Breakfast Favorites

Whether you favor a breakfast-for-dinner feast on Halloween night, or a leisurely brunch after enjoying that extra hour of sleep from Daylight Savings, this week’s lineup is sure to satisfy with cozy fixings like organic buckwheat groats to enjoy steaming hot with savory sausage patties from Skagit River Ranch or cinnamon-kissed orchard fruit, plus farm-fresh eggs and fresh-baked raisin bread. Also included: All-natural eggnog, seasonal beauties like golden Chanterelle mushrooms, Turk’s Turban squash and Taylor’s Gold pears, and a duo of fun Halloween treats. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Savory Buckwheat Groats Breakfast Bowl
This cozy, comforting recipe is extremely versatile—add in your favorite breakfast meat, some seasonal veggies and top with a farm-fresh egg or two!

Buckwheat Groats with Cinnamon-Kissed Apples & Raisins
Topped with fall apples, this sweet groat bowl option is also fragrant with cinnamon.

Meyer Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad
Tossed with a sweet-tart citrus dressing, this salad is fresh and bright and pairs nicely with just about any main dish.

Butter-Braised Turnips with Greens
Simmered in rich chicken stock, this dish is finished with lemon juice and thyme for fresh appeal.

Baked Delicata Squash
Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful side from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.

Irish Apple Cake
Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious apple cake is sure to be a new favorite.

Buckwheat Groats with Cinnamon-Kissed Apples & Raisins

Topped with fall apples, this sweet groat bowl option is also fragrant with cinnamon.

Ingredients:
1 cup buckwheat groats
2 cups water
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced ⅓-inch thick
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
½ cup raisins

Method:
1. For the groats, bring water to boil in a small pot. Add buckwheat and salt. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until tender, 10–15 minutes. Drain off any remaining water.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the apple slices and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes longer.

3. Divide the warm groats into four serving bowls and top each with a generous helping of the apples, garnishing with a smattering of raisins. Serve immediately.

Garlic-Sautéed Kale Rapini

Rich and vibrant, beautiful kale rapini is seasoned with fresh garlic in this appealing side dish.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch kale rapini
3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Once boiling, drop the rapini into the water to quickly blanch the greens (this will only take a minute, the dark greens will become a brighter green once softened).

2. Meanwhile heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat, then add the garlic, sautéing until soft and fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove kale rapini greens from the pot and place directly into the sauté pan, seasoning well with salt and pepper. Toss all the ingredients together. Once greens are almost fully wilted, about 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and serve.

Variation: This dish is also delightful with the addition of ¼ cup raisins, 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts and a splash of balsamic vinegar once the kale is sautéed with the garlic; serve warm or at room temperature.

Raisin Bread Crostini

With plump, juicy raisins throughout, this week’s loaf makes excellent crostini to pair with your appetizer platter.

Ingredients:
Raisin loaf
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Thinly slice the raisin loaf into ¼-inch-thick pieces with a serrated knife and place slices on a baking sheet.

2. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then slip pan into a 375º oven and bake crostini for 10-15 minutes, until bread is golden brown and slightly crisp. Remove from oven, and serve warm or at room temperature. (Can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container.)

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