Nonna Pat’s Oven-Roasted Meyer Lemon Chicken

Roasted with Meyer lemons, fragrant garlic and a splash of white wine, our Nonna Pat’s signature chicken is a favorite here at the farm.

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken cut into pieces, or 4-6 breasts
1 Meyer lemon, sliced
Juice of 2 Meyer Lemons
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 teaspoon honey
Handful of fresh oregano,
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs of rosemary
½ cup dry white wine
⅓ cup olive oil

Capers and additional oregano, for garnish

Method:
1. With the exception of the chicken and sliced Meyer lemon, mix together the ingredient list in a large gallon-size Ziploc bag. Add the chicken and marinate for at least 6 hours, or up to overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Arrange the chicken pieces in a lightly oiled ovenproof dish. Place a lemon slice on top of each piece of chicken and add remaining marinade to the baking pan.

3. Bake in the oven until browned and chicken is cooked through (usually about an hour depending upon the size of the pieces of chicken). Remove from the oven, garnish with capers and additional oregano leaves as desired, and serve.

Smoky Southwestern Beans

You can enjoy these beans straight out of the pot, or save and prepare them refried-style later.

Ingredients:
2 cups dried beans, such as Mayocoba, Pinto, black or other bean of your choosing
1 small onion
2-3 tablespoons bacon drippings (or butter or lard)
1-2 teaspoons salt (plus more to taste)
2-3 quarts water
Pinch of Mexican oregano (optional)

Method:
1. Sort through the beans and discard any rocks or shriveled beans. Rinse and drain well.

2. Add beans to a pot and cover with 2-3 quarts of water, or so the water level is 2 inches above the beans. Add the roughly chopped onion and 2-3 tablespoons of bacon drippings (or butter or lard).

3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and partially cover. Let simmer for 1½-2 hours. Ensure that the water level is well above the beans by adding more water as they cook if necessary.

4. Start tasting them after 1½ hours. If they are hard or grainy they need a little more time. Once cooked add 1 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of Mexican oregano and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Give a final taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Either serve immediately, or store for future use.

Carrots Marinated with Garlic & Oregano

This room-temperature dish packs in the flavor and makes for a lovely side dish.

Ingredients:
1½ pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch-long matchsticks or thin diagonal slices
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
1 cup olive oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk together garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil, adding 1 tablespoon salt. Add carrots and cook until just crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.

3. Drain carrots and add to marinade, letting sit in fridge overnight. When ready to serve, return to room temperature and adjust seasonings if needed. Transfer to serving platter and top with parsley.

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Charred Green Bean Salad

This simple, satisfying salad courtesy of chef Michael Symon always gets rave reviews!

Ingredients:
1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
⅓ cup olive oil
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup sliced toasted almonds
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Prepare a grill for indirect heat. If using a charcoal grill, build the hot coals on one side only. If using a gas grill, heat one side only to medium-high heat.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook at a rapid boil until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the green beans to an ice bath, then dry on a kitchen towel.

3. Add the green beans to a grill basket and place over indirect heat to char them slightly, about 5 minutes. You do not have to cover the grill. When they reach the char level you are looking for, transfer them to a serving platter.

4. Whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, mustard and oregano in a medium bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly, then season with salt and pepper. Pour the oregano vinaigrette over the green beans while still warm, then sprinkle with the feta and almonds. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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