Roasted Carrots & Parsnips with Shallots

This recipe works well with any number of root vegetables—use whatever you have in your crisper!

Ingredients:
3 cups carrots, scrubbed and sliced into 1-inch pieces
3 cups parsnips, scrubbed and sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 shallots, peeled and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly-chopped herbs of your choice, such as parsley and thyme
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Method:
1. Heat the oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

2. Using your fingers, toss the carrots, parsnips and shallots with the oil and a large pinch of sea salt in a bowl and then transfer to the baking sheet.

3. Put the vegetables in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Flip them gently with a spatula and continue to roast until the vegetables are browned and crispy, another 10 to 20 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with freshly-chopped herbs. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Roasted Potatoes & Parsnips with Herbs

Fragrant herbs add a bright touch to these roasted vegetables.

Ingredients:
1 pound Huckleberry Gold potatoes
1½ pounds parsnips
1 yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley and thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Combine all the fingerling potatoes, onions and parsnips in a large bowl, tossing with the olive oil to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange potato mixture on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until potatoes and parsnips are tender and browned in spots, turning after 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.

3. Garnish with the fresh-chopped herbs before serving.

Fried Duck Eggs Over Roasted Fall Vegetables

Shake up your breakfast routine with this hearty, healthy vegetable hash!

Ingredients:
1 pound Huckleberry gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 cups carrots, peeled, scrubbed and sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 fennel bulbs, trimmed of fronds and root ends and sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for frying the eggs
4 duck eggs
1 teaspoon finely-chopped thyme
Sea salt

Method:
1. Heat the oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

2. Using your fingers, toss the vegetables with the oil, salt and thyme in a bowl and then transfer to the baking sheet.

3. Put the vegetables in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Flip them gently with a spatula and continue to roast until the vegetables are browned and crispy, another 10 to 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat additional 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmery. Carefully crack 1 duck egg and drop into the pan, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Fry until whites are set and crispy around the edges, but yolk is still runny, about 3-4 minutes. Repeat with remaining eggs.

5. Remove vegetables from the oven and top each individual serving with a fried duck egg.

Variation: This hash is extremely versatile: Clean out the crisper and use any vegetables you have on hand!

Marching Towards Spring Recipes

From the valiant and vivid purple crocuses peeping out of the soil to the first of the spring crops, the month of March is giving us some most welcome glimpses of the changing seasons. Thus, this week’s box is full of such winter favorites as beets, Kakai hulless squash and parsnips, while including the tender pea shoots, baby carrots, green onions and leeks that nod to the approaching spring. Rounding out this bright lineup, you’ll also find farm-fresh eggs, Pain au Levain bread, a silky, smooth Washington red wine, graham crackers in fun animal shapes and a beautiful hunk of farmstead cheddar cheese from Duvall’s own Cherry Valley Dairy. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Crispy Parsnip Chips
These lightly-salted baked chips are a wonderful afternoon snack.

Roasted Golden Beet & Carrot Dip
This beautiful spread is delicious with crostini or pita crisps!

Beet, Carrot & Pomegranate Salad
This colorful salad is sure to brighten up your table!

Balsamic-Glazed Root Vegetables
An herb-packed marinade infuses fresh flavor into late fall staples like carrots, squash and parsnips.

Buttery Braised Leeks
Accented with just a squeeze of lemon, these sublime leeks are a worthy side dish.

Honey-Glazed Baby Carrots
The inherent sweetness of fresh baby carrots is further enhanced in this glazed side dish from local chef John Sundstrom’s Lark: Cooking Against the Grain.

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