Preserved-Lemon Rice Pilaf with Moroccan Spices

An excellent side for grilled chicken or fish!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ preserved lemon, rinsed, flesh removed and finely diced
4 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon La Boîte Tangier N.23 Spice Blend
2 cups uncooked white rice
2 cups cooked chickpeas
½ cup sultanas
¼ cup fresh parsley, minced

Method:
1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté the onion, and garlic for a few minutes until the onion begins to sweat.

2. Add the preserved lemon and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add the bay leaf, spice blend, and chickpeas. Simmer, covered, over medium or medium low heat until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Fluff and add the sultanas and fresh parsley; serve warm or at room temperature.

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 roasted vegetables!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup golden raisins
3 garlic cloves, peeled
4 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 cup lightly packed Italian parsley leaves
⅓ cup olive oil
Sea salt

Method:
1. Put the vinegar and raisins in a little bowl and let the raisins plump for about 30 minutes.

2. Place the garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely minced, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the capers and pulse until you have a coarse paste. Add the parsley and pulse again until completely chopped.

3. Add in the raisins and vinegar and pulse until the mixture is blended, but still slightly coarse. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the olive oil to make a slightly chunky dressing. Taste and adjust with salt or more oil, if needed.

Raisin Bread Crostini

With plump, juicy raisins throughout, this week’s loaf makes excellent crostini to pair with our apple butter, plus maybe even a few bacon bits on top!

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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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.

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