Classic Red Beans & Rice

Slow-simmered with chicken stock, herbs and spices, these luscious red beans get an extra-flavorful kick from Andouille sausage.

Ingredients:
1 pound Rosita red beans
1 pound Andouille sausage, sautéed and sliced
¼ cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 sweet red peppers, seeded and cut into ½-inch pieces
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
½ cup celery, cut into ¼-inch cubes
4 cups chicken stock, plus 2 cups water
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if desired)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
¼ teaspoon dried sage
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley
Cooked long-grain jasmine rice, for serving
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:
1. Rinse and sort beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.

2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion, red pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Rinse soaked beans, then transfer to a large pot with 4 cups chicken stock and 2 cups water. Stir sautéed vegetables into beans. Season with cayenne pepper (if using), paprika, thyme, sage, bay leaf and parsley. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently for 2½ hours until the beans are just tender.

3. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. Once the beans and sausage mixture is ready, serve them over the steamed jasmine rice.

Good Morning Recipes

Rise and shine—it’s breakfast time! This week, cozy up to a brunch-themed box that stars such farmhouse favorites as organic pork breakfast sausages, cracked farro porridge and dry apple cider, plus cinnamon-raisin bread, maple syrup and farm-fresh eggs from our heritage breed hens to help you whip up a sweet baked French toast for the centerpiece of your meal. Also accented by Austrian Crescent fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, juicy Cara Cara oranges, Fuji apples and a beautiful mix of early spring greens, as well as fragrant herbs, this lineup is sure to help you start your day off right.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Baked Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast
This homey recipe from The Pioneer Woman can easily be done a day ahead and chilled until ready to bake.

Maple-Spiced Apples
These fragrant apples are wonderful served on top of pancakes, waffles or French toast.

Italian Sausage & Leek Scramble
This hearty scramble will fill you up to start your day.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears
This unique flavor combination is accented by salty pistachios.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Apple & Bacon
Also tossed with brown sugar and apple cider vinegar, this warm side is sure to wow.

White Truffle & Wild Mushroom Risotto

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

Ingredients:
1½ cups Arborio rice
4-5 cups warm chicken stock
½ cup white wine (if desired)
½ finely chopped onions or shallots
1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic (if desired)
½-1 cup wild mushrooms, reconstituted (see enclosed method) and sautéed until golden brown in butter
8 tablespoons butter or olive oil (can use a mixture)
½ cup grated Grana-style cheese
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
Fresh ground pepper to taste
White truffle oil and truffle salt cheese blend, for finishing

Method:
1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil and then turn down to a simmer to keep hot. In another large saucepan over medium low heat, melt 4-5 tablespoons of butter and cook the onions or shallots until soft but not brown.

2. Add garlic and continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Turn the heat up and add the Arborio rice. Stir for about one minute.

3. Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and continue stirring until almost absorbed. Add another ladleful of stock and the wine and continue stirring—repeat until all the stock is gone and the rice is creamy and tender.

4. Stir in the remaining butter, sautéed mushrooms, and grated Grana cheese until melted. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, season to taste with pepper, and finish with a swirl of white truffle oil and a pinch of the truffle salt cheese blend

Lacinato Kale Frittata

A wonderfully-easy entrée!

Ingredients:
1 bunch Lacinato kale, leaves separated from thick ribs and cut crosswise into wide strips
¼ cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced paper thin
8 large eggs
¼-½ cup Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt

Method:
1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a broiler-proof nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes, or until garlic is soft and fragrant. Add kale, by the handful, tossing to coat leaves with the oil. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until kale is completely wilted and tender. Season with ½ teaspoon salt.

2. Preheat oven broiler, positioning oven rack about 4-6 inches from heat.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, Grana and an additional ½ teaspoon salt. Slowly pour egg mixture over greens. Cook eggs over medium-low heat without stirring for 8 minutes, or until almost set.

4. Transfer skillet to broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes, or until top of frittata is browned. (Check often to make sure it does not burn.) Remove and let sit 1-2 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving.

Variation: Layer cooked, crumbled sausage into the frittata to add a little extra protein and flavor!

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