Morel Mushroom & Asparagus Eggs Benedict

Served over toasted bread, this eggs Benedict is truly stunning.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, finely diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
6 ounces Morel mushrooms, halved or quartered depending on size
¼ cup white wine, or broth
½ cup heavy cream
4 slices rustic bread, lightly toasted
12 spears asparagus, blanched
4 eggs
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add the butter and allow it to melt, then toss in the mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture, about 3-5 minutes.

2. Add the wine or broth, deglaze the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until it thickens, about 2-3 minutes and reduce the heat to low.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and reduce the heat to medium. Swirl the water in the pot. Crack an egg into a bowl and gently pour the egg from the bowl into the water. Repeat with another egg. Let the eggs cook until the whites are set but the yolks are not, about 2-3 minutes then fish them out. Repeat with remaining two eggs.

4. To serve, place the toast on plates, top with the asparagus, poached eggs and creamy mushroom sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Poached Duck Eggs over Asparagus with Italian Fonduta

Serve this elegant dish with toasted Italian Rustica bread to sop up those delicious runny egg yolks!

Ingredients:
3-4 duck eggs
1 pound asparagus, ends snapped and sliced into ¼-inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Italian Fonduta (see recipe)

Method:
1. To poach the eggs, half-fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add a hefty pinch of salt. Meanwhile, crack each egg into its own small bowl and add a teaspoon of vinegar to each. Stir the boiling water vigorously with a balloon whisk until you have a whirlpool then immediately (and softly!) slip the egg into the pot. Turn the heat down low, and cook for three minutes. Gently lift eggs out of the pot and drain on paper towels.

2. Meanwhile, melt the butter or heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

3. To serve, add a serving of the asparagus to a plate, and then top with a poached egg and a generous helping of fonduta. Season with salt and pepper, as needed.

The Italian Classic Recipes

As they say, the classics never go out of style, and this week we are sharing the ingredients for one of our all-time favorites—lasagna! Craft your own using our housemade marinara sauce, fresh lasagna sheets and a trio of rich, creamy cheeses (fresh ricotta, grated Parmesan and goat mozzarella), then bake and pair it with warm focaccia and perhaps a salad of fresh spring greens. Also included: Farm-fresh eggs, fragrant herbs and seasonal favorites such as pea shoots and locally-foraged Morel mushrooms—as they say in Italy, mangia!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Pea Shoot & Arugula Salad with Radishes & Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery greens and radishes and sweet pea shoots.

Asparagus with Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Topped with decadent cream, this simple side dish is just delicious.

Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter & Lemon
The sweet, nutty brown butter here lends a beautiful finishing touch.

Broccoli with Vin Cotto
Coated in a balsamic vinegar glaze, this garlic-flecked broccoli makes for a warm, homey side.

Morel Mushroom & Asparagus Eggs Benedict
Served over toasted bread, this eggs Benedict is truly stunning.

Roasted Blood Oranges
These gorgeous oranges are a wonderful addition to a cheeseboard; or, remove the rinds and toss into a salad!

Spring Color Recipes

This week’s lineup is truly color-rich, from ruby-red rhubarb and green asparagus to purple Huckleberry Gold potatoes, rainbow Swiss chard and a plethora of spring greens and pungent herbs. Accompanying this bright roster are all the ingredients you need to finish off a spring feast: Spring ramps, locally-foraged Morel mushrooms, Grana-style cheese and Arborio rice for risotto, plus Italian Rustica bread, farm-fresh eggs and a ripe and fruity French Rosé.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Grana Cheese with Honey & Red Pepper Flakes
The success of this lovely appetizer depends entirely on the quality of the ingredients, so don’t scrimp!

Wild Ramp-Lemon Risotto with Morel Mushrooms
This bright risotto showcases beautiful spring ramps and foraged Morel mushrooms.

Rainbow Swiss Chard with Lemon Citronette
A light, lemony dressing adds bright appeal to tender Swiss chard.

Purple Kohlrabi & Turnip Slaw
This crisp slaw is a wonderful accompaniment to grilled meats, or even served atop burgers.

Green Garlic Salad Dressing
Flavor-packed ground mustard, vinegar and green garlic stalks mix beautifully in this easy vinaigrette.

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