Rustic Challah Bread, Mushroom & Herb Dressing

Fragrant with fresh herbs and accented by toasted Challah bread and meaty mushrooms, this stuffing is always a hit!

Ingredients:
1 large loaf challah (about 1 pound)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering baking dishes
2 cups yellow onion, diced (from 2 medium onions)
2 cups celery, diced
2 cups wild mushrooms, diced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
1½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 cups chicken, turkey or vegetable broth

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 300° and set an oven rack in the middle position. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

2. Cut the challah into 1-inch cubes and spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until dry and lightly toasted. Set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 350°.

3. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Cook the onions over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Add the celery, mushrooms, herbs, salt, and pepper and cook until celery is slightly softened, about 5 minutes more.

4. In a large bowl, combine the toasted bread cubes, onion/vegetable mixture, and chicken broth and toss well. Transfer the stuffing to the prepared baking dish. Cover the dish with buttered foil and refrigerate until ready to bake (up to overnight).

5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until golden, about 25 minutes more. Serve immediately.

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.

Mushroom Scramble

Serve this earthy scramble with a salad of greens to complete the meal.

Ingredients:
6-8 eggs
2 cups mushrooms, washed and trimmed
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
½ cup milk or cream
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. In a large skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add in the garlic and sauté until softened and tender, about 4-6 minutes. Add in mushrooms and briefly sauté until mushrooms are golden brown, then season generously with salt and pepper.

2. Meanwhile, crack eggs and break over a shallow bowl. Break yolks with a whisk or fork, then add cream and mix together vigorously. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add eggs to skillet and stir, cooking until eggs are just set, tossing to mix with vegetables. Top with fresh parsley to serve.

An Apple A Day Recipes

Alongside autumn all-stars like Romano beans, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini and sweet corn, this week’s delivery trumpets the arrival of another fall favorite: fresh-picked apples from our own orchard here at Bella Luna! Enjoy a fun mixed variety of those this week, as well as beautiful golden Chanterelle mushrooms, Pain au Levain bread, and eggs from our heritage breed laying hens, plus a bevy of fragrant herbs and a bounty of greens that includes pea tendrils, escarole and Chioggia radicchio, all ready to incorporate into your own favorite meals of the fall season.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Radicchio Salad with Apples, Blue Cheese & Dried Cranberries
This beautiful salad is light and fresh, a perfect pairing for fall’s heartier pastas, risottos and soups.

Italian Parsley-Caper Vinaigrette
This adaptation of the pungent vinaigrette from Joshua McFadden’s Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables is magical drizzled over greens or roasted vegetables!

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Roasted Sweet Onions
Roasted sweet onion adds a wonderful depth of flavor to this refreshing salad.

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

Honey-Kissed Carrots with Sea Salt
The opposing flavors of sweet honey and flaky sea salt balance this beautiful side.

Carrot & Apple Sauté with Rosemary
This beautiful combination sings with fresh flavor!

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