the leaves. (It helps break down some of the toughness and reduce bitterness.) Massage until the leaves just begin to wilt.

3. Arrange the apple slices, squash, red onions, feta, and candied seeds on top of the kale leaves. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and serve.

Garlicky Braised Greens

This traditional side dish can be prepared with pretty much any hearty green.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 pounds mixed hearty greens, thick stems trimmed and leaves coarsely chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Method:
1. Melt butter with vegetable oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender, about 6 minutes.

2. Add greens and sauté until beginning to wilt. Stir in broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until greens are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

Variation: This dish is wonderful topped with crispy crumbled bacon.

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